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Live At The Rainbow Available Today Worldwide!

Queen - Live At The Rainbow '74 is OUT NOW Worldwide on CD, vinyl, download, DVD and Blu-ray!

Order now @ www.queenonlinestore.com/Queen/Live-At-The-Rainbow-74/

*Released in North America tomorrow, 9th September.

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QUEEN RELEASE RARE RECORDING OF LANDMARK CONCERT

QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ’74 

Previously unreleased first live album finally surfaces after 40 year wait.

Sunday 31st March 1974 is a landmark date in the history of rock music. It is now celebrated in the multi format release of a rare recording made at legendary London venue The Rainbow, of a concert by a then up-and-coming band called Queen. Few who turned up for that iconic performance could have predicted they would go on to become arguably the world’s best and most successful rock group, although many more may have suspected it after this stunning show.

Among the unique material contained in this release are over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official Queen live album. The release will come in CD, Vinyl and standard DVD or SD Blu-Ray formats available as standard releases or special limited edition sets as well as digital formats.

That concert, being heard live for the first time in the soon to be released Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74, marked the culmination of the band’s countrywide tour, their first as headliners - hot on the heels of a tour supporting Mott the Hoople, late in 1973, on which they were widely regarded as having blown the hit band off the stage. Queen got rave reviews, almost unheard of for a support band, and it was obvious that in future they would be top of the bill. The band’s momentum had been building since the release of their eponymous album in July 1973 and, following their success on the Mott tour, at the beginning of 1974 they were tipped as Band of the Year in UK music paper Disc and Music Echo.

Just before the March Rainbow gig, Queen performed their new single Seven Seas of Rhye on must-see UK TV music show Top of the Pops. The highly coveted slot was a lucky break - they filled in for an absent David Bowie, who was unavailable - and the band made the most of it, delivering a thrilling performance that pushed the song into the Top 10.

Although the group now had a first hit single under its belt, and second album Queen II had just been released to critical acclaim, many felt that playing The Rainbow was overambitious. It was the premier London venue of the time, on a par with L.A.’s Palladium and New York’s Fillmore East. But the band had paid its dues, slugging it out in clubs and college halls for four years, and never doubting their own potential. The band’s confidence was vindicated when the venue quickly sold out the capacity of more than 3,000 seats – with some fans paying as much as £1.20 for a ticket!

Queen’s performance was spectacular from the second that Freddie Mercury strutted onto the stage in his soon to become trademark white “eagle suit”, a tight -fitting number specially made for him by top fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, which featured flowing winged sleeves. He pranced and posed, capturing the audience in seconds with his extraordinary voice and stage presence, while Brian May provided the counterpoint with his remarkable and ground-breaking guitar playing. The powerful “engine room” (as they liked to call it) of drummer Roger Taylor and bass player John Deacon completed a sound unlike anything British audiences had previously heard. Enraptured fans clapped and cheered, and gave the band a standing ovation.

That electrifying show was recorded by Roy Thomas Baker, co-producer of Queen's first four studio albums, and slated to be the band's third album (and debut live album) - a career defining release like James Brown's Live At The Apollo or The Who's Live At Leeds. Intended to be a recording that captured the magic of a live band firing on all cylinders, Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 would undoubtedly have been a big success. But Queen’s ferocious creative momentum produced a stack of new songs begging to be recorded and instead of releasing the live album the band went into the studio to record what was to become 1974's breakthrough album, Sheer Heart Attack.  As a result the already completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives.

Later in 1974 Queen had their first chart-topping single, Killer Queen, which encapsulated their brand of driving rock and clever lyrics. It appeared on Sheer Heart Attack, which was released in the autumn, was a massive hit and remains to this day many fans’ favourite Queen album. To celebrate this success and crown a remarkable year, Queen returned to The Rainbow in November 1974 for two sell-out gigs that were even more spectacular than the one in March.  These concerts included the typically flamboyant performance of Now I’m Here with which they had been wowing audiences on the tour. It featured Freddie apparently appearing in a spotlight on opposite sides of the stage almost simultaneously. The concerts received massive acclaim from fans and critics alike, and won over many who had until then doubted the band’s potential. In this year, Queen also undertook their first concerts in Australia, USA, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium and Spain.

Now, a remarkable 40 years later, Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 has finally surfaced from the archives, providing an invaluable record of emerging superstars demonstrating their talent.

Queen, Virgin Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce that Queen: Live at the Rainbow ‘74 will be released on 8th September 2014 (UK on Virgin Records) and 9th September 2014 (US through Hollywood Records) in a variety of formats all newly mixed and mastered to the highest contemporary standard. These range from a standard two CD package, a DVD, an SD Blu-ray, a gate-fold double vinyl (including an audio reproduction of the aforementioned original live album), a quadruple vinyl boxed set, to a super deluxe collector’s edition. This comprehensive and fascinating package includes two CDs, a DVD and Blu-Ray, a 60 page hardback book containing many rare photographs, and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir programme and poster, as well as material from the band members’ personal archives. (Full details of the various packages which will be released can be found at the end of this release).  Vinyl and super deluxe formats are released as limited editions.

These recordings capture Queen at that time in all their glory: the dramatic stage presence, the highly original self-penned repertoire of songs, high-energy performances coupled with stunning melodic and harmonic content, and the uncompromising perfectionist approach to every aspect of their performance which is still maintained to this day.

Queen dazzled their audiences in 1974 with an unforgettable show delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth.  The tape machines were rolling, capturing the highly electric performances.  Now, to mark the 40th anniversary of these legendary shows, here, finally, is Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 - lovingly restored, edited, mixed and digitally mastered, and including much footage never previously seen. It is a collection every Queen fan will want to possess.

Queen will be touring North America, Asia and Australia this summer with virtuoso vocalist Adam Lambert. The tour kicks off June 19th at Chicago's United Center. Tour dates and ticket information can be found at queenonline.com.

Official store opens very soon at: www.queenonlinestore.com/Queen/Live-At-The-Rainbow-74/

QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ’74  - Package details 

Package one

One CD featuring the November show 

Package two

Two CD digi-pack, with one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show 

Package three

DVD or SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March

Package four (released in North America only)

SD Blu-Ray & CD combo box

Package five

2 Vinyl - Limited edition gate-fold double vinyl package, with one LP featuring an audio reproduction of the original March show live album and the other LP featuring highlights from the November show.

Package six

4 Vinyl - Limited edition four vinyl LP boxed set, two LPs featuring the March show and two featuring the November show

Package seven 

Super Deluxe Box - Limited edition Super Deluxe lidded boxed set package containing:

1)      Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show

2)      A DVD and SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March

3)      A 60 page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs, and (among other items), reproductions of two reviews, one from The Times and one from Disc and Music Echo. A series of four articles from the latter publication is also included.

4)      Reproductions of two tickets from the March concert (those actually used by Brian’s parents)

5)      A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences!

6)      A reproduction of the 8 page show souvenir brochure

7)      Two button badges – reproductions of items available at the concert

8)      A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster

9)      A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph Magazine, featuring the band with fashion models.

10)   A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert

Queen Live at the Rainbow will also be available as one disc and two disc eAlbum. 

Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 - track listings:

One CD:

SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

 Live at the Rainbow, November ’74 

1. Procession

2. Now I’m Here

3. Ogre Battle

4. Father To Son

5. White Queen (As It Began)

6. Flick Of The Wrist

7. In The Lap Of The Gods

8. Killer Queen

9. The March Of The Black Queen

10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown

11. Son And Daughter

12. Guitar Solo

13. Son And Daughter (Reprise)

14.  Keep Yourself Alive

15. Drum Solo

16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

17. Seven Seas Of Rhye

18. Stone Cold Crazy

19. Liar

20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

21. Big Spender

22. Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

23.  Jailhouse Rock

24.  God Save The Queen

Two CD digi-pack & four vinyl LP boxed set:

CD 1

QUEEN II TOUR

Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

1.  Procession

2. Father To Son

3. Ogre Battle

4. Son And Daughter

5. Guitar Solo

6. Son And Daughter (Reprise)

7. White Queen (As It Began)

8. Great King Rat

9. The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke

10. Keep Yourself Alive

11. Drum Solo

12. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

13. Seven Seas Of Rhye

14. Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

15. Jailhouse Rock / Stupid Cupid / Be Bop A Lula (Medley)

16. Liar

 17. See What A Fool I’ve Been

 CD 2

SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

1. Procession

2. Now I’m Here

3. Ogre Battle

4. Father To Son

5. White Queen (As It Began)

6. Flick Of The Wrist

7. In The Lap Of The Gods

8. Killer Queen

 9. The March Of The Black Queen

10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown

11. Son And Daughter

12. Guitar Solo

13. Son And Daughter (Reprise)

14. Keep Yourself Alive

15. Drum Solo

16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

17. Seven Seas Of Rhye

18. Stone Cold Crazy

19. Liar

20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

21. Big Spender

22. Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

23. Jailhouse Rock

24. God Save The Queen

Standard DVD and SD Blu-Ray:

SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

1. Procession

2. Now I’m Here

3. Ogre Battle

4. Father To Son

5. White Queen (As It Began)

6. Flick Of The Wrist

7. In The Lap Of The Gods

8. Killer Queen

9. The March Of The Black Queen

10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown

11. Son And Daughter

12. Guitar Solo

13. Son And Daughter (Reprise)

14. Keep Yourself Alive

15. Drum Solo

16. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

17. Seven Seas Of Rhye

18. Stone Cold Crazy

19. Liar

20. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

21. Big Spender

22. Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

23. Jailhouse Rock

24. God Save The Queen

BONUS TRACKS

QUEEN II TOUR

Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

1. Son And Daughter

2. Guitar Solo

3. Son And Daughter (Reprise)

4. Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

Double Vinyl LP Package:

QUEEN II TOUR

 Live at the Rainbow, March ’74

1. Procession

2.  Father To Son

3. Ogre Battle

4. Son And Daughter

 5. Guitar Solo

6. Son And Daughter (Reprise)

7. Keep Yourself Alive

8.Drum Solo

9. Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)

10. Seven Seas Of Rhye

11. Modern Times Rock ’n’ Roll

12. Liar

SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR

Live at the Rainbow, November ’74

1. Procession

2. Now I’m Here

3. White Queen (As It Began)

4. Flick Of The Wrist

5. In The Lap Of The Gods

6. Killer Queen

7. The March Of The Black Queen

8. Bring Back That Leroy Brown

9. Stone Cold Crazy

10. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited

Some fascinating (and noteworthy) facts about Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74:

The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, (from Queen II) was inspired by a painting by Richard Dadd (1817-1886) which now hangs in the Tate Gallery, having been donated to the gallery by war poet Siegfried Sassoon. The song is by far the most significant song on the Rainbow project in terms of rarity. The March 31st show was the last time Queen performed it in concert and this is the only known live recording of the song. The track’s appearance on this package is likely to be the biggest surprise on the set.

Great King Rat and Modern Times Rock'n'Roll (from the first album), See What A Fool I've Been (the non-album B-side of Seven Seas of Rhye) and Flick of the Wrist (from Sheer Heart Attack), are also included on an official Queen live product for the first time.  

The November show was released in part (not full) on the 1992 VHS, part of the little-known Box of Tricks package, but the March show has never been officially released. 

On the 1992 VHS Liar and Keep Yourself Alive (from first album), Father To Son (from Queen II) and Jailhouse Rock only featured in part, whereas now on Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 they are full versions for the first time. Modern Times Rock'n'Roll, Flick Of The Wrist, Seven Seas of Rhye and Big Spender (all from November) were NOT on the VHS video, so this is the first time they have emerged.

The following 15 songs from March and November Rainbow 1974 concerts have never appeared on any official Queen live album before (this excludes video): Procession, Father to Son, Ogre Battle, Son and Daughter, White Queen, Great King Rat, The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, Modern Times Rock'n'Roll, Liar, See What A Fool I've Been, Flick of the Wrist, In the Lap of the Gods (not to be confused with In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited), The March of the Black Queen, Bring Back that Leroy Brown and Stone Cold Crazy. 

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Live At The Rainbow Available Today Worldwide!

Brian Birschbach

Finally, justice is given to those first three albums in a live version! Unlike many bands of that era, many songs on this DVD are even better live than on the studio recordings. This set was quite tight. Son and Daughter, White Queen & Modern Times Rock & Roll are my favorites--White Queen in particular. Though we don't get Brighton Rock as a whole, the guitar riffs are incorporated into the solo. One of my top 10 Queen songs, Tenement Funster, does not appear in any form. I hope they performed it live even if it doesn't make the cut for any of their live DVDs. I can't wait for other early-era Queen live material to show up in DVD form. I'll buy it up immediately. I'm 53 and began following Queen after the release of Queen II. I see their influences on mega-bands that followed. My kids are 15 & 13, and many of their friends into Queen as much as any other band--but it is the later material. They all have the entire catalogue--which will soon include Live at the Rainbow.

Anthony Goulden

Wow been waiting for this to be released for over 40 odd years. Thanks BUT

Wow so many different versions of the format to choose.
wow there's the ultimate Rich kid package at a wow price
wow there the not so budget conscious package missing some of the material.


honestly back in the day there would on be one with all the trimmings.

Merry xmas Queen

Keiran

What a fantastic record !
Absolutely brilliant mastering , the vinyl sounds amazing !
Not a mark on it , which is rare for new vinyl !

Keiran

What a fantastic record !
Absolutely brilliant mastering , the vinyl sounds amazing !
Not a mark on it , which is rare for new vinyl !

Stephen

The music and the sound quality is outstanding on the 2CD Deluxe issue release, pity about the packaging though. At £16 the booklet is a joke with only photo's and next to no information about the concerts at all other than a couple of paragraphs on the didipack sleeve. Not everyone can afford the £120 price of the Super Deluxe Box Set, so I cannot help but feel shortchanged with this "deluxe" release. It is not all about the music if you are interested in the story behind it too.

USAFan

Just purchased the Blu-Ray and 2 CD package here in the US - Sept 9th. All I can say is "WOW!" - I had the opportunity to see Queen 3 times - Jazz/Game/Hot Space, this recording from 1974 truly shows what a GREAT talent Queen was from the get go. No synths, no backing tapes - pure raw talent. The recording quality is very good, very clean the musicianship is second to none. This is a prime example of what TRUE talent "is" both in audio and video. If anyone asked me to explain what made Queen so great? This Live at the Rainbow '74 would be all I would need to silence any critic!
Money well spent, a "MUST" have for any Queen fan - IMHO

Graham

Picture quality looks fantastic...hard to believe it could be preserved or restored to this level after so much time has passed. I agree with Tony, release some more gems - none of us are getting any younger. But please, I don't have his deep pockets so make it as affordable as possible.

Thank you.

Rich Watson

Hope my order status changes from "Pending" soon :)
Really been looking forward to some 70's Queen.

Tony Newman

I’m glad Roger revisited The Rainbow 74 show recently and shared with Brian how dangerously vicious they used to be... I was really feeling like the 70’s Shows were never going to get a proper release. I was convinced that Brian and Roger were blinded by the commercial success of the 80’s Queen so much that the REAL Queen that TRUE Queen fans fell in love with would never be heard from again... I'm guessing Roger convinced Brian that the blood coming from his ears was caused by a band from a different time. When Queen were young and hungry and out to make a name for themselves... Thank you Eagle Rock and Queen for tackling this monumental show! Now PLEASE get to work on Hyde Park, Earls Court & Houston... I don’t have many years left. It’s just amazing that Queen could play Ogre Battle, Son And Daughter and Great King Rat with such fire and tenaciousness then turn around and nail a vaudevillianesque Leroy Brown and a poppy Killer Queen all in the same set! THIS, IS QUEEN!!! Not the Wembley Queen or the Queen of the late 80’s and early 90’s... This, IS QUEEN!!! And from 74, it only got better over the next 4 years... Keep ‘em comin’, I’ve got money to burn on this stuff!!! Please release the other lost 70’s gems before we see the 30th Anniversary of Wembley in 3-D... I beg you!!! BTW, thanks again!!!

calders

My god. I cannot believe how amazing this is. Got my 4lp delivered early and am waiting on the deluxe box but got my download just now.I really am lost for words. Agree with A Murray. Lets stop this Adam Lambert carry on , and remember why we all worship this band. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE....EARLS COURT 77 OR ARGENTINA 81 NEXT.

Tony Newman

I get mine tomorrow! FINALLY!!!! A Queen 70's Show! I am so pumped for this. I heard all of the iTune samples of these and can't believe the perfect sound quality of it. I could care a less about Freddie on the cover... I would be ok if it was a photo of an old dirty, used, shitstained rubber. The video is where the magic is! Queen in its' raw, hard-rockin splendor! Can only hope that the boys take advantage of the success of this and offer the next 40th Anniversary show (Hyde Park), and so on and so on... Queen have finally given us true fans something to smile about so unwrap your Rainbow disc, put it the player, crank up the speakers and prepare to be WOWED!!!
Stop complaining!!!

Dominique

Hello there,

heres' a French review of that great live !

http://www.diversions-magazine.com/queen-live-at-the-rainbow-74/

cheers

Martin

Great product, but yet AGAIN just Freddie on the cover - I want to see all 4 members! All the design work of recent releases (i.e. since Freddie died) have been poor. The Budapest cover, for example, was not a patch on the original VHS release.

A. MURRAY

The best Queen release since Rock Montreal in 2007. I was blown away by the playing and sound. This is what the real fans want, not Adam Lambert news! Queen, no band comes near!

rimo

Greetings from Korea. Thank you Queen gives us such a joy. I'm really looking foward to the 77' houston one for the future.

bernd

Thank YOU all who was involved in this release. You have done a great Job.
40 Years waiting, was worth it! But now im 50. Next live Album should be see the light of day earlier please. PS.: i buy of cause every item, because every peace has ist own right, especially the 2LP Version is fun.
And again thank you!!!

jérôme

Fabuleux ce live !
Merci beaucoup ....

Guitarfetishist

It is so hard to believe it has been 40 years since Queen did thisI have been a loyal fan since day one and it hurt me tremendously when freddy passed.But I keep them alive if I may by playing thier music.I guess its true,you do get old.But I am not liking it.Golden years?Yeah right.

Graham

Rocknrollover I don't think I have ever visited that site. Thanks for making such a fantastically extravagant jump to conclusion that I must be that person based on my Christian name and a review that you don't happen to agree with. I have never been banned from any site or anywhere else that I am aware of.

Going slightly mad I think!

Kurgan

Far too much money for the content.
I'll just buy the blu-ray for £9.99 at amazon.

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