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Posted: 30 Sep 10, 09:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Imagine you meet somebody who has never ever heard of Queen, never seen any video or live performance.

Which filmed performance of only 1 track would you pick to show to this person what queen were about. The performance on stage, the lights, the sound...everything.

Live Aid eg may have been Freddie's finest hour, but it does in my opirion not really represent what queen were about, because it is a daylight performance without any light effects and not in front a Queen audience, moreover the other 3 members of the band were totally overshadowed by Freddie.

I know all the stuff which is released officially and which circulates (Earls Court 77, Hyde Park, Houston 77 etc.) but I do not come to any result when I think of this question.

 Which performance that was filmed would you pick? Which performance does unite Freddies best voice, the most stunning performance by the band, the most spectacular lights and the 'best' song, best audience, best venue etc?

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Posted: 30 Sep 10, 09:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think the two qualifying performances are:

a)  Now I'm Here in 1979 Hammersmith Odeon - it is an energetic rock number 

b)  Save Me in 1981 Montreal - the song has a soft section and a rock section.

My choice would be Now I'm Here in 1979 Hammersmith Odeon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i131DHnmr4I

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Posted: 30 Sep 10, 12:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If you're gonna show the now i'm here from hammersmith '79, please use this version. The quality is much better and it doesn't cut out the middle section:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82sFRw1NDPs


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Posted: 30 Sep 10, 12:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Or i'd show this performance of somebody to love which shows how amazing of a live band queen was and how freddie connected with hundreds of thousands of people. I would show this over now i'm here 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUQBelvUti0

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Posted: 30 Sep 10, 14:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was thinking of that performance of Now I'm Here or Somebody to Love from Milton Keynes

for tv I'd go for Crazy Little Thing Called Love from SNL


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Posted: 30 Sep 10, 14:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For pure sound quality, I'd go with something from Rock Montreal, maybe Play The Game or Somebody To Love. 

If a decent audio mix was produced however you could go for something from Rio to show the magnitude of the crowd.  

I know that Freddie's voice wasn't at it's best in the later years, but Wembley 86 IS actually a quality gig, and has a great audience/band vibe,  and the band, especially Freddie, are more relaxed than on a lot of releases - maybe Crazy Little Thing...from there then.

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Posted: 30 Sep 10, 15:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

wwry @  live aid

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Posted: 30 Sep 10, 18:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

White Queen from Hammy 75
Liar from Hammy 75
Now I'm Here Hammy 79


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Posted: 30 Sep 10, 19:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jamster1111 wrote: If you're gonna show the now i'm here from hammersmith '79, please use this version. The quality is much better and it doesn't cut out the middle section:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82sFRw1NDPs

wow!! where can I get a copy of that video in that quality?? could you share it possibly?


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Posted: 30 Sep 10, 21:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queenfreak1234: I found it on youtube when you search "Queen somebody to love rock in rio". I think it was in the first 5 suggestions. I have no idea where it came from though


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Posted: 30 Sep 10, 22:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jamster1111 wrote: Queenfreak1234: I found it on youtube when you search "Queen somebody to love rock in rio". I think it was in the first 5 suggestions. I have no idea where it came from though
No, i mean the Now I'm here video.  It looks fantastic!!!


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Posted: 01 Oct 10, 02:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Somebody to Love from Milton Keynes '82 and BoRhap from Wembley '86.
Also, I have to say, I did this thing to a person who didn't knew too much about Queen, and after viewing he told me: "Wow! I was so blind all my life until now" =)

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Posted: 01 Oct 10, 02:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Somebody to love at Milton Keynes is just awesome  and i would show people that if they wanted to know more about Queen

Also the wembley 86 gig i would and have shown people who have been suitably impressed

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Posted: 01 Oct 10, 04:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think that the opening track - One Vision - from the Wembley gig is awesome...

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Posted: 01 Oct 10, 07:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've always had a soft spot for Leroy Brown from Earl's Court.  I don't know if that fits the criteria the original poster had in mind, but that's the first live take I heard of the band that truly impressed me, back when I still hadn't really heard their live stuff before.  I saw that performance and just thought they were an incredibly versatile bunch of talented bastards.


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Posted: 01 Oct 10, 08:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One song can never represent an entire band. I think the best cross-section of Queen is presented in the 1978-1982 period tours. If I had to choose a single concert, I would go with Hammersmith Odeon, December 26 1979, because IMHO it is the best compromise between setlist, performance and audio-visual quality available.


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Posted: 01 Oct 10, 09:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The South America concerts were incredible. Large audiences, great venues and killer performances.


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Posted: 01 Oct 10, 11:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queenfreak1234: I found it on youtube a couple months ago. I believe it was from the absolute greatest concert collection that queen released along with the album. Ya i know it looks amazing!! I hope one day we see the rest of that concert in that quality and maybe an official release!


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Posted: 01 Oct 10, 16:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

AT first I also thought it was from the AG bonus videos but if you see this Don't Stop Me Now from the same concert and uploader which was not in the AG bonus video, you can see that it is also in very good quality:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uqD3QX0QXQ&feature=related

I wonder if there is a new improved version of that concert released now unofficially.

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Posted: 01 Oct 10, 18:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Stone Cold Crazy. Rainbow '74
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=katk3LqaVwM

Ogre Battle. Hammersmith '75
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9YoItPjJzA

White Man. Earl's Court '77
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CUKOA_wgzk

Let Me Entertain You. Rock Montreal '82
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0t3_Aim-Wo

That's all that comes to my mind right now.


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