The Game
The Game
Album by Queen
Released 1980
Recorded June-July 1979, February-May 1980 at Musicland Studios, Munich
Length 35:39
Format 12",8T,CS,CD
Genre Pop rock, hard rock, funk rock, rockabilly, progressive rock
Label EMI, Parlophone (UK)
Elektra, Hollywood (US)
Producer(s) Queen
Reinhold Mack

Album Chronology
Preceding Jazz (1978)
This Album The Game (1980)
Succeeding Flash Gordon (1980)

The Game is the eighth studio album by British rock band Queen released on 30 June 1980. It was the only Queen album to reach #1 in the US and became their best selling studio album in the US with four million copies sold to date, tying News of the World's US sales tally. The album received very favourable reviews. Notable songs on the album include the bass-driven "Another One Bites the Dust" and the rockabilly "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", both of which reached #1 in the US. The Game was the first Queen album to use a synthesiser[2] (an Oberheim OB-X).

The Game features a more pop sound than its predecessor, Jazz. The album's style would be augmented on Queen's next release Hot Space, and future Queen albums. At approximately 35 minutes 39 seconds, The Game is the second shortest of Queen's studio albums, with their subsequent soundtrack for the film Flash Gordon being shorter by 39 seconds. It is estimated to have sold twelve million copies worldwide, including over 4.5 million copies in the US.

Reissued on May 2003 on DVD-Audio with Dolby 5.1 surround sound and DTS 5.1. The 5.1 mix of "Coming Soon" features an alternate backing track, because the final master tapes were not found when mixing the album to 5.1.

The photo on the cover of the EMI CD is different from that originally used on the LP and cassette even though the Hollywood CD still has the original photo. The original photo (with Roger Taylor having folded arms and Brian May not having a hand resting upon his exposed hip) is shown in the article. This alternate photo was also used on cover of the DTS DVD-Audio edition of the album released in 2003.

"Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Sail Away Sweet Sister", "Coming Soon" and "Save Me" were recorded from June to July 1979.[3] The remaining songs were recorded between February and May 1980.[3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Play the Game"
  2. "Dragon Attack"
  3. "Another One Bites the Dust"
  4. "Need Your Loving Tonight"
  5. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
  6. "Rock It (Prime Jive)"
  7. "Don't Try Suicide"
  8. "Sail Away Sweet Sister"
  9. "Coming Soon"
  10. "Save Me"

2011 bonus tracksEdit

  1. "Save Me (Live in Montreal, November 1981)"
  2. "A Human Body (B-side)"
  3. "Sail Away Sweet Sister (Take 1 with guide vocal, February 1980)"
  4. "It's a Beautiful Day (Original spontaneous idea, April 1980)"
  5. "Dragon Attack (Live in Milton Keynes, June 1982)"

Charts Edit

Chart (1980) Peak position
Austria (Ö3 Top 40) 5
Canada (RPM) 1
Italy (Musica e dischi) 10
Japan (Oricon) 5
Netherlands 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 11
Norway (VG-lista) 2
Sweden (Topplistan) 7
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 1
United States (Billboard) 1
West Germany (Media Control Charts) 2
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