2 CD

Label: Wardour 012  
Country: Japan
Released: Spring 2005
Recorded: Live at The Stadium, Chicago  USA  December 7th. 1978   
Sound: Very good audience recording.
Comments: First time we got this concert out on marked. Haven't come over this concert before now. "Don't Stop Me Now" appear only as a intro. Sounds like the tape run out,  but not sure if the track was played. It might just appear as a intro to the next track.
Not many US show around from this tour.
Roots: Original bootleg. 'New' concert on the marked.
Time: 46:15 / 71:29

Front cover

 Overture "Thunder & Lighting" (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 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  (intro)
 Spread Your Wings
 Dreamers Ball
 Love Of My Life
 It's Late
 Brighton Rock  (inc. guitar & drum solo)
 Fat Bottomed Girls
 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

Roger Taylor admitted in Mojo magazine last year that the Jazz era was one of heavy transition for the band.  This is the last gasp of the glam-arena-rock Queen before their pop revolution beginning with 1980's The Game.  They may have been embroiled in personality conflicts and egos in this time but it doesn't show in their performances which were over the top as usual.  This is the leather Freddie era with all of the excesses!


The Ultimate Entertainer documents Queen's stop in Chicago in the beginning of the Jazz tour.  This tape surfaced about a year ago and is absolutely stunning in quality.  The taper used the venue's own microphone hung over the stage cutting down the audience noise and distortion out completely.  Wardour advertised this release as being as good as Live Killers, the official live album from this tour, and they are accurate.  The balance, depth, echo and dynamics are mind-blowing clear and powerful.  It rivals anything that Mike Millard, our favourite taper, produced.  The tape is virtually complete.  There are minor cuts present, and the very end of "We Are The Champions" is missing twenty seconds.


The show itself is phenomenal.  Queen were always masters of pacing a set list and selecting then current songs with the expected ones and rarities.  The Jazz concerts contained the longest acoustic set they did in their career with three songs (at most they did two).  "Dreamer's Ball" is an excellent stage number and am sorry they dropped it after 1979.  "It's Late" is very dramatic, and the medley works very well. Freddie hits the occasional bum note but in general is in good voice. 


Boot releases from Queen's US Jazz tour are few and far between.  In fact the most well known is Live Achievements on Gypsy Eye documenting their Montreal show from December 1st.  The only concern with this release is that the tape runs too slow.  If this were corrected in subsequent pressings then this would be an essential purchase.  But this is perhaps the most vivid Queen audience tape in existence and a no-brainer for Queen collectors.  (GS)