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Queens first Live album (1979). Not an essential release in my opinion.
on 6 March 2017
Not a bad live album, not a brilliant one either. The performances are edited from numerous shows (a complete show with little to no editing would have made for a better album), the very loud 'bleeping' of expletives before 'Death In Two Legs' still grates on me after all these years, not very well mixed (despite these performance's being recorded on multi track tape). Sound quality is lacking on many tracks. On the plus side: The 2003 remaster has improved sound quality when compared with earlier CD and vinyl releases (though its still not that great a sounding album). It contains the stripped down 'vocals/acoustic guitar' arrangement of 'Love Of My Life' with wonderful crowd singing along at Freddie's request (one of the better recorded tracks). The inlay sleeve does a reasonable job of replicating the red and green artwork found on the original lp. Worth owning if you are a Queen completist. Casual fans would be better served by greatest hits vols 1 & 2 and perhaps a few studio albums.