When Hot Space was released in 1982, the disco/dance/funk shouldn’t have shocked everybody. Their previous two albums flirted with a dance groove, with “Fun It” on 1978’s Jazz, and “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Dragon Attack” on 1980’s The Game. I don’t understand people who say they don’t like this album, deriding it by calling it “Queen’s disco album.” Dance music emphasizes rhythm over melody. What Queen were attempting with Hot Space, and succeed to a degree, is to combine their perchant for interesting melodies with a nice dancable beat. The interesting bands will always evolve in one way or another. When they don’t, they lose relevance and are not at all interesting. The fact is, Queen were one of the most interesting bands in their time. Hot Space fits the transition into the 80’s perfectly. The common understanding with Queen fans is that these songs sounded much better live (and they were definitely heavier, judging from the surviving tapes from the Hot Space tour). I would like to say that these songs stand on their own on this album. I can’t wait to see the videos in the upcoming dvd release. This is the Japanese import and it sounds very nice.