|South America Bites The Dust, part 1
Band : Queen
Date : 28. February 1981
Venue : Estadio 'José Amalfitani' del Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina
This is Queen's first performance in Argentina. The band have plenty to prove to their new South American audiences - something they haven't needed to do on this level in several years, which would lead to seven incredibly energetic performances over the next three weeks.
Queen were the first rock band to play the big football stadiums in South America - a huge accomplishment. Just to grasp the idea of how popular the band were at the time, 9 of the top 10 albums in the Argentinian album chart were Queen albums. Reflecting on 1981, John Deacon later said it was "A year for discovering new audiences we didn't know existed." Similar to their first visit to Japan, they were being treated like The Beatles in America in 1964. As if that wasn't enough, radio and TV stations would interrupt regularly scheduled programs with special Queen news bulletins.
Although the venue normally attributed to the shows in Buenos Aires is "Vélez Sársfield," the name of the stadium is "Estadio José Amalfitani." Vélez Sársfield is the name of the Buenos Aires football team. South American stadiums are often named informally after the teams that inhabit them, as football is such a huge part of their culture.
After the first song, Freddie very excitedly greets the equally excited audience in Spanish. The band perform their set full of vigour, and Freddie, as usual during this time period, is in fantastic voice. Brian, although not always perfectly clean with his guitar playing tonight, creates a beautiful solo with the delay in Need Your Loving Tonight. It must have been difficult to concentrate on business as usual while buzzing off the energy of their first South American audience. Freddie Mercury stated after the show how nervous the band were, particularly about how the audience, who had never seen a big rock concert,
would respond. Much to their delight, everything ran perfectly, on stage and off.
Like he did in Tokyo, Freddie says a few words between lines of the first verse of Rock It. After the first stanza he says, "Let's see if I hit it," but he chickens out, saying "I'm never gonna make that note," followed by a lower yet soulful take of "Thaaaaat rock and roll."
The show was broadcast live on the radio, but no recording of it has seen the light of day. However, incomplete recordings from a soundboard tape have circulated for many years.
-- review taken from link --
Source 1 : SBD > Radio Rivadavia stereo 1" reel master > "Gogo" Safigueroa 90 minutes cassette with fades > TDK SA90 cassette > MOTU 24 I/O > WAV (Stereo 94 kHz/24-bit)
The best source is the famous "Gogo" tape, which is unfortunately unavailable :-(
Source 2 : SBD > ? > "First Major Rock" Gypsy Eye 045/046 > WAV (stereo 44.1 kHz/16 bit)
The most "common" source of this concert is the Gypsy Eye silver bootleg "First Major Rock". However this is a higher generation copy of the famous "Gogo" tape.
Source 3 : SBD > mono 120 minutes long cassette > ? > "Rock & Pop" FM 2001 special > WAV (stereo 48kKz/24 bit)
Some cassettes were made during the concert and handled to some media/PR people shortly afterwards - those were complete recordings copied onto 120-minute cassettes but in mono! In 2001, local FM Rock & Pop hosted a special show commemorating the 20th anniversary of the QUEEN concerts in Argentina. A fellow collector provided the radio station with some material that came from an unknown generation copy of one of these mono cassettes. Need Your Loving Tonight,
Rock It, Save Me and Now I'm Here+Dragon Attack+Now I'm Here - reprise were broadcasted. I (=Wilki) recorded the program using my PC.
-- information provided by Wilki Amieva --
Wilki Amieva shared on Queenzone the following tracks :
1. Overture (source 1 / source 2)
13. Dragon Attack (source 2/ source 1) + Now I'm Here [reprise] (source 3)
1. Love Of My Life (source 1 / source 2)
10. We Are The Champions (source 2 / source 1)
I have taken the bootleg "First Major Rock" and listened to it carefully. The whole bootleg runs in incorrect speed, and has many different (short) sound droputs. I have taken the bootleg, opened it in the good old Cool Edit Pro, corrected the speed (I slowed it down by 103%), corrected most of the sound dropouts and also removed the hiss on some tracks. Than I have added Wilki's tracks and the result is this nice share :
2. We Will Rock You (fast)
3. Let Me Entertain You
4. Play The Game
6. Death on Two Legs
7. Killer Queen
8. I'm In Love With My Car
9. Need Your Loving Tonight
10. Rock It
11. Save Me
12. Now I'm Here
13. Dragon Attack / Now I'm Here [reprise]
1. Love Of My Life
2. Keep Yourself Alive / drum solo / Brighton Rock
3. Flash / The Hero
4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
5. Bohemian Rhapsody
6. Tie Your Mother Down
7. Another One Bites The Dust
8. Sheer Heart Attack
9. We Will Rock You [slow]
10. We Are The Champions
Do not convert to mp3 please unless for personal (miss)use.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas
pittrek @ 2011
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|Thank you very much pittrek!!! It's always nice to hear Queen playing in my country.
|I thank you for all your efforts 'Pittrek , in remaster and shared by merge from these 3 sources !!! and also 'Wiki Amevia for helping providing some music !!
now, was a doubt, it is not really understood, I'm confused ...
then mean that the source from the Master tape of Radio Rivadavia (to which is called Gogo's tape), does not exist ??
|No, it only means that I wasn't able to get it :-)|
|pittrek wrote: No, it only means that I wasn't able to get it :-)
oh yeah, understood now, hehe ...
I am hearing and enjoying a lot this new work , Pittrek.
Wow, really a marvelous Christmas gift for us all! :-)
Thanks again !!!
|T h a n k s and Merry Christmas ! ! !|
|Thanks remastered material is appreciated and good to see.
Greetings and Merry Christmas
|Thank you very much.|
|Thanks for making this upgrade !!
Have a merry X-mas !!
|Glad you like it guys and Merry Christmas to all of you|
|A Word In Your Ear
|Merry Christmas & Thankyou for the upgrade!!|
|MEERY CHRISTMAS PITTREK
AND THANK YOU A LOT
ALWAYS YOUR WORK IS SO GOOD THANK YOU TO TAKE YOUR TIME AND MADE MY REQUEST A PRESENT
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY
|Thanks a lot! And Merry Christmas to all queenzoner's )|
|Peter! Thank You so much for Your work and this upload!
Merry Christmas! And Happy New Year! Rock On!
|Thank you very much for this!|
|Peter thank you always wanted this excellent Happy New Year to you|
|Sam99 wrote: Peter thank you always wanted this excellent Happy New Year to you
Are you THAT Sam (Sam C.) ? If yes, happy new year to you too :-)
|Yes Peter Sam C, back on Queen really can't thank you enough for this excellent work.|
|Happy Holidays everyone!
since recently I made artwork for the un-edited version of this show, I've decided to do some modifications and make it to Pete's version ;D
thanks mate! excellent work as usual !
here it goes, picasa and mediafire below:
click the mediafire logo to get the RAR file:
|wonderfull artwork for a fantastic show !!
Thanks Alex !!!
|Thanks a lot!|
|Nice work Alex|
|Thank you so much for this upgrade.
|Thank you very much for the audio and for the artwork.
What a duo!
|Thank you for the upgrade.|