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Live At The Rainbow [Deluxe Edition]

Queen Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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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 CD (8 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00KYT44O0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Procession
2. Father To Son
3. Ogre Battle
4. Son And Daughter
5. Guitar Solo
6. Son And Daughter (Reprise)
7. White Queen (As It Began)
8. Great King Rat
9. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke
10. Keep Yourself Alive
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Procession
2. Now I'm Here
3. Ogre Battle
4. Father To Son
5. White Queen (As It Began)
6. Flick Of The Wrist
7. In The Lap Of The Gods
8. Killer Queen
9. The March Of The Black Queen
10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Product Description

"Queen dazzled their audiences in 1974 with an unforgettable show at legendary London venue The Rainbow, delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth. The tape machines were rolling, capturing the highly electric performances. Now, to mark the 40th anniversary of these legendary shows, here, finally, is Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 - lovingly restored, edited, mixed and digitally mastered, and including much footage never previously seen."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful live sets from early Queen 15 Sep 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE VINYL EDITION (4LP BOX).

THE MUSIC.
If you love Queen, this is possibly one of their finest hours. It's 1974 so they're playing music from the first two albums (March concert, LPs 1&2), as well as introducing songs from Sheer Heart Attack (November concert, LPs 3&4), and a few covers.
The music is thunderous, relentless and breathtaking. By this time the band was already an extremely well-oiled unit, they're firing on all cylinders and they know it (re: Freddy Mercury calling a halt to Ogre Battle after the first verse and asking the audience "What do you think of the show so far?"...). They're possibly rocking harder than on the studio albums. In short, if you love Queen, you'll love this.

SOUND / MASTERING
The sound is quite satisfying for a live recording of this period. There's not a huge stereo separation but the sound is detailed, full, and with great dynamics. Credits to the vinyl edition read: "half speed vinyl mastering by Miles Showell ad Abbey Road Studios" (while mastering of original tapes was made, as per the CD version, at Metropolis Mastering).
The vinyl sounds wonderful, possibly even a bit warmer and fuller than the CD version I had the chance to compare it to.

ARTWORK
The four LPs are housed in a sturdy box; each disc housed in a sleeve with a picture of a band member and an inner sleeve with pictures and liner notes not included in the standard 2CD version (which as far as liner notes are concerned features just the credits).

FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
In the LP box there's a card for the digital download of the entire album in mp3 files.

All considered, a must for any Queen fan, in my opinion. The music, the sound and the packaging are all equally beautiful. A high quality live document for a great band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back in the day 9 Sep 2014
By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
.... in the early 70's Queen were a consumate heavy rock band and were the equal of most around,history shows that the band moved on,so we should cherish this small nugget,a timepiece from the heavy rock days,it quite glorious,had it been released in the 70's it would be as revered as many other classic 70's live albums.

2 superb recordings from 1974,the main disc, for me, is disc 1 concentrating on the ist 2 albums,listen to Brian Mays guitar ,that tone,that sound accompanied by the unheralded,at the time,rythmn section, Deacon & Taylor, underpinning the guitar,while Freddie does his thing,slightly restrained compared to future years. Magnificent versions of 'Father To Son' 'Ogre Battle','Great King Rat & 'Liar',i could go on,its excellent.

I could have died happy with that,disc 2 is a welcome bonus... Late '74 with,'Now Im Here ' continuing the rock theme while '....Leroy Brown'. indicating future directions.

Both discs include the dreaded rock n roll cover versions although they're done with gusto and actually enjoyable.

Sound quality is excellent given its 40 yrs old,,the deluxe edition comes in digi pak with excellent booklet,a truly superb release
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5.0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly good. 13 Oct 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Queen Live 4 LP box set Awesome is an understatement, I have followed Queen from the start, I was 11 at the time, I had the pleasure of seeing them perform in 77 at Earls Court and they blew me away, I later saw them play and although still great performances, their early material was always their best for me, by the 80s they had become huge global stars but had lost some of what I loved about them. Anyhow back to this LP set and If like me you're a fan ot the early Queen this is a must have, as others have said the sound quality is sublime, the Nov show is just staggeringly good I would go as far as to say it is the best live recording I think I have ever heard and I dont say that lightly. The March show is still very good but loses some of the dynamics, the Nov show also show Queen really hitting their stride. 10 stars would be more accurate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When they were beautiful 15 Oct 2014
By Phil W
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Surprisingly good sound, except sometime for some rather tinny piano, a tight, hungry band, superb singing and musicianship throughout. A wonderful reminder of how good Queen could be, and often were.

Clearly a purchase for the fan rather than the casual listener, but if you like the early stuff, this is superb. The second concert (the one in the standard edition) in particular captures the band on the cusp of real stardom, and they sound really pleased about it. The fact they're playing material from three albums by this point gives the show depth and variety.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!! 12 Oct 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An outstanding live performance of their first three albums.It showed they were heading for stardom even before Bohemian Rhapsody was released a year later.Queen have always been renowned for their live tours and crowd pulling shows around the world.This early performance at the Rainbow Theatre was probably the start of the big time for Queen.Great sound,great live show!! Well worth adding to any live music lover's collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great early stuff from queen 17 Oct 2014
By Pj
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great early stuff from queen, atmospere of a band trying to make it big really shows through and no big stadium crowds,raw concert recordings but so well remastered and edited.if you like the first albums you'll love this.well packed and arrived in good condition, though took 2 weeks with coming from korea.But worth the wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absoloutely Amazing, SeenThem 1975 Coventry Theatre & It Was Like ...
Absoloutely Amazing,SeenThem 1975 Coventry Theatre & It Was Like A Dream Revisited Listening To This Album.Long Overdue But Definitely Worth the Wait. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by social misfit
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
stunning
Published 2 days ago by roger jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent live recording
Excellent live recordings of early Queen. Quite a few tracks I had not heard before. Would recommend.
Published 5 days ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars you will not be disappointed.
One listen will make it obvious that Freddie had "it" right from the start. Don't get me wrong, the music lived up to my expectations (I have all the albums from the 70's... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant show. All we need now is for similar ...
Brilliant show. All we need now is for similar releases for the Christmas Eve show from 1975, and the Hyde Park free concert from 1976.
Published 6 days ago by Jeff Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you enjoy Queen you will enjoy this
Published 6 days ago by sheila mccrudden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
shame queen dont do more of there early stuff as this is outstanding.
Published 6 days ago by connor jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Who better
AMAZING !!!! If only they could have stayed like this Freddie and co on fire
Published 7 days ago by Stephen Scanlan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Queen have came on long way from 1974.
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
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