ZURICH 1980

 2 CDR
Label: Uxbridge 1045
Country: Japan
Released: July 2019.
Recorded: Live at Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland  November 23rd, 1980.
Sound: Audience recording.
Comments:  From 'The Game' European Tour 1980. I have read it's a excellent recording on this 2cdr. I don't have it. so I can't confirm, but Uxbridge is known to use nice recordings on their products.
Roots: Audience tape.
Time: 46:36 / 48:53

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 CDR ONE
 1. Intro: Thunder & Lighting  (tape)
 2. Jailhouse Rock
 3. We Will Rock You 
(fast)
 4. Let Me Entertain You
 5. Play The Game
 6. Mustapha
 7. Death On Two Legs
 8. Killer Queen
 9. I'm In Love With My Car
 10. Get Down Make Love
 11. Need Your Loving Tonight
 12. Save Me
 13. Now I'm Here
 14. Dragon Attack
 15. Now I'm Here 
(reprise)
 CDR TWO
 1. Fat Bottomed Girls
 2. Love Of My Life
 3. Keep Yourself Alive
 4. Drum Solo
 5. Guitar Solos
 6. Battle Theme
 7. Brighton Rock  (ending)
 8. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 9. Bohemian Rhapsody
 10. Tie Your Mother Down
 11. Another One Bites The Dust
 12. Sheer Heart Attack
 13. We Will Rock You
 14. We Are The Champions
 15. God Save The Queen

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Review from Internet.

No. 1 in the US in a row, "THE GAME TOUR" has been determined to be a major success. A live album recording the first day of the European tour is now available.
The one that is included in such a work is "Nuclear performance November 23, 1980 Zurich". It is the masterpiece audience recording. The tour took a year and a half for the wind of great success, and released "FLASH GORDON" and "GREATEST HITS" on the way. First, let's check the show's position in the schedule.

● 1980
 - "June 30" THE GAME "release"
 -  June 30-July 14: North America # 1 (14 performances)
 - August 5-September 30: North America # 2 (35 performances)
 - "December 8" FLASH GORDON (movie music released)
 -November 23-December 18: Europe (17 performances)
● 1981
・ February 12-19: Japan (6 performances)
・ February 28-March 21: Latin America # 1 (7 performances)
・ September 25th-October 18th: Latin America # 2 (6 performances)
   "October 26" GREATEST HITS "sale"
・ November 24th + 25th: Montreal (2 shows)

The whole picture of 1980/1981 where this reached the peak. After the release of "THE GAME", he traveled the United States and announced "FLASH GORDON". The Zurich performance of this work was a concert that was the first day of the "Europe" leg that was performed shortly thereafter.

This work which recorded such a show is a really powerful and wonderful audience recording. Although the feeling of distance can not be said to be zero, the strength with which a lonely core approaches hard is wonderful. Although a slight hall noise is also inhaled, it is conversely connected to a feeling of power of middle bass without making the whole muddy. It is a base that feels it strongly. The dancing basslan produces a groove that is rich in thick sound while making the contour of the bottle very clean. The power of the PA output sound is not simply the sound of the output sound, and the melodic feeling is also beautiful because the attack sound rises from the sound. While being powerful, it is also a good sense of stability that won't beat even if the band approaches Fortissimo. Of course, the base is just an example. It is not a recording in which only the bass has jumped out, and it is possible to separate and taste the guitar and the drum beautifully, and Freddie's vocals are as clean as any word in the lyrics.

And I'm happy because the vocal is in good shape. As a matter of fact, we can not say that it is a perfect performance, as we can see fatigue at the end of the "Bohemian Rhapsody" area, but on the contrary, the flying of the early stage is wonderful. As the schedule above, this day is the first day of the two-month off from the US tour. Freddie's tension is high, and how to sing with his voice stretched out everywhere pops out whether that spirit is singing. Furthermore, I will listen to Freddy's unbeatable cast, as if Roger is in good shape. If the album, singles, and the best edition come out, it is a show that confidence only comes from when it was a hit.

Also, if the set is also a European leg. This tour is known by the official masterpiece "QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL", but this work is just that one year ago. A repertoire is also played, such as "Mustapha" and "Death On Two Legs" in the early stages and "Fat Bottomed Girls" in the middle. Also of interest is "Need Your Loving Tonight". In fact, this was a single cut in November 1980, but then disappeared until "Latin America # 2", and it was not played on "QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL" or even on subsequent tours. Including such a song, you can enjoy the full show of prime with a wonderful powerful sound.

Not only was it a commercial peak, but most of the repeated shows became famous "THE GAME TOUR". Not only the official work "QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL", it was a series of shows that can be greeted with "one more performance ..." when listening once. The scene of a show that is commensurate with the words of "the peak" and "the heyday". It is a live album where you can witness the start dash performance of the resumption of the tour with 100% sound. Please enjoy it carefully.