London, Christmas Eve 1975
Being only six years old when the original was released didn’t stop me from wanting to listen and review this. I grew up listening to and adoring Queen. How could I not honor them with this review?
Queen is one of the most recognizable rock bands throughout the years. The names Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor are known by many.
On November 20, 2015, “Queen – A Night At The Odeon, Live at Hammersmith ’75″ is to be re-released as a super deluxe box set, CD, Double Vinyl LP (Hollywood records), DVD and Blu-Ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment).
The moments you hear Queen enter the Odeon, the crowd cheers. Freddie Mercury belts out “Now I’m Here.” Immediately you get chills. It’s Freddie as no one can be. Visuals in your head of him controlling the stage and connecting with the fans are what I imagine it would have been like to be there.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” had only been released in October 1975. Fans were treated to the first live performance. It isn’t what you know the song to be today. It’s raw, live, real, a shorter version, but powerful.
Touching on their early hits, we get to hear “Killer Queen,” melting into “The March of the Black Queen,” “Keep Yourself Alive,” “Liar,” and “In the Laps of the Gods,” which is such a powerful story of how to not be able to make a decision and leave it to the gods.
Then just like that, they jump into covers that would seem to perfectly fit Queen: “Jailhouse Rock,” (Elvis Presley), and “Big Spender” (Cy Coleman).
And of course a riveting guitar solo by Brian May.
They close their show with “God Save the Queen.” The crowd roars!
Queen, Queen, Queen!
This is the one collector’s item that you do not want to miss out on.