In The Lap Of The Queen
was released almost simultaneously with the Wardour release Pop
Spectacular. Both of these titles are sourced from the internet
where the tape was recently posted. This is one of the
most important Queen tapes to be discovered recently. Until now
only fragments from various shows have circulated from their first
headlining tour of the U.S. But this is the first complete tape to
surface and it is very clear and enjoyable. Gypsy Eye did a good job
in the presentation and sounds noticeably better than Wardour's version. It
sounds more deep and dynamic.
person responsible for this tape is a die-hard Queen fan. He brought
along a friend of his to convert him to the magic of Queen and he adds
commentary throughout the show. Right at the end of
"Procession" he says, "Father To Son, isn't it?" in
anticipation of the Queen II running order. Instead the
band play "Now I'm Here" from the new album Sheer Heart
Attack, recounting their journey supporting Mott The Hoople on their
previous tour of the States. "Thank you and good evening
Milwaukee! Are you ready for a little rock and roll Queen
style?" are Freddie's first words before "Ogre Battle".
would like to make a toast to Milwaukee. This is a delicate little
number called 'White Queen'" before the number described as
"pure emotion" from a well known Queen commentator. Brian
May's ukulele in "Bring Back That Leroy Brown" receives a great
reaction as does his solo in "Son & Daughter". The
encores begin with the “stripper” beat of “Big Spender” and also
contain a great version of "Modern Times Rock And Roll".
The only negative to this concert is the lack of "Seven Seas Of
Rhye" which was unfortunately not played in this show. But
overall this is an excellent show by the early Queen and is recommended.