DEFINITIVE PORTLAND 1974

 1 CD

Label: Wardour 304
Country: Japan
Released: December 2018
Recorded: Live at Exposition Hall, Portland, ME, USA 28th April 1974.
Rainbow Theatre,  London, England  March 31st. 1974.
Sound: Portland - audience recording. Rainbow - professional recording.
Comments:  Well known recording. Thistime it's claimed to be from a master tape (Portland).
The Rainbow recording was planed to be Queen's first live album, but the planed was canceled for some reason.
Roots: Audience recording in Portland. Rainbow from pro-recordings.
Time: 79:57


Front cover

 1. Intro: Procession  (tape)
 2. Father To Son
 3. Ogre Battle
 4. Son And Daughter
 5. See What A Fool I've Been
 6. Liar
 7. Keep Yourself Alive
 8. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
 9. Big Spender
 10. Bama Lama Bama Loo
 Live at Exposition Hall, Portland, ME, USA 28th April 1974

 Bonus Tracks
 11. Intro: Procession  (tape)
 12. Father To Son
 13. Ogre Battle
 14. Son And Daughter
 15. Keep Yourself Alive
 16. Seven Seas Of Rhye
 17. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
 18. Liar
 Live at Rainbow Theatre, London, UK 31st March 1974


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Review from the net.
 
It is reprinted that the famous board of the shock which shook the whole world shook up and up. The identity of the shock is the ultra superb audience recording of "April 28, 1974: Portland Performance". Yes, it is an upgrade album of "HAIL TO MAJESTY" which conveyed the site of "QUEEN II TOUR 1974".
"HAIL TO MAJESTY" was truly a piece of shock. Although the record was known long ago, all of them are level "just enough to listen". "It was such an audience if it was an extremely early stage ..." It was just quality things that I could talk about in a common sense. However, "HAIL TO MAJESTY" which appeared ten years ago from now on upset such common sense at a stretch. The original master who had believed that no one would exist even existed was excavated, and the sound digitized directly from there was not thought that the sound and the former heard so far are the same. A wonderful sense of distance and the core roars, brilliant to detail ... ... no, it's over. 4 people spinning 1 tone 1 tone of detail has a close contact feeling. Of course, if you listen carefully with your headphones, you will notice the venue acoustics on site but, unless you do so, it is nothing different from the sound board. It is clearer up to one syllable rather than one word of lyrics, beautiful chorus does not become lumpy. On top of that, it is oddly stable. Even if the youthful hard rock in which the LED ZEPPELIN was cited is thrown to the full throttle, it does not chatter, and the microphone does not show the swinging which shakes. One stroke of one beat of the early gorigori beat was perfectly captured from the start to the mute, and the undulating baseline is also clear.
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Such "HAIL TO MAJESTY" is acclaimed from QUEEN mania of the whole world, sold out and out of print in a blink of an eye in a blink. It has become difficult to obtain for a long time. This work has polished its shock master transfer with latest and meticulous remastering. Still, we are not doing anything to pollute the master's sound with precious sound pressure. The main point is balance and stereoscopic feeling of each range. It was a superb and high sound quality from the original sound like a sound board, but it was somewhat flat. So emphasize the outline of one sound and emphasize separation. As a result, we realize the sound which can feel even "skimmer" between the four people.
And so it is drawn in the sound, the young QUEEN 's intense passionate entertainment. Let's check the position from the schedule of the time to know the mood of the show here.