Thoughts Of "Live At The Rainbow 1974" A Review

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Thoughts Of "Live At The Rainbow 1974" A Review

Postby WKMahler » Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:48 pm

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I downloaded Queen "Live At The Rainbow 1974" a little over a month ago and find it's really excellent for it's time regarding sound quality. Actually it sounds better than most live recordings such as KISS Alive!, Queen Live Killers, On Fire At The Bowl & Wembley 1986, Bruce Springsteen Live 75-85 & Live In NYC, Blackmore's Night Past Times With Good Company, Rush Exit Stage Left, Led Zeppelin The Song Remains The Same, Queen has a real winner with "Live At The Rainbow 1974" complete with not one but two full soundboard shows pre "Bohemian Rhapsody".

My favorites are from Queens 2nd release entitled II, "Father To Son", "White Queen" & "Fairy Fellers Master Stroke". About Fairy Feller, I read online at a massive Queen fan site that the song was performed only once and did manage to hear the poor quality bootleg. How many times was "Fairy Feller" performed live and for how many years?

I'd love to find a local band willing to perform early Queen, the first two albums and the only local band I can think of is a thrash metal band, Verscythe of New Bedford, MA USA, http://www.reverbnation.com/versycthe The young bar band covered Dio's "The Last In Line", Journey's "Separate Ways" & Queensryches "Eyes Of A Stranger" but have a full length release as well and some of the songs are at their ReverbNation.Com page. If Queen of the present along with Adam Lambert actually do record new material, the three of them, Brian May, Roger Taylor & Adam Lambert could learn a thing or two from Verscythe, honestly.

As for "Live At The Rainbow 1974", I can't place my ears/fingers on it, but despite the sound update recently, it still has a raw, energetic hungry sound to it, something lacking in other bands past and present, seriously. Freddie is at his peak and lets the music do the talking while Brian, Roger & John accompany Freddie through the hits and album favorites and do not rely on massive light rigging or synthesizers, just piano (occasionally), electric guitar, bass and drums along with superb backing vocals both Brian & Roger harmonize splendidly. Whoever their soudnman was back then, did a marvelous job capturing the band live in front of a place that isnt' that big of a club and certainly, a place Queen would soon stop performing in due to the popularity of "A Night At The Opera" 1975 & "Bohemian Rhapsody" & "You're My Best Friend".

I often wonder why tracks like "The Night Comes Down" & "Funny How Love Is" were ignored live but alas, what Queen did manage to perform in concert surely is a pleasant earful, you won't be disappointed.

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Re: Thoughts Of "Live At The Rainbow 1974" A Review

Postby The Doctor » Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:38 pm

I assume by download you mean purchased and not a pirated copy.
 
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Re: Thoughts Of "Live At The Rainbow 1974" A Review

Postby WKMahler » Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:50 pm

Live At The Rainbow 1974...it by far is the best sounding live gig Queen has ever released. Miles better than "Live Killers, "Live At Wembley 1986", "Live In Rio", "Live In Montreal" & "On Fire At The Bowl".

Live At The Rainbow is raw and at its basic track best, despite tweaking of late by Brian & Roger before it was recently released.

As for the bands performance, they sound better on Live At The Rainbow than any other period of their live official releases as a performing band.

The next best sounding and best live performance is probably "Live Killers" version of "Now I'm Here" (my favorite Queen live song of all time too.)

The only nagging question about Live At The Rainbow is "Fairy Fellers Master Stroke"...I read way back during the late 90's that "Fairy Feller" had only been performed live once for it was too complicated to perform. I managed to hear that performance too ala a poor quality mp3/boot and sad to say, Queen couldn't pull it off... So until Live At The Rainbow, I thought "Fairy Feller" was left on "II", never to be included in the live set...

My question is..how many times did "Fairy Feller" actually get performed live?

My first thought about Live At The Rainbow 1974 was that someone else sang "Fairy Feller", as in impersonated Freddie and Brian & Roger had no problem doing it either but upon close listening, no doubt the singer is Freddie...
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Re: Thoughts Of "Live At The Rainbow 1974" A Review

Postby EaP » Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:21 am

Epic show, I'm loving it 8-)
 
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Re: Thoughts Of "Live At The Rainbow 1974" A Review

Postby EaP » Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:19 pm

and I've got hold of the March '74 show audio. great to have the first two albums showcased

you learn something new all the time. I had no clue brian's guitar solo pre-dated SHA
 
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Re: Thoughts Of "Live At The Rainbow 1974" A Review

Postby Great King Pat » Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:46 pm

I wish I would have spent the few $ more and got the CD X BluRay set instead of just the CDs
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Re: Thoughts Of "Live At The Rainbow 1974" A Review

Postby Action This Day » Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:34 am

Few setlists are known from this period but Fairy Feller's was performed live at least 3 times during the UK leg of the Queen II tour (probably a few times more). It seems to have been dropped from the set forever once the band got to America the following month.
 
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