KILLING ME SOFTLY 

2 CD

Label: Wardour 004 
Country: Japan
Released: November 2004 
Recorded: Bodokan Hall, Tokyo  Japan   May 1st. 1975.   
Sound: Good ~very good audience recording.
Comments:  Another version of the previously released 2cd First Live Attack on Prime Masters (PM-007/008).
A new tape source has been used, together with some parts of the First Live Attack version.
I really hope Queen production released officially live albums from this period.
Roots: New tape source.
Time: 50:35 / 69:07


Front cover

 Procession (tape intro)
 Now I'm Here
 Ogre Battle
 Great King Rat
 White Queen
 Flick Of The Wrist ~
 Stone Cold Crazy (ending)
 Hangman
 Doing All Right
 Medley: In The Lap Of The Gods
                Killer Queen
                The March Of The Black Queen    
                Bring Back That Leroy Brown 


 Son And Daughter (inc. "Brian solo")    
 Keep Yourself Alive
 Seven Seas Of Rhye
 Stone Cold Crazy
 Liar
 In The Lap Of The Gods...revisited
 -----------encore-------------- 
 Big Spender
 Modern Times Rock 'n Roll
 Medley: Jailhouse Rock
                Shake Rattle And Roll
                Stupid Cupid
                Be Bop A Lula 
                Jailhouse Rock  (reprise)
 See What A Fool I've Been
 God Save The Queen... 

Review by Collectors music reviews

Another release of Queen’s legendary final night in Japan on the Sheer Heart Attack tour. The old tape source was previously released as First Live Attack on Prime Masters (PM-007/008).  Although generously called good to very good on various Queen collector sites, it is in reality merely fair.  Killing Me Softly uses the old tape for ”Procession” and “Now I’m Here”, picking up the new tape source thirty seconds into “Ogre Battle”.  The older source is also used to patch a hole in the “Son & Daughter” guitar solo.  This new tape source is very good mono being a definite upgrade to the previous first tape source.  All of the instruments are distinct and clear and enjoyable.  What makes this show so special?  It was the final on the tour right before Queen went into the studio to produce A Night At The Opera.

The band were relaxed and loose and played a very long concert which included many rarities like “Hangman” (a song never officially released by the band and only found on very early concert recordings), “Doing Alright”, and the B-side “See What A Fool I’ve Been”.  Before “Seven Seas Of Rhye” Roger Taylor introduces Freddie as “Fredrick Mercury”, the only time I can recall him ever being addressed as such.  “Liar” is extended to almost ten minutes with a very long guitar solo and Freddie playing call and response games with the audience before the “Mama I’m gonna be your slave” part of the song.  Queen didn’t want to leave the stage with another long series of encores, including a heavy version of Taylor’s “Modern Times Rock N’ Roll” and every oldie they can think of in the “Jailhouse Rock” medley.  This is one of their legendary shows and the new tape source makes the legend shine like never before.  Another great Queen release on the Wardour label and definitely a title worth having!  (GS)

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