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4.01 | 50 ratings | 1 reviews | 54% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 / LP 1 & 2 - "Queen II" Tour - Live at the Rainbow, March '74
1. Procession (1:13)
2. Father To Son (6:07)
3. Ogre Battle (5:26)
4. Son And Daughter (3:29)
5. Guitar Solo (2:24)
6. Son And Daughter (Reprise) (2:01)
7. White Queen (As It Began) (5:48)
8. Great King Rat (7:04)
9. The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke (2:52)
10. Keep Yourself Alive (2:22)
11. Drum Solo (0:27)
12. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) (1:22)
13. Seven Seas Of Rhye (3:09)
14. Modern Times Rock'n'Roll (2:40)
15. Jailhouse Rock / Stupid Cupid / Be Bop A Lula (Medley) (4:31)
16. Liar (8:27)
17. See What A Fool I've Been (4:56)

Total time 64:18

CD 2 / LP 3 & 4 - "Sheer Heart Attack" Tour - Live at the Rainbow, November '74
1. Procession (1:17)
2. Now I'm Here (4:57)
3. Ogre Battle (5:30)
4. Father To Son (5:54)
5. White Queen (As It Began) (5:33)
6. Flick Of The Wrist (4:05)
7. In The Lap Of The Gods (3:17)
8. Killer Queen (1:25)
9. The March Of The Black Queen (1:35)
10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown (1:40)
11. Son And Daughter (3:44)
12. Guitar Solo (4:41)
13. Son And Daughter (Reprise) (2:14)
14. Keep Yourself Alive (2:22)
15. Drum Solo (0:51)
16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise) (1:24)
17. Seven Seas Of Rhye (3:28)
18. Stone Cold Crazy (2:39)
19. Liar (8:39)
20. In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited (4:09)
21. Big Spender (1:31)
22. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll (3:11)
23. Jailhouse Rock (4:07)
24. God Save The Queen (1:16)

Total Time 79:29

Line-up / Musicians

- Freddie Mercury / vocals, piano
- Brian May / guitars, vocals
- John Deacon / bass
- Roger Taylor / drums, vocals

Releases information

CD Virgin (UK) / Hollywood (US) (2014, contains only records from "Sheer Heart Attack" tour)
2LP Virgin (UK) / Hollywood (US) (2014, contains only records from "Sheer Heart Attack" tour)

2CD Virgin (UK) / Hollywood (US) (2014, Deluxe Edition, contains records from both, "Queen II" and "Sheer Heart Attack", tours)
4LP Virgin (UK) / Hollywood (US) (2014, Deluxe Edition, contains records from both, "Queen II" and "Sheer Heart Attack", tours)

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(54%)
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Review by Warthur
3 stars Everyone knows that Queen were a fine live act... but god daaaaamn, were they amazing in their early years! Live at the Rainbow '74 captures not one but two complete shows (some truncated editions exist - ignore them), the first from the Queen II tour and the second from the Sheer Heart Attack tour.

As a London-based group, the Rainbow was something of a home turf for Queen, and the rapturous response they receive from the crowd is rewarded with a fine performance each night. I would actually give the Queen II set the edge - not only does it showcase just how much excellent material there is on the first two Queen albums, but it also seems a bit tighter. By the Sheer Heart Attack set they are already adapting to a different musical direction, and the somewhat longer set begins to flag.

Evidently, they were struggling to find a balance between keeping the set at a reasonable length and including everything they wanted to throw in there, a problem which would only become more acute as their parade of hits grew longer. The Night At the Opera setlist, as captured on the A Night At the Odeon live album, would be trimmed back appropriately; if you picked up that live set too then between that and this you'd have more or less the perfect sampling of live Queen from their early almost-prog/not-quite-metal days. On the other hand, if you were never all that enamoured of Queen to begin with, this might seem like a bit much, and it has to be said that the band seem to be becoming overcome by bombast at points here. Add a star if you really like Queen's first few albums and don't mind very long live shows.

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