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4 stars This is truly one of the beasts from the 1970s.

I heard it first time in my two year's older cousin's birthday party back in 1979. I thought this album was very heavy back then. Too heavy. I thought Queen was the heaviest band on this planet back then. The sound was more a brick wall than a collection of melodies. I got my own copy fifteen years later and my view on this album totally changed.

The music does not need any introduction. I regard Queen as a Vaudeville troupe with a lot of genres thrown into one band. From power pop to progressive rock, heavy metal and rock. That is the best label I can come up with. Frankly; I find Queen a bit confusing and that in a positive meaning of the word. Queen was a highly entertaining band and deserves top rating for their ability to make us all smile.

Live Killers is one of the live albums which was made to make the listeners grin like a happy cat. The drums, bass and guitars are pretty heavy. Freddie Mercury's smoothes the music out with his antics, songs and vocal abilities. I want longer songs and less catchy pop and sing-along songs. But the inclusion of Brighton Rock and the Bohemian Rhapsody satisfy my needs. But musically; this is not a four star album.

So why four stars ? Every band deserves an epitaph. Queen has more epitaphs than Winston Churchill in the form of best off and golden this and that albums. But for me; Queen is best described with one double live album: Live Killers. I am by no means a fan of this band. But I still think this is one of the defining live albums from the 1970s. This album is a beast from the past, no less. As fitting for a live album from the 1970s; Live Killers is totally over the top and highly entertaining. It is camp and it is gay. It is full of life. It is excess all areas. It is cheesy. It makes me smile. It makes me laugh. It makes me listening. It make me want to live. It makes me want to hear more music like this. It makes me appreciate this band and I want more from them. I like this band (but don't write this on my tombstone). It is a four star album and an essential live album.

4 stars (given without shame)

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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