2 CD

Label: Wardour 348
Country: Japan
Released: June 2019
Recorded: Live at Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan  May 8th. 1985.
Sound: Excellent audience recording.
Comments:  The first of 5 concert's on this Japanese 'The Works' tour in May 1985.
All 5 concert has been released on bootlegs.
I don't have the cd, but I read on Queen fan pages, that the sound is excellent.
Roots: Audience tape.
Time: 55:09 / 54:35

Front cover
 CD 1
 1. Intro: Machines  (tape)
 2. Tear It Up
 3. Tie Your Mother Down
 4. Under Pressure
 5. Somebody To Love
 6. Killer Queen
 7. Seven Seas Of Rhye
 8. Keep Yourself Alive
 9. Liar
 10. Impromptu
 11. It's A Hard Life
 12. Day-O  (Freddie's crowd jam)
 13. Dragon Attack
 14. Now I'm Here
 15. Is This The World We Created?
 16. Love Of My Life

  CD 2
 1. Guitar Solo ~ Brighton Rock
 2. Another One Bites The Dust
 3. Hammer To Fall
 4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 5. Bohemian Rhapsody
 6. Radio Ga Ga
 7. I Want To Break Free
 8. Jailhouse Rock
 9. We Will Rock You
 10. We Are The Champions
 11. God Save The Queen

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Back cover


“THE WORKS JAPAN TOUR 1985” which became the last visit to QUEEN. The world’s first public full master who delivers the best performances of the world is a new excavation of shock. It is appearance in permanent preservation press 2CD!
What was recorded on the master cassette excavated beyond the time of 34 years is the “May 8, 1985: Nippon Budokan” performance. It is an audience recording that completely recorded the whole story. In our store, we archive the last Japan tour with numerous masterpieces. First of all, let’s check the position on the schedule.

・ May 8: Nippon Budokan [This work]
・ May 15 “DEFINITIVE OSAKA 1985”

(Note: Only representative works on each day)

Above, all 5 performances. The beginning is two consecutive performances of Nippon Budokan, and this work is the first day. The Budokan has been introduced with the press title from the second day to the last Osaka, but it was difficult for the first day. The recordings that have been known so far are harsh sounds to listen to, or only half of the good sounds have been recorded. Despite the last Japan tour of QUEEN, a matomo live album was not realized only on this day.
However, such a toothy history ends this week. Finally, the sound recording full recorded with the wonderful sound was excavated. That is this work. It is not an adhesion recording that makes a mistake with the sound board, but the breezy beauty is excellent. After all, it is the original original cassette which was handed over from the recording person, and the freshness which does not go through dubbing is the ultimate.

The core recorded from the front of the arena has a clear feeling of air, and the atmosphere that fills the Budokan 34 years ago with no distortion or twisting blows out from the speakers. When you close your eyes, that octagonal space will float, and it is a reality that even unique smells tickle your nasal cavity. Especially wonderful is the calm song. The acoustic guitar which is played in the middle stage “Is This The World We Created?” Has a delicate sound, one grain of sound, and Freddie’s singing voice which is extended to a long time accompanied by a hall sound, it sounds like a solemn like a church Tell. In the further “Love Of My Life”, a large chorus follows the beauty world. Sound that melts to the heart in the beautiful harmony. Until now it was the highest peak sound quality of Nippon Budokan on the first day (instead of only in the first half) “FINAL BUDOKAN NIGHTS” and full show with a sound of the same level. As a matter of fact, there is a momentary tape change after the end of “Radio Ga Ga”. You will also realize how wonderful this new excavation master is from the fact that the sound drops in this moment.

Moreover, the performance itself is also the highest peak. In fact, this day is well known for its excellent performance even in the 1985 Japan tour. Freddie’s tired appearance on the official “FINAL LIVE IN JAPAN” makes it worse to the image of the whole of 1985, but this first day is completely different. From the opening to a good tone, promised greetings also “Convenir! Ikagadesuka! Is Everybody Happy !! Under Pressure !!” Even if the improvisation at the beginning of “Somebody To Love” is just good at measuring Freddie’s voice, his voice is strong, and the free vibrato is excellent. It sings in a pleasant and colorful manner, as if the voice of one’s voice is extended forever. The energetic energy is also felt by “Ay-Oh”. While the voice itself is deep and rich, the phrase to be thrown to the audience is completely different from usual. The familiar pattern does not flow, and it is understood that I enjoy the moment every moment so as to bite the joy that has come back to Japan. If Freddie is at its best, there is nothing scary about QUEEN. An ensemble that pulls and pulls through the whole piece, and “Keep Yourself Alive” of the life is decided to be a busy. Speaking of the top of QUEEN, “LIVE AID” is the universal recognition of the whole world, but this Budokan first day is a majestic as if that peak performance became full scale. This work is a live album where you can experience the scene 100% real life.

And the enthusiasm of the scene is what makes the Daimyo performance even more vivid. This work is a type that not only the playing sound comes in contact, but rather a vacuum pack in total at the venue. The reaction of a real audience is also felt vividly. For example, “Somebody To Love”. Freddie weaves the improvisation of the piano at the ending, but the audience quickly responds to it, and the sea of ​​clapping spreads, and it will be perfect even if it accelerates. If the improvisation is changed to “Killer Queen” as it is, the venue will also explode! After that, clapping hands and screams sway to the intricately changing tunes, and it is rising rapidly. This exquisite sense of breathing. It is only in Japan that continues to love QUEEN and concentrate on music. The enthusiasm of the audience inspires Freddie’s passion, and the enthusiasm makes the audience even more excited. Although they say “live is a living thing” and “a spectator is a part of a show”, a daimyo performance is assembled by the interaction. Because it is a full recording, you can taste its dynamism in full.

Nippon Budokan the second day which was a major performance that unrivaled in the last Japan tour. It is the world’s first publicized master who gives a full experience of the site. It is one that will make the 1985 Japan-Japan collection perfect, but it is a full live album full of enthusiasm and excitement. Please enjoy it with perpetual preservation press 2CD carefully.

★ Use the original master of the recording person. The definitive board of the 85 Budokan first day performances that finally appeared after 34 years of time. Completely first appearance sound source. Easy to hear sound quality attractive natural texture. The best sound and content for this day’s recording. First-class documents. Above all, I am glad that the freshness of the sound is good.