Taped from the front row, the sound quality is
excellent although it wavers a bit in the upper frequencies. Wardour’s
decision to press this tape on silver is a bit strange. They usually
focus on complete shows for this label, and having a fragment of a show
isn’t very collectible.
To add insult to injury, the same people who
run Wardour have produced some excellent looking Queen sets, such as Medieval
Queen (Uxbridge 215) with the May 23rd, 1977 Bristol show and Rocks
New York (Trial-220) with the December 1st and 2nd, 1977 Madison
Square Garden shows, on CDR rather than pressed silver. It is
decisions like this which call into question the label’s commitment
to producing quality Queen titles.
This could have been an essential release
if it were complete. A review of the show titled “A night at
the Garden: Queen in Concert” written by Claudia Perry focuses
upon the visual presentation, gushes about Brian May and calls Freddie
“camp.” In short, Breathtaking Beauty is for the absolute Queen
silver completeist but is, in all honesty, an insult to collectors and can
safely be ignored.