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4 stars I just would have hoped that this live set would be recorded in front of an audience like several other great BBC recordings (Floyd, Genesis, Purple, Bowie, Led Zep, Yes etc.).

I am a deep fan of their first album, and these two performances recorded at the BEEB almost fully cover this great album. As an addition, "Ogre Battle" is featured as well.

Most of the songs don't differ too much from their original recording. Except "Son And Daughter" which is extended to more than the double of its original format.

I really liked "Queen I" when I discovered it (1974). Therefore, I am seriously biased while reviewing this one. A great rock album, for sure. These pop sounds aren't yet invading their repertoire, but vocal harmonies are already top notch and songs as "Liar", "My Fairy King" are just great numbers.

But all the ones featured on this album are great to be honest. "Doing All Right" with its dual theme (slow paced and harmonious combined with a solid hard rock part) automatically reminds me of Led Zep of course ("Babe I'm Gonna Leave You").

This is an excellent snapshot of their early and great work. "Great king Rat" is particularly well played and the version of "Son & Daughter" is exceptional. A great guitar solo is featured which announces the wonderful "Brighton Rock" ("Sheer Heart Attack").

"Queen I" is one of my preferred album from the band (only topped by "Sheer Heart Attack" on my scale). And this "live" one is damned good as well. Of course you shouldn't expect a full live album since there is no audience participation at all (not even a hand clap from an engineer), but it is a great document from a major rock band in the history of music. And since the karaoke style of their later concerts was never a must for me, I can only be pleased by this excellent album.

As usual, you shouldn't expect too much prog in here. Maybe for their next live album?

Four stars for this one.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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