One Sweet Moment
is the kind of comprehensive and satisfying release that makes collecting
these titles worthwhile and fun. Wardour picks Queen's show at St.
James Park in Newcastle for their very first A Kind Of Magic
tour release and they've release almost all of the available audio
and video sources for this great show. The audience source used for
the audio is a very good to excellent complete recording. There is a
cut in the tape in the reprise of "Now I'm Here" that is
filled in by a poor sounding source that may be from this show or
not, it's hard to tell.
were sold out in an hour and this set an attendance record in Newcastle at
time. This was the first of five shows in England that summer
and occur right before the famous Wembley shows. It is unfortunate
that Freddie was in such poor voice during Queen's final tour but that
really does not detract from these concerts. The "God
works in mysterious ways" intro leading into "One Vision"
is very exciting. Freddie addresses the audience as "my
beauties" after "Tie Your Mother Down". Brian
comes in too early in "I Want To Break Free" and Freddie says
"that's better" when he corrects the mistake.
seems like yesterday we played the Newcastle City Hall" Brian
says before "Love Of My Life" and announces that the proceeds
from the show will go to the Save The Children organization before
"Is This The World We Created?" The Magic tour contains
the longest acoustic set Queen ever performed with the standards
"Baby I Don't Care", "Hello Mary Lou" and "Tutti
Frutti". This was done to remember their roots and, as May
explains in a later interview, because Zeppelin did it. By this time
in the tour "Friends Will Be Friends" was inserted between "We
Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions", introducing
another anthem that would unfortunately have no future airings.
silver pressed dvd included in this set is from an audience member's
camcorder. It is just off of the floor and gives a good view of the
entire stage and all of the action. The lighting is horrible with
the band members being washed out from both the sun and the stage lights
so you see a white silhouette of Freddie running around the stage.
It improves a bit when the sun goes down during the acoustic set but is
not something that will be watched too often. There is also a
cut in "Radio Ga-Ga". At least fifteen minutes
of the show was professionally filmed which appeared on television and was
released on video tape, but none of that is used here. Nonetheless One
Sweet Moment is a wonderful and comprehensive set and
definitely worth having. (GS)