Wednesday 7/7/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Queen – The Game (1980)

The Game is the eighth studio album by the British rock band Queen. It was released on June 30, 1980 by EMI Records in the UK and by Elektra Records in the US. The Game features a different sound from its predecessor, Jazz (1978). The Game was the first Queen album to use a synthesizer (an Oberheim OB-X). “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “Sail Away Sweet Sister”, “Coming Soon” and “Save Me” were recorded from June to July 1979. The remaining songs were recorded between February and May 1980.

A critical and commercial success, The Game became the only Queen album to reach No. 1 in the US, and became their best-selling studio album in the US, with four million copies sold to date, tying with the sales for News of the World. 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 No. 1 in the US. Reissued in 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, as the final master tapes could not be found when mixing the album to 5.1.

  1. “Play the Game” 3:30
  2. “Dragon Attack” 4:18
  3. “Another One Bites the Dust” 3:35
  4. “Need Your Loving Tonight” 2:50
  5. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” 2:42
  6. “Rock It (Prime Jive)” 4:33
  7. “Don’t Try Suicide” 3:52
  8. “Sail Away Sweet Sister” 3:33
  9. “Coming Soon” 2:51
  10. “Save Me” 3:48
  11. “Save Me” (Live at the Montreal Forum, November 1981) 4:18
  12. “A Human Body” 3:44
  13. “Sail Away Sweet Sister” (Take 1 with guide vocal, February 1980) 2:34
  14. “It’s a Beautiful Day” (Original spontaneous idea, April 1980) 1:31
  15. “Dragon Attack” (Live at the Milton Keynes Bowl, June 1982) 5:15

Freddie Mercury – lead vocals (1-5, 7, 9, 10), co-lead vocals (6, 8), backing vocals (all tracks), piano (1, 7, 8), synthesizer (1), acoustic guitar (5)
Brian May – electric guitar (all tracks), backing vocals (1, 2, 4-8, 10), acoustic guitar (7, 8, 10), synthesizer (8, 10), piano (10), lead vocals (8)
Roger Taylor – drums (all tracks), backing vocals (all but 3), electric guitar (6, 9), synthesizer (6, 9), lead vocals (6, “A Human Body”), co-lead vocals (9), percussion
John Deacon – bass guitar (all tracks), electric guitar