THE HAGUE 1974
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1974 QUEEN hit the world with the first hits of "SHEER HEART ATTACK" and the single "Killer Queen". Introducing a valuable live album that reports on the scene.
It is "December 8, 1974 The Hague performance" that is imbued with such a work. This is an audience recording when the first landing in the Netherlands, which is the most pro-QUEEN power in continental Europe. Speaking of "SHEER HEART ATTACK Tour", it is also known that QUEEN's first national tour and first visit to Japan were realized, and it was the time when we took the first step to conquer the world. There is also an official excavation board "LIVE AT THE RAINBOW '74" as a record at that time, so let's check the position according to the schedule at that time as well.
・ October 30th-November 7th: UK # 1 (8 performances)
"November 8" SHEER HEART ATTACK "released"
・ November 8th-November 20th: UK # 2 (11 performances) ← * Official LIVE AT THE RAINBOW '74
・ November 23-December 13: Europe (10 performances)
・ February 5-24: North America # 1 (16 performances)
・ March 5-April 6: North America # 2 (21 performances)
・ April 19-May 1: First visit to Japan (8 performances)
This is the whole picture of "SHEER HEART ATTACK Tour". "LIVE AT THE RAINBOW '74" was a home tour before and after the album was released, but then traveled to continental Europe.
The Hague performance of this work was the 8th performance of the "Europe" leg. QUEEN's first continental advance was in 1973, but at that time it was a showcase gig in West Germany and Luxembourg. This was the first "tour" in which many countries moved and staged repeatedly. Among them, the Dutch performance is historically important.
After all, in the Netherlands, "SHEER HEART ATTACK" rushed to No. 7 on the national chart, and the single "Killer Queen" was ranked in the top three. It was a country that caught fire as early as its native England. Moreover, QUEEN did not wake up after that.
The next work "A Night at the Opera" shined at No. 1 on the chart, and most of the albums have since reached the top of the chart. All three albums that missed the 1st place are in the top 10 ("JAZZ" is 3rd place / "FLASH GORDON" is 7th place / "A KIND OF MAGIC" is 2nd place). Japan and South America are the pro-QUEEN countries, but in Europe it is definitely the Netherlands. Later in the year, QUEEN followers such as Robby Valentine and Valensia appeared from the Netherlands, which was also an inevitable part of history.
This work is a live album that recorded the first encounter with such a special country, but the quality is also special. Anyway, I was surprised at the clearness that awakens my eyes.
Of course, it is in the category of vintage audience, but the atmosphere is refreshingly clear, and Freddie's singing voice can be felt not only word by word, but also the nuances and breathing contained in it.
The guitar and drums are clear / clean (unfortunately the bass is a little off), though not as much as the vocals, and the direct feeling of the core without a sense of distance is sufficient. It's a much more beautiful recording than a bad FM sound board.
To be clear, the permanent storage press has a sound that is naturally easy to hear, but there is still a reason why it was introduced from the Uxbridge label.
It's short. As a matter of fact, the aim of the taper that recorded this work was not QUEEN, but the famous band KAYAK (!) Of Dutch prog rock who acted as the undercard.
Therefore, by the time of QUEEN, the remaining amount of tape was insufficient, and I could only record one side of the tape for 90 minutes (I mean, I want to hear KAYAK with this sound ...). What song can you expect from this work? Let's organize it easily.
● QUEEN II (5 songs + α)
・ Procession / Ogre Battle / Father To Son / White Queen (As It Began) / The March Of The Black Queen / Son And Daughter
● SHEER HEART ATTACK (5 songs)
・ Now I'm Here / Flick Of The Wrist / In The Lap Of The Gods / Killer Queen / Bring Back That Leroy Brown
… And it looks like this. The last is Brian's guitar solo that falls from "Son And Daughter" and ends before returning to the song.
There are no drawbacks other than the short recording time, and even if it is sound quality, historical significance, or even if it is a passionate performance that exceeds "LIVE AT THE RAINBOW '74", it should be pressed. It is a natural name recording. Even though it is half of the show, the real thrill of being able to experience the precious young QUEEN on-site is irreplaceable. A Dutch treasure album that you might miss if you only care about the specs. Please take this opportunity to experience it carefully.
★ The pitch is fast, so I fixed it.
★ The hysteria and midrange have been relaxed to make it easier to hear.
★ A superb audience recording of "December 8, 1974 The Hague Performance", which was the first visit to the Netherlands, Europe's number one parent QUEEN country. Anyway, I was surprised at the clearness that awakens my eyes.
The air is so clear that Freddie's singing voice is not only word by word, but also the nuances contained in it, and the guitar and drums are clear / clean. It's a much more beautiful recording than a bad FM sound board.
Unfortunately, the tape ends only in the first half of the show, but there are no other drawbacks, and it is a live album full of the real thrill of being able to experience the enthusiasm of young QUEEN on-site.