DRESSED TO KILL

1 CD & 1 CDR

Label: Wardour 033 (CDR 033 bonus) 
Country: Japan
Released: June 2006
Recorded: International Hall, Kobe, Japan  April 23rd. 1975    
Bonus CDR: Live at Rainbow Theatre, London  March 31st. 1974.   
Sound: Japan concert, very good audience recording.
London concert, excellent stereo BBC FM radio live recording.
Comments:  From the first tour in Japan. From the third concert. Part of this recording, was released on a Japanese vinyl bootleg called 'Live In Kove', or just titled 'Queen'. This cd has more tracks, but not 100% complete.
 I think the encore is missing, and 'God Save The Queen' (taped) at the final end.  
The Rainbow concert is well known, but nice quality. Sounds it come from a new 'source'. Not from the vinyl bootleg from 1975. This Rainbow show was the FIRST Queen concert to be bootlegged back in Feb. '75.
Roots: Japan concert from a 'new' tape. Rainbow also from a 'new' tape.
Time: 74:13 / 37:11


Front cover

 
 Intro: Procession  (tape)
 Now I'm Here
 Ogre Battle
 Father To Son
 White Queen
 Flick Of The Wrist
 Doin' Alright
 Medley: In The Lap Of The Gods
               Killer Queen
               The March Of The Black Queen
               Bring Back That Leroy Brown
 Son And Daughter
 Guitar Solo
 Keep Yourself Alive
 Seven Seas Of Rhye
 Stone Cold Crazy
 Liar
 
 BONUS CDR

 Intro: Procession  (tape)
 Father To Son
 Ogre Battle
 Son And Daughter
 Keep Yourself Alive
 Seven Seas Of Rhye
 Modern Times Rock'n Roll
 Liar








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Review by Bootleg Encyclopedia
 
Dressed To Kill
uses the common fair to good and clear audience recording that has circulated for years.  A majority of the show first surfaced on vinyl as Queen / Live In Kove (LLX 2622).  In 1998 H-Bomb released the entire tape as Killer Queen (HBM 9508).  Wardour's version of the tape is two minutes longer since they fixed the tape speed to be closer to the correct pitch but is still incomplete, missing "In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited" and the rock and roll medley.  It is plagued by rhythmic clapping at certain points by people close to the taper and the bass is somewhat distorted but overall is very powerful and captures a dynamic performance.  Queen's show in Kobe was the third of nine on their first tour of Japan.  It's always fascinating to hear these tape since they are on the boarder between Sheer Heart Attack and A Night At The Opera and we can hear them developing their elaborate arrangements right on stage.  "Now I'm Here" is played slower than later live arrangements and is an interesting contrast to the faster "Ogre Battle".  After "Doin' Alright" Freddie announces a medley of three songs with the latest single "Killer Queen".  "Son & Daughter" contains an expressionistic guitar solo with Brian May playing melodies and using sounds that would appear for years on stage.  Roger introduces "Seven Seas Of Rhye" and the tape sadly runs out at the very end of "Liar".

 

Early copies of Dressed To Kill come with a free cdr titled Majestic Rock.  This is the complete almost forty minute tape from the Rainbow Theater in London, March 31st, 1974 and is the very best document from the obscure Queen II era.  Their most famous appearance at the Rainbow occured in November of that year after the release of their third LP Sheer Heart Attack and has been booted many times, but this tape really hasn't circulated too much.  It is advertised as a soundboard recording but some people claim it is an excellent audience tape instead.  Regardless the sound quality is an amazing stereo recording and rates a nine out of ten (point off for occasional surface noise).  It first surfaced on vinyl (in fact all cd copies like Majestic Rock come from vinyl) and is commonly thought of as BBC sessions.  Killers on the Flashback label and Sheetkeeckers (Outside 001) both list it as such and edit in some authentic BBC material to "complete" the show.  It has also circulated as a February 8th, 1975 Cleveland tape but is clearly not.  "Seven Seas Of Rhye" is introduced as "our current release" and there is no Sheer Heart Attack material.  It is another scorching early Queen show when they were trying to be the heaviest and most elaborate band in the world and it's great to hear the Queen II songs live.  This could have stood on its own but as a bonus it is a nice and classy touch by Wardour.   (GS)