BUDOKAN 1975  1ST NIGHT

2 CD

Label: Wardour 503
Country: Japan.
Released: February 2022.
Recorded: Budokan Hall, Tokyo  Japan, April 19th 1975.
Sound: Audience recording.
Comments:  This was Queen's very first concert in Japan. The new sound source for the first visit to Japan and the Budokan premiere has arrived after 47 years! !! For Queen fans, it's sure to be the best title of the year.
Comes with a replica of the flyer for the Tokyo performance.
This is not the first pro-bootleg from this concert. I'm unsure, but this might be the one with the best sound. As far as I know, the first 'silver' pressed cd release of this concert.
Roots: Audience recorded tape. Might be form a new tape source.
Time: 42:56 / 59:22

Front cover
 CD 1
 1. Intro: Procession  (tape)
 2. Now I'm Here
 3. Ogre Battle
 4. Father To Son
 5. White Queen
 6. Flick Of The Wrist
 7. Doing All Right
 8. Medley: In The Lap Of The Gods ~
 9.              Killer Queen ~
 10.            The March Of The Black Queen ~
 11.            Bring Back That Leroy Brown


 CD 2
 1. Son And Daughter
 2. Band Introductions
 3. Keep Yourself Alive
 4. Seven Seas Of Rhye
 5. Stone Cold Crazy
 6. Liar
 7. In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited
 - - - - - encore - - - - - - -
 8. Big Spender ~
 9. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll ~
 10. Jailhouse Rock
 11. See What A Fool I've Been
 12. God Save The Queen


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Amazing. This is amazing, too amazing. QUEEN ... No, the treasure of Japanese Western music history has been unearthed. QUEEN's first visit to Japan in 1975, which was a major event that shook the archipelago. The original recording that permanently preserves the first day is a shocking worldwide premiere!

Of course, what is engraved in this work is the performance of "April 19, 1975: Nippon Budokan". It is an audience recording that spells out the whole story. The first visit to Japan for QUEEN is special. Along with the debut and the breakthrough of the single "Killer Queen", it was an absolutely inevitable event that would never be missed in any documentary. It's just that important, so we archive it with many famous records. First, let's look back on the schedule at that time while organizing the collection.

・ April 19: Nippon Budokan ← ★ This work ★
・ April 22 "NAGOYA 1975"
・ April 23, "COMPLETE KOBE 1975"
・ April 25: Fukuoka City Kyuden Memorial Gymnasium
・ April 28, "FATAL ATTRACTION (Okayama)"
・ April 29, "TSUMAGOI 1975"
・ April 30: Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
・ May 1st "BUDOKAN 1975 FINAL NIGHT: MASTER-STROKE"
* Only representative works for each performance.

Above, all 8 performances. Even though it is called Budokan, I have introduced many works on the last day, but this is the first permanent preservation on the first day. Of course, the recording of the first day has existed so far, but this work is different from them. It is an original recording that first appeared in the world, which was handed over from the recorder himself.

Moreover, it is not just the first appearance. Quality is also a threatening brand that sets a new record high. In fact, the sound is so vivid that it will awaken your eyes. Of course, it is in the category of vintage recording, but the core that approaches the front is extremely strong, and the details are clear to the finest parts. It doesn't feel like a soundboard at zero distance, but it doesn't feel "far". Freddie's singing voice conveys not only the nuances of each syllable, but also the nuances of each syllable, even if the choruses overlap, and you can clearly understand not only the drums and guitar but also the bass line.

Moreover, this work also breaks the longest record of the historic first night. As a matter of fact, the new excavation master this time may have been concerned about the remaining amount of tape, and it is frequently paused between songs. There were quite a few missing recording parts (the point here is "between songs". You can enjoy it almost through the performance group). Therefore, in this work, all such recording omission parts have already been patched. Not only all the songs of the day, but all the existing scenes are permanently preserved.

The first day of the once-in-a-lifetime meeting that flows out of this work How should I put this impression into words? Although the performance itself has already been experienced, the vividness and resolution are completely different. That iconic Freddie's first MC "Konbanha! Konbanha! And good evening to everybody. It's very nice to be here and your beautiful Japan !!" sounds totally different.

And the delight of Japan who witnessed "raw QUEEN" for the first time is also recorded ultra-realistically. Especially amazing is after "Ogre Battle". Freddie, who thought it was too dangerous, calms the audience. Let's write it out for a moment.

"Arigatou! Arigatou! Thank you. Now Listen !! Just Listen! Listen to me a minute ... Shuush! Quiet! You're going to have to be careful. Calm down a bit Take it easy. We're gonna be here for a long time, so don't rush so much. Don't rush the front of the stage. Just take it easy, OK? Calm down and We're all gonna have a good time. This is gonna be a nice evening (for) you and us! "

Listen! Listen a little !! Quiet !! It's dangerous, calm down a little. Calm down. We are not going home soon. Don't hurry so much. Don't push it in front of the stage. Let's calm down and have fun together. Let's have the best night!

Then, we entered "Father To Son", but the situation hasn't changed even after one song is over.
"We get a slow number now! You're gonna have to quiet down a bit, so people don't get hurt. Please, take care of yourselves. Just behave and listen!"

Next is a slow song. Be a little quiet so that everyone doesn't get hurt. Please be careful. Listen well!

It was clear to every word of such a vivid MC. The sound of this work is not "what Freddie is saying", but the unspoken nuance of "what you feel and say" is clearly understood. The first day of my first visit to Japan, which was a historic night, but there was no record of satisfactory sound and it was never preserved forever. Such common sense will end this week. A miracle live album where you can fully experience the first night of the once-in-a-lifetime meeting with the best-in-class sound. Press 2CD is nothing but a cultural heritage. Please experience it to your heart's content.

★ First public audience recording of the first day of the first visit to Japan "April 19, 1975: Nippon Budokan" performance. With the new excavation of a threat that sets the highest quality ever, the core approaching the front is extremely strong, and the details are clear to the finest parts. Freddie's singing voice conveys not only the nuances of each syllable, but also the nuances of each syllable, even if the choruses overlap, and you can clearly understand not only the drums and guitar but also the bass line. Moreover, the recording omission between songs is compensated for by the existing recording, and the longest record of the historic first night is also updated. The treasure of Japanese Western music history, which is nothing but a cultural heritage, is born.
  


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