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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Gods at Work !, 26 Feb. 2002
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This review is from: Live at Wembley 1986 (Audio CD)
Live At Wembley is a showcase of Queen's eighties stadium rock at their height. Freddie Mercury is going great guns , vocals and sting at his critics in this uncensored record.
Unlike LIVE KILLERS which was bleeped at the introduction of Death On Two Legs Freedie's man in the street railings against his critics and rumour mongers went uncut in this recording.
This was recorded during the 1986 Magic tour and so the show kicked off with One Vision. Expect rocking recitals of Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, unplugged before it became an MTV trademark in Love Of My Life, sing-a-long in In The Lap Of The Gods and the audience taking over on cue in I Want To Break Free.
Who Wants To Live Forever , a new entry into the charts at that time is introduced. Freddie sings the over the top parts in a slightly lower key for a live setting. I noticed that his 'hah' at Hammer To Fall did not come off too well or as explosive on stage in a live setting compared to the original version in The Works. Space and acoustic limitations made it necessary for him to keep to 'yeah yeah' towards the end of Hammer To Fall.
Queen does some nice covers of Ricky Nelson's Hello Mary Lou(Goodbye Heart), Shirley Basseys' Hey Big Spender and Elvis' You're So Square(Baby I don't care). Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Loving is mainly improvised vocal gymnastics and impromptu grunts. Freddie doesn't keep to the original lyrics here but the signature thumping beat is adhered to closely.
Brian May does great guitar chops and bits of Brighton Rock in his solo spot. The Brighton Rock Solo is NOT the Brighton Rock version in Sheer Heart Attack, but delightful just the same!
LIVE MAGIC is only a sampler compared to this record!
It's interesting when you compare LIVE KILLERS, also a double record release of 1979 with this one and see how much the band had matured and note the rich baritone and full bodied resonance of Freddie's voice over a space of 7 years!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Live Album Ever!, 19 July 2000
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This review is from: Live at Wembley 1986 (Audio CD)
Queen have churned out a few excellent live albums in their time but I didn't expect this box set to be so special. No matter what kind of music you like (and I'm not counting R&B or classical here) you'll find something you'll listen to again and again in this compilation. From the first juicy riff of the immaculate ONE VISION, used as asort of flamboyant intro and quite possibly the best live adaptation of a song ever to have been recorded, to the final few chords of GOD SAVE THE QUEEN, the concert is a trip through the very heart of rock n' roll and captures the spirit of Queen. The best songs by a street are ONE VISION, as mentioned above which leads into TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN, a sort of mood-setter which gets the stadium rocking with that catchy quitar rhythm and superb vocals by Freddie, A KIND OF MAGIC featuring solos for all four members of the band in an all-out six minute wonder of a song, WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER, a heartfelt ballad that somehow made it on tio the stage (where it sounds a whole lot better than on record let me tell you), BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY that needs no introduction as Queen's best-known song ever, HAMMER TO FALL where Brian excels himself in several stunning solos and where Roger Taylor cements his status as one of the world's greatest drummers, CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE, a catchy little ditty that develops into a pedal-to-the-metal hard rock chant halfway through, RADIO GA-GA involving the ritualistic hand-clapping of all 72000 spectators, and of course WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Add to that the sublime rendition of ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST, the bone-crunching guitar solos on WE WILL ROCK YOU, the superb and all-too-short SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE, the live staple NOW I'M HERE, a few golden oldies (TUTTI FRUTTI et al), a crackling atmosphere and some hilarious and eerily prophetic comments from Freddie and you have what is surely the best live performance ever caught on tape. This is an absolute must-have for anyone remotely interested in Queen or even just rock music on the whole.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the best at their best, 26 Feb. 2002
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Ian Mays "ianmays" (Newport Pagnell) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live at Wembley 1986 (Audio CD)
This double cd brings the best of queen's apperance at wembley stadium in 1986.
you can quite easily sit down, turn up your hi-fi and spend an afternoon lost in this concert,The sound is excellant and the performance is by one of the greatest live acts ever and you can hear why, get the video and you can see why.
If you like queen this should already be in your collection as it is far superior to the previous live killers from the 1970s,If you like the bands big songs like bohemian rhapsody, we are the champions, a kind of magic etc each are performed brilliantly but this concert does includes some of the groups older and less known songs but most are great and contrast well against the newer(!) songs.
However the only two minor let downs are that the concert is spread over two discs and the end of disk one contains over 13 minutes of soloes (but you can skip these) but do not ignore 'now i'm here' a pre-bohemian rhapsody classic.
But all in all this is a classic concert from a classic act and you WILL listen to it time and again i have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Queen's last great stand., 14 Oct. 2000
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This review is from: Live at Wembley 1986 (Audio CD)
How on earth could Queen beat their legendary Live Aid display? Well, with this, actually. Same venue, almost exactly a year later. Wembley was the perfect venue for Queen: a massive British stadium for a massive British band. A Queen concert wasn't just a concert, it was also a pantomime of the highest quality and Freddie Mercury remains the greatest frontman of any band in history. The atmosphere they generated was amazing and this was Queen's last major concert. I believe they performed live at a smaller venue shortly afterwards and that was their last ever live concert. Mercury appeared to physically deteriorate very quickly after that (just look at the Barcelona video from '87). Buy this CD and you will realise that you have just purchased what must be the greatest live album of all time. Special moment? Freddie repeating his Live Aid call and respond interaction with the crowd, showcasing the man's vocal range to the full.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Live Album from One of Rock's Most Iconic Bands, 5 May 2014
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This review is from: Live at Wembley 1986 (Audio CD)
For those that are fans of Queen, who can probably recite most of their classic songs word for word, they may want to consider, when they got most of their recorded albums, to start investing in some of their live albums. Their ‘Live at Wembley '86’ is a great place to start, especially at how celebrated this particular live performance has gone down throughout the years by fans of their work.

Disc One is the most superior disc out of the album with stunning renditions of Queen's most popular songs (One Vision, Tie Your Mother Down, A Kind of Magic) amongst some of the lesser known material that just sounds great live (In The Lap Of The Gods, Brighton Rock Solo). It delivers a great case into why Queen were so entertaining live back in their heyday.

Disc Two, whilst following from Disc One’s excellence, does lose steam, especially when the covers of Tutti Frutti and Gimme Some Lovin' come on. Whilst this might alienate a few fans that were not aware of their live repertoire, it still sounds entertaining to say the least. Also, whilst their classic line-up sounds great on paper (Bohemian Rhapsody, Hammer to Fall, Radio Ga Ga), it remains the weaker disc out of the two for loosing some of that audible magic that made Disc One a joy to listen.

As live albums go, this remains an entertaining live album from of rock's most iconic bands, and remains an enjoyable artefact one of the band's most celebrate live concerts from the 1980s.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST ALBUM EVER!, 31 Oct. 2002
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Nuno Bento "innuendopt" (Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Live at Wembley 1986 (Audio CD)
Yes! It's just as simple as it is! The Best Album Of All Time and, of course, the best live album of the music history! This 2-CD masterpiece has got everything for 2 hours of pure pleasure which is, in fact, what we're all looking for! It combines the perfect voice performance of the inflatable One-Man-Show Freddie at the peak of his form, with the very best of the Queen catalogue of that time! What more can I say? An absolute MUST HAVE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just sheer class, 31 July 2000
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This review is from: Live at Wembley 1986 (Audio CD)
Listen to A Kind Of Magic, Hammer to Fall, One Vision, Who Wants to Live Forever and Under Pressure from the Greatest Hits II CD, Another One Bites the dust from Greatest Hits I, then listen to them on the Wembley CD. You'll never listen to them on the recorded albums again!
The best album I've ever bought.
It's simple. BUY IT!
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4.0 out of 5 stars At their live peak., 30 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Live at Wembley 1986 (Audio CD)
A year after Queen hit the big time at Live Aid they performed two record-breaking concerts at Knebworth and Wembley. An initial release, "Live Magic" concentrated on the Knebworth concert with a few tracks from Wembley, and has been judged to be one of the worst representations of a normally great live act on CD, thanks to highly edited tracks and a rushed feel as the highlights of a set are crammed onto one disc. This release restores the reputation, with practically the full live concert represented in all it's glory.

Queen at their peak were an awesome sight. I had the privilege to see them twice and this represents the very best. Of particular interest is the Rock and Roll Medley, with Freddie belting out such classics as Tutti Frutti and Hello Mary Lou - tracks Queen would not record in a studio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Vision, 8 Jan. 2006
This album harks back to when Queen were fresh from their triumphant Live Aid performance. Freddie Mercury is on top form, working the crowd as only he knew how, while Another One Bites The Dust is joyfully exploded into life by drummer Roger Taylor and funked up nicely on bass by its composer, John Deacon. Tear It Up displays the band’s facility for hard rock, and their way with a ballad is beautifully essayed on Who Wants To Live Forever. This is, in short, a fine testament to one of rock’s greatest live bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!, 7 Mar. 2004
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This review is from: Live at Wembley 1986 (Audio CD)
This album has got to be the best album in my collection!
I wasnt even born when it was recorded, but i havent stopped playing it since!!
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