A Day at the Races (album)

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A Day at the Races
Studio album by
Released10 December 1976 (1976-12-10)
Recorded12 July – 24 August 1976
Initial sessions
5 September – 19 November 1976
Final sessions
Queen chronology
A Night at the Opera
A Day at the Races
News of the World
Singles from A Day at the Races
  1. "Somebody to Love"
    Released: 12 November 1976[5]
  2. "Tie Your Mother Down"
    Released: 4 March 1977
  3. "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)"
    Released: 25 March 1977 (Japan)
  4. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy"
    Released: 20 May 1977[nb 1]
  5. "Long Away"
    Released: 7 June 1977

A Day at the Races is the fifth studio album by Queen and was released on 10 December 1976 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. It topped the album charts in Japan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, number 3 in Norway, number 4 in Canada and Finland, number 5 in the United States, number 8 in Australia, Austria and Sweden, number 10 in Germany and number 11 in New Zealand.

Track listing[change | change source]

Original release[change | change source]

All lead vocals by Freddie Mercury unless noted.

Side one
No. TitleLead vocals Length
1. "Tie Your Mother Down"    4:48
2. "You Take My Breath Away"    5:09
3. "Long Away"  Brian May 3:34
4. "The Millionaire Waltz"    4:54
5. "You and I"    3:25
Side two
No. TitleLead vocals Length
1. "Somebody to Love"    4:56
2. "White Man"    4:59
3. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy"  Mercury with Mike Stone 2:54
4. "Drowse"  Roger Taylor 3:45
5. "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)"    5:54
Total length:
Bonus tracks (1991 Hollywood Records reissue)
No. Title Length
11. "Tie Your Mother Down" (1991 bonus remix by Matt Wallace) 3:44
12. "Somebody to Love" (1991 bonus remix by Randy Badazz) 5:00
Total length:

Universal Music reissue (2011)[change | change source]

Bonus EP
No. Title Length
1. "Tie Your Mother Down" (backing track mix 2011) 3:49
2. "Somebody to Love" (live at Milton Keynes Bowl, June 1982) 7:57
3. "You Take My Breath Away" (Live at Hyde Park, September 1976) 3:07
4. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" (Top of the Pops, July 1977 (mono)) 2:53
5. "Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)" (HD mix) 4:47
Total length:

iTunes deluxe edition (2011)[change | change source]

Bonus videos
No. Title Length
1. "You Take My Breath Away" (live at Earls Court '77)  
2. "Tie Your Mother Down" (live at Milton Keynes '82)  
3. "Somebody to Love"    

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Released as A-side of Queen's First EP, along with "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)", "Tenement Funster" and "White Queen (As It Began)".[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Queen – A Day At The Races". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2013. this is exquisitely detailed hard rock...
  2. "A wild ride with Queen". Jim DeRogatis. 19 March 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2019. The group began to show the breadth of its musical vision and perfect its style of symphonic rock with "A Night at the Opera"...and "A Day at the Races...
  3. Purvis, George (2007). Queen: Complete Works. London, UK: Titan Group Publishing. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-85768-551-3. 'A Day at the Races' would be Queen's final excursion in the grandiose pomp and glam they had perfected from their formation...
  4. Ramirez, AJ (8 June 2011). "In the Lap of the Gods: The First Five Queen Albums". PopMatters. Retrieved 16 October 2015. With the group now firmly in command of the mechanics of pop songcraft (fittingly, the album spun off the most singles from any Queen LP up until then).
  5. "Queen – Somebody To Love".
  6. Allen, Jim. "Queen's First EP – Queen". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 April 2020.