SAN DIEGO 1980

2 CD

Label: Wardour 479
Country: Japan.
Released: June 2021.
Recorded: Live from the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA on July 5th, 1980.
Sound: Excellent audience recording.
Comments:  From the US 'The Game 1980' tour. A new recording available for first time. Also out on other cd bootlegs. Another Japanese label 'Shakuntala' has also released their version on same days.
Info say's complete concert in excellent quality. I don't have this cd, but it's looks like a nice bootleg.
Track 11 on side 1, "Ming's Theme" is instrumental tune from 'Flash Gordon' album. Not always listen in the track list.
Roots: Audience recorded tape.
Time: 59:49 / 43:17

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 CD 1
 1. Intro: Thunderbolts & Lighting  (tape)
 2. Jailhouse Rock
 3. We Will Rock You  (fast)
 4. Let Me Entertain You
 5. Play The Game
 6. Mustapha
 7. Death On Two Legs
 8. Killer Queen
 9. I'm In Love With My Car
 10. Get Down, Make Love
 11. Ming's Theme (In the Court Of Ming The Merciless)
 12. You're My Best Friend
 13. Save Me
 14. Now I'm Here
 15. Need Your Loving Tonight
 16. Rock It (Prime Jive)
 17. Love Of My Life
 CD 2
 1. Keep Yourself Alive
 2. Drum ~ Guitar solos
 3. Brighton Rock  (end part)
 4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 5. Bohemian Rhapsody
 6. Tie Your Mother Down
 7. Sheer Heart Attack
 8. We Will Rock You
 9. We Are The Champions
 10. God Save The Queen









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From internet page.

Great ... this is great! A new excavation recording that has shaken enthusiasts all over the world has arrived !! It is now available as a press 2CD that permanently preserves the best sound of shock!

It is "July 5, 1980 San Diego performance" that is sealed in such a work. It is the first appearance audience recording. Anyway, this is a new sound source that enthusiasts from all over the world are listening to and trembling with surprise. What is shocking is that the show, which has never been recorded before, suddenly pops out in perfect form, and the sound is superb.
In addition to that, it was a ridiculous new excavation that the contents of the show could not be heard anywhere else. The position of the show is the most important to explain the contents. First, let's look back at the panoramic view of "THE GAME Tour," which was at its peak.

● 1980
<< June 30 "THE GAME" released >>
・ June 30-July 14: North America # 1 (14 performances) ← ★ Coco ★
・ August 5th-September 30th: North America # 2 (35 performances)
"December 8" FLASH GORDON "released"
・ November 23-December 18: Europe (17 performances)
● 1981
・ February 12-19: Japan (6 performances)
・ February 28-March 21: Latin America # 1 (7 performances)
・ September 25-October 18: Latin America # 2 (6 performances)
"October 26," GREATEST HITS "released"
・ November 24th + 25th: North America # 3 (2 performances) ← * Official

This is the 1980/1981 QUEEN. The tour started on the day of the release of "THE GAME", but this work is the 4th performance of "North America # 1", which is also the beginning of the tour. What flows out of this work is not only the show that you hear for the first time, but also the live album that breaks the oldest record of "THE GAME Tour".

In fact, the show is too wonderful. As a matter of fact, the performance itself seems to be developing only at the beginning of the tour, but the feeling of trial and error is extremely rare. Let's organize the set here so that you can realize it.

● 70's Classics
・ Queen: Keep Yourself Alive
・ Sheer Heart Attack: Killer Queen / Now I'm Here
・ A Night at the Opera: Death On Two Legs (★) / I'm In Love With My Car / You're My Best Friend (★) / Love Of My Life / Bohemian Rhapsody
・ A Day at the Races: Tie Your Mother Down
・ News of the World: We Will Rock You (2 types) / Get Down Make Love / Sheer Heart Attack / We Are The Champions
・ Jazz: Let Me Entertain You / Mustapha (★)
・ Others: Jailhouse Rock
● 80's
・ The Game: Play The Game / Save Me / Need Your Loving Tonight (★) / Rock It (Prime Jive) (★) / Crazy Little Thing Called Love
・ Flash Gordon: Ming's Theme (In the Court Of Ming The Merciless) (★)
* Note: "★" marks are songs that cannot be heard on the official "QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL".

And it looks like this. As a starting point, I made a comparison with "QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL", but that's not the case. Not only the rare "Need Your Loving Tonight" and "Rock It (Prime Jive)", but also "Play The Game" is the oldest record. Even more surprising is "Ming's Theme" from "FLASH GORDON". I just play it short (less than 30 seconds) as an intro to "You're My Best Friend", but that melody is spun on the piano instead of the synth. The production of "FLASH GORDON" started as "THE GAME", but you can feel the historical fact as an actual sound.

The creativity unique to the very early days of the tour can be felt from every corner of the show. For example, "Killer Queen". I play the piano intro as usual, but it breaks just before the song starts. The play of singing after inviting a roar is thrilling. Also, I wrote earlier that "performance is developing", but that is just an arrangement, and the condition is already good. Freddie's throat is also in good shape, and the new song "Save Me" is not the oldest since he played from "THE CRAZY Tour" at the end of the previous year, but he still sang with a lot of emotion while searching for a live arrangement. In addition, the call "Now I'm Here" shows a great performance.

I completely forgot to write it because of the shock, but the sound that tells me the show of such a first experience is wonderful again. It doesn't feel like it's in close contact with a sound board, but that's not a drawback either. The air is clear and clear, and the core that penetrates the center and the fine details are as vivid as a laser beam dancing in dry ice. With the help of the freshness without dubbing marks, you can clearly feel the nuances contained in one word of Freddy's lyrics as well as the ensemble of four people. Even if it's not like a sound board, you can feel the "beauty unique to the audience". If you compare it with Japanese recording, it's a beautiful recording like a prestigious Kinney (of course, it's just a metaphor).

At this moment, Mine was intoxicating enthusiasts all over the world, but this work has been further refined with the aim of becoming "extreme". Of course, I don't imitate the innocent sound pressure earning that makes the natural sound dirty. Check each range in detail and adjust the overall balance. We aimed for a total and well-proportioned depression. The easiest to understand is the treble range.
This recording beautifully recorded the treble without hiss, but at the same time it tended to be buried in the mid-low range. In this work, you can feel such a beautiful treble. If you have the original sound of the net, you will be surprised that the extension of the treble, such as the sound of cymbals, is beautiful and clear.

41 years have passed since this show. I'm always surprised that new vintage recordings are unearthed, but this time the quality and content are different from the usual excavations. With high quality sound that looks like a long-standing classic, arrangements that have never been heard only at the very beginning of the tour pop out one after another. This is a new treasure album that only enthusiasts can know. Please fully experience the impact of new excavation and the press 2CD that will leave its brilliance forever.

★ The best audience recording of "July 5, 1980 San Diego performance". The oldest first-appearing sound source of THE GAME Tour, which has never been recorded, and the sound is excellent. The core and fine details that penetrate the center of the clear and clear air are as vivid as a laser beam. Helping with the freshness without dubbing marks, you can clearly feel the nuances contained in one word of the lyrics. "Play The Game," "Need Your Loving Tonight," and "Rock It (Prime Jive)" are the oldest live performances, and "Ming's Theme," which is picked up in the intro of "You're My Best Friend," is extremely rare. You can experience the full show full of creativity because it is the very beginning of the tour.
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★★ Special project

★ "THE GAME Tour" A shocking new excavation album "SAN DIEGO 1980" where you can experience the oldest show with the best sound. To celebrate its birth, the official super-high-quality sound board "THE GAME: Mobile Fidelity CD" will be specially attached only in the first week of its release.

★ This title is a special bonus for one week only. It will not be included from the next week, so if you wish, please order as soon as possible.

QUEEN --THE GAME: MOBILE FIDELITY CD (FC Bonus CDR) * This Weekend Only
Taken from the original US Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 24 KT Gold CD (UDCD 610)
Ultradisc II 24 KT Gold CD from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab "Original Master Recording" collection

The main press 2CD is a new excavation of a wonderland that is shaking enthusiasts all over the world. One of the points was at the timing of "immediately after the release of THE GAME". Therefore, to celebrate the birth of the new masterpiece of the live, we prepared a masterpiece of the studio. Yes, this work is a 24K gold CD "UDCD 610" released in September 1994 by "Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL)", a manufacturer specializing in analog masters. Yes, it's Master Sound's "The Game"!

[Mobile fidelity with the highest priority on master tape sound]
In the 90's, when the conversion of analog works to CDs reached its peak, many high-quality CDs appeared, but among them, MFSL was exceptional. Other high-quality CDs are based on the idea of ​​"suppressing digital deterioration," such as reducing the discomfort of compression with new technology and reducing reading errors with materials. On the other hand, MFSL's policy is to "faithfully reproduce the sound engraved on the master tape and not add extra things." We place the highest priority on "analog-recorded sound itself," such as by developing our own "half-speed mastering" technology that focuses on the stage of extracting sound from magnetic tape.

Such MFSL borrowed an original master tape from a record company from 1987, and digitized a number of masterpieces one by one. We released the "Ultradisc" series, which transfers the sound of the master tape to a CD. Currently, we are also expanding into the fields of SACD and LP, but it is also a point that this work was made into a CD in the first half of the 90's. The master of magnetic tape is vulnerable to deterioration over time, and the more time passes, the more the sound at the time of recording is lost. In some cases, the tape may be distorted or stuck, but even if it is stored precisely, it cannot prevent the magnetism from disappearing.
Nowadays, LPs that record in a physical groove sound better than the master tape itself. In that respect as well, the "Ultradisc" series was a great achievement. It started in the 1980s, when CDs were in widespread use, and left the sound of master tapes digitally earlier than the advent of new technology CDs that claimed high sound quality.

The MF contained the master sound drawn in this way in a 24-karat gold CD. Gold-plated coatings with a purity of 99% or higher are usually more reflective than CD metal thin films and can reduce errors. The aim was important, but what is now considered to be even more important is preservation. Polycarbonate on CD is water-retaining and corrodes (that is, rusts) the metal thin film (aluminum) inside. When you hold an old CD over the light, you may see small spots, which are corroded and punctured holes, which are said to be one of the causes of reading errors. Gold, on the other hand, is the most stable metal and does not rust in nature. Of course, since it is a coating, there are limits, but it has a storage capacity that is incomparable to ordinary CDs.

[Beautiful "The Game" from the rise to the disappearance of all sounds]
Then, it is this work "The Game" that conveys the master sound as of "14 years after recording". Its freshness is shocking. Compared to the remastered 2010s, which is squeezing the sound itself, the sound pressure seems to be suppressed, but this is not a drawback but a beauty. By not stepping out of the range that can be reproduced beautifully, all the subtleties are drawn with stagnation and distortion. On top of that, it has dynamism and three-dimensionality that are not inferior to processing remasters, so it's amazing. Perhaps this is due to the depth of the silence and the fineness of the details. The processing remaster sounds like raising the peak to make unevenness, but the MF board has a depth in the silent part, and the "edge of the note" disappearing in the darkness can be heard firmly at the vibe level.
Therefore, you can enjoy the "original sense of space" and "three-dimensional effect of the recording studio" without having to bother to create a three-dimensional effect or a sense of space.

I wrote that "it is not inferior to processing remastering", but this does not mean "the same level of quality" but "it is lined up in the field of equalizing specialty". On the contrary, it is overwhelmingly superior in the disadvantage field of equalizing. For example, the natural feeling of the strings and skin that ring in the studio. Especially the sound of drums and the sound of guitar cutting.
It's not limited to "The Game", but on the digitally remastered board, the sharp attack sound is clogged with peaks, and in severe cases it is distorted. However, this work does not have it at all.
Even an unusually tight drum that cuts off the reverberation of "Need Your Loving Tonight" will not get stuck, and the sharp cutting of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" will not make you feel uncomfortable at the peak.

Furthermore, the synths and vocals are also wonderful. On the digital remastered board, when Freddie sang, there was a graininess on the verge of noise, but the original master sound did not have that at all. I can't say whether it's the harmful effect of equalizing or the master freshness when digitized, but aside from the cause, what a beautiful singing voice without a feeling of bubbles ...

The master sound of a masterpiece that could be retained until the present day because it is a gold CD by "Mobile Fidelity". Even if you try to get the actual product now, it is difficult because it was originally produced in a limited number of people. This work is a precise reproduction of the beautiful sound.
Please enjoy "1980 QUEEN" with the highest quality along with the main press 2CD which is the new masterpiece of the live album.

(35:40)
1. Play The Game
2. Dragon Attack
3. Another One Bites The Dust
4. Need Your Loving Tonight
5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
6. Rock It (Prime Jive)
7. Don't Try Suicide
8. Sail Away Sweet Sister
9. Coming Soon
10. Save Me
(According to manufacturer info)