Great comments guys
Thank you yara ,which other gigs would you guys recomend i listen to, which sound as full as the Sun City SB Mix.?
Yup it makes me feel like they are playing just for you.
How are you doing?
Well, I'm the one who should be thanking you now. I'm really grateful for your share, it's a gem. As for the question you made, I'm sure such users as dear Sir GH are more qualified to answer it. :-)
Before more knowledgeable users join in to answer your question, I give you my impression and hope that it may turn out to be helpful. Excuse me for the lenght of the post – if you find it boring or not helpful at all, you just need to know that I'm absolutely thrilled by your share and got really happy. I'll try to convey both my impression of a certain concert and the joy I feel when I listen to it. :- )
A dear Queenzoner created a project aimed at making easily available, in lossless format and with detailed info whenever possible, the very best Queen concerts, covering each and every tour and trying to strike a balance between sound quality and the quality of performance. For each tour he shared about five gigs – either through rapidshare/mediafire links or, more recently, thanks to another dear Queenzoner, torrent files.
The series is called"Best of the Best". It was created, developed, managed and organized by Queenzoner Pittrek.
If you take a look at the entry for the year 1979
, you'll find Pittrek's amazing, wonderful remaster of the gig at Hammersmith Odeon – it's the closest thing to your share that I can think of now.
I may be biased because this is one of my all-time favorite Queen concerts, if not the favorite, period. It was upon listening to this concert some time ago that I was finally converted to "New of the Worldism", my religion in Queen's world. ;-)))
It was their rendition of the slow version of We Will Rock You at Hammy'79 which finally convinced me that News of The World is the real deal. Before I listened to that version, I didn't realize the potential of this song – it seemed amusing, catchy, but I couldn't, at first, see anything special in it. But then...I found out in it a liturgical celebration of rock and peace and entertainment
delivered in a quasi-gregorian chant of sorts, all based on unisons and a gorgeous monophonic texture thanks to Freddie's chant.
The beginning of the song in this concert is thrilling. As Freddie squarely delivers the refrain at a very high-pitch (he's doing it a bit higher than in the studio), managing to – alone! - descend in thirds just like the chorus in the studio recording, Brian begins to play amazing performanti,
that is, he starts emulating Freddie's voice as if his guitar were answering or confirming the singing. Freddie spurs the audience to sing along and you suddenly notice the brutal drop in pitch which will set the scene for his amazing muscular vocals throughout the song. He has just warmed up.
Then he begins. He starts to sing the song and it's magic. It's pure vocal prowess and virtuosism: it's singing elevated to state of art.
No matter the words or the measure within the bar, he elicits, as a sorcerer, the very same note over and over again, without going even slightly out of tune: the notes sound round and squarely over and over again, and after hitting perfectly the higher notes in "MAN-someday" and so on (A3), he lands beautifully on the central tune again (either D or E3) and resumes the unison-based sequence flawlessly. If you take a look at the video, you'll see that, by the time he's going to sing "all over the place", which demands a brutal drop in tune which reveals the most gorgeous part of his vocal register, his vocal
muscles obey his wonderful musical intelligence and start to swell a bit as he descends to Eb2, even lower than in the recording!
Listening to him sing this song at Hammersmith 79 is like watching a virtuoso displaying his skills at the piano, for instance: it's perfect vocals throughout. It's a unison monophonic-textured song with keen shifting home-keys for the singer to add a grove to it and also features sudden, brutal ups and downs in the scale, almost to absurdity – he goes to such low notes – or the higher ones – seemlessly and without any loss in tone quality. His lower register sounds muscular, powerful, beautiful and smooth.
When I listened to Pittrek's share, I had the feeling that it was as if the whole place had been wrapped up and embraced by his voice and we were living inside it for some time
– he holds sway as the notes flawlessly pop up from him while he's on top of the Superman. ;-)
This concert has Freddie doing what I think must be one of his most glorious moments on stage as far as the rockers are concerned: his rendition of "Let Me Entertain You"
. It's absolutely jaw-dropping. It features, to my mind, the best version of "Save Me"
too – the way he delivers the line "a soul for sail or rent"
is a little vocal miracle. It encapsulates everything you expect from a singer in ONE LINE: astonishing range, absolut control of dynamic range and flutuations in timber, flair, wonderfully-colored notes, exquisite though slight variations on melody and smoothness.
It may be a problem of mine – I guess it is. I'm too obsessed with this concert, I think, and sometimes, I can't deny it, I do ask myself why it just doesn't get officially released. Very few bands have the luxury of being able to release such a pristine concert – oh Lord forbid, I mean absolutely no criticism of either Brian or Roger or John, but how I'd love to see it officially released! :op While it doesn't happen, though, Pittrek's remaster of this gig is top-notch and is more than enough for you to enjoy Queen at its peak.
And, as of now, I think it's the best we have from that night. I can be wrong though, of course.
I'm sure you know the concert, but I'm not sure whether you listened to the wonderful job dear user Pittrek did on this one.
THANK YOU, AGAIN, for your kindness and patience.
Take care and have a nice Tuesday!