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  • Vinyl (8 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00KYT44MC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Procession
  2. Father To Son
  3. Ogre Battle
  4. Son And Daughter
  5. Guitar Solo
  6. Son And Daughter (Reprise)
  7. Keep Yourself Alive
  8. Drum Solo
  9. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)
  10. Seven Seas Of Rhye
  11. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
  12. Liar

Disc: 2

  1. Procession
  2. Now I'm Here
  3. White Queen (As It Began)
  4. Flick Of The Wrist
  5. In The Lap Of The Gods
  6. Killer Queen
  7. The March Of The Black Queen
  8. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
  9. Stone Cold Crazy
  10. In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited

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"Queen dazzled their audiences in 1974 with an unforgettable show at legendary London venue The Rainbow, delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth. The tape machines were rolling, capturing the highly electric performances. Now, to mark the 40th anniversary of these legendary shows, here, finally, is Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 - lovingly restored, edited, mixed and digitally mastered, and including much footage never previously seen."

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THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE VINYL EDITION (4LP BOX).

THE MUSIC.
If you love Queen, this is possibly one of their finest hours. It's 1974 so they're playing music from the first two albums (March concert, LPs 1&2), as well as introducing songs from Sheer Heart Attack (November concert, LPs 3&4), and a few covers.
The music is thunderous, relentless and breathtaking. By this time the band was already an extremely well-oiled unit, they're firing on all cylinders and they know it (re: Freddie Mercury calling a halt to Ogre Battle after the first verse and asking the audience "What do you think of the show so far?"...). They're possibly rocking harder than on the studio albums. In short, if you love Queen, you'll love this.

SOUND / MASTERING
The sound is quite satisfying for a live recording of this period. There's not a huge stereo separation but the sound is detailed, full, and with great dynamics. Credits to the vinyl edition read: "half speed vinyl mastering by Miles Showell ad Abbey Road Studios" (while mastering of original tapes was made, as per the CD version, at Metropolis Mastering).
The vinyl sounds wonderful, possibly even a bit warmer and fuller than the CD version I had the chance to compare it to.

ARTWORK
The four LPs are housed in a sturdy box; each disc housed in a sleeve with a picture of a band member and an inner sleeve with pictures and liner notes not included in the standard 2CD version (which as far as liner notes are concerned features just the credits).

FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
In the LP box there's a card for the digital download of the entire album in mp3 files.

All considered, a must for any Queen fan, in my opinion. The music, the sound and the packaging are all equally beautiful. A high quality live document for a great band.
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Not going to go to in-depth as much has been said already. In the 70's bought their seven first studio albums then 'Live Killers' before it went a bit cold for me with their turn to a more electronic sound. So this is a real treat for those who worship at the high altar of genuine hard rock at its best and Queens early material. Many of the same songs are repeated on both CD's but there is a difference. CD1, the March concert has that raw, brash, university / college hall feel about it from the moment 'Father To Son' comes crashing in and for 'live' album lovers they haven't gone overboard with the 'fixes' and some momentary feedback from John Deacons bass is there. A massive plus is that the great rhythm section is given equal prominence. CD2, the November gig, although only eight months and a album release later shows a step up. A fuller, richer output with more reverb and keyboards involved producing a bigger sound that would serve them well in the huge outdoor venues to come. As with all great bands the four are a tight unit as they switch seemingly effortlessly through medley's and alternating through songs with guitar / drum solo's interjected. Far, far better than 'Live Killers' , this one joins the pantheon of truly great live rock albums.
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I've been waiting for this since I missed out on the Box Of Tricks back in the day. I'm totally undecided as what to buy - really thought I'd go for the Deluxe Boxed set - but I keep thinking The Beach Boys SMiLE Boxed set contained 5 C.D.'s, the separate vinyl lp in it's cover, two 7" singles also in covers, a book, a poster and shed loads of beautiful art work for the same price...so I'm slowly convincing my self otherwise.
I've only listened to this on Spotify atm - as I decide - but even on Spotify the sound is, well...magnificent...stunning in fact. Plus it's going through my old 70's stereo - so it's got that authentic timbre. Much beefier than the early studio l.p.'s - even the heaviest moments on 'Father To Son' pale compared to these versions. You can see why they were disappointed with the sound on Queen I and II. I'm taken aback at the fullness of Freddie's vocal sound - probably after years of hearing poorly mixed boots, and the Christmas 75 concert - but in comparison to Live Killers, and Wembley - this wipes the floor. It's also inventive - as others have said, when they were still on the cusp of finding their niche, and had more to prove than to loose - and as a band who generally gave 200% anyway, this is double the money. It's been noted that it's truly an ensemble performance - I agree with that, and yep, the famed harmonies are showcased more so than on later live releases. Its amazing - very nice to be reminded of what Queen were before all the revisionism and Rogers-isms. When they were four. This is what made them famous, not what kept them famous. I've got everything else from Smile to Innuendo - on all formats - so which one to buy...
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By Max VINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2016
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I've always been a fan of Queen's early years (less so with their stadium filling latter years), they always had a great raw punky edge, but obviously liked to experiment. This release gives you two great live performances from the Rainbow, one from the Queen II album and the other from the Sheer Heart Attack album.I really like the song choices and the quality of performance is to a very high standard (Brian May is particularly amazing). How these guys played such intricate parts while singing in harmony is baffling.

One mark against this release is that it's perhaps been mastered a little too loud, so you need to do some compensating. It's a nice package with a fold out digi-pack case and an informative inside booklet with details about the gigs.

If you love early Queen then this is a must-have.
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