The Golders Green Hippodrome broadcast is the most well known and
widely circulated early Queen show in the collecting community. This new release on Digital Queen Archives is the third in the past
two years and fourth since 1998 (Master of Sheetkickers,
First Procession on Gypsy Eye and Complete BBC on Digital Queen
Archives). Six songs have circulated: “Procession”, “Father To Son”, ”Son &
Daughter”, “Ogre Battle”, ”See What A Fool I’ve Been”, and ”Liar”. There
was no consensus on the proper order of the show either. In
the spring of 2002 the rock and roll medley (”Jailhouse Rock/Stupid Cupid/Be Bop A
Lulu”) surfaced (and Gypsy Eye missed the opportunity to release
it on their autumn 2002 release First Procession).
All that remained in the BBC vaults was the “Big Spender/Bama Lama
Bama Lou” encore.
When Queen Will Be Crowned
was announced last month it promised the complete and uncut broadcast
for the very first time, even the final encore still sitting in the BBC vaults. The verdict: Digital Queen
Archives have delivered in a BIG way. This makes all previous copies
obsolete and might be the release of the year for Queen fans. Not only is the set list
complete, but all of the commentary is complete too. Present is the
initial comments about “Keep Yourself Alive” not being played this evening.
Before “Son & Daughter” the announcer speaks about Brian
May’s special guitar.
Queen’s upcoming tour is discussed before “See What A Fool I’ve
Been” (the track is also restored to it’s proper position), and
Queen’s concert presentation is mentioned before “Ogre Battle”. The brand new
material “Big Spender/Bama” features heavy echo on Freddie’s
The bonus tracks feature an alternate
version of “Doing Alright” which sounds like the officially released
version but with the guitars mixed a bit higher.
It looks like something DQA left off In The Beginnings.
Nothing much is gained with this. The live rehearsal of “Ogre
Battle” really sounds like a poor broadcast of the Queen II track and nothing more. I don’t
recall them ever singing in harmony live. This release is all about
the BBC broadcast and this is a superlative release. One point is deducted because the vocals
are still mixed a bit lower than desirable. That is an issue
with how it was initially recorded and nothing can do about that. The overall sound is much
better than all previous releases too: better stereo separation,
more crisp and enjoyable. (GS)