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At the BBC [CASSETTE]

Queen Audio Cassette
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English rock band Queen were one of the most popular bands in the world, and have sold an estimated 300 million records internationally. Known for their theatrical style, and the flamboyant showmanship of lead singer Freddie Mercury, the band built a reputation through the 1970s with million-selling albums and emphatic live performances.

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  • Audio Cassette (7 Mar 1995)
  • Label: Uni/Hollywood
  • ASIN: B000000ODQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

1. My Fairy King
2. Keep Yourself Alive
3. Doin' Alright
4. Liar
5. Ogre Battle
6. Great King Rat
7. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
8. Son and Daughter

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen without the pomp and circumstance 15 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
Simply put, this is Queen laid bare. This is a surprisingly fresh sounding compilation of tracks recorded live for the BBC in the very early 70's, before Queen made the breakthru to commercial success. Queen were, in their early years, constantly criticised for over producing and relying on studio gimmicks to make the songs work, 30 years later this CD raises a gracious 2 fingers at those critics and proves that beneath the "Queen Sound" was one of the finest rock and roll bands the world has ever and will ever see.
A must for Queen fans and an intersting insight into the bands early years, for those that aren't, definately worth a listen. Listen out especially for Doin Alright, more like Smiles original version, this is better than the version on Queens first studio album, worth the price alone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This could have been so much better! 27 Mar 2002
By M. D. Rathbone VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Nothing wrong with the songs presented on this album, except that they're just a small view of the five or so sessions of Queen music that are actually gathering dust in the BBC archives. What we have here are songs from the first two sessions which (with the exception of "Ogre Battle") is basically a re-working of the first album ("Queen").
In fact most of the songs sound the same as presented on the "Queen" album, with the very noticeable exception of "Doin' Alright" (where Roger sings the final verse) and "Son and Daughter" which Brian uses as a vehicle for an early version of the guitar solo that would finally take its place in the "Brighton Rock" track on "Sheer Heart Attack".
One for the fans or those who don't already own the "Queen" album, and hopefully just a stop-gap before Auntie Beeb comes to her senses and opens the vaults to release all that other material!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classical Queen 18 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a must for all Queen fans.Recorded in 1973 for a BBC series, it displays Queen in their early days before they had a recording contract.There are 8 tracks on the album which are found on their first 2 albums, Queen 1&2.
My fairy King,Keep yourself alive,Doin`alright,Liar,Ogre Battle,Great King Rat,Modern Times Rock`N`Roll,and Son and Daughter.
This album shows how together the band was,even in their early days with multi-layer lyrics and guitar riffs.It also shows Queen emerging as a musical force which blossoms in their fourth albun
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA.
OGRE BATTLE is a track which hits between the eyes the first time you hear it.KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE is one of those tracks that remind you of the great music that came out of the early 70`s with lyrics,guitars, and drums.
Listening to this album,you realise why Queen became as big as they are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant early performance 11 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
This early recording by Queen in early 1973 is fascinating to listen to, it showcases their unbelievable talent before anybody knew them. Anyone who heard this performance at the time must have been excited by what they were hearing, brians hard edged, jimmy page-esque guitar sound and fantastic high-pitched vocals by freddie. Queen were heavily criticised for trying to be Led Zeppelin, i wonder, what on earth is so bad about that? Who better to have as a hard rock influence than the genius of Zeppelin.
Tracks on this album are mostly from the first album, but have a looser feel to them with a few silly ad-libs. Son and Daughter sounds fantastic with brian adding a guitar solo which is very similar to the one in 'brighton rock'. Liar and Ogre Battle are also very rocky with the band sounding very tight. The song which stands out on the album i feel is 'My fairy king'. It sounds much better than the actual album version with the instruments sounding much clearer, particularly brians guitar.
This live recording is a must for any Queen fans to have in their collection, it is an interesting alternative to the first Queen album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classix rock at its best 17 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
These are songs recorded in 1973 at the BBC studio's and are all available on Queen's debut Album 'Queen' except 'Ogre Battle ' which appears on 'Queen II'.
This is done beautifully: clear and crisp in stereo ('Keep Yourself Alive sounds particularly amazing on stereo) taking you back to Queen's beginning with some of their best (and sadly underrated ) music ever -it sounds superb.
The full range of Freddy Mercury's voice (you can hear clearly his training as an opera singer especially in the beautiful 'My Fairy King' and 'Doin Alright') ,the instrumental genius of the band -its all here .
You need this album to truly appreciate Queen.One of my all-time favourites.I wish I could give it 10 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good recordings, but... 20 Nov 2001
Format:Audio CD
For the heavy Queen fan, one who owns all the records, including the live albums and the Flash Gordon soundtrack, 'Queen At The Beeb' will make an excellent purchase, especially if they're fans of the band's early material like myself. The album provides fascinating never-before-heard versions of some of Queen's finest songs, with the energy of a live performance but with the quality of radio studio recording... how can you go wrong?
Unfortunately, the album has some serious problems, the worst of which being that almost all the songs in it are from the band's first album. In fact, it has all the best songs from that album (except for Brian May's fantastic 'The Night Comes Down'), as well as one from the second album. However, it does not make a decent replacement for the actual album, and therefore dosen't make much sense for the average listener to buy. If only it would have featured one or two lesser known songs, like the forgotten b-side 'Mad The Swine' or a song from the smile period, it could have been much better.
True, some of the songs are very different, often better than the album version. 'Modern Time Rock n' Roll' has been wonderfuly performed, and an excellent though slightly misplaced guitar solo was added. 'Keep Yourself Alive' is slightly heavier than the album version, as is 'Liar' - which makes this already superb song even better (although Freddie seems to have some sort of trouble with his microphone...) Most of all, the heavy rocker 'Son and Daughter' was extended by four minutes of guitar jamming. The riffs there will seem familiar to most Queen fans from 'Brighton Rock', but in fact they originate even earlier than this recording, to the Smile song 'Blag'.
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