Monday, September 15, 2014

VIDEO: Queen premiere Killer Queen from Live At The Rainbow ‘74

Queen are premiering footage of “Killer Queen” from the newly-released package, “Live At The Rainbow ’74.”

The project presents Queen live over two shows at the famed London venue.

The first show, on March 31, 1974, saw Queen perform tracks from their newly-released album, “Queen II.” The set features over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official Queen live album.

Recorded by Roy Thomas Baker, the recordings were originally scheduled to Queen's third album (and debut live album), presented as a career-defining release like James Brown's “Live At The Apollo” or The Who's “Live At Leeds.” But Queen’s 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.”

Queen returned to play two shows at The Rainbow in late November, just two weeks after the release of their third album, which featured the hit single, “Killer Queen.”

“Queen: Live At The Rainbow ‘74” has been issued 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. Vinyl and super deluxe formats are released as limited editions.

Review the tracklistings for each of the packages here.

Queen previously premiered “Stone Cold Crazy” from the set (watch it here) and “Keep Yourself Alive” (see it here).

Queen recently wrapped up a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand with vocalist Adam Lambert.

See also:

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