15 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1978 the pop music landscape had fractured into many thriving subgenres, and with Jazz, Queen was determined to try a bit of everything. The band cooked up some of the thickest riffs of the era with “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Let Me Entertain You” and “More of That Jazz,” with their tongue planted firmly in cheek. “If You Can’t Beat Them,” “Dead On Time” and “In Only Seven Days” share more than a little with the era’s reigning AOR kings, Boston. Despite their talent with rock anthems and power-pop singles, Queen are at their best when camping it up, and the peculiar theatrics of “Mustapha” and “Dreamer’s Ball” are essential if only because the band is having so much fun. Still, it is the magnificent “Bicycle Race” that provides the consummate blend of wit, mischief and surging glee. The 2001Deluxe Version includes the single edit of “Fat Bottomed Girls,” an instrumental of “Bicycle Race,” a killer live version of “Let Me Entertain You” and a rudimentary acoustic take on “Dreamer’s Ball.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1978 the pop music landscape had fractured into many thriving subgenres, and with Jazz, Queen was determined to try a bit of everything. The band cooked up some of the thickest riffs of the era with “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Let Me Entertain You” and “More of That Jazz,” with their tongue planted firmly in cheek. “If You Can’t Beat Them,” “Dead On Time” and “In Only Seven Days” share more than a little with the era’s reigning AOR kings, Boston. Despite their talent with rock anthems and power-pop singles, Queen are at their best when camping it up, and the peculiar theatrics of “Mustapha” and “Dreamer’s Ball” are essential if only because the band is having so much fun. Still, it is the magnificent “Bicycle Race” that provides the consummate blend of wit, mischief and surging glee. The 2001Deluxe Version includes the single edit of “Fat Bottomed Girls,” an instrumental of “Bicycle Race,” a killer live version of “Let Me Entertain You” and a rudimentary acoustic take on “Dreamer’s Ball.”

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