2 CD

Label: Gypsy Eye GE 156/ 157 
Country: Japan
Released: November 2000
Recorded: Sartory Hall, Cologne, Germany  December 6th. 1974 
Sound: Very good audience recording
Comments: Nice bootleg from early days. Complete concert. Actually one of the best quality bootleg available from this area, in complete form. Not so many complete shows around from "Sheer Heart Attack" tour.
Roots: Original bootleg. 
Time: 46:33 / 35:45

Front cover

 Intro: Procession (tape)
 Now I'm Here 
 Ogre Battle
 Father To Son 
 White Queen 
 Flick Of The Wrist 
 Medley: In The Lap Of The Gods
                 Killer Queen
                 The March Of The Black Queen
                 Bring Back That Leroy Brown
 Son And Daughter
(with 'guitar solo')
 Keep Yourself Alive
 Seven Seas Of Rhye
 Stone Cold Crazy
 In The Lap Of The Gods...revisited
 Medley: Big Spender
                 Modern Times Rock'n Roll
                 Jailhouse Rock
 God Save The Queen.....


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Review by Collectors music reviews

The success of Sheer Heart Attack enabled Queen to make their first trip abroad as a group.  Several weeks after the album’s release in November 1974 they traveled to Europe for two weeks, playing in Scandinavia, Germany, Belgium and Spain before heading to the US.  In Concert ‘74 on Gypsy Eye is a silver pressing of rare tape to come from this visit.

The Sartory Saal, one of the main social halls in Cologne, is a small venue which guaranteed a clear recording.  An audience member sitting in front of the stage about ten metres back produced this recording.  There is a small cut at 7:28 in the guitar solo and one after “Jailhouse Rock,” but it’s otherwise complete.

It’s obvious when the band begins the show after the “Procession” introduction that they are tentative.  “Now I’m Here” sounds very slow and unconvincing and Freddie nervously greets the audience afterwards, saying:  ”this is our first time in Köln…are you doing okay?  Right now we’d like to do something from Queen II.  You have Queen II, right????”

“Ogre Battle” is a marked improvement and responding to the cheering Freddie tell them:  “I can see you’re gonna be a good audience tonight…I’ve  never seen a place like this before.”  It is refreshing hearing this kind of insecurity in the band for it makes them sound human.  Even though Sheer Heart Attack was a success, they didn’t take that for granted and were unsure how their act would go over in a new city such as Cologne.

Gypsy Eye tracks the medley as one track on disc one.  Freddie tells the audience that:  “we’d like to do a few numbers from our new album Sheer Heart Attack.”  Someone by the stage requests “Bring Back That Leroy Brown” and Freddie tells himyes ‘Leroy Brown’ will be one of them…one of them is our current single ‘Killer Queen.’”  The songs in the medley are “In The Lap Of The Gods,” “Killer Queen,” “The March Of The Black Queen” and “Bring Back That Leroy Brown” and, rather ironically, Freddie misses a cue in the middle of “Leroy Brown.”