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Live at the Rainbow 74 [Blu-ray] (2014)

Queen , Queen  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Queen
  • Directors: Queen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Live, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00M574CIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,268 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1974 was a year of high achievement for Queen. They had their first two hit singles, 'Seven Seas OfRhye' and 'Killer Queen,' released two albums, 'Queen II' and 'Sheer Heart Attack,' and completed major tours across the UK, America and Europe. In the UK, they performed three sold-out shows at the legendary Rainbow Theatre in London's Finsbury Park, one in March on the 'Queen II' tour and two in November following the release of 'Sheer Heart Attack'. To mark the 40th Anniversary of these shows, fans can finally enjoy Queen 'Live At The Rainbow 74', lovingly restored, re-edited, mixed and digitally mastered and including much previously unseen footage. The main show is from November with, as a bonus, the only surviving footage from the March show. This is Queen dazzling their audience with an unforgettable show delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-"Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen Firing On All Cylinders September 3, 2014
A 4.5 star release. It's excellent to have this footage of Queen finally released legally. The visuals, considering the original source (videotape) and the time period (1974), are pretty sharp on the DVD version. I like it that it retains the videotape look (as in a REALLY REALLY GOOD ORIGINAL VIDEOTAPE MASTER), instead of the producers trying to "change" it to look like movie film (i.e. The Who's "Live in Chicago 1979" DVD; Cheap Trick's "At Budokan (1979)" DVD.)

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. :)
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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 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".
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer Queen September 8, 2014
I have to admit that I kinda/sorta missed the whole Queen bandwagon in my youth. Oh, I knew who they were at the time; while I can appreciate the obvious theatricality of the music, I tended to – back in those days – appreciate more of the radio friendly tunes that came out subsequent to this release, QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ’74. Their original show – which took place on March 31, 1974 at the legendary London platform known as The Rainbow – was mostly a bare-bones affair: it’s the stage, it’s the band, and the stage was sent for the world to welcome what would inevitably become one of the biggest, boldest, brashest bands of an era.

(For the purposes of clarity, the DVD recording features Queen’s performance taped during November of ’74 and not that original appearance.)

This standard DVD release includes 24 tracks performed live; if you’ve interested in extras, then there are an additional four tracks which – while also performed at The Rainbow – actually were recorded about six months earlier (as part of the Queen II Tour).

Clearly, it’s hard to dismiss the fact that Queen was on the verge of something magical at this time. There’s an obvious theatricality about their work on stage, and I found it a refreshing experience to watch them in their prime: because they’d yet to find their place in music history, it’s almost a macabre encounter to watch them going through their paces. Still, one can’t even begin to doubt the greatness in their sound … so what better way to experience today than in a fully restored, re-edited, mixed and digitally mastered performance?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great older concert! queen at its best. viviala freddy!
Published 23 hours ago by mark soholt
4.0 out of 5 stars Queen at their glam best.
Hi Queen fans.

I was happy to see that this was released. I was 10 years old when I got my first Queen album, and by the time I was old enough to attend a rock concert,... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any real Queen fan.
Rock and roll perfection delivered to the masses 40 years too late. But it's here now.
Published 4 days ago by Steve Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat to watch
Queen is fresh and new in this 1974 performance, guitar you can't describe, beer covered drums, unerring baseline, Freddie has long hair and is exotic, and I just love it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Betty Wiley
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff from before they believed their own hype
who was the genius that kep this in the can for 40 years? great stuff from before they believed their own hype.
Published 4 days ago by Steve Acri
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen '74 in rare form
I was a bit skeptical at first because I thought that the quality of the audio and video from a concert performed in November of 1974 would not measure up to today's standards,... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Robert Shanahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Outstanding show from 1974. Some audio and visual limitations due to the date of the show but sound overall is excellent. Read more
Published 8 days ago by M. Sarver
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! Good to see a live show around ...
Great stuff! Good to see a live show around the Queen 2 and Sheer Heart Attack release era. Sounds great and looks good. Only negative is 4/3 display but what can you do?
Published 10 days ago by thomas gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars long awaited dvd of a great concert
any fan of early Queen music will love this dvd. Freddie at his finest!
Published 11 days ago by patricia gibbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen in the beginning
this is a very well done concert of Queen
Published 12 days ago by Jaxene D Sundstrom
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