AT LAST BODOKAN 

4 CD

Label: Wardour 007 
Country: Japan
Released: December 2004
Recorded: Bodokan Hall, Tokyo  Japan  May 9th. 1985 
Sound: Excellent stereo audience recording
Comments: Disc 1&2 from original master cassette version. Disc 3&4 from digital remaster version (Masterport version).
Nice bootleg, but same tour as "Final Live In Japan" Tokyo May 11th. 1985 pro-filmed, which is out on DVD in Japan + many bootleg DVD's. But, NOTE that's a different date than this bootleg.
Make your own choice. Queen's last BODOKAN concert with Freddie.
Roots: Disc 1&2 from original cassette.
Disc 3&4 from 2CDR "At Last Bodokan".  from "
MASTERPORT 014" pro-2cdr released bootleg w/same name).
Time: 54:37 / 


Front cover

 Disc ONE
 Machines (tape intro)
 Tear It Up
 Tie Your Mother Down
 Under Pressure
 Somebody To Love
 Killer Queen
 Seven Seas Of Rhye
 Keep Yourself Alive
 Liar
 Improvisation Jam
 It's A Hard Life
  (Freddie's crowd communication)
 Dragon Attack
 Now I'm Here
 Is This The World We Created...?
 Love Of My Life
 Disc TWO
 Guitar Solo ~ Brighton Rock
 Another One Bites The Dust
 Hammer To Fall
 Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 Bohemian Rhapsody
 Radio Ga Ga
 I Want To Break Free
 Jailhouse Rock
 We Will Rock You
 We Are The Champions
 God Save The Queen...(tape)





 Disc TREE
 Machines (tape intro)
 Tear It Up
 Tie Your Mother Down
 Under Pressure
 Somebody To Love
 Killer Queen
 Seven Seas Of Rhye
 Keep Yourself Alive
 Liar
 Improvisation Jam
 It's A Hard Life
  (Freddie's crowd communication)
 Dragon Attack
 Now I'm Here
 Is This The World We Created...?
 Love Of My Life
 Guitar Solo ~ Brighton Rock
 Disc FOUR
 Another One Bites The Dust
 Hammer To Fall
 Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 Bohemian Rhapsody
 Radio Ga Ga
 I Want To Break Free
 Jailhouse Rock
 We Will Rock You
 We Are The Champions
 God Save The Queen...(tape)








 
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Review by Collectors music reviews
 
At Last Budokan
is the latest Queen release on Wardour, limited to only 300 copies.  The performance is the May 9th, 1985 concert at the Budokan in Tokyo on Queen's final tour of Japan in support of Works.  "We were so jaded by this point.  We didn't think we'd tour again for five years if at all - we'd just had it" Roger Taylor is quoted in Mojo magazine from the summer of 1999.  I couldn't tell by listening to this show.  This is one of the better shows from this era.  Beginning with the taped intro "Machines" and "Tear It Up" the band put on a stellar show with many high points.  The medley with "Somebody To Love/Killer Queen/Seven Seas Of Rhye/Keep Yourself Alive/Liar" is great with even a hint of "My Fairy Queen" thrown in for good measure (and that will be greatly expanded upon in the final night of the tour in Osaka).  The sing along in "Love Of My Life" even has Freddie confessing how impressed he is. The best of the show is reserved for the finale with "Radio Ga-Ga" and the first encore "I Want To Break Free" with the audience clapping loudly along.  Brian May goes solo crazy in "Jailhouse Rock" and the "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions" are always a great way to end a show.

 

The label has chosen to offer two versions of the same tape.  The third and fourth disc are the show as released by Masterport on At Last Budokan (Masterport-014) several years ago.  Discs one and two are the original master cassette that has not been tampered with.  I have to say that the first two discs really could have stood on their own.  It is superior to the Masterport version sounding more natural and dynamic.  The Masterport version sounds too compressed with some high end distortion - the usual results with too much EQ.  I think the first two discs will be the ones that will be listened to with more frequency. The show is complete with two minor tape flips in "Now I'm Here" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".  Overall the sound is absolutely stellar and highly recommended.  Wardour has even included a four-page insert with many pictures from this very show.  It brings one into the show like few releases do.  At Last Budokan is the final release from 2004 and I hope they continue to produce quality Queen releases as they have been doing.  This is definitely a title that if you see available, don't hesitate to pick up and enjoy.  It's a great show with a great audience recording with fantastic atmosphere.  In April Wardour released the first two discs alone under the same title but with the catalogue number Wardour-007S.  This is a more affordable alternative to the big four disc set.  (GS)