The tape of Queen's Montreal concert first surfaced back in 1993 with the
release of Live In Montreal Continental Sounds (CS CD
10-005/006). The next silver release was in 1998 out of Japan
as Live Achievements on Gypsy Eye (GE-090/91). Both
releases were problematic, utilizing a high generation tape that ran
too slow. Given its excellence and potential, it was always
hoped a definitive version from a lower generation would appear.
Best Of Montreal comes close. Using a lower generation
tape, this release sounds much better and is closer to the actual speed
although it still sounds a bit too slow as the show really seems to drag.
Maybe the band was sluggish at the beginning of the Jazz tour?
Whatever the case may be, this tape does sound very dynamic and
detailed and is one of the best sounding tapes from this era.
The recording is only affected by the taper (or someone close by) clapping
along incessantly during the performance. It isn't loud enough to
detract from the music but can be annoying during clap along portions of
the show like "Keep Yourself Alive".
actual performance is one of the better ones. "You're
terrific...It's gonna be a good night tonight" Freddie spiels after
"Somebody To Love". It is good to hear a complete Killers
performance and the band play both "If You Can't Beat Them" and
“Fat Bottomed Girls" on this night. "Don't Stop Me
Now" wasn't played until the European leg later on. They also
play the longest acoustic set with three numbers, and Freddie is very
self-conscious about boring the audience. The crowd sounds like
they really enjoy the tunes, especially the fun of "Dreamer's
Ball". Both "It's Late" and "Brighton
Rock", the latter with the tympani solo, sound massive in this
recording. In general the limitations of this release do
not detract enough and I'd recommend this release.