This was the age of prime fusion but there is nothing pandering or pumped-up about these cuts. On the contrary, the ambitious Creed Taylor production on Red Clay and First Light gave Hubbard a chance to leave the Blue Note-era hard bop for good and experiment with some new sounds in a commercially rewarding context.
While the title is A Night at the Opera, this release compiles four soundtracks, also including Animal Crackers, At the Circus, and Room Service. The mastering job is a bit dodgy, but this is the only place to get all this music in one place. Note: These scores do not include dialogue from the films.