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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B00LIA0R68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A. Materia on September 10, 2014
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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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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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THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE VINYL EDITION (4LP BOX).

THE MUSIC.
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: Freddie 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.

SOUND / MASTERING
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.

ARTWORK
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).

FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
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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