Queen Celebrate 40th Anniversary of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ With Limited-Edition Single Reissue
The anniversary pressing, which is being issued as a 12" LP backed with the song's original B-side, "I'm in Love With My Car," will arrive in stores as part of this year's Black Friday Record Store Day event on Nov. 27, and comes shortly after Queen were honored with the Classic Song Award at this year's Q Awards.
Guitarist Brian May recalled writing and recording the song with singer Freddie Mercury, saying, "The biggest thrill for us was actually creating the music in the first place. I remember Freddie coming in with loads of bits of paper from his dad's work, like Post-it Notes, and pounding on the piano. He played the piano like most people play the drums. And this song he had was full of gaps where he explained that something operatic would happen here and so on. He'd worked out the harmonies in his head."
The reissued "Bohemian Rhapsody" makes its way to stores one week after the arrival of Queen – A Night at the Odeon – Hammersmith 1975, a new release of a concert recorded while the single was in the midst of its nine-week run at the top of the U.K. charts. As previously reported, the Odeon set will be available in a number of configurations, including CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, vinyl and digital formats, as well as a super-deluxe box set edition.
A Night at the Odeon features an assortment of previously unreleased bonus material split between the audio and video versions; because the film crew present at the show shut down before the set was completely finished, the audio version includes two additional songs ("Seven Seas of Rhye" and "See What a Fool I've Been"), while the video version packs in a new 22-minute documentary, Looking Back at the Odeon, as well as what's being described as "rarely seen Live at the Budokan – Japan 1975 footage."
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