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Live at the Rainbow 74 [Blu-ray]

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1974 was a year of high achievement for Queen. They had their first two hit singles, 'Seven Seas Of Rhye' 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.

Product Details

  • Actors: Queen
  • Directors: Queen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Live, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00M574CIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
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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Oh my GOD! Oh my GOD!!! I am an atheist and I'm screaming Oh my GOD, that ought to be some sort of indication as to the magic and wonder of the contents of this DVD/Blu Ray. In 1974, Queen were a hungry band, just putting their well glam'd out heel into the history of Rock and Roll, having only recently cracked America with Sheer Heart Attack, which they'd only recently released when this concert took place. This was not the Queen of Bohemian Rhapsody yet, this, was a band who had their claws out and were coming for your neck and OH MY GOD!!!!!

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.
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