|The Real Wizard
December 1, 1979
This is an upgrade of the Glasgow audience tape from an old tape collection that was recently acquired. It's certainly a couple generations closer to the master, as the sound quality is better. It is also the most complete version available now, even with ten extra seconds of tape before the cut in Don't Stop Me Now.
The little volume fluctuations on the previous copy remain, and most of the recording was panned off a bit to one channel after the tape flip in Don't Stop Me Now (most noticeably for about a minute of Spread Your Wings). The right channel was also slightly overblown, and since the recording is mono anyway, it was a pretty easy decision to duplicate the left channel over the right with no quality loss at all.
Another 25 minutes of tape in the middle of the show were likely recorded, but have never circulated. This, and the different watermarks on all three copies, all but confirm that it is all by design by the taper (one of the Royal Family superfans) or someone close to them down the line.
Other than Roger butchering the first verse of I'm In Love With My Car (with Mercury coming to the rescue from the piano), this is a great performance, with Mercury in excellent voice.
Thanks to Gregsynth for the tape, and to the taper for letting this out, whenever that was. This copy is still far from great, but it is certainly audible and much more enjoyable now.
AUD > Cassette (x) > ? > CDR (x) > WAV (GoldWave speed correction, EQ) > FLAC level 8
More info here:
1) We Will Rock You (fast)
2) Let Me Entertain You
3) Somebody To Love
5) Death On Two Legs
6) Killer Queen
7) I'm In Love With My Car
8) Get Down Make Love
9) You're My Best Friend
10) Save Me
11) Now I'm Here
12) Don't Stop Me Now [cut]
13) Spread Your Wings
14) Crazy Little Thing Called Love
15) Bohemian Rhapsody
16) Tie Your Mother Down
17) Sheer Heart Attack
18) We Will Rock You
19) We Are The Champions
20) God Save The Queen [cut]
Enjoy, keep it lossless, and don't bootleg this !
|Thank you, Good Sir! (or Wizard)!|
|Will this end the c5 debate?|
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NastyQueenie74 wrote: Will this end the c5 debate?Mercury hits the high C on "die" in BoRhap, but not in the choruses of Champions (that's the audience).
That seemed pretty clear on the inferior copy too, at least to me.
|I still can't hear Freddie on that part, so I think his C5 blends into the crowd, which is why I'm still not able to really hear him. If he didn't go for it, I feel like his vocal would stand out more, which Is why I believe that he hit the C5, making this the best version of Bohemian Rhapsody of all time.|
|Awesome! Thanks! :)
|Thanks hugely for this, my first Queen concert (actually my first concert of any description, for that matter - the bar was set high straight from the off!)
A callow 15 year old who spent the whole day at school expecting the concert to be cancelled as I just couldn't believe I'd be in the same hall as the band, Freddie especially.
Sang myself hoarse after 4 songs and whisper/mimed the rest of the concert. Happy days.
Swore to myself at the time I wasn't going to wash the clothes I had been wearing ever again as they had seen Queen live. Dear me.....
My mother thought otherwise. :-)
|Thank you, really appreciated !|
|Thank you Wizard|
|Thanks a lot for your magic (and for St.Paul '76;)...|
|It sounds like he's going die-iiiieeeee(ab4 to eb4). The vocals don't have as much power on the c5 leading me to believe it's the audience hitting it. It’s sort of like what he did at the WATC show during the verses|
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onedunpark wrote: Thanks hugely for this, my first Queen concert (actually my first concert of any description, for that matter - the bar was set high straight from the off!) A callow 15 year old who spent the whole day at school expecting the concert to be cancelled as I just couldn't believe I'd be in the same hall as the band, Freddie especially. Sang myself hoarse after 4 songs and whisper/mimed the rest of the concert. Happy days. Swore to myself at the time I wasn't going to wash the clothes I had been wearing ever again as they had seen Queen live. Dear me..... My mother thought otherwise. :-)I loved this story. Thanks for sharing.
|St.Paul '76, what... We have this recording?|
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konon wrote: St.Paul '76, what... We have this recording?That's a McCartney/Wings show, not Queen.
|Thank you very much for this !|
|Thank you very much!|
|returning the interesting threads to 1st page (spammers f**ck off!)
Tks Bob for you hard work and generosity!
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|Thanks a lot! The Crazy tour is obviously a favourite. Freddie's voice has never sounded more fresh on stage.
"Sleeping on the sidewalk" from the US '77 NOTW tour (as released last year) sounds really great.
I'm really convinced this is the sound quality of Brian May's soundboard recordings…
And according to that list that was posted on this forum years ago the following Crazy tour shows are in Brian's collection:
Manchester 27/11, Glasgow 30/11, Newcastle 04/12, Liverpool 07/12, Bristol 09/12, Brighton 10 and 11/12, Ally Pally 22/12 and Hammy '79.
When you listen to recordings like this you can only imagine how truly magnificent those sbds must sound...
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|Wonderful! Thanks! :)|
|Thanks a lot!|
|First of all, Thanks Greg and Bob for getting this out.
A few things to note:
1. This proves once and for all that Freddie did not hit the C5 on Bo Rhap (you can clearly hear at 3:28 that he hits the Ab4 amended phrasing). Bonus points for Brian messing up at 3:44, didn't notice that on the older sources.
2. I didn't notice the extra B4 on the first chorus of SYW until now, very nice.
3. It's nice to finally see this show in listenable quality, and I thank those brave folks who taped these classic shows.
Update: Also, I have a theory here. It sounds like the "C5" that is heard on Bo Rhap seems to be dubbed in after the fact...sounds similar to the Newcastle one...maybe a watermark? I can clearly hear the amended phrasing too. We'll see as time goes by if we can prove or disprove this.
|I think he definitely hit it, but he hit it a bit weak, hence why it's so short compared to Newcastle or Cologne.|
|Amazing. Half a week without an internet and then I see this. Big thanks to everyone involved. Was this tape 'leaked out' by the same person who shared Liverpool or London 78 shows? If so, can we expect even more of these tapes?|
|Superb share. Thanks!|
|Thank you very much Bob, wonderful share really kind of you. I really look forward to hearing this Freddie was on top form on this tour.|
Chopin1995 wrote: Amazing. Half a week without an internet and then I see this. Big thanks to everyone involved. Was this tape 'leaked out' by the same person who shared Liverpool or London 78 shows? If so, can we expect even more of these tapes?I already know the answer to my last question (through the Gregsynth Facebook group) and the answer seems to be positive!
|Thanks for this!|
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Chopin1995 wrote: Amazing. Half a week without an internet and then I see this. Big thanks to everyone involved. Was this tape 'leaked out' by the same person who shared Liverpool or London 78 shows? If so, can we expect even more of these tapes?Nope - different tape collection.
Hopefully there will be more upgrades.
|Last year a guy on the Fan Club Facebook group posted photos of his cassette tape collection, about 200 tapes as I recall.|
|Thank you very much :)|
|Thank you very much for sharing this upgrade!|
|Thanks a lot.|
|The Real Wizard, re:
>Hopefully there will be more upgrades.
....without the accompanying stories of theft, eh?
|There shouldn't be dudeofqueen ;-)
To make things a bit more 'transparent', it's a simple case of the tape collection being sent to Gregsynth to transfer.