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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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Product details

  • Audio Cassette (22 Oct. 1991)
  • Label: Uni/Hollywood
  • ASIN: B000000OAQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,131,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. We Will Rock You
2. Let Me Entertain You
3. Death on Two Legs
4. Killer Queen
5. Bicycle Race
6. I'm in Love With My Car
7. Get Down, Make Love
8. You're My Best Friend
9. Now I'm Here
10. Dreamer's Ball
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Don't Stop Me Now
2. Spread Your Wings
3. Brighton Rock
4. Bohemian Rhapsody
5. Tie Your Mother Down
6. Sheer Heart Attack
7. We Will Rock You
8. We Are the Champions
9. God Save the Queen

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Cranson VINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Always the showmen, always going that extra mile. Quite breath-taking when you first hear it. 2 completely different versions of "We Will Rock You". The opening one which attempts to knock you off your seat in it's intensity. Things never really let up from there on in.
"Death On Two Legs", "I'm In Love With My Car", "Get Down, Make Love" (weird!), and the extended "Now I'm Here" - and that'sjust the first half! Coupled with "Dreamer's Ball" & "'39" and you're salivating at the prospect of the second disc.
Things carry on nicely on the second disc too. The brilliant "Spread Your Wings" from NOTW, "Brighton Rock" with Mr May's solo work, and of course "Bohemian Rhapsody" - why did they never play the first section? Things come to a nice quiet(!) conclusion with a rabid version of "Sheer Heart Attack" follow of course by "... Rock You" & "...Champions".
Listening to this you find that some things never changed much over the years. On the other hand it's a good record of where they were in 1979, just before the synths put in their first appearance.
Very good stuff indeed. Play it loud!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "colinhalliday2" on 1 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
It is widely accepted (quite rightly) that Queen were the best live act this planet has ever seen - Freddie's showmanship and Brians scarily good guitar playing to name but a few reasons for this. Much fuss has been made of Queen's World Tours of 1984 and 1986, again quite rightly. But in order to fully appreciate Queen as a live band, you have to come to Live Killers.
This double album released in 1979 is a mixture of performances of the band's European tour of that year. The production may not have been superb, but you do not lose any aspect of the pure raw energy that Queen produced on stage in the 1970's.
Right from the opening chords of the 'fast' version of 'We Will Rock You' it is easy to see this album will not disappoint. This is followed by Freddie's excellent 'Let Me Entertain You' (as if he needed any permission!) and straight into the snarled vitriol of 'Death On Two Legs (dedicated to...)' This then is followed by a nice medley which was a common feature of their tours in the 70's and to a lesser extent the 80's. The end chord of 'Death On Two Legs' moves smoothly into the classic 'Killer Queen' which in turn moves seamlessly into 'Bicycle Race', then into Roger's 'I'm In Love With My Car' with the drummer singing his own song. How exactly Brian gets his guitar to do what it does in 'Get Down Make Love' I'll never know, but Queen were still adamant they used "no synthesisers" at this time, so it's all Brian. John Deacon's hit 'You're My Best Friend" provides some light relief until Brian's classic rocker 'Now I'm Here' which features some of Freddies 'singing lessons' with the audience - always a favourite at the gigs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michael_m on 29 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Way to go! This is the kind of album that a band should end a decade with. It contains pretty much all of the singles that they released, along with plenty of album tracks, all in a hard-hitting live package.
If you didn't ever get to see Queen live, then this is the next best thing. It's not as slick as the 'Live at Wembley 86' album, but the raw edge shows that Queen was first and foremost a rock band.
It starts with an unfamiliar version of 'We Will Rock You', and thunders through a number of very familiar tunes. It covers most styles that they ever played, and once we get towards the end of disk 1, we get their acoustic set. Just when you think it can't get better it does, and the hits keep on coming. Even once 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is out of the way, they still have more and more energy to give.
All of the band are on form here, with Freddie at his charismatic best, Brian rockin it up, Roger putting in a good vocal performance (Lead vocals on 'I'm in Love With My Car') and John quietly holding it all together.
Live Killers indeed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 4 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
This double live album captures Queen at the very end of the 70's at the height of their powers, before their increased reliance on synthesisers in the following decade. While being compiled from various concerts hampers the feeling of the flow of a real Queen show the sound quality is good (especially considering the complex multi-track studio records being replicated by only 4 people), and the recordings have a real sweaty 'live' band feel rather than the overly-clean studio overdubbed live recordings that some bands issue.
Highlights and differences from the studio versions include the radically different 'fast' version of We Will Rock You; a medley combining Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race and I'm In Love With My Car; the Freddie/audience sing-along in Now I'm Here; the mini-acoustic set complete with comedy wind instrument vocal impersonations in Dreamer's Ball, the guitar version of Love Of My Life and Freddie taking lead vocals on '39; an epic version of Brighton Rock with new drum and guitar solo sections; and Freddie teasing the audience with the opening bars of Mustapha.
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By A Customer on 19 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album, snapping at the heels of Live At Wembley for the title of Queen's best live album. It opens with the superb WE WILL ROCK YOU, rapped out to a backdrop of guitars, as opposed to the traditional satanic beat, and continues with LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU, obviously designed for the stage and acting as an over-the-top mood-setter that Queen have an uncanny knack of coming up with. Then the band plunges into the infamous rock n' roll medley, featuring four superb songs, notably I'M IN LOVE WITH MY CAR sung by Roger "on drums and tiger-skin trousers" Taylor and the deliciously diabolical DEATH ON TWO LEGS. The lean brutal GET DOWN MAKE LOVE is up next, which is OK bar the awful "harmonic" bit, and John "on bass and dazzling tie" Deacon's YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND sums up the emotional side to Queen's music. NOW I'M HERE, present in almost every Queen concert from 1976 onwards, offers up some rapport between Freddie and an enthusiastic audience as well as skillful guitar work from axe-weilder and songwriter extraordinaire Brian May. The relaxed versions of LOVE OF MY LIFE and DREAMER'S BALL are enjoyable, as is the underrated '39, but they admittedly aren't a scratch on Queen's trademark anthem KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE, that blows the audience away with shape-shifting guitar handling and a fantastic solo by Roger. The next CD is even better, believe it or not. Kickstarting with Queen's most recent single (at the time) DON'T STOP ME NOW that leads into a classic John Deacon narrative song SPREAD YOUR WINGS, one of my favourite tracks beside KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE and TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN, it leads the listener through every aspect of Queen's music.Read more ›
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