24 Songs, 1 Hour 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Take yourself back to the ‘70s and imagine hearing the majesty of Queen pouring out of the speakers for the first time. Queen on Air does just that, collecting six BBC radio sessions from 1973-1977—all meticulously restored. Gems include different takes on classic album tracks, a completely reworked studio version of “We Will Rock You,” and an alternate version of their debut single “Keep Yourself Alive.” It’s an incredible snapshot of a band showing its work in the quest for icon status.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Take yourself back to the ‘70s and imagine hearing the majesty of Queen pouring out of the speakers for the first time. Queen on Air does just that, collecting six BBC radio sessions from 1973-1977—all meticulously restored. Gems include different takes on classic album tracks, a completely reworked studio version of “We Will Rock You,” and an alternate version of their debut single “Keep Yourself Alive.” It’s an incredible snapshot of a band showing its work in the quest for icon status.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings
23 Ratings
RTem458 ,

RTem458

I do not have to imagine taking myself back to the seventies. I lived the seventies, and Queen was always pouring out of the speakers of my small portable record player my parents got me for Christmas. I plasters the walls of my room, although small, with bands like Kiss, Aerosmith, and my all time favorite Queen. I would gently remove "Night at the Opera" from its cardboard jacket, place it delicately on my turntable, and gradually increase the volume until the walls would vibrate. This would often cause my mother to yell, "Turn that sh** down. I'm trying to think." Of course, being a teenager, I didn't listen. Until she came pounding on my door. "OK MOM! GEEEZ!!!! For me, their sound is destintive, never using synthsizers, and Brian May's guitar playing exquisite.
This album takes me back to that time. For the younger generation who perhaps are not Queen fans, or discovering Queen for the first time, I would highly recommend this album of songs. It would be my hope that it will give you an appreciation of the sound that was Queen, and a time that is so well planted in my mind.

J Berga ,

God saved some Queen

I remember purchasing "Queen at the Beeb" back in 1990. Hearing these versions of songs from Queen's first two albums was a royal treat to say the least. "Queen on the Air" is a better treat-in fact it is a royal feast. Here you have the songs on the "Beeb" plus other BBC sessions including alternate versions of songs from "Sheer Heart Attack" and " News of the World." Hearing " It's Late" with "Get Down, Make Love's" eerie middle section was an experience. "Queen on Air" is a must have for any fan of Queen.

BillE85308 ,

More Classics

When will the vault run out of material on Queen? Such a long run, and I can only imagine what is still to come. I hope Brian and Roger unearth some unfinished work, similar to what Pink Floyd did. The fast version of "We Will Rock You" is great, but I'm glad it wasn't the original release. What they release many years back made Queen in America. I wonder if this version, that they've played in concert, would've had the same effect. Interesting point to ponder......

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