CD Review – QUEEN: “A Night At The Odeon”

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queen-anight_03It’s been 24 years since legendary singer and frontman Freddie Mercury passed away and yet QUEEN is still kicking ass.

Hollywood Records has once again purged the QUEEN live vaults and come up with one of the band’s best in-concert recordings ever with “A Night At The Odeon.” This newly unearthed show finds the band rocking hard and fast in London on Christmas Eve 1975.

The album was recorded at the world famous Hammersmith Odeon and finds QUEEN touring behind their 3rd release “Sheer Heart Attack.” Freddie, Brian, Roger and John rip through a 19 song setlist that includes classics such as “Killer Queen,” “Now I’m Here,” and “Keep Yourself Alive.”

The band sounds fierce and the  number one reason to own this disc is to hear the live debut of the then unreleased classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Clocking in at just 2 minutes and 28 seconds this version of the FM radio staple was not yet fleshed out into the powerhouse show piece it would become just one year later. Hearing “Bohemian Rhapsody” in this stripped down version without the operatic background vocals is sure to give you goose bumps and serves as proof that no one can ever fill Mercury’s shoes.

A Night At The Odeon” is available in multiple formats and gives the listener a glimpse of a band charging forward full throttle and ready to take on the world.

Drumroll please… 9 out of 10 drumsticks!!!

 

 

 

more Queen:

Concert Review: Queen & Adam Lambert Live in London NYE 2014

Music Review: “Queen Forever” CD

 

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Pat FrancisCD Review – QUEEN: “A Night At The Odeon”