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Not completely essential but some gems,
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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
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
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
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.