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Party at the Palace: Queen's Jubilee Concert

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If one needed an example of rock's co-optation by the mainstream (or is it the other way around?), this 21-track, all-star live anthology is perfect fodder for the "yes" argument. Recorded at Buckingham Palace during celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee, it's sometimes hard to figure out which royalty is receiving the most honors here, the House of Windsor or the Brit contingent of rock's long-in-the-tooth royalty. Kicking off with a perfectly pompous rendition of "God Save the Queen" (Thomas Arne's, not the Sex Pistols') by Queen's (the band, not the royalty) Brian May and Roger Taylor and peppered with performances by the usual, knighted (some of them) suspects Phil Collins, Elton John, Eric Clapton, and Paul McCartney, much of this collection could have well served in 1977 during Queen Elizabeth's Silver Anniversary as well. Still, there's fun to be had imagining what must have been going through Liz's mind watching Tom Jones's salaciously swinging take on "You Can Leave Your Hat On" or Ozzy/Iommi's metal-manic perennial, "Paranoid." Indeed, it's the kitsch moments--Shirley Bassey's muscular "Goldfinger," Cliff Richard's raving rockabilly-tinged "Move It," Atomic Kitten's cover of "Dancing in the Streets"--that seem to be imbued with the most joie de vivre. Brian Wilson continues his remarkable, satisfying career revival with the evergreens "God Only Knows" (with the Corrs) and "Good Vibrations" (backed by Richard, Emma Bunton, and Atomic Kitten), performances that garner some of the evening's biggest ovations, while McCartney trots out "Hey Jude" for the inevitable all-star sing-along finale. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. God Save The Queen - Brian May with Roger Taylor & Ray Cooper
  2. You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins
  3. Dancing in The Street - Atomic Kitten
  4. Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
  5. Everything I Do (I Do It For You) - Bryan Adams
  6. You Can Leave Your Hat On - Tom Jones featuring Blue & Keith Airley
  7. Radio Ga Ga - Queen with Phil Collins on drums
  8. We Will Rock You - Queen, The London Cast Of The Musical We Will Rock You, Phil Collins on drums
  9. We Are The Champions - Queen & Will Young, The London Cast Of The Musical We Will Rock You, Phil Collins on drums
  10. Why - Annie Lennox
  11. Move It - Cliff Richard featuring S Club 7 & Brian May
  12. Paranoid- Ozzy Osbourne
  13. I Want Love - Elton John
  14. God Only Knows - Brian Wilson featuring The Corrs
  15. Good Vibrations - Brian Wilson featuring Emma Bunton & Atomic Kitten
  16. Layla - Eric Clapton
  17. Gimme Some Lovin' - Steve Winwood
  18. With a Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker featuring Steve Winwood & Brian May
  19. Handbags & Gladrags - Rod Stewart featuring J'anna Jacoby
  20. All You Need Is Love - Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Paul McCartney
  21. Hey Jude - Paul McCartney


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 2, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000069003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a decent CD of this historic musical event. We enjoyed the TV coverage of the event by VH1 and Mrs. Osbourne in the USA but inevitably much was cut. The opening National Anthem played by Brian May from the roof top of Buckingham Palace is unforgetable -- visually and aurally wonderful. Unforgivably they cut Tom Jones and Shirly Bassey from the TV coverage. The CD covers more of the Party which is great. However I believe it is not a complete record of the show -- I am pretty sure I heard (a fairly lack lustre version of) "My Guitar Gently Weeps" during the show -- somebody please stick an overdriven Les Paul in EC's hands and tell him to cut loose. I found Sir Paul way too over exposed and in your face for my tastes during the show -- fortunately that is not quite so grating on the CD. Sir Paul led a couple of dud songs during the show of which only one appears on the CD [they needed a shepherd's hook to pull him off really].
Queen (the group!) stole the show - of course nobody can replace Freddie Mercury for vocals but the boys did a surprisingly good job. Other memorable momments included Annie Lennox (always great it seems), Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys doing good vibrations and Ozzy Ozbourne & Tony Iommi playing Paranoid for the Royal family (who could have foreseen that?!). Sir Cliff Richard hamming next to Ozzy was a pretty strange sight too (good Christian Cliff all in white, dark prince Ozzy all in black - clever, eh?!).
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Shirlay Bassey does a fabulous live version of Goldfinger and tears the place apart ! My favorite track on the CD. Phil Collins, Annie Lennox, and Cliff Richard, do their styles well too. Queen Elizabeth surely enjoyed her Golden Jubilee Concert.
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As I understand it the purpose of this concert was to celebrate 50 years of the Queen reign with a sampling of music from the time period. I think Prince William & Harry were supposed to have had a hand in the choice of artists selected, Queen Victoria must be spinning in her grave.
Some of the performances weren't the best in my opinion, Brian May's God Save the Queen might've been something to see from the roof of the Palace but it didn't sound like much. I thought Bryan Adams #5 Eveything I do was pretty good as was #16 Layla by Eric Clapton and #2 Can't buy me love by Phil Collins (by my count he was a drummer for 17 of the 21 selections). The Queen might not've been thrilled with it (who picked Ozzy Osbourne?)but it seems to have pleased an awful lot of people.
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The Queens 50th annivesary "Party At The Palace" concert is a collection of mostly vintage[aging] rockers who performed some of their signature tunes for the Queen to raise money for her trust. The cd has it's ups and downs, but overall it makes for an enjoyable nostalgic listen. The highlights include Rod Stewart's "Handbags", Steve Winwood "Gimmie Some Lovin", Eric Clapton "Layla", Joe Cocker "With A Little Help From My Friends" and a fabulous version of "All You Need Is Love" in Which Sir Paul lets Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker sing lead. Paul McCartney ends the show with a resounding "Hey Jude" sing along. I must say That Brian Wilsons "God Only Knows" and "Good Vibrations" are the best moments on the cd. His singing was fantastic. Some of the low points include Cliff Richard, Tom Jones[singing a horrible rendition of "You Can Leave Your Hat On"], Atomic Kitten and Queen minus Freddie mercury isn't the same. Still the good outweighs the bad here making this an enjoyable cd but certainly not essential.
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