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  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Virgin EMI
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sept. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KX69J9O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,880 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Live performance by British rock band Queen, recorded at the Rainbow Theatre in London in 1974.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Morris on 11 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm a 1H Queen fan. That is Keep Yourself Alive up to We are the Champions (Innuendo song was great though). I've owned a bootleg of this concert for a few years but this is a major , major improvement on that. The bootleg didn't have all these tracks and had inferior picture and sound. The remastering here and DTS 5.1 soundtrack is fantastic. The 4:3 picture doesn't matter because of the dark stage. The 4 bonus tracks are interesting as its noticeable Freddie's stage persona develops in the months inbetween. An essential purchase for 1H Queen fans.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By feline1 on 15 Sept. 2014
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This disc is a real treat, showcasing Queen on the tour for their third album. What a difference to all that twatting-around-in-a-yellow-jacket mid-80s Magic Tour stuff that the media tend to remember them by!
The band's albums back then were a tour-de-force of lavish studio overdubbing - massed vocal harmonies and guitar overdubs... so you might wonder if they were going to sound a bit rubbish live on stage with only four people... but there was no need to worry, they sound huge! Taylor's drums in particular are just IMMENSE, great pounding beefy tom fills all over the place. May copes admirably with the task of translating his multi-tracked guitar parts to the stage - a lot of the time, he's just whanging out big power chords, with a delicious overdriven sound that's quite massive - his other trick is to use an 'echoplex' device to play in harmony with himself on many of the solos. Mercury's vocals are, of course, superb. By the 80s he sounded like he was blasting out of the bottom of an ashtray half the time, but here in the early 70s he still has a purity and sweetness in his voice despite the strident trumpet-blasts of power he belts out. Obviously the three-part vocal harmonies aren't as elaborate as in the studio, but when they do do them (e.g. Ogre Battle) they are glorious! John Deacon, as ever, provides a solid foundation on bass under all this showing off, bless :) Mercury's performance is what really dazzles of course - he prances around like some kind of bacchanalian satyr, giving it 110%, utterly ludicrous but utterly brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonnie1266 on 31 Dec. 2014
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This is sheer, hair on the back of the neck raising, heart attack, brilliance. Anyone who has ever joined the army of Queen fans from simply watching the Live Aid performance and then thought they knew all the Queen songs should be made to watch this excellent re-mastered 1080i 5.1 DTS-HD concert. I first attended a Queen concert in 1984, "The Works" tour, I was thoroughly smitten. Not only by the performance of the group but the stage effects, lighting and the reaction from the obvious hard core crowd who knew every word and sang their hearts out for the entire show. I remember being sat down by a teacher at junior school in 1975 and all the kids in the class watch Bohemian Rhapsody on television. So I knew a few of the older 'more popular' Queen songs and I decided to start from the beginning and listened to all the early albums. After watching Queen perform at several more shows including Wembley '86 (right at the front) I often wondered what the early songs would have sounded like 'live'. I had a taster when the BBC finally showed the 1975 Christmas concert a couple of years ago and of course on one or two documentaries that Queen produced over the years. When for instance was the last time they played 'Liar' together ? Great songs well performed on this Blu-ray, 'Ogre Battle', 'White Queen' (haunting), 'In The Lap Of The Gods' - and something that I always knew myself, how great was Freddie's voice during these early years. I thought he lost some of it after bulking up during the early eighties, but that's my opinion. I have not been to a Queen+ concert as I want to remember them how they were, and this is it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Mounsor on 14 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
This DVD captures Queen at their very best in my humble opinion. Just three albums into their career, with their 3rd, Sheer Heart Attack, just launched, this amazing live performance at The Rainbow is proof, if ever any was needed, that this band were going to be huge and that absolutely nothing would stop them. Polished, powerful, raw, virtuosic, tight and brimming with energy and presence, they blast their way through Queen, Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack with medleys, guitar solos and drum solos thrown into the melting pot. What else can I say? The individual performances are sublime with Mercury honing his unparalleled showmanship and stagecraft that he would be known for throughout his lifetime, and for all eternity. Even in these early days May's guitar solo was evolving and was largely the same when I actually saw them in 1982 at Milton Keynes Bowl. Even John Deacon was running around like I've never seen before and Roger Taylor's drumming is amongst the most powerful I've ever seen, in any Queen DVD since. Don't forget this is long before the big hits and stadium tours that would follow, and seeing the band work a relatively small theatre is a pleasure to behold. I wish I had gone to this gig, not the Milton Keynes Bowl gig 8 years later.

As far as the DVD goes, considering this show was 40 years ago, lavish attention has been paid to the picture and sound quality. I went for the DVD rather than Blu-Ray (so I can play on my Laptop as well as through my TV/home entertainment) and the picture and sound is far far better than I was expecting. I have a large collection of music DVD's and this will quite rightly be ranked as my absolute No. 1.
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