PRIDE AND JOY 

 4 CD / 1 DVD 

Label: Wardour 047  
Country: Japan
Released: December 2006 
Recorded: Bodokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan  April 14th., 23rd & 25th. 1979         
Sound: Audience recording. DVD from a Japanese television broadcast.      
Comments:  Japanese 'Jazz' tour 1979. Nice bootleg from Wardour label.  2 complete concert, and part from a third one on DVD. Nice recordings from Japanese 'JAZZ' tour. 
Roots: Original bootleg. More info later.
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 DISC 1 (April 14th. 1979)
 Intro ~ We Will Rock You
(fast)
 Let Me Entertain You
 Somebody To Love
 If You Can't Beat Them
 Death On Two Legs
 Killer Queen
 Bicycle Race
 I'm In Love With My Car
 Get Down Make Love
 You're My Best Friend
 Now I'm Here
 Don't Stop Me Now
 Spread Your Wings
 DISC 2 (April 14th. 1979)
 Dreamer's Ball
 Love Of My Life
 '39
 It's Late
 Brighton Rock/Guitar Solo
 Keep Yourself Alive
 Bohemian Rhapsody
 Tie Your Mother Down
 Sheer Heart Attack
 We Will Rock You
 We Are The Champions
 God Save The Queen...

 DISC 3  (April 23rd. 1979)
 Intro ~ We Will Rock You
(fast)
 Let Me Entertain You
 Somebody To Love
 Fat Bottomed Girls
 Death On Two Legs
 Killer Queen
 Bicycle Race
 I'm In Love With My Car
 Get Down Make Love
 You're My Best Friend
 Now I'm Here
 Teo Torriatte
 Don't Stop Me Now
 Dreamer's Ball
 Love Of My Life
 ' 39
 DISC 4 (April 23rd. 1979)
 It's Late
 Brighton Rock  ~ Guitar Solo
 Keep Yourself Alive
 Bohemian Rhapsody
 Tie Your Mother Down
 Sheer Heart Attack
 We Will Rock You
 We Are The Champions
 God Save The Queen......







DVD
Live at Budokan, Tokyo, Japan 25th April 1979

 1. Intro 
 2. We Will Rock You
(fast)
 3. Let Me Entertain You
 4. Killer Queen
 5. Bicycle Race
 6. I'm In Love With My Car
 7. Teo Torriatte
 8. Keep Yourself Alive
 9. Don't Stop Me Now
 10. Bohemian Rhapsody
 11. We Will Rock You
 12. We Are The Champions

PRO-SHOT COLOUR NTSC. Japanese television broadcast. I can't confirm that the HOLE concert was filmed. This might be the only part.


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Review by Collectors music reviews 
 
Queen toured Japan twice in their early days in 1975 and 1976, but had ignored the nation with some of their most rapid fans for more than three years, missing the far east for the Day At The Races and News Of The World tours.  To make up for the lapse Queen gave them a three-week long tour between April 13th and May 6th with fifteen total concerts scattered all throughout the country.  They played five shows in the capital and two in Osaka, and appeared in cities not usually visited by big British bands like Sapparo, Yamaguchi, and Kanazawa.  All but three, April 13th in Tokyo, April 27th in Kobe, and April 28 in Nagoya, have at least a partial audience recording circulating.  No soundboards are known to circulate although all of the concerts were professionally taped for the official live album released later that summer.  Most of them were also filmed and the video for "Love Of My Life" contains footage from one of the Tokyo shows (although the audio comes from Frankfurt as does the LP).  Pride And Joy on Wardour collects two audio and one video recording from their Live Killers tour of Japan.  None of the material is brand new but this is their debut on a commercial release and Wardour have remixed these tapes to present the shows in the best possible sound quality.

 

The first two discs cover the April 14th show.  This is the second date of the tour and Freddie's voice is in good, but not great, shape.  Musically this is virtually the complete show with only a cut during the guitar solo in "Brighton Rock".  After the audience cheers die down at the beginning, the sound quality improves from fair to being very good and clear.  There are some muffles in the tape like during "I'm In Love With My Car" but nothing too serious.  It is in mono and the spectrum of frequencies is very narrow but it presents a good and vivid account of the show that night.  "If You Can't Beat Them" was alternated with "Fat Bottom Girls" on different nights and is played on this evening.  Freddie introduces "Death On Two Legs" by saying, " we call him motherfucker.  What do you say in Japanese?  Well, you get the gist of it..."  "Spread Your Wings" is spectacularly played and this is one of the last times for the song in Japan.  The three song acoustic set is the longest they ever played in and included Brian May introducing the band before the little stage is lowered before "'39".  "Brighton Rock" includes May's pyrotechnic guitar solo and Taylor's turn on the tympani.  "Bohemian Rhapsody" quite rightly is the final song with "Tie Your Mother Down" and "Sheer Heart Attack" the first two encores before the "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions" finale.

 

The April 23rd show was the first of the final three in Tokyo and occurred after a two-night trip to Osaka.  The mono audience tape is fair to good sounding very distant from the stage.  Audience noises, cheers and whistles often drown out the music making it hard to hear.  Hardcore collectors will enjoy this tape since the concert is great, but the sound quality is rough going for the casual.  "Fat Bottomed Girls" replaces "If You Can't Beat Them" and "Teo Torriatte" replaces "Spread Your Wings" in the set list and this is one of the first times the track was ever played and would be featured in future tours of Japan.  Freddie's voice continually deteriorated on this tour and is noticeably worse than the previous week although he is not nearly as bad as on the April 25 show.  The show really heats up with one of the better medleys played in Japan.  "Death On Two Legs" is especially venomous and this is one of the best versions of "Bicycle Race".  "Don't Stop Me Now" sounds very energetic although it is hard to enjoy with the poor sound quality.  May plays a very heavy metal guitar solo in "Brighton Rock".   

 

The DVD contains a thirty-two minute television broadcast from the April 25th concert.  Fifteen minutes of this footage was broadcast in Japanese television in the '80's but in 2002 almost double was broadcast on television.  According to the label this is an upgrade of the air check version done at a high rate transfer.  The video quality is extremely good and the sound quality is excellent and it is great to have such rare footage commercially available.  The songs are mostly edited in one way or another but what is present is great.  The most spectacular visual is seeing Freddie sitting on the shoulders of Superman dressed in a campy red-rhinestone studded short suit!  Pride And Joy is Wardour's third release from this era following Dreamer's Ball, with the audience recording of the April 25th Tokyo show, and Ultimate Dreamer with the two Osaka shows from April 19th and 20th.  All three titles derive from "Dreamer's Ball" in one-way or another and they even printed the lyrics to the song on the inside cover.  It can be assumed that song is popular in Japan.  It is a great song and was played only on these tours so it counts as somewhat of a rarity.  It comes encased in a fatboy jewel case with glossy color inserts and is limited to only three hundred copies worldwide. (GS)