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Why are there so few official live sets of the early years?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:33 pm
by Ogre T Raylor
Live At The Rainbow '74 was a welcome release for sure and helped redress the balance. Before that we had Queen At the Beeb, which wasn't really live anyway. Bur before that we had-

Live Killers (mid career release, with pretty poor sound for an official release)
Live Magic (1986)
Wenbley'86
Montreal '81
Minlton keynes '82

In other words official releases of their later career are much more prevalent. Yet for the majority of Queen fans, their best albums were released from '74-'76. You only have to look at polls here about favourite Queen albums to see that their output from Queen II to A Day At The Races is most highly regarded.

I think I have a theory as to why their 80s shows have been officially released more often, but I'd be interested in what others think....

Re: Why are there so few official live sets of the early yea

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:31 pm
by soxtalon
Easy. 80s shows had the hits. The hardcore fans want 70s. The casual audience who doesn't own any Queen all the way to the non hardcore fan who has a few albums, etc. They are more likely to buy a GH setlist type gig than a early no hits set.

Secondary? Image. Freddie's image to the world is mustachioed and macho. 70s long haired Freddie is not quite as known/marketable

NOTE I'm not supporting this - just think it's in the reasoning behind the scenes somewhere

Re: Why are there so few official live sets of the early yea

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:57 pm
by WeeMann
It's possible this could be proved otherwise, but I'd be willing to bet that fewer early gigs than later were recorded (at least, to a releasable standard).

Re: Why are there so few official live sets of the early yea

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:11 pm
by Kes
Nevertheless, the mid-seventies gigs that ARE in the archive, are STILL in the archive.

Most of us have heard enough of things like Earl's Court, Hyde Park, and Houston, to know that whatever the band are sat on, is of probably a MUCH higher quality than the bootlegs.

Like a few here, I've got Live Killers (a few times), so would really appreciate it if they released something that helped make it a bit of a wider collection.

Re: Why are there so few official live sets of the early yea

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:52 pm
by soxtalon
On the other hand if waiting a few more years means a more comprehensive Live Killers Box that Greg has mentioned....than I can be a bit patient myself.

Re: Why are there so few official live sets of the early yea

PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:40 pm
by Kes
I think it's ESSENTIAL that either Earl's Court or Houston has a full release, preferably BOTH, in their entirety.

Re: Why are there so few official live sets of the early yea

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:10 pm
by Ogre T Raylor
It's ironic that one of their early shows (which I think was Live At The Rainbow) was seriously considered to be released in the mid 70s as an official live album, but the band and management decided against it. Who knows what reputation it might have gathered over the years if it had been originally released back then! :lol:

Re: Why are there so few official live sets of the early yea

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:45 pm
by Kes
The bootleg known as 'Sheetkeeckers' was from a 'leaked' tape of that particular mix by Roy Baker.

Re: Why are there so few official live sets of the early yea

PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 6:31 am
by AlexKx
Well, first off "Live Killers" needs to be the fuck cleaned up. It sounds like it was recorded in the toilet.