is different because it is sourced from a copy of an actual BBC
transcription disc for the very first time. The sound is very good
and clear with evident surface noise. It emphasizes the higher
frequencies and is very dynamic and enjoyable compared to First
Procession which sounds dull and muffled. Still, Queen
Will Be Crowned is still the definitive version based upon sound
quality and completeness.
other two tapes are the real center of interest on this release. Pop Spectacular
is balanced with a tape that surfaced last year at the Queen Fan Club
convention in Wales. It's a half hour of their show in Liverpool on
November 17th, 1973 and all early Queen live tapes are cause for
excitement. It is a fair and listenable tape a distance from the
stage. It's better than the Birmingham tape from November 27th.
Freddie is having some serious mic problems. The band plays the
beginning of "Father To Son" several times till the
equipment problem is fixed, and it cuts out several times during the
course of the tape.
another version of the unreleased track "Hangman" is present and what
a version! They build up such unbearable tension in the song as
Freddie narrates the insidious tale. It all comes to a
climax as he says "Here it comes...YOU'RE GONNA WATCH ME
DIE!!" and the rest of the band come crashing in with the
"Ogre Battle" inspired fast riffs. The tape sadly
fades out in the middle of "Liar". The rumor is this is
only the first half of an hour long tape. That will be an event if
it is true and hopefully it will contain the never-before-heard early
version of "Stone Cold Crazy" that is known to have been played
but never before documented.
Milwaukee 1975 is a free bonus disc and a very nice touch by Wardour. This could have stood on its own (in fact this was released simultaneously with In The Lap Of The Queen on Gypsy Eye). The tape never circulated before appearing on the internet recently. It's a very good audience source from Queen's first headlining tour of the US in support of Sheer Heart Attack. This period in Queen's history is very poorly documented and only fragments from Atlanta, Santa Monica and a short soundboard fragment from Winterland in San Francisco exist. Thus this is the most complete and best sounding document and another strong concert by the band. The crowd are die-hard Queen fans, knowing all of the songs and gushing over the new material ("That's from the new album" someone by the tape says after "Stone Cold Crazy"). The only negative is "Seven Seas Of Rhye" wasn't performed this night. All of the tapes on this release serve as a reminder of the ambiguous darkness that hung around Queen before their slide into camp by the time they did the Flash Gordon soundtrack. As with all of their releases, this is limited to only three hundred copies and is another highly recommended Queen title to their catalogue. (GS)