LONG BEACH ARENA 1977  1ST NIGHT

2 CD

Label: Wardour 455
Country: Japan.
Released: January 2021.
Recorded: Live at Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California USA,  December 20th, 1977.
Sound: Excellent audience recording.
Comments:  From taper Mike Millard master tapes. Excellent sound quality.
This is Wardour label's 2cd release of this nice recording from the 'News Of The World' US Tour in late 1977. This concert is now out on a handful of cd productions.
I will not be surprised if we get it on vinyl too. Vinyl bootlegs are mainly pressed i Europe theses days. For the most ok production, but well... not so many who collecting vinyl bootlegs longer.
This Wardour production looks ok. Real pressed production. Not a cdr product.
If you collecting Queen bootlegs, I will recommended 'Wardour' ones. They use correct photos on the cover, and catch all the best and interested recordings.
A bonus cdr with 'News Of The World' album is enclosed with sticker versions. Well.....
I'm not sure how large this 'Wardour' production is, and how many has a sticker with bonus cdr enclosed separate. But this sticker version was ONLY with orders the first week.
The price on a Japanese sale page was 3.800 Japanese yen. About US $ 37.-
Roots: Mike Millard audience recording.
Time: 58:15 / 55:06

Front cover
 CD 1
 1. Intro: 'Thunder & Lighting'
 2. We Will Rock You (slow ~ tape)
 3. We Will Rock You (fast)
 4. Brighton Rock
 5. Somebody To Love
 6. Death On Two Legs  ~
 7. Killer Queen  ~
 8. Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy  ~
 9. I'm In Love With My Car  ~
 10. Get Down Make Love  ~
 11. The Millionaire Waltz  ~
 12. You're My Best Friend
 13. Liar
 14. Love Of My Life
 15. '39
 16. My Melancholy Blues
 CD 2
 1. White Man ~
 2. The Prophet's Song  ~ (vocal part)
 3. Guitar Solo  ~
 4. The Prophet's Song (reprise)
 5. Now I'm Here
 6. Stone Cold Crazy
 7. Bohemian Rhapsody
 8. Keep Yourself Alive
 9. Tie Your Mother Down
 10. We Will Rock You
 11. We Are The Champions
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 12. Sheer Heart Attack
 13. Jailhouse Rock
 14. God Save The Queen

 ~ = no breaks between the songs.


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This cdr is enclosed with some sticker versions.
From a Japanese web page.

QUEEN --LONG BEACH ARENA 1977 1ST NIGHT: MIKE MILLARD MASTER TAPES (2CD)
plus Ltd Bonus CDR "NEWS OF THE WORLD: MOBILE FIDELITY CD" * This Weekend Only

Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA, USA 20th December 1977 ULTIMATE SOUND

The best masterpiece of the QUEEN audience, suddenly announced at the end of 2020. Introducing Press 2CD, which permanently preserves the records of miracles that are causing the year-end and New Year holidays around the world!

The miracle record contained "December 20, 1977 Long Beach Performance". It is a transcendental audience recording by the legendary famous recording artist "Mike Millard". I think many of you already know this. The origin of this work is the first appearance master that was suddenly released on the same date as last year's show "December 20th". The sound is located at the highest peak in many mirrored collections (along with LED ZEPPELIN's "LISTEN TO THIS EDDIE"), and the content of the show is a tremendous performance of the heyday. We have introduced countless QUEEN titles so far, but this is definitely a masterpiece. It was such a big excavation of another dimension.

The content is not transmitted just by repeating shocks and shocks, so cool your head once here ……. By the way, speaking of "Mirrored QUEEN", the new excavation "L.A. FORUM 1977 2ND NIGHT (Wardour-407)" was also new to my memory a year ago, but of course this work is a separate performance. On the contrary, even though it is the same "1977", the contents are very different. In order to explain the situation in that area, let's first look back on the schedule at that time.

● 1977
“A DAY AT THE RACES TOUR”
・ January 13-March 18: North America # 1 (40 performances) ← * L.A. FORUM 1977 2ND NIGHT
・ May 8-June 7: Europe # 1 (19 performances)
"October 28," News of the World "released"
“NEWS OF THE WORLD TOUR”
・ November 11th-December 22nd: North America # 2 (26 performances) ← ★ Coco ★
● 1978
・ April 12-May 13: Europe # 2 (20 performances)
<< July-October "JAZZ" production >>

This is the overall picture of "A DAY AT THE RACES TOUR" and "NEWS OF THE WORLD TOUR". Both are from North America to Europe, and "L.A. FORUM 1977 2ND NIGHT" is the beginning of the former. On the other hand, the long beach performance of this work is the 24th performance of "North America # 2" which is "NEWS OF THE WORLD TOUR". The symbol of this "North America # 2" is the professional shot of the Houston performance, but it was also the concert after the 4th performance.

This work was recorded at such a show, but ... how should this sound be put into words? Anyway, it's perfect and supreme. You can use the words "core", "distance", and "details" individually, but that doesn't convey the "dignity of sound" that makes you feel cheap and even aura. If you're interested in this article, you're probably experiencing mirrored recording in some band, but this one sounds better than any of them. On the other hand, if you are asking "Who is Mirrored?", Please remember the most memorable QUEEN audience recording ever. It's a much better sound than that.

It was too abstract, so when compared with the same mirrored recording "L.A. FORUM 1977 2ND NIGHT", this work clearly has a direct feeling and the outline is sharp. Even bigger is the low audience noise. "LA FORUM 1977 2ND NIGHT" was a scorching recording with hot clapping and applause, but in this work, while the band is in front of you, the other applause is far away (like a direct soundboard). It's small. Let's compare another one. Until now, the best masterpiece of the QUEEN audience was "A NIGHT AT BOSTON" recorded by Dan Lampinsky in 1976, but even with that super masterpiece, it is not as good as this one. The tight feeling to the tremendous is tremendous, and even the base line with a bing is super clear. This year-end and New Year holidays were also a moment when the throne of the masterpiece was replaced.

Of course, no matter how terrible the sound is, it is meaningless if the show is useless, but in that respect as well, this work deserves to be called a masterpiece. In fact, the North American tour of "NEWS OF THE WORLD TOUR" is also a big turning point for collectors. Prior to this, QUEEN was in the growth stage. While producing famous songs one after another, the playing ability, singing ability, and performance have improved one tour at a time. And it was "North America in 1977" that the growth reached the first peak. Actually, the set may be the same as "ULTIMATE HOUSTON 1977 (Wardour-246)", but let's dare to compare it with "L.A. FORUM 1977 2ND NIGHT" and experience the transformation.

● Songs inherited from the previous tour
・ Queen I: Liar / Keep Yourself Alive
・ Sheer Heart Attack: Brighton Rock / Killer Queen / Now I'm Here / Stone Cold Crazy (There is a recording omission at the beginning)
・ A Night at the Opera: You're My Best Friend / '39 / The Prophet's Song / Bohemian Rhapsody
・ A Day at the Races: Somebody To Love / The Millionaire Waltz / White Man / Tie Your Mother Down
・ Others: Jailhouse Rock
● Songs that could not be heard in "L.A. FORUM 1977 2ND NIGHT"
・ A Night at the Opera: Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to…) / I'm In Love With My Car / Love Of My Life
・ A Day at the Races: Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
・ Dedicated to the world: We Will Rock You / Get Down Make Love / My Melancholy Blues / We Are The Champions / Sheer Heart Attack

… And it looks like this. The three major songs "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" are all together to complete the foundation that continues to the current QUEEN + Adam. In addition, numbers such as "I'm In Love With My Car" and "Love Of My Life" that will play a central role in the show are also included.

And the performance itself is more than such a set. Freddie's vocalization has finally reached the stage of completion, and the vibrato with plenty of stretchy vocalization is also climax. Of course, the performances of the other three who have grown together are also perfect, and the ensemble as a band is an iron wall. Of course, there are various theories about the peak period of QUEEN depending on the person, and there are factors such as the tension of special performances and the frequency of famous performances that cannot be decided by one work alone. However, in terms of playing ability and singing ability, QUEEN has already reached the completed form, and a great performance that can only be called a masterpiece as one live board is unfolding.

Introducing countless QUEEN titles so far, we have called them "masterpieces" several times. However, this work has surpassed (jumped) such super-masterpieces at once. An unprecedented masterpiece is more than just "best." It means that I was hit in the head with the shock of "I have never heard such a great QUEEN!".

A shocking work that deserves to be called a "masterpiece" from both the QUEEN perspective and the mirrored collection perspective. Enjoy it anytime, forever with Press 2CD, which permanently stores the shock!

★ The masterpiece of the QUEEN audience, which was suddenly announced at the end of 2020. It is a transcendental audience recording of "December 20, 1977 Long Beach Performance". Although it is the first public master of the legendary master Mirrored, it sounds more amazing than all the QUEEN audience recordings that have been known so far, and it is the highest peak from the viewpoint of the Mirrored collection. It is truly a great excavation of a different dimension and miracle. Moreover, the show is also a great performance. Freddie's vocals and the performances of the three performers have reached the stage of completion, while the three major songs "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" are available. It is the birth of a new masterpiece that has surpassed the masterpieces so far! !! !!

★ Sound quality / content "AAA" (Triple A). A masterpiece along with that "A NIGHT AT BOSTON" that suddenly appeared at the end of 2020. Everything is a miracle mirrored master. This is the pinnacle of bootlegs! !!

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★★ Special project

★ QUEEN's masterpiece album "LONG BEACH ARENA 1977 1ST NIGHT: MIKE MILLARD MASTER TAPES" by a legendary master. To celebrate its birth, only the first week of its release, the official super-high-quality sound board "NEWS OF THE WORLD: Mobile Fidelity CD" will be specially attached.

★ This title is a special bonus for one week only. It will not be included from the next week, so if you wish, please order as soon as possible.

QUEEN --NEWS OF THE WORLD: MOBILE FIDELITY CD (FC Bonus CDR) * This Weekend Only
Taken from the original US Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 24 KT Gold CD (UDCD 588)

The main press 2CD is the masterpiece of the QUEEN live album that transcends the distinction between sound board and audience. It is a masterpiece and a super masterpiece that is outstanding even in the mirrored collection that is commonplace. To celebrate the birth of such an underground apex, it's just a hindrance to the audience recordings around. We prepared the official Daimyo board. Yes, this work is a 24K gold CD "UDCD 588" released in October 1993 by "Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL)", a manufacturer specializing in analog masters. Yes, Master Sound's "News of the World"!

[Mobile Fidelity with the highest priority on master tape sound]
Many high-quality CDs appeared in the 90's when the conversion of analog works to CDs reached its peak, but MFSL was exceptional among them. Other high-quality CDs are based on the idea of ​​"suppressing digital deterioration," such as reducing the discomfort of compression with new technology and reducing reading errors with materials. On the other hand, MFSL's policy is "to faithfully reproduce the sound engraved on the master tape and not to add extra things." We place the highest priority on "analog-recorded sound itself," such as by developing our own "half-speed mastering" technology that focuses on the stage of extracting sound from magnetic tape.

Such MFSL borrowed an original master tape from a record company from 1987, and digitized a number of masterpieces one by one. We have released the "Ultradisc" series, which transfers the sound of the master tape to a CD. Currently, we are also expanding into the fields of SACD and LP, but it is also a point that this work was made into a CD in the first half of the 90's. The master of magnetic tape is vulnerable to deterioration over time, and the more time passes, the more the sound at the time of recording is lost. There are cases where the tape is distorted or sticks, but even if it is stored precisely, it cannot prevent the magnetism from disappearing. Nowadays, LPs that record in a physical groove sound better than the master tape itself ... and so on. In that respect as well, the "Ultradisc" series was a great achievement. It started in the 1980s, when CDs were in widespread use, and left the sound of master tapes digitally earlier than the advent of new technology CDs that claimed high sound quality.

The MF contained the master sound drawn in this way in a 24-karat gold CD. Gold-plated coatings with a purity of 99% or higher are usually more reflective than CD metal thin films and can reduce errors. The aim was also important, but what is now considered to be even more important is preservation. Polycarbonate on CD is water retentive and corrodes (that is, rusts) the metal thin film (aluminum) inside. When you hold an old CD over the light, you may see small spots that are lumpy, but it is said that it is a corroded hole, which is one of the causes of reading errors. Gold, on the other hand, is the most stable metal and does not rust in nature. Of course, since it is a coating, there are limits, but it has a storage capacity that is incomparable to ordinary CDs.

["News of the World" where the truth of the master sound emerges]
It is "News of the World" of this work that conveys the master sound as of "16 years after recording". Actually, it's not a very good recording in QUEEN, but the master sound is still different. Unlike the processing type digital remaster, there is no act of raising only the peak, and it is forever natural but tight. Even if the rise of the sound is sharp, the peak is not distorted, and the slow sound has the presence of the instrument vibrating in front of you, and the vibe is beautifully left until the moment of muffling. Unfortunately, I was surprised at the peak (for example, vocals and drums of "We Are The Champions" and "Get Down, Make Love") because I emphasized the tightness too much, so there is no change. However, even the feeling of bubbles contained in the cracks is clear ...

"News of the World", aiming for a new sound in a new era, leaving the hands of Roy Thomas Baker. It is hard to say that it is a historical beautiful sound in terms of sound creation because it is a work in the transition period, but that is also the truth of the masterpiece. The appearance of four people fighting in the studio comes to mind, and even the creativity that can be seen through the sound is vivid. Instead of making up with equalizing according to the values ​​of later years, it is not used to deceive master deterioration. It is a piece that honestly depicts the "1977 Real" that only the master tape had inhaled.

The master sound of a masterpiece that could be retained until the present day because it is a gold CD by "Mobile Fidelity". Even if you try to get the actual product now, it is difficult because it was originally produced in a limited number. This work is a delicate reproduction of the beautiful sound. Please enjoy "1977 QUEEN" with the highest quality along with the main press 2CD which is the new masterpiece of the live album.