5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
good recordings, but...,
This review is from: Queen At The BBC (Audio CD)
For the heavy Queen fan, one who owns all the records, including the live albums and the Flash Gordon soundtrack, 'Queen At The Beeb' will make an excellent purchase, especially if they're fans of the band's early material like myself. The album provides fascinating never-before-heard versions of some of Queen's finest songs, with the energy of a live performance but with the quality of radio studio recording... how can you go wrong?
Unfortunately, the album has some serious problems, the worst of which being that almost all the songs in it are from the band's first album. In fact, it has all the best songs from that album (except for Brian May's fantastic 'The Night Comes Down'), as well as one from the second album. However, it does not make a decent replacement for the actual album, and therefore dosen't make much sense for the average listener to buy. If only it would have featured one or two lesser known songs, like the forgotten b-side 'Mad The Swine' or a song from the smile period, it could have been much better.
True, some of the songs are very different, often better than the album version. 'Modern Time Rock n' Roll' has been wonderfuly performed, and an excellent though slightly misplaced guitar solo was added. 'Keep Yourself Alive' is slightly heavier than the album version, as is 'Liar' - which makes this already superb song even better (although Freddie seems to have some sort of trouble with his microphone...) Most of all, the heavy rocker 'Son and Daughter' was extended by four minutes of guitar jamming. The riffs there will seem familiar to most Queen fans from 'Brighton Rock', but in fact they originate even earlier than this recording, to the Smile song 'Blag'. Some of the songs though, especially 'Great King Rat' and 'Ogre Battle', are slightly pale when compared to the album versions.
Needless to say that this CD is a must for the true Queen fans - they'll get it anyway. For the casual listener, get 'Queen' first, and decide for yourself if you reall need another version of the same album.