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Live Killers

Queen Audio CD
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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 (5 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000026GMH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,250 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 22 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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5.0 out of 5 stars In Their Element . . . 26 Sep 2003
By David Cranson VINE VOICE
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a band 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Live Killers indeed! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Killer 4 April 2006
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't own any other Queen albums... 16 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
... then this is the one to start off with. Every track is a hit and performed live on their World tour of 1979. This is Queen before they went 'electro-pop' - just drums, vocals, piano, bass and a single electric guitar. Given the complex multi-tracking and studio effects used in the original versions, it's a testament to their musicianship and the stregth of the songs themselves that they manage to recreate them so well on stage.
At times it's simply impossible to believe that four musicians can create such a wall of sound. The guitar playing is the best I've ever heard from Brian May. The drumming is flashy but solid, the bass lines (once you start listening to them) are complex and skillful and, of course, the vocals surpass any other band in pop history.
What is also incredible is the quality and clarity of this recording - according to the sleeve notes (on the LP version) there were no instrument overdubs. Possibly the best live album ever recorded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I've had this album for years and had to replace my copy, fast delivery etc. The Brighton Rock guitar solo is one of the best of all time!
Published 7 months ago by Greeno
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Live Killers
had this on tape as a teenager; and now finally managed to download it - its a blast and as good as ever!
Published 8 months ago by P G Brockies
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me back.
I had this on vinyl when I was a teenager and loved it. I hadn't heard it for years but found it just as enjoyable as before. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Graeme
5.0 out of 5 stars Freddie Unleashed!
Inspired to buy this after watching a tribute act. This was early Queen at their best...raw and powerful, getting down 'n dirty and absolutely rocking it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. J. HARDY
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but in dire need for a Remix !!!
Excellent but in dire need for a 'new' Remix, at times the placement of the instruments etc just sounds wrong!!!
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by Mr. P. D. Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best.
This is quite simply the best live Queen album ever. It arrived on time and in perfect condition.
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the muppets!
Some of the muppets who've posted reviews harp on about the sound quality of this recording. I wonder whether they ever owned the original on vinyl. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2009 by Safari Dino
5.0 out of 5 stars Their finest hour
Went to see 'We Will Rock You' in the cinema, got 'Live Killers' a few days later and didn't listen to much else for about a year or two. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2006 by Spazmo
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concert but poor cd quality
With the release of Live At Wembley and Live At The Bowl, I was eager to hear more of Queen's wonderful material performed live. Read more
Published on 2 April 2005 by Simon Edwards
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