5E-513 The Game
Produced by Queen and Mack
Released on June 30, 1980
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 . . . 4x PLATINUM RECORD
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5E-513 cover
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K ronomyth 9.0: GAME OVER. Take a little trip back to 1980. That year, Peter Gabriel abandoned cymbals for his dark third album, David Bowie abandoned reason for the terrifying Scary Monsters, and Talking Heads abandoned conventional rock structures altogether for Remain in Light. Meanwhile, there was Queen, dressed up like the cast of Grease, embracing synthesizers and indulging in novelties like rap and 50s rock & roll. At a time when rock royalty chose to lead a revolution, Queen was painting itself into a corner in caricature. Thus the reason why I’ve been poking The Game with an imaginary stick of snobbish reproach for lo these last 30 years. The album had to be a sell out to find itself at such odds with the “real” royals, I reckoned, as if Queen had been laboring in obscurity for the last 6 years making avant-garde sound collages. Of course The Game is a sell out. So was Jazz. So was News of the World. In fact, the band had been selling millions of records since Opera. I guess that “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are The Champions” and “Bicycle Race” blinded me to the banality of “We Will Rock You” and “Fat Bottomed Girls,” or at least atoned for them. Atonement was harder to come by on an album with only two good works (“The Game,” “Save Me”) and a multitude of sins (“Dragon Attack,” “Don’t Try Suicide,” “Need Your Loving Tonight”). However, even I can’t argue that The Game isn’t a smartly put together album. Especially on the 1991 remaster (which features a surprisingly fun remix of “Dragon Attack”), Brian May’s guitar work is a study in versatility and economy. And if Taylor’s ravers were inching ever closer to filler, they’re no worse than what Rick Nielsen would be writing in a year or two. When The Game is fully weighed and measured, it stands as the last classic Queen album, despite shrinking from what I might see as its royal duty to take the high road. Flash Gordon, now there’s some troubling shrinkage.

HR-61063-2 front cover HR-61063-2 picture sleeve
HR-61063-2 front cover
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HR-61063-2 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. PLAY THE GAME    (Freddie Mercury)    3:32
  2. DRAGON ATTACK    (Brian May)    4:15
  3. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST    (John Deacon)    3:03
  4. NEED YOUR LOVING TONIGHT    (John Deacon)    2:48
  5. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE    (Freddie Mercury)    2:44
  6. ROCK IT (PRIME JIVE)    (Roger Taylor)    4:32
  7. DON'T TRY SUICIDE    (Freddie Mercury)    3:52
  8. SAIL AWAY SWEET SISTER    (Brian May)    3:32
  9. COMING SOON    (Roger Taylor)    2:49
  10. SAVE ME    (Brian May)    3:42

    CD/CS reissue bonus track
  11. DRAGON ATTACK (1991 Bonus Remix by R.A.K. and Jack Benson)    (Brian May)    4:20

CREDITS

JOHN DEACON --
BRIAN MAY --
FREDDIE MERCURY --
ROGER TAYLOR --
Mack -- engineer
Queen -- sleeve concept
Cream -- sleeve design
Peter Hince and Christopher Hopper -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK June 30, 1980 EMI LP/CS EMA/TC-EMA 795 lyric sleeve
US June 30, 1980 Elektra LP/CS/8T 5E/5C5/5T8-513 lyric sleeve
BRA/GER 1980 EMI LP/CS 1C 064 63923/1C 264 63923 lyric sleeve
CAN 1980 Elektra LP X5E-513 lyric sleeve
GRC 1980 EMI LP 14C 064 63923  
JPN 1980 Warner/Pioneer LP P-10875E  
NET 1980 EMI LP 1A 062 63923 lyric sleeve
UK   EMI CD CDP 7 46213  
GER/NET   EMI CD 89496  
US June 17, 1991 Hollywood CDX/CSX HR-61063-2/4 digital remaster w. bonus track
KOR 1992 EMI LP EKPL-0223  
UK February 1994 Parlophone CD CDPCSD-134  
US 1994 Mobile Fidelity CD UDCD-610 gold disc
JPN 1998 EMI/Toshiba CD TOCP-65110 25th anniversary digital remaster
JPN   EMI CD TOCP-65848 24-bit digital remaster
JPN 2004 EMI/Toshiba CD TOCP-67348 digital remaster
RUS   CD-Maximum CDZ Q-09 repackaged w. HOT SPACE

 

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