Few who turned up for that iconic performance could have predicted they would go on to become arguably the world's best and most successful rock group, although many more may have suspected it after this stunning show. Among the unique material contained in this release are over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official QUEEN live album. The release will come in CD, vinyl and standard DVD or SD Blu-ray formats available as standard releases or special limited edition sets as well as digital formats.
That concert, being heard live for the first time in "Queen: Live At The Rainbow '74" , marked the culmination of the band's countrywide tour, their first as headliners — hot on the heels of a tour supporting MOTT THE HOOPLE , late in , on which they were widely regarded as having blown the hit band off the stage.
QUEEN got rave reviews, almost unheard of for a support band, and it was obvious that in future they would be top of the bill. The highly coveted slot was a lucky break — they filled in for an absent DAVID BOWIE , who was unavailable — and the band made the most of it, delivering a thrilling performance that pushed the song into the Top Although the group now had a first hit single under its belt, and second album "Queen II" had just been released to critical acclaim, many felt that playing The Rainbow was overambitious.
It was the premier London venue of the time, on a par with L. But the band had paid its dues, slugging it out in clubs and college halls for four years, and never doubting their own potential. QUEEN 's performance was spectacular from the second that Freddie Mercury strutted onto the stage in his soon to become trademark white "eagle suit," a tight-fitting number specially made for him by top fashion designer Zandra Rhodes , which featured flowing winged sleeves. He pranced and posed, capturing the audience in seconds with his extraordinary voice and stage presence, while Brian May provided the counterpoint with his remarkable and ground-breaking guitar playing.
The powerful "engine room" as they liked to call it of drummer Roger Taylor and bass player John Deacon completed a sound unlike anything British audiences had previously heard. Enraptured fans clapped and cheered, and gave the band a standing ovation. Intended to be a recording that captured the magic of a live band firing on all cylinders, "Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74" would undoubtedly have been a big success.
But QUEEN 's ferocious creative momentum produced a stack of new songs begging to be recorded and instead of releasing the live album the band went into the studio to record what was to become 's breakthrough album, "Sheer Heart Attack". As a result, the already completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives. Later in QUEEN had their first chart-topping single, "Killer Queen" , which encapsulated their brand of driving rock and clever lyrics.
To celebrate this success and crown a remarkable year, QUEEN returned to The Rainbow in November for two sell-out gigs that were even more spectacular than the one in March. These concerts included the typically flamboyant performance of "Now I'm Here" with which they had been wowing audiences on the tour. It featured Freddie apparently appearing in a spotlight on opposite sides of the stage almost simultaneously.
The concerts received massive acclaim from fans and critics alike, and won over many who had until then doubted the band's potential. I asked Universal about this and was told that all the blu-rays and DVDs should be region free, so should play everywhere. Hope that helps. As a long time fan, I recall an interview with Brian May who stated he disliked the idea of region-discs. His feelings were that region-discs do little to curb piracy…people who want to buy it, will buy it, people who want to pirate it, will download.
Very much looking forward to this; heard the March gig on a bootleg in and sounded incredible even then. Now if only Brian and Roger could devote some attention to re-releasing the BBC sessions or the 80s inch mixes…. Paul S cam u confirm re blu ray…my understanding is there can be region free blu ray discs would this be same for queen?
If not I need to cancel us order and buy uk as I live in oz. SD here we go, instead of high definition transfer you have a standard definition transfer, the reasons are the original content or show could have been filmed on a low budget in this case standard def, what this means the original content cannot be presented in HD, standard format on bluray and dvd do not look the same. The compression is far better on bd, as will naturally the encoding.
Hope this helps. Happy days! The Rainbow video only had about 20 minutes worth of footage but it was bloody good stuff. So, 2-CD and blu-ray for me, please. I think this was meant above. So you have to buy at least two things instead of one when the blu ray would also contain an audio only section with both both concerts in it.
Another stupid multi format release. How about giving us everything on the Bluray and be done with it. Head games with pricing are frustrating, they lost me on this one.
What exactly are you unhappy about? They are running a business and need to make a profit. I ordered the USA deluxe box. Wondering if the BluRay will play in Australia?
Hey Michael, I feel your pain. My interpretation is that it will be a copy of the original live album made at the time before being shelved. Will go for the double cd version but not for 40 euros. He recently bought elvis and pink floyd. So I know where to get the blu ray then ;-. As a die hard Queen fan i have pre-ordered the super deluxe boxset.
I have the march show from a reel master tape but it only contains 8 tracks. The quality though is stunning. At least the various discs are being offered separately, which is good because I for one do not like paying for both the Bluray and DVD in these box sets when they are trying to cover all bases and charging the consumer for their indecision or lack of alternatives. America at a decent price. I think you have to take early Amazon UK prices with a large pinch of salt.
As a general rule best advice is normally to get your pre-orders in and watch to see how things develop over the next 10 weeks. Your email address will not be published. Search Search. Skip to content. See all customer images. Top reviews Most recent Top reviews.
Top reviews from the United States. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. 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 , prior to Queen hitting mass success. The first set on "Queen Live at the Rainbow 74" recorded in March of 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. When haring 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 performance which includes material from both earlier albums and material from "Sheer Heart Attack". The picture not perfect but when considering the equipment that was used and the fact that the footage is 40 years old , I don't think it can look much better.
It's clear, bright and vibrant and is certainly worth the price. All in all, it's a pretty awesome experience and a great addition to the CD version. What more could you ask for? Both versions include many rarely played Queen songs such as Over the course of the two live performances, the group rips through progressive, heavy and melodic progressions with Brian May's roaring guitar riffs paring in perfect sync with the tight and powerful rhythm section provided by Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
Freddie Mercury's voice is strong, subtle, passionate and powerful all at the same time. He provides regal phrasing and a vocal command that perfectly blends with the vocal contributions of his counterparts to produce beautiful harmonies that would eventually become a Queen hallmark.
I can go on and on but I think you get the point. It displays Queen's ability to rock the stage with the heaviest of bands and do so with precision, style and an uncanny ability to reproduce complex studio recordings in a live venue.
That alone presents a great offering but what makes this offering truly special is its ability to offer its listeners something that most other live recordings cannot; an opportunity to see a different view of a band that most people believe they already know and have known for years. Maybe you know Queen and maybe you don't. In either scenario, the release of "Live at The Rainbow Room 74" gives us all an opportunity to discover or rediscover one of rock's greatest bands.
I saw this tour. Sat in the 9th row in front of Brian May. Freddie's voice is right on - even when he cracks once or twice, Brian's guitar playing if full of energy, Roger is the beast on drums and John Deacon is steady as always. Queen of the Rainbow! This performance a glittering 5 stars all the way. The audio quality and musicianship are absolutely stunning and breathtaking.
I had this on bootleg for many years even the boot audio quality is mind blowing and heard the audio and video were remastered so I decided to upgrade. The only drawbacks It might sounds weird but if I had known this I might not have purchased it All collectors have their own weird idiosyncrasies in some way. It's just going to make my collection look 'off', if you know what I mean. So I'm probably going to put the official DVD in the bootleg case.
I wish they would mention this in the details of the item because now I'm going to worry every time I buy a DVD. I'm going to compare the video quality from the boot to the official release and let you guys know what I find.
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