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I have waited for this for 30 years,
This review is from: Live - Return Of The Champions (Audio CD)
1975 was quite a year. My first son was born. Bad Co. was released. We named him Paul Rodger Snelgrove. He is 30 in a few weeks. It was also the year that Bohemian Rhapsody transformed rock and rock videos in one foul swoop. I had the privilege to see Free and Bad Company on a number of occasions, I also got to see Queen - Mercury was indeed the classic showman.
The demise of Bad Company was as tragic an event for me as even the untimely death of Freddie Mercury. The result was that two of rock's finest artists became a subject of nostalgia, greatest hits albums, antholgies etc.
But this album is not nostalgic, it is 2005 and rocks the socks off anything that has come out this year and I include the excellent Coldplay. I love it.
It captures the finest vocalist to have ever graced the rock stage with the outstanding musicianship of Queen and has breathed new life into every one of these songs. There is not one dud, especially those where Rodgers voice graces Queen standards. One after another he adds rather than detracts from each song. The album starts on an amazing high note with Reaching Out/Tie Your Mother Down and just goes from strength to strength. It is hard to pick a highlight, there are so many!
I guess for me the rendition of We Are The Champions nicks it. Rodgers has given it new life. It should be a single, EMI!
If you buy one album in 2005 - get this one, you will not be disappointed
BTW, on 7 Oct 2005, my first grandson will be born. 30 years - and worth the wait!!!!
John Snelgrove, Pastor, Hong Kong