MADISON 1977  

 2 CDR
Label: Uxbridge 1577
Country: Japan.
Released: February 2022.
Recorded: Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin, USA 14th January 1977.
Sound: Audience recording.
Comments:  From 'A Day At The Races' North American tour winter 1977. This was the 2nd. concert on this tour. Cheap Trick was support band on the 2 first concerts. Thin Lizzy on most of the rest of the tour.
This 2cdr contains the support band, and most of the Queen concert. A recording which has not been out on the marked a far as I know. See below for more information.
Roots: Audience recorded tapes.
Time: 38:46 / 78:36

Front cover
 CDR 1  CHEAP TRICK (support band)
 1. Intro.
 2. Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
 3. Elo Kiddies
 4. Southern Girls
 5. Hot Love
 6. Unknown Song
 7. You're All Talk
 8. He's a Whore
 9. The Ballad of T.V. Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)
 10. Goodnight

 1. Overture: 'A Day At The Races' Intro  (tape)
 2. Tie Your Mother Down
 3. Ogre Battle
 4. Sweet Lady
 5. White Queen
 6. Somebody To Love
 7. Killer Queen
 8. The Millionaire Waltz
 9. You're My Best Friend
 10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
 11. Brighton Rock
 12. '39
 13. You Take My Breath Away
 14. Medley: White Man ~
 15.                 The Prophet's Song  (part II)
 16. Bohemian Rhapsody
 17. Stone Cold Crazy
 18. Keep Yourself Alive
 19. Liar

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Back cover

From internet page.

QUEEN who just released "A Day at the Races" and CHEAP TRICK who was on the verge of debut. A new excavation is a live album where you can experience the scene where young British and American heroes line up.

It was "January 14, 1977 Madison performance" that was imbued with such a work. This is a 2-disc audience recording with the opening CHEAP TRICK on disc 1 and the main act QUEEN on disc 2. Here, let's check the position of the show with the schedule of the headliner QUEEN.

・ January 13-March 18: North America # 1 (40 performances) ← ★ Coco ★
・ May 8th-June 7th: Europe # 1 (19 performances)
"October 28," News of the World "released"
・ November 11-December 22: North America # 2 (26 performances)

This is 1977 QUEEN. "A Day at the Races" itself was released at the end of 1976, but the tour started in 1977, when the year changed. The Madison performance of this work was the second performance of "North America # 1", which is also the beginning of the concert. On the other hand, CHEAP TRICK's debut work "Cheap Trick" was completed in the fall of 1976 and released on February 3, 1977. In other words, this work was also the timing when we entered the countdown stage just before the album debut.

Also, this show is extremely valuable. The opening CHEAP TRICK is epoch-making even from the viewpoint of QUEEN, which is being excavated from the beginning, and it is the world premiere recording of the show where no recording has been known so far. Moreover, "A DAY AT THE RACES Tour" itself is the unexplored region of recording, and it is also the record that updates the oldest.

This work, which is a vacuum-packed such precious site, is a vintage audience that has both a super-realistic site feeling and a powerful core. Speaking of the new excavation audience around this time, it's no wonder that it's a gowagowa sound, but this work is different. The glossy sound with no dubbing marks is beautiful, and the core that penetrates the center is dense and powerful. It seems that the balance of the sound output is different between the two bands, but Rick Nielsen's guitar in CHEAP TRICK and Freddie's singing voice in QUEEN reach the hand vividly.

However, there are many good things. The basic recording quality was excellent, but the scale and storage conditions were difficult. First of all, although it is a scale, the main QUEEN version is working hard for 79 minutes, but the tape runs out at the end. Some songs were missed. And the saved state. This is also the main QUEEN version, but wow and flutter occurs in some places. There is no hope for a stable immersive feeling.

That's why it's not perfect, but the live that you're sucking in must be super valuable. Let's organize both sets here.

・ Cheap Trick: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace / Elo Kiddies / Hot Love / He's A Whore / The Ballad of TV Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)
・ In Color: Southern Girls / You're All Talk
・ Others: Unknown Song / Goodnight

・ Queen of Dread: Keep Yourself Alive / Liar
・ Queen II: Ogre Battle / White Queen (As It Began)
・ Sheer Heart Attack: Killer Queen / Bring Back That Leroy Brown / Brighton Rock / Stone Cold Crazy
・ A Night at the Opera: Sweet Lady / You're My Best Friend / '39 / The Prophet's Song / Bohemian Rhapsody
・ A Day at the Races: Tie Your Mother Down / Somebody To Love / The Millionaire Waltz / You Take My Breath Away / White Man

…… And it looks like this. CHEAP TRICK has a full stage of about 40 minutes, and the energy that accelerates toward its debut explodes. It energeticly draws a group of masterpieces unique to the early days.

On the other hand, the main QUEEN was recorded for about 80 minutes, and the recording ended in the middle of "Liar". Perhaps after this, he went on to "In The Lap Of The Gods ... Revisited," "Now I'm Here," and then rock and roll medley. And the performance of spelling such a set is valuable and interesting. In the early stages of the tour, I often feel unwell, and this work is not a rush of explosion tension. However, it is not a feeling of omission, but a strong sense of trial and error. Especially in the early stages, I tried various singing styles, and there were lots of tunes that I couldn't hear at other times. For example, "Somebody To Love". It was the very early performance of the second time, and the harmony of "I try and I try ……" has not been decided yet, and Freddie sings by himself. Also, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is now played in 5 minutes except for new songs. Here too, Freddie changes with fake. There may have been a response that the treble was unlikely to come out, but I don't feel like I'm suffering, and it's interesting to sing like exploring a unique stage version.

QUEEN at the beginning of the tour and CHEAP TRICK where the activity itself was at the beginning. It is a delicious new excavation album where you can enjoy the super precious live performances of both males. The performances and versions that are different from usual are interesting, and at the same time, the passion for kick-off is fresh. It's a little maniac because it's hard to say that it's a perfect sound, but conversely, a maniac who understands the value is an important work that must be listened to. Please enjoy it carefully.

★ Audience recording of "January 14, 1977 Madison Performance" in which QUEEN, the second performance of the "A Day at the Races" tour, and CHEAP TRICK, who was on the verge of debut, competed. It is a new excavation recording that was released for the first time in the world, and the glossy sound is beautiful, and the core that penetrates the center is dense and powerful. Although the QUEEN version is incomplete and the sense of stability is not good now, the performance that repeats trial and error at the very beginning of the tour is extremely interesting. It is a rare board that can not be heard anywhere else, such as "Somebody To Love" where the chorus is not decided in the second public performance and "Bohemian Rhapsody" which is trying live arrangement on the spot.