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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not completely essential but some gems, 8 Mar. 2012
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Vinman666 (Essex, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lost BBC sessions (In the mirror) Japanese Cd. (Audio CD)
Back in the 1980's I remember Tommy Vance playing a session from Queen on his Friday Rock Show that consisted of 4 tracks from the News Of The World album. The one that has stayed in my memory ever since was the fast version of We Will Rock You, otherwise only available on live albums. It was unusual in that it started with the normal stomp-stomp-clap 'slow' version before a mid-song spoken section (about Buddha!) followed by the fast version. It was weird but brilliant!

In 1989 the Queen At The Beeb album was released, including songs from 2 earlier BBC sessions and it was rumoured that this was the first of a trilogy, to include all 6 sessions they recorded. The other two never materialised but I've never forgotten that 1977 session despite only having heard it once.

This Japanese issue CD contains the 4 missing sessions, recorded in 1973, 1974 (2) and 1977:

July 25 1973
See What A Fool I've Been
Liar
Son And Daughter
Keep Yourself Alive

The first track was not on the first Queen album but has featured in box sets and the 2011 remastered edition of Queen II's bonus EP. It, Liar and Keep Yourself Alive are similar to the standard versions while Son And Daughter has an extended instrumental section. The liner notes refer to these being the standard album mixes with the vocals overdubbed, which is clearly not true when you listen to them.

April 3 1974
Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
Nevermore
White Queen (As It Began)
The March Of The Black Queen

This session demonstrates how the band have matured since the previous year, confident enough to extend or adjust the arrangements of the songs, probably based on live performances. Unfortunately March of The Black Queen is the Queen II album version, complete with the fade to Funny How Love Is just audible at the end.

October 16 1974
Now I'm Here
Stone Cold Crazy
Flick Of The Wrist
Tenement Funster

The liner notes state again that these are the album mixes with newly overdubbed vocals but on this occasion that does sound more likely. The guitar inflections on the intro to Now I'm Here are identical to the original version (though Freddie sounds as if he's singing in the toilet, there is so much echo), as is the plucked intro to Tenement Funster. These tracks also have the original radio introductions from 'Whispering' Bob Harris.

October 28 1977
Spread Your Wings
It's Late/Get Down Make Love
My Melancholy Blues
We Will Rock You

This is by far the best session of the four, effectively Queen in concert but with studio sound quality. Spread Your Wings sticks to the standard format of the song for the most part, except for a speed jam close to the end. It's Late begins as normal before segueing into Freddie's orgasmic section from Get Down Make Love and finally returning to It's Late for the end of the song. Melancholy Blues isn't one of my favourite songs but it's a decent version, complete with Freddie laughing and missing the final words. Last, but not least, it's the slow/fast version of We Will Rock You, a track that I've waited around 30 years to hear again. And it's just as weird and just as good!

I can't honestly say this whole album is essential, including as it does one track that's the original version and four others that are album backing tracks with new overdubs. But for anyone who regretted that Queen At The Beeb never became a trilogy, this is the closest you're likely to get.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen - BBC Sessions., 23 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Lost BBC sessions (In the mirror) Japanese Cd. (Audio CD)
I'm not necessarily reviewing this particular release, but just offering some clarity on each of the sessions - I do have all the BBC sessions on a pretty good quality bootleg so I have heard all the tracks. As a previous reviewer has said, Queen recorded six sessions for the BBC between 1973 and 1977. Each session contains four songs. Sessions 1 and 3 were released as 'Queen at the Beeb' in 1989. The same sessions were then re-released by Hollywood Records in 1995 under the title 'Queen at the BBC'. This 'Lost In The 'Mirror' release offers the remaining sessions that were not on 'Queen at the Beeb / BBC'.

Session 2 - See What A Fool I've Been / Keep Yourself Alive / Liar / Son And Daughter. Recorded 25th July 1973.

The band took the master tapes for Keep Yourself and Liar into the studio and re-recorded the vocal tracks. The other two tracks were re-recorded in their entirety. This particular version of See What A Fool I've Been (which was a non-album track that was the b-side to the Seven Seas Of Rhye single) was released on the bonus disc of the 2011 Queen II Remaster release. The most interesting track in this session is Son And Daughter which is twice as long as the album version and includes some improvisation that listeners will recognise as the fore runner to the Brighton Rock guitar solo.

Session 4 - Modern Times Rock N'Roll / Nevermore / White Queen (As It Began) / The March Of The Black Queen. Recorded 3rd April 1974.

The version of Nevermore recorded here is also available on the bonus disc of the 2011 Queen II Remaster release. Whilst a particularly frantic version of Modern Times Rock N'Roll and White Queen are re-recorded here in their entirety, The March Of The Black Queen suspiciously fades into Funny How Love Is (the next track on Queen II) and is another vocal (and possibly guitar) overdubbing of the album master tapes. The highlight of this session is without doubt the newly recorded White Queen.

Session 5 - Now I'm Here / Stone Cold Crazy / Flick Of The Wrist / Tenement Funster. Recorded 16th October 1974.

This is probably the most disappointing Queen BBC session in that all four tracks feature new vocals dubbed over the album master tapes. The versions of Flick Of The Wrist and Tenement Funster were released on the bonus disc of the 2011 Sheer Heart Attack Remaster release. Since on the album Tenement Funster segues into Flick Of The Wrist, the backing tape used for 'Tenement' finishes on a simple power chord.

Session 6 - Spread Your Wings / It's Late / My Melancholy Blues / We Will Rock You. Recorded 28th October 1977.

Following the worst BBC session (although I would point out that Sheer Heart Attack is one of my favourite albums) comes the best session. All four tracks are new recordings. Spread Your Wings is more upbeat than the album version with thundering drums and powerful guitar. The track ends with a superb up-tempo finale. It's Late has a 'Get Down Make Love' middle section similar to that on Live Killers. The most interesting piece is We Will Rock You. The track starts with one verse of the slower album version with Brian then coming in with the live guitar solo and finishing with a power chord. As this fades, there is some dialogue discussing Shiva and Brahma and Hindu deities before the band tear into the 'fast' version of We Will Rock You - the effect is quite dramatic. Apparently, the dialogue was from a late night reading of Siddhartha on Radio 4 that was already on the tape and accidently sat between the slow and fast versions of 'Rock You'. When the band heard the finished recording, so the story goes, they liked the effect and the dialogue was left in! Having not heard this Lost In The Mirror version, I don't know how much of the We Will Rock You track is contained here - hopefully all of it! These versions of Spread Your Wings and My Melancholy Blues are available on the bonus disc of the 2011 News Of The World Remaster. The fast 'bit' of We Will Rock You was given away free by the Sun national newspaper in 2002 to market the We Will Rock You musical at the Dominion Theatre in London. Unfortunately, it doesn't include any of the aforementioned dialogue.

As I said previously, I'm not reviewing this particular release, but giving some details on the BBC sessions. Hopefully, Queen Productions will see fit at some point to release all six sessions together - the music is all already there and it represents an era (for oldies like me) when Queen were at their most experimental and interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars odd but wonderful, 20 Mar. 2013
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I can only echo what has been previously written about this album. It's a 'fan's' record. Don't buy if you don't own the albums it references. But... if you adore the 70s Queen, more than the stadium band of 1980s then this should be for you. Despite these caveats I have listened to this a lot since i received it, and love the slightly harder sound of the earlier tracks, and the 77 session is worth the cost alone! Also, the sound is not quite all that you may want, I listen to a lot of live albums so don't mind.
What chance of a fully official early period live album? Plenty of source tapes exist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost no more, 29 Jan. 2014
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A great album capturing Queen at in my opinion their best. Again we are having to pay heavy japanese prices for this cd. Come on Island , do something for us poor music fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 6 Jan. 2014
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Bought this as a surprise for my husband as his vinyl version was damaged in a house flood. He loves it. More tracks than the vinyl and he hasn't stopped talking about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Queen album, 11 Dec. 2013
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A must for hardcore Queen fans. Queen developing their style, trying out arrangements finding their feet. A great album beautifully packaged. Well worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST! BONKERS VERSION OF WE WILL ROCK YOU, 21 Oct. 2013
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I remember sitting in a car in '77 or '78 hearing that and yearning to here it again. And now I have. Overall superb to have all these BBC sessions together. Sure,some are studio and I've got some in the 2011 reissues. But to hear whispering Bob Harris praise " Stone Cold Crazy" to the hilt is great. And the "White Queen" is almost worth the money alone. Brilliant band.So eclectic,so inventive.If you like to listen to an album not knowing whats next go buy Queen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock-on!, 17 Oct. 2014
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Stunning! If this totally awesome collection does not excite your senses you might just as well be a plant!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, 16 Dec. 2012
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In search for a special Queen album? Don't look any further. This is it! Although some tracks are exactly as on the album, the other songs are must heves for any QUeen fan.
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