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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 09:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just got this on dvd off of ebay in surprisingly perfect quality. I know its not the full show as Keep Yourself alive and Liar were cut in half/edited. But I would have to think that if they do release a 70s concert this one would be perfect because less work would have to be put into it. The setlist to me was perfect and I am starting to like this one more than even earls court. Especially since hearing In the lap of the gods (not revisited).


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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 11:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Setlist is far from perfect, no Bohemian Rhapsody, no We will Rock You, no We are the Champions, no Another one bites the Dust or Crazy Little Thing called Love. Hon, the setlist maybe perfect to you or me but we're fans and the record companies know it's always a disaster if you release something that only appeal to the hardcore fanbase.

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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 13:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Firstly, all those songs you mention were not around in 1974.

Secondly, it is a great concert (my favourite, in actual fact) and I for one would like to see this released in complete form on CD and DVD. Unfortunately this will probably never happen as the set does not contain enough hits for the casual fan to buy.

People like myself who appreciate the fact that the entire Queen catalogue consists of 15 studio albums from 1973-1995, would love to have this.



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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 13:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No We Will Rock you? No Shit!!!? Believe it or not, they were actually quite big even before Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack are today deemd to be classic rock albums. It won't sell as much as Live At Wembley? So fucking what. Live At Wembley was a greatest hits set - go figure. They issued that early on, knowing it would be an easy sell. Rainbow '74 would still sell well, Queen Productions and Parlophone know this. In extended form, it would include Seven Seas Of Rhye, Killer Queen and Now I'm Here - 3 well known classic tracks that still get radio play.

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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 13:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

thank you !! someone who understands....

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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 13:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I really do believe it will get a DVD release at some point. To me, it's the band at their best - everything gels... the music, the image. Issue a sampler to radio of Seven Seas Of Rhye, Killer Queen & Now I'm Here and video clips to VH1/VH2 etc and there would be plenty of interest.

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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 14:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I completely agree.

The Rainbow gig is stunning and shows Queen at there VERY BEST...before all the fame took it's toll, both musically and creativly. Here you can see what Queen were REALLY all about in full glory. It's these early shows that show the true genuis this band had. I'd take this over any greatest hits retread....hearing the "hits" over and over can actually get very dull!

I'm all for more Early Era releases. Rainbow should be issued on dvd. Perhaps they can market it around the Holidays, and add the "other" Rainbow show ( from X-mas Eve) to the package? What Queen Fan would'nt want that?

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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 15:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

you mean Hammersmith 75? that's the christmas eve show...

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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 16:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was thinking (wishfully)...

A "Queen Conquer Hammersmith" 2 DVD set - with 75 and 79 and special colour glossy booklet!


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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 16:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Loser In The End wrote:

No We Will Rock you? No Shit!!!? Believe it or not, they were actually quite big even before Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack are today deemd to be classic rock albums. It won't sell as much as Live At Wembley? So fucking what. Live At Wembley was a greatest hits set - go figure. They issued that early on, knowing it would be an easy sell. Rainbow '74 would still sell well, Queen Productions and Parlophone know this. In extended form, it would include Seven Seas Of Rhye, Killer Queen and Now I'm Here - 3 well known classic tracks that still get radio play.


Genius, that's why they haven't released it because you release stuff like that with the hope it will appeal to demographics outside of hardcore fans. Those people know Queen with the hits. That's why it hasn't been released even in the edited version on dvd. It's not complicated stuff, just simple business. A boxset maybe, but not an individual release. It wouldn't sell and they'll lose money. The people who do buy it and aren't fans would be left with a bad taste in their mouth if they expectBohemian Rhapsody at some point and don't get it.

Killer Queen, yes. Keep your self alive, extremely respected by even casual fans. Seven Seas of Rhye, no. I wouldn't say that's one of their most famous songs.


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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 16:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

bitesthedust<br><h6>The QZ gentleman... wrote:

Firstly, all those songs you mention were not around in 1974.

Secondly, it is a great concert (my favourite, in actual fact) and I for one would like to see this released in complete form on CD and DVD. Unfortunately this will probably never happen as the set does not contain enough hits for the casual fan to buy.

People like myself who appreciate the fact that the entire Queen catalogue consists of 15 studio albums from 1973-1995, would love to have this.



Brainiac, when did I imply the songs were around in '74. I was replying to someone who said the setlist was perfect. As far as the Queen catalog goes and a casual fan standpoint it's not perfect.

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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 17:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it was perfect for the time, that's the point.

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Posted: 01 Jan 06, 17:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen Live at The Rainbow in '74 is a great concert for me one of the greatest i love the setlist, but it's true it would probably only appeal to us die hard fans.

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Posted: 02 Jan 06, 03:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

agreed, but what Queen live release hasn't got overdubs?

I have no insider knowledge but I believe the next CD/DVD release will be Hammersmith 1979.

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Posted: 02 Jan 06, 09:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Was it not officially released on VHS some time ago? I thought it was because I also saw a VHS version of this which has a cover very similar to the US release Greatest Hits package from Hollywood records. If they did it then they can just as well re release it now as it would probably sell even MORE now that Queen and Paul Rodgers are gonna be touring the states here in the spring anyhow lets not forget that.


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Posted: 02 Jan 06, 09:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

and bites the dust erm chris i believe your name is. Thanks for the backup on this didnt expect that.


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Posted: 02 Jan 06, 10:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OgreBattleField1980 wrote:

Was it not officially released on VHS some time ago? I thought it was because I also saw a VHS version of this which has a cover very similar to the US release Greatest Hits package from Hollywood records. If they did it then they can just as well re release it now as it would probably sell even MORE now that Queen and Paul Rodgers are gonna be touring the states here in the spring anyhow lets not forget that.


Yes, it was.
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Posted: 02 Jan 06, 11:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I remember at that time Queen had no money & a lot of probs with em...
But it was remarkable how much energy & enthusiasm they put then.
Even after Sheer Heart attack was released, they were not all too popular... but still just see how they handle themselves out there. Their perfomance in Ogre battle, Killer Queen & both the lap of the gods version was just a MIRACLE!


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Posted: 02 Jan 06, 12:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was talking to somebody from Australia who doesn't understand much about Queen. But they said that on the 27th of Dec (a few days ago), he saw a Queen concert on television. He said that Freddie was wearing a superman costume...we all know what gig this was.


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Posted: 02 Jan 06, 14:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=black>Dennis Daja<h6>QZs God wrote:

<font color=FF0099>Linda Of The Valley wrote:

pcgenius9 wrote:

I was thinking (wishfully)...

A "Queen Conquer Hammersmith" 2 DVD set - with 75 and 79 and special colour glossy booklet!


like thats gonna happen but we can all dream *sigh*

that would be sweet though!! :)


Why put 2 completely different shows, wich are worth single releases, from completely different years in one box?

I would really be discusted

Rainbow's never gonna be official (unless there is going to be a box set).

I mean people wouldn't pay 30 euro for a DVD with a show from 60 minutes from wich they only recoginze 1 or 2 songs.

Forget it.


Dude, many songs were cut and some are even absent. The length of the concert in total is about 80-85 minutes, just like the other shows from that tour (e.g. Cologne 1974).

It will see the light of day some day, just wait...




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