ULTIMATE DREAMER 

4 CD

Label: Wardour 020
Country: Japan 
Released: July 2005 
Recorded: Festival Hall, Osaka  Japan, April 19th (CD 1&2) & 20th. (CD 3 & 4) 1979.
Sound: Very good & excellent audience recording.
Comments: A re-release of the 1994 4cd bootleg "Zoom 1979". Since the original now is very difficult to get, this is the alternative.  From both the Osaka concert in 1979. Wardour has upgraded the sound, and corrected the speed. A nice release.
Roots: "Zoom 1979" 4cd bootleg from 1994. 
Time: 60:22 / 58:00 / 64:21 / 56:02


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 Disc 1
  We Will Rock You  (fast)
  Let Me Entertain You
  Somebody To Love
  Fat Bottomed Girls
  Medley: Death On Two Legs
               Killer Queen
               Bicycle Races
               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
  Dreamers Ball
 Disc 2
  Love Of My Life
  '39
  It's Late
  Brighton Rock
  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
  Intro: We Will Rock You (slow, tape) ~
  We Will Rock You  (fast)
  Let Me Entertain You
  Somebody To Love
  If You Can't Beat Them
  Medley: Death On Two Legs
               Killer Queen
               Bicycle Races
               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
  Dreamers Ball
  Love Of My Life

 Disc 4
  '39
  It's Late
  Brighton Rock
  Keep Yourself Alive
  Bohemian Rhapsody
  Tie Your Mother Down
  Sheer Heart Attack
  We Will Rock You
  We Are The Champions
  God Save The Queen....








 
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Review by Collectors music reviews
 
Ultimate Dreamer
, the latest excellent Queen release on Wardour, is an updated and definitive version of the Zoom 1979 (LLX 3/4/5/6) release from many years ago.  The tapes used for this release are very good to excellent with just a tinge of fuzziness.  This achievement is especially impressive given that this is the Festival Hall in Osaka which usually works against producing great tapes.  The Wardour release runs at the correct speed (the older releases ran a bit too fast) and this is probably the definitive version.  Some commentators observe that the tape for the second night is marginally better than the first.  It is difficult to really tell since they are both excellent sounding and are superior documents from the Live Killers era.

 

Discs one and two contain the April 19th tape and it is complete from beginning to end, including long stretches between the encores giving.  Freddie does his usual salutations in Japanese before launching into "Let Me Entertain You".   The fourth number on the Jazz tour alternated between the single "Fat Bottomed Girls" and the John Deacon number "If You Can't Beat Them".   This decision is still puzzling today since the former was an A-side single release that received lots of radio play then (and now) whereas the latter is a weaker number that has lapsed into obscurity.   The medley on this tour is the only opportunity we have for a live "Bicycle Race", but the audience reacts mostly to "I'm In Love With My Car".  "Don't Stop Me Now" features the band introducing a new arrangement in the middle, a heavy power chord motif that is unique to both of the Osaka performances.

 

The tape for the April 20th performance on discs three and four is virtually complete.  There are small cuts in "Now I'm Here" and "Bohemian Rhapsody".  They are very small and don't lose too much music.  The set list is similar to the proceeding show.  Freddie says:   "This is a slightly different show from last night.  This next song is from A Night At the Opera called 'Death On Two Legs'.  OH!  I told you this was a different show.  This is called 'If You Can't Beat Them'.  I fucked up!?!"  "Spread Your Wings" is also dropped in favor of "Teo Torriatte", their ode to Japan.  Just like the other shows on the tour their long acoustic set (the longest the would ever play with three songs) is followed by the heavier songs "It's Late" and "Brighton Rock", featuring May's long guitar solo and Taylor's tympani show piece.  "Keep Yourself Alive" contains a clear reference to the Jazz track "Fun It", making this the only live performance of the piece.

 

Both performances are spectacular but the long touring is evident in Freddie's voice.  He's able to hit most of the high notes and is very effective.  It would completely give out in a couple of days and is evident on Wardour's release of the April 25th show in Tokyo Dreamer's Ball.   But here it's still pretty good and Ultimate Dreamer is an excellent document of the last days of Queen as a 1970's arena rock juggernaut.  This is limited to three hundred copies are most of Wardour's releases and the first one hundred receive one of twenty three different glossy photos taken from the actual shows and were utilized for the artwork.  Mine is reproduced above and probably shows the band playing "Somebody To Love".  (GS)