41 Songs, 2 Hours 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Forty years after Queen’s legendary performances at London’s 3,000-seat Rainbow Theatre, the shows are finally seeing official release in excellent fidelity. Although some material has seen issue as part of the U.K.-only Box of Tricks release, 15 tracks have never been officially released, including the only known live version of “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke.” This set first includes a performance from March 31, 1974: the final show of their tour in support of Queen II. The show was recorded by their producer Roy Thomas Baker and originally scheduled to be the band’s third album. The set adds recordings from their two sold-out shows in November 1974, which were part of their Sheer Heart Attack tour. Aside from featuring Freddie Mercury commanding the stage with authority, the shows demonstrate the brilliance and innovation of Brian May’s peerless guitar work and the overall heaviness of the power trio of May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. Even a ballad such as “White Queen (As It Began)” illustrates Queen's early mastery of dynamics and drama.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Forty years after Queen’s legendary performances at London’s 3,000-seat Rainbow Theatre, the shows are finally seeing official release in excellent fidelity. Although some material has seen issue as part of the U.K.-only Box of Tricks release, 15 tracks have never been officially released, including the only known live version of “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke.” This set first includes a performance from March 31, 1974: the final show of their tour in support of Queen II. The show was recorded by their producer Roy Thomas Baker and originally scheduled to be the band’s third album. The set adds recordings from their two sold-out shows in November 1974, which were part of their Sheer Heart Attack tour. Aside from featuring Freddie Mercury commanding the stage with authority, the shows demonstrate the brilliance and innovation of Brian May’s peerless guitar work and the overall heaviness of the power trio of May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. Even a ballad such as “White Queen (As It Began)” illustrates Queen's early mastery of dynamics and drama.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
82 Ratings
82 Ratings
Leny4444 ,

At last!

I have been eagerly anticipating this album ever since word was first announced of its upcoming release back in June. I was excited to hear that not one, but TWO early Queen concerts would be released! Having seen the Wembley, Budapest, Montreal, etc., concerts on video, this one is sure to be a treat! Queen's first three albums showcase a heavier side of the band that most people are unfortunately unaware of. As a young Queen fan, concert releases like this one are the closest I will ever get to experiencing the magic of these four artists live. Fans who have listened to Queen's studio albums and seen their concerts know that few bands come close to matching Queen's synergy, brilliance onstage and in the studio, and sheer musical talent. The passion of these four guys is incredible, and their musicianship awe-inspiring. Even though I currently have this album on pre-order, I already know it will be fantastic, so I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Whether you are just getting into Queen or you are a longtime fan looking for something to add to your collection, this album is sure to be a win!

rberto ,

A long time coming!

I am so happy that these recordings are being official released. I was lucky to have seen Queen on the Queen II tour opening for Mott The Hoople, I was a barley 11 years old! These recordings are raw and powerful and though in the later years, Queen still rocked, these are heavy metal/prog rock masterworks!

Stairway To Evan 92 ,

An Early Queen Setlist... Finally!!!!

I quite love this early setlist. A little bit of Queen's debut, a little bit of Queen II, and a bit of Sheer Heart Attack. I wish that something like "Brighton Rock" would have been put on this, but I know the song was only played here and there in some form until about 1977 when it became a concert staple, so no big.

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