As promised, here is a torrent of the greatmix Pittrek put together here http://www.queenzone.com/forums/1198358/1975-05-01-tokyo-japan-emperors-of-japan-multi-source-merge.aspx?page=1
for the greater enjoyment of Queen fans everywhere. Thanks again!
These are the original notes:
Band : Queen
Venue : Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
Date : 1. May 1975
Title : Emperors of Japan (sorry for the crappy title folks)
Source 1 : AUD > "Song Brothers" master tape > ? > "Young Nobles Of Rock" (Tarantura) silvers > EAC > WAV > Har-Bal > Wavelab > WAV > Cool Edit Pro (small hiss reduction) > WAV > Traders Little Helper > FLAC level 8 (*)
Source 2 : AUD > "Killing Me Softly" (Wardour) silvers > EAC > WAV > Cool Edit Pro (strong hiss reduction) > WAV (**)
Source 3 : AUD > ? > CD(x) > WAV > Cool Edit Pro (speed correction, equalisation ) > WAV (***)
Source 4 : "Queen II" (album, Japan mini-vinyl remaster) > EAC > WAV (****)
Source 5 : "A Night At The Opera" (album, 30th anniversary edition) > EAC > WAV (*****)
Source 6 : Studio > vinyl flexidisc > Thorens TD160 turnable > ADC : Sony PCM601ES (emphasis on) > digi clone > Sony DCT77ES (emphasis on) > digi clone > Marantz CDR620 (emphasis on) > WAV > Cool Edit Pro (hiss and cracks / pops removal, speed correction) > WAV (^)
Source 7 : Radio (The All Japan Pop 20) > tape(x) > "A Night At The Nagoya" (Wardour) bootleg > WAV > Cool Edit Pro (hiss reduction) > WAV (^^)
Young Nobles Of Rock is the very first Queen release on the prolific and enduring Tarantura label. This title contains a new tape source for Queen’s May 1, 1975 show at the Budokan in Tokyo. Several older sources exist with the first appearing on a rare Japanese vinyl titled Kimono My Place Live (Marc TC-75122) released in 1976 and copied on Stunning Live In Tokyo on Rodan Records. This tape source is very good but incomplete, covering only forty-minutes of the two hour show and containing "Procession," "Now I’m Here," "Great King Rat," "Killer Queen," "Seven Seas Of Rhye," "Hangman (Shag Out)," "In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited," "See What A Fool I’ve Been," and "God Save The Queen." Three songs from this source, "Jailhouse Rock," "See What A Fool I’ve Been," and "God Save The Queen" was released on compact disc on Great King Hangman in 2000 along with a fragment from Queen’s April 19 show at the Budokan.
A second complete audience recording was used for First Live Attack (Private Masters PM-007/008). The sound quality of this is fair to good, very distant with the screams of the girls in the audience frequently drowning out the music. Private Masters packaged this in a slimline double jewel case with a replica of the concert ticket.
Wardour released Killing Me Softy (Wardour-004) in 2004 and contains a better sounding mono recording. "Now I’m
Here" and "Ogre Battle" are incomplete and the source from First Live Attack was used to complete the songs. The concert was also professionally videotaped and three songs, "Now I’m Here," "Killer Queen," and "In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited" were broadcast on television. The new tape source found on the Tarantura release is a virtually complete stereo audience recording produced by "Song Brothers." He was very close to the stage and was able to
capture the dynamics of the performance in detail making this one of the very best audience recordings for the early Queen.
stark : Firstly, this recording has been crushed by excessive compression (sometime since the introduction of digital limiters, so an uncompressed master SHOULD exist), and it's all but impossible to undo. However, by correcting the equalisation I have minimised the effect and increased the peak-to-average ratio (dynamic range) by about 4dB. As the original has a ratio of about 9dB (!!), this represents a significant difference. Please note that if you are comparing this version with the original, it will sound quieter.
The bulk of the equalisation was done with Har-Bal. I then applied high- and low-pass filters with a Waves Renaissance 2-band eq and brought it back up to level (-0.2dB) with a Waves L3 limiter in Wavelab. I have re-tracked the songs, corrected the balance between left and right channels and applied new fades.
pittrek : Stark's remaster was fantastic, but there were a couple of things which I didn't like. First of all, stark doesn't use denoisers, which is usually a good idea, since you can damage the sound completely if you don't know what you're doing. However this recording had some small amount of hiss, which got pretty annoying during the silent parts, that's why I've done a very careful hiss reduction in Cool Edit Pro. There were 2 cuts in the original bootleg, so I have filled the gaps with the Wardour bootleg and an unbootleged 5th source. I have used a little cheat at the beginning and the end of the concert to make it sound better. Since they used taped intro and outro, I have created for both tracks a matrix between the audience recording and the album track.
1. Procession (matrix of * / ****)
2. Now I'm Here (*)
3. Ogre Battle (*)
4. Great King Rat (*)
5. White Queen (As It Began) (*)
6. Flick Of The Wrist (*)
7. Hangman (*)
8. Doin' Alright (*)
9. In The Lap Of The Gods (*)
10. Killer Queen (*)
11. The March Of The Black Queen (*)
12. Bring Back That Leroy Brown (*)
13. Son And Daughter (*)
1. Keep Yourself Alive (*)
2. Seven Seas Of Rhye (*)
3. Stone Cold Crazy (*)
4. Liar (*)
5. In The Lap Of The Gods ...revisited (*)
6. Waiting for encore (* / **)
7. Big Spender (*)
8. Modern Times Rock'n'Roll (*)
9. Jailhouse Rock (*)
10. Stupid Cupid (*)
11. Be Bop A Lula (*)
12. Jailhouse Rock (reprise) (*)
13. Waiting for encore (* / ***)
14. See What A Fool I've Been (*)
15. God Save The Queen (matrix of * and *****)
16. Bonus - transfer from "Musiclife" flexidisc (^)
17. Bonus - interview (All Japan Pop 20) part 1 (^^)
18. Bonus - interview (All Japan Pop 20) part 2 (^^)
Keep it lossless ! Convert to lossy formats (e.g. mp3) ONLY for your personal use, like your portable mp3 player. NEVER trade or share it in lossy formats ! If you share it elsewhere, always include this text document and full lineage !
Thanks to ...
Song Brothers ... for taping this fantastic show
Tarantura ... for releasing a wonderful bootleg of this show
bootLuca ... for sharing it on Queenzone
stark ... for his wonderful remaster
SirGH ... for providing me the alternate sources
Vali ... for the cover (which WILL be shared here later)
mrdata1968 ..for sharing his flexidisc transfer
Made by pittrek 2009
Includes Vali's great artwork.
Good download and enjoy!