Jazz

Queen

1978/1991: Hollywood Records HR-61062-2


  1. Mustapha
  2. Fat Bottomed Girls
  3. Jealousy
  4. Bicycle Race
  5. If You Can’t Beat Them
  6. Let Me Entertain You
  7. Dead on Time
  8. In Only Seven Days
  9. Dreamers Ball
  10. Fun It
  11. Leaving Home Ain’t Easy
  12. Don’ Stop Me Now
  13. More of That Jazz
     
  14. Fat Bottomed Girls 1991 Bonus Remix by Brian Malouf
  15. Bicycle Race 1991 Bonus Remix by Junior Vasquez

My sister (a few years older than me) had this album while we were in our teens, and I came to know and enjoy it, albeit with some uncertainty about its uneven quality. I didn’t have a problem with its unharmonized mix of rocking tracks and gentler pieces, nor with its definitely ambiguous sexuality, but I didn’t know what to make of the co-existence of tracks like the weak and maudlin “Jealousy” and the fierce if irrelevant “Mustapha” on the same album as camp like “Dreamers Ball” and grit like “Fun It.”

Still, all of my confusion about the album generally receded in awe upon hearing the album-in-condensed-form that occurs near the end of “More of That Jazz;” to this day the only thing I’ve ever heard that approaches that stroke of brilliant self-referential artistry is the audio/video pastiche that introduces the Eurythmics Greatest Hits video (and which pads the gaps between videos therein). That this solid audial compression was done in 1978 still amazes me, because it was exactly what could best express the album’s highlights in just a few seconds and didn’t require anything more than an exceptionally astute juxtaposition. Whoever did that, I consider you right up there with David A Stewart in terms of artistic production of pop music.


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