KØLN 1974

 1 CD

Label: Wardour 368
Country: Japan
Released: July 2019.
Recorded: Live at Sartory Hall, Koln, Germany 6th December 1974.
Sound: Audience recording.
Comments:  From the Cologne concert on the European 'Sheer Heart Attack' tour.
Previously released on 'silver pressed' bootlegs before, as well on CDR productions.
I don't have the cd, so I can't give more info of the sound quality, but I guess excellent sound. Wardour label use to released great sounded bootlegs.
As far as I know, this is a complete concert on one cd. Nice cover.
Roots: Audience recorded tape.
Time: 79:56

Front cover
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. Medley: In The Lap Of The Gods
8.               Killer Queen
9.               The March Of The Black Queen
10.             Bring Back That Leroy Brown
11. Son And Daughter
12. Guitar Solo
13. Son And Daughter  (reprise)
14. Keep Yourself Alive
15. Seven Seas Of Rhye
16. Stone Cold Crazy
17. Liar
18. In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited
 - - - - - encore - - - - - -
19. Big Spender
20. Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll
21. Jailhouse Rock
22. God Save The Queen

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Back cover

Review from Internet.

QUEEN in 1974 was lit with a single “Killer Queen” and album “SHEER HEART ATTACK”. The best live album that can be seen at the breakthrough site is here.

Included in this work is “December 6, 1974 Cologne Performance”. It is the finest audience recording that recorded the first continental European tour act. QUEEN’s first hit was a single “Seven Seas of Rhye”, but it was a story in the UK. On the other hand, the hit of “Killer Queen” was a world-wide one that ran up charts in North America and Europe, and was the moment when the door to the world was opened. First, let’s check the position of the show from the whole view of “SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR”.

● 1974

   October 21 single “Killer Queen” released
・ October 30-November 7: UK # 1 (8 performances)
   November 8 “SHEER HEART ATTACK” releasse
・ November 8-November 20: UK # 2 (11 performances)
・ November 23-December 13: Europe (11 performances) ← ★ Here ★
● 1975
・ 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)

QUEEN at the moment this flutters around the world. Within 1974, he traveled to England and Europe, and in 1975, he finally traveled across the ocean to North America and Japan. The Cologne performance of this work is a concert corresponding to the 7th performance of such “Europe” leg.
This work, which recorded such a show, is truly an exquisite audience recording. Although it is a show that has been recorded for a long time, this work is the best master handed over from overseas core collectors, and anyway, a clear air feeling and freshness are irresistible. The powerful core reaches straight without distortion, and the details are clear thanks to the clear air feeling. The base is particularly surprising. Anyway, the heavy bass of vintage audience recording tends to be blurred and blurry, or crushed and roared. However, this work is beautiful and beautifully separated from high-pitched to deep bass. You can taste not only the line and groove, but also the sound that creates it. The audience and sound of the vocals and snares are not mistaken for the sound board, but the sound of the guest is just the tone level. Clearness is not defeated by the radio sources around.
In addition, this work is the highest peak version of such a master master polished with meticulous mastering. Even when it was introduced as “BEST COLOGNE 1974” as a gift board, it was said that “it is a press CD as it is”, but it has been further brushed up. As a matter of course, the pitch was correct, and the omission was further improved, and the stereo balance that was slightly to the right was also adjusted. The finish that brings out the full potential of the famous recordings.
The show drawn with such a beautiful sound is the very first culmination. This is a good opportunity, so let’s organize the contents here.

● QUEEN (3 songs)
・ Son And Daughter, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar
● QUEEN II (6 songs)
・ WHITE SIDE: Procession, Father To Son, White Queen
・ BLACK SIDE: Ogre Battle, The March Of The Black Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye
・ Now I’m Here, Flick Of The Wrist, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Stone Cold Crazy, In The Lap Of The Gods … Revisited
● Other
・ Big Spender, Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jailhouse Rock

… and it looks like this. Seven songs from the “SHEER HEART ATTACK” with a fire were performed, and three songs were selected from each side of the debut work “QUEEN” and the famous board “QUEEN II”. You can see that the initial taste is concentrated. In fact, this set is the same as the November performance in London that was officially announced as part of “LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ’74”, but the contents are much better. The official London is tired of Freddie’s voice because of the last day of the “UK” tour, but this work is in great shape. The singing voice is different from the later years, and it grows well up to high, and the tension that burns on the first continental tour is also wonderful. Roger’s high that you hear in “In The Lap Of The Gods” is also growing. Of course, the performance is also substantial. You will get used to the tour life of moving and show, and you can see that the experience has improved rapidly.
In addition to such a performance, this work is also excellent in reality. The “QUEEN first experience” was repeated all over the world only during the break, but the enthusiasm is unreasonably real. If you write like this, it seems to be covered with a yellow scream like the first visit to Japan, but it is not. Rather, it smells like a man. During the performance, it just calmed down as “hand-on look”, and every time one song finished, a stupid habit of saying “I won’t do it!” Arises. “Liar! Liar!” And the requesting voice (which is said to shout “Brian!” In one theory…) is also strangely rock-like. Unlike Japan, where the popularity of idols exploded from the beginning, it was the site of rock lovers who had QUEEN as a new generation of hard rock.

Even though it was brilliant, it was an early QUEEN where the power of hard rock was alive. It is a superb live album where you can experience their stage with the reality of 100% of students who were trying to turn around the world with force. A new masterpiece that refines the original master-quality sound recognized by researchers. Here is the birth.