Overally I agree with you- but with certain points def not...
To me, Queen's biggest weakness of all is their bafflingly poor ability to choose their live releases.
General statement- yes. BUT- you ahve to remember that it always depends on how good quality the tapes and the footage is- even if something was their best gig but the tapes are of bad quality, the whole thing is not going to be out. That's the reality... Which doesn't explain why didn't they release on CD in 1992 Knebworth, a much better gig that Wembley and few other things...
Live Killers: I have found so many concerts up to that show that are better. The Brighton Rock is truly incredible but nothing else stands up to other shows for me.
It's not one show. And if "Spread Your Wings" doesn't stand out than... I'm not sure Queen will ever release anything live that will satisfy you...
Live at Wembley: Budapest blew this show to hell! I'm sure many others did as well, but why use a substandard performance. This isn't to say the show sucks, I am only saying that Budapest had a pro recording and could have been picked instead.
Again- Budapest and Knebworth are much better shows. Hell- even FIRST night at Wembley was nicer. I can understand why this footage was out as VHS and DVD BUT they could have released sth else as CD. And not "Live Magic", please...
On Fire At the Bowl(Milton Keynes): Give me a freaking break! This show is average among Queen bootlegs that I have, and yet, it is somehow the strongest live album release that they have?
Don't know about you but personally I think it was one of the best shows from Hot Space European tour and one of their best shows EVER. Shows Fred in great shape (vocally), some of Brian's playing is really awesome and frankly- I think he gig judged as performance was better than Earls Court, which wasn't that great at all IMO... But I'll come back to that...
Return of the Champions: They did it again. Better than Brixton, granted. Not a bad show either. But aren't they recording all the shows? I know the live crew was used special, but if that's the case, release Sheffield on dvd and a better show on cd.
Couldn't agree more!!!
The one true exception to this rule is the We Will Rock You Montreal '81 show. That was one of the legendary shows, but of course, they only have a dvd of it.
As pointed out before me- they don't have rights to this footage / recording...
It's real simple Queen: Houston '77, Hammersmith '79, Earl's Court '77, Rainbow '74, Budapest '86, Birminham/Prague '04. These are superior shows that could be superior releases.
Hammersmith'79 and Houston'77- oh yes, agreed. Rainbow'74 as well (edited VHS already out). BUT as much as I would like to see Earls Court out- it wasn't their best night by far! Of course- the setlist is great!!! But the performance was... not so great. Few days before in Glasgow- that was a night!
Anyway- in next 2-3 years we'll definitely see some 70s gig on DVD (confirmed by Greg), the ones you mentioned are all considered... Even Houston- and for long time we thought it's never ging to be out... And with DVDs- the CDs of the same show will follow.