SANTA MONICA 3RD NIGHT 1976
QUEEN of 1976 who turned around the whole world at "The Night of Opera". The masterpiece of that shock is a new excavation, appeared in 2CD emergency permanent preservation press.
Included in the shocking work is “Santa Monica performance on March 11, 1976”. An exquisite audience recording that vacuum-packs the act of “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”. Although it was an undeveloped show where no recordings have been found so far, the masterpiece master suddenly popped out. First of all, the show position before the impact. Let's take a bird's-eye view of the outline of the world tour that has made QUEEN the name of the world.
・ November 14-19: UK (6 performances)
《November 21 ``A Night At The Opera'' album released》
・ November 21-December 24: UK (20 performances)
・ January 27-March 12: North America (33 performances) ← ★ Here ★
・ March 22-April 4: Japan (9 performances)
・ April 11-23: Australia (8 performances)
This is the overall picture of “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”. The Santa Monica performance of this work is the final edition that will be the second performance from the end of the "North America" leg. “CIVIC AUDITORIUM” was 4 consecutive performances, but there were 2 performances a day, so this was the 4th performance on the 3rd day. At the same time, it was just before the second performance in Japan.
This work revealing such a show has an excellent sound. The best part is the strong and powerful core. The bass isn't perfect because it's a little overpeak, but everything else is perfect. The performance and the singing voice approached in front of you without any sense of distance, and the details were great with almost no hall sound. The clearness of high-quality items such as guitars and pianos is unusual, and the delicate touch and the slight choking are beautiful and clear. Even better than that, Freddie's vocals. This is really the details and Katsuaki. That's why the vocals flow into the ears with a feeling of close enough to think that they are stacked on the sound board.
«The recording itself is amazing and the freshness is not a hampa. In fact, this master was discovered by the prestigious “JEMS”. It is the ultimate gene that has been digitized directly from the original master cassette. Moreover, this work is mastering such original sounds. Of course, it doesn't mean that you are dirty with the sound pressure earning of Muya Yahagi. “JEMS” reveals the truth of the master as it is, but because of that, the pitch was randomly distorted and the sound was doubled. In this work, such defects are thoroughly corrected. The flatness of monaural recording has also been pursued by pseudo-stereo processing. As expected, “The Prophet's Song”, “In The Lap Of Gods”, “Now I'm Here” and “Sweet Lady” “Liar” in the middle (breaking momentarily) are interrupted by the shortcomings of the recording itself. Finished as “easy to hear” as much as possible for the new excavation master.
It ’s such a sound that shows Freddy ’s overwhelming show. The set is standard for the North American tour and follows the Japanese performance just after. This is a good opportunity, so let's organize it here.
● QUEEN (4 songs)
・ Son and Daughter / Keep Yourself Alive / Liar
・ A NIGHT AT THE ODEON cannot be heard: Doing All Right
● QUEEN II (4 songs)
・ Ogre Battle / White Queen (As It Began) / The March of the Black Queen / Seven Seas of Rhye
● SHEER HEART ATTACK (7 songs)
・ Killer Queen / Bring Back That Leroy Brown / Brighton Rock / In the Lap of the Gods / Now I ’m Here
・ A song you can't listen to at A NIGHT AT THE ODEON: Flick of the Wrist / Stone Cold Crazy
● A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (4 songs)
・ Bohemian Rhapsody
・ A song you can't listen to at A NIGHT AT THE ODEON: Sweet Lady / The Prophet ’s Song / Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
・ Big Spender / Rock and Roll Medley
... and it looks like this. Speaking of “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”, the official board of the Hammersmith performance is the standard today, but there are plenty of songs that cannot be heard there. And even better than that, the performance itself. Speaking of the end of the tour, I thought that I was tired, but it was really smooth. Although it is a performance every day, the voice is also pleasantly stretched and powerful whether there was room for the venue without movement. In particular, the more you go to the second half of the show, the more intense the tension is and the more exhilarating.
QUEEN has been re-evaluated several times in response to a movie, and has easily gone beyond the times. And that vintage record continues to be excavated over time. It is a masterpiece that lets you listen to its exquisite sound that you can't think of 43 years ago. Live album that lets you taste the show that you have never heard before. Please have a look and experience.
★ Fixed a fast pitch in a slope for 10 minutes from the beginning of Disc1. (About 20% of semitones)
★ This is a remarkable source of attention for the first time. Sound and performance are great.
★ Release with numbered stickers.
In October of this year a torrent hit a well known tracker that garnered
much excitement for Queen fans, a newly circulated complete audience
recording from the American leg of the tour to support A Night At The
Opera. Prior to this there had been a scant three recordings to surface
from this tour and only one, the Lampinski Boston January 30 being by far
and away the best of the lot, has been available on the collectors market.
The other two are nearly complete yet merely average recordings and have
never been bootlegged. What is even more interesting is the history of the
tape, I am a sucker for such things so I thought it pertinent to share the
text from the original torrent.
JEMS is thrilled to commence our partnership with longtime Southern California taper Barry G with this previously uncirculated and undocumented Queen master tape from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Barry began taping in the early ‘70s and has been active ever since, though his later work focused more on video than audio. In his heyday, Barry was a dual threat, not only recording the shows he attended but photographing too with impressive results.
Beyond his own recording, Barry was a close friend of the late Mike
“The Mike” Millard, attending many concerts with him and helping Mike make
his recordings. Like Jim R, Barry has shared with JEMS some Mike the Mic
recordings not in general circulation which will be part of our continuing
Lost and Found Mike the Mic series down the road. But before we get to
those, we have a great Queen artifact to bring forth.
Barry caught Queen on their third U.S. tour in support of A Night At The Opera. The band would play four shows over three nights in Santa Monica according to the Ultimate Queen website, playing early and late shows on the 9th, plus shows on the 10th and 11th, with this the closing set of the four. While Barry was not using Millard-caliber equipment, his recordings are a material step up from many of the built-in mic cassette captures of the era. There’s slight distortion when the levels get hot, but the recording is otherwise close, clear and lively. Samples provided. Barry says he sat in Orchestra C, Row 15.
Given there are only three extant recordings of the 1976 U.S. tour,
Barry’s Santa Monica document is a major find for Queen fans. The
performance is equally appealing with lots of Freddie Mercury audience
interaction and peak band performance. Barry is putting his deep archive of
audio, video and photographic goodies into a website called Barry Goldstein
Concert Closet. The old site is still out there on the web and a new and
improved site is on the way.
Barry’s recording is very good, it’s clear and detailed with the instruments and vocals being well defined in the mix. On the down side the volume overloaded the recording device so there is some distortion present as it was recorded on a portable cassette machine with a built in microphone. The frequencies range is more in the middle and lower range so it is not a bright sounding recording but dynamic in its own right. The sound does improve after the tape flip, just slightly less overloading, this is a very listenable tape, the performance is superb and the atmosphere is contagious.
The introduction is complete and with the announcement of “Ladies and
Gentlemen…A Night At The Opera” with the middle operatic section of Bohemian
Rhapsody is the intro music, the band take the stage with the hard rocking
section, its short and sweet and leads into Ogre Battle. The pauses in the
song are dramatic and give the audience a chance to cheer. Freddie greets
the crowd and acknowledges this is the third and final night before Sweet
Lady, there is some tape warble at the 1:20 mark that is about 30 sections
long. A “delicate little number for delicate little people” is the intro to
a superb version of White Queen, Brian’s solo is haunting in its beauty.
The Prophet’s Song ends with the band hitting the audience like a
sledgehammer with Stone Cold Crazy followed by “Something from the first
album”, a wonderful version of Doing All Right and is in complete contrast
to the bombast that precedes it. Freddie implores the crowd to join in for
Keep Yourself Alive and from what I hear they don’t rise to the challenge.
Liar is introduced as being before they had a record contract and the bass
line has a great swagger to it, not funky but really fat, John Deacon is on
point! There is a tape pause 2 minutes into the song but sounds like very
little is lost, Liar is the penultimate song of the set and Brian says LA is
feeling like home, another tape pause follows. The final song of the set is
a typically dramatic In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited, its chorus sounds
massive and the heavy riff and killer drum fills make for a rousing version
and leaves the audience clambering for more. Now I’m Here is a perfect
encore choice and Roger Taylor introduces Big Spender as “Victorian Rock and
Roll”, it seems like the drum pattern would be simplified a few years latter
for We Will Rock You. The Rock and Roll Medley is played at breakneck speed
and brings an end to a very well played, and powerful concert.
The packaging is very nice, full color inserts with artwork based on A Night At The Opera, the live shots are taken from the run of concerts at the Santa Monica Civic and there is a picture of the concert poster and Barry G’s ticket stub tying the whole package together nicely. Of course there are picture CD’s and numbered sticker, the usual fare. Great to see new recordings show up and this must be an essential release for the Queen collector.