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Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl

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The CD version of this concert (which is also being released on DVD) is a RED LETTER EVENT for Queen fans. This much lionized concert finds the band at the top of their game, performing for 10's of thousands of fans at the Milton Keynes Bowl in England. Aired on British television and MTV in conjunction with the original tour, it's never been commercially available in any format. Never previously released in any format, this is the first time this live album will be available for the public to buy.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Flash
  2. The Hero
  3. We Will Rock You (Fast)
  4. Action This Day
  5. Play The Game
  6. Staying Power
  7. Somebody To Love
  8. Now I'm Here
  9. Dragon Attack
  10. Now I'm Here (Reprise)
  11. Love Of My Life
  12. Save Me
  13. Back Chat

Disc: 2

  1. Get Down Make Love
  2. Guitar Solo
  3. Under Pressure
  4. Fat Bottomed Girls
  5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  6. Bohemian Rhapsody
  7. Tie Your Mother Down
  8. Another One Bites The Dust
  9. Sheer Heart Attack
  10. We Will Rock You
  11. We Are The Champions
  12. God Save The Queen

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 9, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000640XQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
In November of 2004, Queen released its fourth live album Queen On Fire Live at the Bowl.
This live recording and its off-shoot DVD was recorded and filmed at The Milton Keynes Bowl outside London, England on June 5, 1982.
Not officially released on video or CD, Queen On Fire Live At The Bowl marked the first time a recording of this concert has been LEGITIMATELY available to own as a 70 or 80 minute edit had been available on the bootleg recording circuit.
Audio producers Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson returned to the original 24 track analog tapes recorded by 80s Queen co-producer Mack and Mick McKenna with The Rolling Stones Mobile Truck and created brand new regular stereo (for this CD and one of the two DVD mixes)) and DTS 5.1 surround sound mixes (found on the DVD).
We kick off as the band hits the stage with the entrance music of Flash before the band dives into a spirited version of The Hero. Next is a killer We Will Rock You (fast version) complete with Brian May popping a guitar string and the music was left alone. Next is Action This Daywith drummer Roger Taylor and Freddie Mercury duetting on this rocker and John Deacon adding some bass which was muted on the studio recording and Brian playing his Red Special backup as his Red Special had to get a new string and Morgan Fisher did a great synthesizer solo substituting for the saxophone solo. Then Freddie does a nice piano intro which goes into an excellent Play the Game. Next is another Hot Space track Staying Power which is transformed into a rocker with Deaky and May playing guitars plus Roger bashing live drums and Freddie being on fire here. Next is arguably this live set's best track Somebody To Love which buries its studio counterpart by a longshot.
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I wish I was in the auidience the night or nights this live album was recorded. Since Queen first formed they have released a number of live albums all of which were good, well except for one and I wont bother mentioning its name. The point is that this one, Queen On Fire:Live At The Bowl is a excelent live album.

First lets talk about the band. Well as usuall Freddie Murcury doesnt dissapoint. When you go to see a man like Murcury you cant expect him to sound the same live as he does on record, but amazingly everytime i ever heard the man live he did, and this is no exception. Freddie's voice sounds phenonmenol here and it comes across nice and clear with great tone, as always. The rythm section of Queen isnt one that rock and roll fans have ever marvaled over but they do a good job keeping the band in time. Thats not to say that just because people dont talk about them that they are not good, the bass player, John Decan as we all know is one of the all time best (Under Pressure, Another One Bites The Dust). I guess Roger is pretty good too. Then there is Brian May, one of the all time greatest guitarists ever, here is no exception, you get all the great stuff he wrote and recorded in the studio as well as some amazing freestyle guitar solos that are absolutly mind blowing. If anyone ever doubted the power of this band this cd needs one good listen to prove the power.

Now on to the music. Before I say anything else I must say the the live version here of 'Somebody To Love' is the all time best version of the song ever. The vocals are out of this world!! Freddie was a bad a**! The rest of the album is filled with Queen classics like 'We Are The Champions' 'Bohemian Rhapsody' 'Tie Your Mother Down' 'Love Of My Life' 'Fat Bottomed Girls' and lots and lots more.
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I could write an entire essay on how the majesty of Queen will live on, but reviewing this wonderful double live album, which will soon be followed on Nov. 16th on double DVD, which captures the band at the height of their touring power, will suffice. In 1982, Queen had just released " Hot Space," an album that was not accepted well from traditonal Queen fans due to the band's dramtic change in sound. The album did have some rockers in " Put out the fire," but it leaned heavily toward a black/funk sound that I personnally enjoyed very much; " Cool Cat" in particular showcased the incomprable Freddie Mercury's stunning falsetto, while " Under Pressure " was the albums' only bonafide hit...and a damn good one. " Queen on Fire live at Milton Keynes bowl," was recorded during the latter half of the band's European tour in support of the aforementioned " Hot Space " album, and in my opinion, captures the essance of why Queen was one of the finest live bands in the history of music.

While I won't review every song here, I will highlight the standouts....and there are many. " Somebody to love " features a great a cappella opening, showcasing Freddie's magnificent voice in all it's glory, and although " the wall of sound " harmonies are missing and strictly a studio creation, Roger Taylor and Brian May provide very good support, as the song gains a very hard and raw edge that is not evident on the studio recording. " Play the Game," also show's greater power, and has Freddie hitting even higher notes than the ones recorded on the album; Brian May's voice sounds quite sublime in the harmonies and his guitar playing is smoldering.
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