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For me, the only flaw in the DVD is that although the bass signals are prominent, there is almost too much of a "boomy" sound, which causes some of John Deacon's bass notes to lose some of their clarity. As a result of the slightly murky boomy sound, the instruments do sound live. Roger Taylor and Brian May (and occasionally Deacon) provide backup vocals, and it's only a couple of moments that possibly telegraph that the band may have overdubbed some background vocals onto the recording (the high, eerie backup vocals on "Now I'm Here" during Taylor's ferocious drum fills might have been overdubbed.) The cameras give more time to Mercury, but without really ignoring Deacon, May and Taylor. Only a sluggish spotlight or two detract from a strong visual experience (not the fault of the DVD producers.)
Let's face it, this late in the game, even with a couple tiny glitches, "Live at the Rainbow 74" is a treasure for us Queen fans. It's nice that Eagle Rock put out a Queen recording other than the (still-great) 1980s concert DVD recordings. I love "Wembley 86," "Montreal," "On Fire: At the Bowl," "Live Aid," etc., but it's cool to have live 70s-era Queen on DVD. Now bring out "Houston 1977," "Hyde Park 1976" and something from the Night at the Opera and Jazz tours (and The Beatles' "Let It Be" film) onto DVD next. :)
The first set on "Queen Live at the Rainbow 74" (recorded in March of 1974) was originally intended to be released as a live record to help support Queen's first two albums but was shelved in favor of recording their next studio album (which would eventually become "Sheer Heart Attack").
That said, the material on the CD may not be familiar to many people who identify themselves as Queen fans (and that's completely understandable). It's easy to forget that Queen was a band that produced 15 studio albums and as a result, many fans are simply unaware of the powerful brilliance and dark intensity of Queen's earliest material. Better stated, "old Queen" did not start with "A Night at the Opera"; it started with Queen and Queen II. When hearing this material performed live you'll not only realize how rich and diverse Queen's catalog of material is; you'll also realize that Queen was a band that had many different musical incarnations and was constantly reinventing themselves while at the same time retaining the stylistic elements that made their sound truly unique.
In addition to the March concert (which was in support of Queen and Queen II), listeners will also have the treat of hearing (and seeing) a November 1974 performance which includes material from both earlier albums and material from "Sheer Heart Attack".Read more ›
Where do I even begin? Well firstly, here is where you get to see just how unreal this band was in terms of how TIGHT they were. These are complicated songs, borderline Progressive Rock in nature (much of the first two albums, were both Guitar Driven and very long form, with many parts), with vocals harmonies to attack that should you get so much as an atom of a note off, you'd collapse the whole structure, and they were PERFECT. I don't think I've ever described a band as perfect, but Queen in 1974 are as perfect as a band can get, and they left not one drop of room for error. Queen were not a band known for jamming out on their material, a la Zeppelin or Purple, but Queen ARE known for very thorough arrangements, and this concert displays this gorgeously, as they took moments of songs and worked them for solos, worked them for interludes, re-arranged pieces here and there to make it more exciting. In particular a Medley of In The Lap Of The Gods/Killer Queen/March of the Black Queen made me sit and squeal like a 13 year old girl. Another thing? This Queen were LOUD.Read more ›
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Great Concert,,Shows Queen when I first saw them ,Which was the Best Time To See Them Really Rock,,, Seen them later and they were also Great ,,Published 24 days ago by Goodtogo55
My friend, if you are a longtime Queen fan who loves those early years when Queen rocked, this performance is a treasure. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phil (San Diego)
Love this DVD. Early Queen concert footage brings back memories. Sound is pretty good too.Published 1 month ago by Richard Verrico
A must for all Queen fans. Lot's of nice memories. Freddie is superb!
great glimpse into the beginnings of my favorite band. Lots of energy to the band, and they all look so young. The video quality is terrific, as is the audio.Published 4 months ago by chardt