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Great concert but poor cd quality,
This review is from: Live Killers (Audio CD)
With the release of Live At Wembley and Live At The Bowl, I was eager to hear more of Queen's wonderful material performed live. Finding this album at a very low price, I was very eager to listen to one of the early concerts that were done in the 70's before the days of synth and computers. I've got to say, it wasn't what I thought.
While I thought the concert on a whole was very good, the cd itself wasn't. I found the sound quality very poor and there were times when I couldn't hear what was being said or sung (even at full blast - on the operatic section of the song Bohemian Rhapsody, it was very hard to make out anything at all).
That's the bad points out of the way. While there is that problem with the sound, the music and Queen themselves are at very high quality. Freddie is wonderful, and so too is Brian's guitar playing on Brighton Rock and Roger's drumming on songs like Now I'm Here. '79 was when Freddie still had his wonderful voice and was able to do a lot more with it.
The medley of hits are wonderful. This is the only concert album where you can find treasures like Let Me Entertain You, Killer Queen, Bicylce Race and You're My Best Friend and Love of My Life has never been performed with such glory and this version has been called the defintive concert version (which can be found on the DVD version of GH1).
Despite bad sound quality, I would still say buy this as the concert itself is wonderful and performed by one of the greatest bands around. This was Queen in their prime. This was before Freddie became ill and before Queen started going off on their own to do solo projects. This is a great two-disc set that should be in any Queen fans collection.
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Initial post: 31 Mar 2010 00:29:38 BDT
R. Pievaitis says:
dear simon,the reason you cannot hear the operatic section of B.R. too well is that ,at this stage,the band left the stage and a tape was played as they were unable to properly recreate this intricate piece of music,so in true queen style they left !
only to reappear for the rockier section at the end.
yes ,maybe it shold have been mixed slightly higher in the mix,but i have always related to the sound drop as queen making everyone aware that it is not them playing live at that part in the song.
try relistening with this in mind,i am a big fan of this album as i have still the original double vinyl from its initial release and it saw some stick in our common room at our grammar school.the vinyl version sounded amazing ,still does,so have not heard the cd version,maybe it has been remixed badly or something,very doubtful though as all queen audio has always been of the highest order.
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