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Live at the Rainbow [Import]

QueenAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 16, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00KYT44GI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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 An absolutely astounding, perfect release September 12, 2014
By Fenwick
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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 Wonderful live sets from early Queen September 16, 2014

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: Freddy 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.

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).

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.

... and nobody played synthesizer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical anecdotes for U.S. Queen fans
Historical note for U.S. QUEEN fans from someone who was there- After the March '74 show, Queen made their first trip to the U.S. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Charles Mcgarry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love it listen to my favorite song of Queen Live
Published 5 days ago by H. Justo
5.0 out of 5 stars I've waited for this 22 years.
I'm 35 years old, 22 years being a Queen fan, and this live performance blew my senses. I really prefer the 70`s Queen era.
Great quality of the pictures. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Luis Guerrero
5.0 out of 5 stars The best concert I ever saw
Brings back vivid memories of my first Queen concert in '77. It was two and a half years after these shows, but they performed many of the same songs. The best concert I ever saw. Read more
Published 6 days ago by James L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing never heard 'Fairy Fellers Master stroke' LIVE before...SOOOO cool.
Published 6 days ago by chardt
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen - Live At Rainbow 1974. (Deluxe Box Set) 2 CD, BluRay & DVD
Superb packaging for a box set that was priced at an incredible $55
I am extremely impressed with the way this whole thing was put together right from the protective packaging... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Bring_back_the_60s
3.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl sound is desapointing
Vinyl mastering is a almost lost art. This 4 LPs set is very beautiful, but sounds terrible if compared to other medias of the same material. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mauricio
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow Warriors
*This is a review for the Single Disc addition of said Disc*
I think what makes a truly classic live album, is that it has to be a one/two off historical event (such as... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jimi jac
5.0 out of 5 stars The deluxe box set is quite nice, lots of memorabilia and such but the...
Now this is the type of archival release I've been waiting for.Lets hope there are more (70's Queen) to come. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Manuel Prats
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow 74: deluxe box set magic
This collection of two audio CDs, one DVD and one Blu-ray, plus a cornucopia of amazing extras is something that I think just about anyone would appreciate. Anyone who likes music. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Santeria
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