If you haven't heard the complete concert, there's more than that:
"...Is everybody okay, having a nice day? Yeah, not too bad, huh? Now you gotta put up with us."
I like Live Magic back then, like it more when merged with the recording of the entire Knebworth concert.
Orginally, Freddie didn't say it before Seven Seas of Rhye, but before In The Lap of The Gods... Revisited. Now, for me, it's sensless to listen to Live Magic. Budapest is fully released, Wembley too. Knebworth have got excellent quallity recording of full show (nearly like from official release). And on Live Magic many songs are shortened and edited. Only One Vision and TYMD can be useful because they're not edited and in Knebworth recording only these two have some issues.
ANOBTD is edited on the cassette and I think the original Japanese CD. When I heard the UK CD of Live Magic some years later I was like 'eh??' when I heard it.
Of course, when it was released I didn't know most of the tracks had been edited and I think I still prefer it like that. Short and punchy.
I even wondered for years how they got the crowd to all suddenly sing IWTBF in unison at the start of side 2.
I think it's hilarious the way people go on about QP cashing in and Brian and Roger touring for the money because things would be different if Freddie was still with us. . . .
This thread is about a huge, quickly conceived cash in, A Kind of
Magic and its singles did great business in the UK and Europe, the tour was huge so lets release a poorly edited live album from the tour to cash in the xmas market.
As a live album it fall short because not only does it not present a full or nearly full show, it is edited beyond belief. Isn't it strange how in interviews they said they couldn't release John's edit of Bo Rhap and that they disliked the US radio edit of songs from the first album, but they were willing to put out a live album 10 years (or so) later edited to keep production costs down to a single disc.
They edited BR because some quarters said it was a rip off on Live Killers paying for a recording of the middle section of the song when the band had walked off. If LM is a big FU to those people, then great. I agree that a single LP selection from that tour would've been a great companion to LK if they had no duplicate songs (an easy thing to do) but for many it was our first taste (or 2nd, or 3rd) and got us hooked. Fond memories of that tape.