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Live at the Rainbow (Deluxe Box Set) [Live]

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B00L22BHYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Super Deluxe Box - Limited edition Super Deluxe lidded boxed set package containing:

1) Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show
2) A DVD/SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March
3) A 60 page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs, and (among other items), reproductions of reviews and features from the time.
4) Reproductions of Brian May’s parents’ tickets from the March concert
5) A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences!
6) A reproduction of the 8 page show tour program
7) Two button badges – reproductions of items available at the concert
8) A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster
9) A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph Magazine, featuring the band with fashion models.
10) A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert

Product Description

Sunday March 31st 1974 is a landmark date in the history of rock music. It is now celebrated in the release of a rare recording made at legendary London venue The Rainbow, of a concert by the then up-and-coming band called Queen. Few who turned up for that iconic performance could have predicted they would go on to become arguably the world's best and most successful rock group, although many more may have suspected it after this stunning show.

Among the unique material contained in this release are over a dozen songs and performances never previously released on any official Queen live album. That concert, being heard live for the first time in the soon to be released Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74, marked the culmination of the band's countrywide tour, their first as headliners - hot on the heels of a tour supporting Mott the Hoople, late in 1973, on which they were widely regarded as having blown the hit band off the stage. Queen got rave reviews, almost unheard of for a support band, and it was obvious that in future they would be top of the bill.

Just before the March Rainbow gig, Queen performed their new single 'Seven Seas of Rhye' on must-see UK TV music show Top of the Pops. The highly coveted slot was a lucky break - they filled in for David Bowie, who was unavailable - and the band made the most of it, delivering a thrilling performance that pushed the song into the Top 10.

Although the group now had a first hit single under its belt, and second album Queen II had just been released to critical acclaim, many felt that playing The Rainbow was overambitious. It was the premier London venue of the time, on a par with L.A.'s Palladium and New York's Fillmore East. But the band had paid its dues, slugging it out in clubs and college halls for four years, and never doubting their own potential. The band's confidence was vindicated when the venue quickly sold out the capacity of more than 3,000 seats.

Queen's performance was spectacular from the second that Freddie Mercury strutted onto the stage in his soon to become trademark white 'eagle suit,' specially made for him by top fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. He pranced and posed, capturing the audience in seconds with his extraordinary voice and stage presence, while Brian May provided the counterpoint with his remarkable ground-breaking guitar playing. The powerful 'engine room' of drummer Roger Taylor and bass player John Deacon completed a sound unlike anything British audiences had previously heard.

That electrifying show was recorded by Roy Thomas Baker, co-producer of Queen's first four studio albums, and slated to be the band's third album (and debut live album) - a career defining release like James Brown's Live At The Apollo or The Who's Live At Leeds. Intended to be a recording that captured the magic of a live band firing on all cylinders, Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 would undoubtedly have been a big success. But Queen's ferocious creative momentum produced a stack of new songs begging to be recorded and instead of releasing the live album the band went into the studio to record what was to become their breakthrough album, Sheer Heart Attack. As a result the completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives.

Later in 1974 Queen had their first chart-topping single, 'Killer Queen,' which encapsulated their brand of driving rock and clever lyrics. It appeared on Sheer Heart Attack, which was released in the autumn, was a massive hit and remains to this day many fans' favorite Queen album. To celebrate this success and crown a remarkable year, Queen returned to The Rainbow in November 1974 for two sell-out gigs that were even more spectacular than the one in March.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This amazing CD (and its Blu-ray counterpart) essentially servers as a time capsule for Queen fans and rock fans in general. It offers listeners a trip back to 1974, prior to Queen hitting mass success. "Queen Live at the Rainbow 74" offers a rare glimpse into Queen's early, heavier style; capturing the group live at time when they were still striving to establish themselves as a truly great rock band.

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 haring 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".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound and video of early Queen September 12, 2014
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I have been a Queen fan since 1976 and saw them live in 1980. At the time Queen was one of the most underated live bands. While I have enjoyed the post 1982 live concerts that have been released they seem to be a peat-repeat of the same concert staples. However, the Live at the Rainbow are live tracks from Queen's first three releases. I can't believe the quality of the sound in these recordings. The concert video is well done, not the choppy cuts we have become accustomed. There are some nice overlays of Brian and Freddie on piano, that are just amazing. The only disappointment with the song selection is that there are no Roger Taylor songs so we could hear his great voice.
I love the packaging, the memorabilia and the book are all nice and the box it comes in is sturdy.
The Bluray is not full screen, but it is sharp and clear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely astounding, perfect release September 12, 2014
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This is a review of the deluxe box set. Many of us die hard Queen fans have been in a perpetual case of limbo over the past few years. With a number of Queen blu ray and DVD releases focusing on their 80s catalog, we were left feeling grateful about additional product from our music heroes, but wondering when the vastly under-exposed early years would ever see the light of day.

Boy oh boy does this box set do it justice. Two live CDs from March and November of 1974, covering tours for the Queen II and just released Sheer Heart Attack albums. In addition to this, we are treated to an up-scaled standard blu ray of the November show, with a couple of bonus cuts from the March show. In a word, the music on this is ferocious. The band was notorious for being perfectionists, and I have to say, the dedication to their craft really shines through here. Freddie's voice is in top form. Roger and John play as solidly as ever. But Brian is really, truly on fire.

Hearing these guys rip through the set lists with such unstoppable energy is such a joy. And hearing classic album cuts like Ogre Battle, BOTH versions of In the Laps of the Gods, my personal favorite, Flick of the Wrist. This is not the pop Queen that developed over the late 70s and into the 80s. (Don't get me wrong, I love virtually their entire catalog). But this is the much heavier rock based sound from their first few albums that far fewer people are familiar with overall.

Bottom line, the songs are performed brilliantly and sound better than ever, The video definitely shows its' wear and there are quite a few moments where the picture is pretty grainy. But no matter. This is the stuff of legend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing raw energy September 12, 2014
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Amazing raw energy! The early period of Queen has always been my favorite and the heaviness, creativity, and dynamic energy of the first 3 albums has always been under appreciated. Queen has always been known as a studio band, yet they do a fantastic job of translating their work into a live show - the theme seems to be "turn it up and make it heavy". This is a must have for any Queen fan - I also recommend it to fans of hard rock or anyone who wishes to explore the tapestry of earlier forms of heavier music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe how lucky we all are !!!! September 15, 2014
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Queen were perhaps the first band that I became a fan of pretty much all by myself. And I always grabbed their records when they were available, & appreciated each one for what it was worth, & as you expect, some were favored more than others, only to have the opposite be the favorite a few years later !

In all this time however, I have always felt that the first 3 - Queen albums had the most power, imagination, & progression that all the successive albums didn't have as much of. They're raw, heavy, & are very much unique in that you have to play each album from start to finish, or you don't play them at all. You have to take the time to savor the "whole", as each tune interweaves with the next. It was realizations like these that made them very special.

For me, personally, this newly released boxed set is a very remarkable achievement, in that it brings the band to me from that time, in a live format that I never ever thought was going to be possible, since I didn't know that these recordings existed. And even more astonishing, is that the events were filmed...

The result is beyond words, & I'm very pleased to say the least that a release like this has been made possible, & can only thank the people that made it all happen.

Sound quality is excellent, irrespective of it being 1974.
Picture quality is as good as it gets, all things considered. The 6-cameras on-site did well to capture what they did.
The Book & the extras make this boxed-set very special indeed. Quality is 1st rate.
Packaging is superb.

This is an incredible release, & have no doubt about it being a very special collection of a very dynamic & powerful band, on the verge of world super-stardom.

Enjoy !!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
LOTS of extra goodies included. I expected more that just two cd's, a Blu-ray and a dvd though. 54 bucks was WAY too expensive. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by George Klavins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, rocking early Queen
Excellent, rocking early Queen. Great sound quality and a beautiful slice of 70's hard rock glory. Modern Times Rock & Roll indeed! Read more
Published 2 days ago by JAM37
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful live sets from early Queen

If you love Queen, this is possibly one of their finest hours. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Agnes Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Better than I expected. Plus the reduced price sweetened the deal even MORE, thanks Amazon!
Published 3 days ago by edward a.cornett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy.
Great piece of history. Good audio and visual quality. It's about time they start releasing these older concerts. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Robert Goshop
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Too bad Freddy is not here to enjoy this.
Published 3 days ago by George Broaddus
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Excellent video quality
Fantastic! Excellent video quality. This is a rare glimpse into the historic past of Queen. I was blown away by the sound quality! Amazing. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jim Hillman
5.0 out of 5 stars I was lucky that a local shop had this full ...
I was lucky that a local shop had this full deluxe set. This set which is legendary with Queen fans is every thing it's been cracked up to be. Read more
Published 7 days ago by A. Quinlan
QUEEN LIVE AT THE RAINBOW 1974 has been around for years on end as a bootleg cd
i'm a big QUEEN fan, i love the raw sounding early QUEEN more than the commercial QUEEN... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ben30
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blu ray and dvd region?
according to the Queen online store, the single BD will be released region free. So far the only listing I can find on is the super deluxe edition with CDs, DVD, and BD and none of the individual formats.
Jul 7, 2014 by LedMan |  See all 11 posts
Confusing Product Description - DVD? Blu-Ray?
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Why is this "Currently unavailable"?
My pre-order still shows the same delivery date. So I am hoping they just had a limited number and have just sold them all and that I am still getting mine.

Update : 9-7-14. My pre-order has shipped! So that answers our question, they just sold out of what they had stocked.
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