DEFINITVE SUN CITY

 2 CD

Label: Wardour 306
Country: Japan
Released: December 2018
Recorded: Live at Super Bowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana, South Africa 19th October 1984.
Sound: Excellent soundboard recording.
Comments:  The first recording of this 'Sun City' concert, saw daylight in October 2009 on a 1cdr from Japanese 'Gypsy Eye Project' label. Later years, a handful of pro-bootlegs has been released.
In 2015 the rest of the concert was released on 2cd's. Wardour label released this concert on 2cd in April 2015, with the title 'Complete Sun City'.
Now they but it out again, claimed to be in better sound quality. I can't confirm anything, but it might be true. This Wardour label use to make nice bootlegs, and shouldn't be necessary for them to tell lies.
All in all, a nice documentary of a Queen concert from the 1984 -THE WORKS TOUR-.
This South Africa tour was the last gigs in 1984. I'm not 100 sure how many gigs they did there. I've read the plan was 9 concert. All in Sun City. But at least one date was canceled, do to Freddie's throat problems.
'God Save The Queen' tape at the end is missing. I'm not sure why. I guess it was done, but for some reason it's not on the tape, and later not on any of the bootlegs.
Roots: From a soundboard recording.
Time: 44:09 / 62:37


Front cover

 DISC 1
 1. Intro: Machines  (tape)
 2. Tear It Up
 3. Tie Your Mother Down
 4. Under Pressure
 5. Somebody To Love
 6. The March Of The Black Queen (improv.)
 7. My Fairy King (instrumental impro.)
 8. Killer Queen
 9. Seven Seas Of Rhye
 10. Keep Yourself Alive
 11. Liar
 12. Impromptu
 13. It's A Hard Life
 14. Dragon Attack
 15. Now Iím Here
 
  DISC 2
 1. Is This The World We Created ?
 2. Love Of My Life
 3. Another One Bites The Dust
 4. We Will Rock You (improvisation)
 5. Hammer To Fall
 6. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 7. Bohemian Rhapsody
 8. Radio Ga Ga
 9. I Want To Break Free
 10. Jailhouse Rock
 11. We Will Rock You
 12. We Are The Champions

 Bonus Track
 13. Interview with Brian & Roger about Sun City


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Back cover



SUN CITY performance of a nightmare that knocked down QUEEN revived by "THE WORKS" to the bottom of Naraku. A phantom show where only anecdotes were walking alone for a long time. A complete version stereo sound board recording that tells the truth is reprinted by brush up and recording.

The nightmare which was opposite to LIVE AID
This show is too huge stain in all QUEEN history. Currently, the miracle of "LIVE AID" is taking a lot of attention in the movie "Bohemian Rhapsody", but the performance of Sun City was premier, it was a true show. It was not the contents of the live (which will be described later, but it is rather an awesome stage), and it was in the place called Sun City. This is a luxury resort area in South Africa. At that time, the country was isolated from the whole world with an unfamiliar apartheid policy. It was expelled not only from economic sanctions but also from the Olympic Games, and the UN was calling for a cultural boycott. QUEEN was the one who forced the tour to break the prohibition in such a situation. First of all, let's check the position of such tour with the schedule of the time.

 ● 1984 "February 27" THE WORKS "release"
 ∑ August 24 - September 30: Europe (23 performances)
 ∑ October 5 - 20: South Africa (9 shows)

 ● 1985 ∑ January 11th + 18th: ROCK IN RIO (2 performances)
 ∑ April 13 - 29: Australia & New Zealand (9 shows)
 ∑ May 8th - 15th: Japan (5 shows)
 ∑ July 13: LIVE AID

This is the flow from "THE WORKS" to the miracle "LIVE AID". In South Africa, nine performances took place only in Sun City. Brian May said "We decided to consider deliberately for nearly a year" and toured with the thought that "I wanted to help people doing anti-apartheid campaign". But the whole world did not allow this. Speaking of October 1985, an apart apartheid single "Sun City" where 50 other well-known musicians participated is also in the midst of a hot topic. That's why QUEEN's actions have attracted the world's attention, reputation dropped at a stroke and it was a tremendous bashing. In addition, Queen of the time also had a great relationship between the members, and this bashing had been driven to the point of dissolution. It was the opposite of "LIVE AID" on both aspects of world reaction and subsequent trends.