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Live At The Rainbow [VINYL]
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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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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.
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.
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...Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
bought this as a gift for my dad and have to say he was extremely happy with it thank youPublished 1 month ago by gamergirl
Perfect for those of us who prefer the earlier Queen; rockier and more aggressive.
Quality is ok, considering how long ago it was recorded. Read more
An absolute must for any Queen fan. This CD proves that Queen are one of the best rock bands ever. Some classic tracks plus stuff that you haven't heard for a while. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Bell
Saw Queen live many years ago and this album brings it all back. Pure Music MagicPublished 3 months ago by John Martin Nolan
An incredible performance showing the band in what I consider was their best period. Brought back some incredible music I'd nearly forgotten about. Read morePublished 5 months ago by IAN COLE
Although I like Queen of the 1980s, their first decade gave the greatest hits and this CD captured them in their best.Published 5 months ago by Harry