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Last Concert In Japan [Wardour-031, 2CD]
Live at Osaka Castle Hall, Osaka, Japan; May 15, 1985. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) would have been 70 on September 5, 2016.

Thanks to original uploader Sinigami; and to Jano75 for keeping the show alive at Dime.

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This is the last concert of the Works tour, and the band ensure this performance is a special one for their Japanese fans. It would turn out to be the final concert Queen would ever play in Japan, the place where the band first found much critical and commercial success.

gsparaco, collectorsmusicreviews.com:

Queen’s final show in Japan is very well known due to the vinyl release soon after the event. Queen’s Last Stand 1985 is a famous albeit very rare title. In the mid-’90s, a silver disc release also called Queen’s Last Stand 1985 (ETS 2583) surfaced. This was sourced directly from vinyl and was packaged in a perfect mini replica of the sleeve down to the paper doll Freddie cut outs on the back. After this a second audience recording surfaced and was released as The Last Concert In Japan on Masterport (076). This one is incomplete with fifteen seconds missing from “Radio Ga-Ga” (between 4:40-4:55), and cuts out two minutes in “I Want To Break Free” missing the latter half of that song, “Jailhouse Rock”, “We Will Rock You”, “We Are The Champions” and “God Save The Queen”.

Both the Masterport edition and Last Concert In Japan, the new release on Wardour, perfectly edit the older source with the newer tape to give as complete a show as possible. Not having heard the Masterport release I can’t tell what the difference is between the two besides the missing definite article in the title. The timing on the first disc on Wardour is identical to Masterport and the second disc is thirty-three seconds longer. The first tape source is a very good and clear, slightly distant complete stereo audience recording. The second source used for a majority of this release is superior to the first in every way, being more clear, detailed and powerful. Wardour did a masterful editing job between the two and every second of the concert is preserved on this release.

This was the final show of their long Works tour which began the previous September. During Queen’s touring career from the early ’70s to the mid-’80s they pretty much followed the same general pattern of recording an LP during the summer followed by a tour of the States, a tour of the UK and Europe and finally Japan. By the time they hit the Far East they were very well rehearsed and tight, but oftentimes Freddie’s voice suffered as a result. The tapes from the Jazz tour are a very good example of this. Freddie’s voice sounds pretty good after several months of touring but he sounds a bit ragged and struggles to hit some of the high notes. He always wanted a roughness to his voice and perhaps this is the intended affect.

The band are very loose in this show and throw in several extras. Most notable is Freddie playing several bars of “My Fairy Queen” from the first album before “Killer Queen”. This is the only hint of a live performance of the piece. Freddie sings the beginning of “Mustapha” as an intro to “Hammer To Fall” with mixed results. His voice really strains on the first “Ibrahim” but it is a nice touch and the audience responds with the appropriate “hey!” Finally this show contains an impromptu “Saturday’s Alright For Fighting” before “Bohemian Rhapsody” and turns out to be their longest attempt of the Elton John piece.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Machines Intro 2:05 (3.5MB)
Track 102. Tear It Up 1:59 (3.3MB)
Track 103. Tie Your Mother Down 3:58 (6.7MB)
Track 104. Under Pressure 3:45 (6.3MB)
Track 105. Somebody To Love 3:57 (6.6MB)
Track 106. Piano Improvisation (including parts of My Fairy King) 1:48 (3.0MB)
Track 107. Killer Queen 2:07 (3.5MB)
Track 108. Seven Seas Of Rhye 1:18 (2.2MB)
Track 109. Keep Yourself Alive 2:31 (4.2MB)
Track 110. Liar 2:53 (4.9MB)
Track 111. Impromptu 3:32 (5.9MB)
Track 112. It’s A Hard Life 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 113. Day-O 1:34 (2.6MB)
Track 114. Dragon Attack 3:47 (6.4MB)
Track 115. Now I’m Here 6:15 (10.5MB)
Track 116. Is This The World We Created 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 117. Love Of My Life 5:21 (9.0MB)
Track 118. Guitar Solo 7:06 (11.9MB)
62 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Another One Bites The Dust 4:12 (7.1MB)
Track 202. Mustapha (intro) 0:39 (1.1MB)
Track 203. Hammer To Fall 5:45 (9.7MB)
Track 204. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 5:42 (9.6MB)
Track 205. Saturday Night’s Allright For Fighting 3:30 (5.9MB)
Track 206. Bohemian Rhapsody 5:30 (9.2MB)
Track 207. Radio Ga Ga 6:51 (11.5MB)
Track 208. I Want Break Free 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 209. Jailhouse Rock 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 210. We Will Rock You 2:30 (4.2MB)
Track 211. We Are The Champions 3:50 (6.4MB)
Track 212. God Save The Queen 0:55 (1.5MB)
48 mins

Freddie Mercury - vocals, piano, electric guitar
Brian May - electric guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar, electric guitar
Spike Edney - keyboards, piano, electric guitar, backing vocals

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  1. 37 Responses to “QUEEN - OSAKA 1985”

  2. love Queen but why da 80s ? da 70s was Queen at there best.not bad but please make me happy by postin 70s shows only 70s rock 70s roll 70s rule

    By Boom Boom Mancini on Sep 7, 2016

  3. give it a rest idiot.

    By dropkick sarge on Sep 7, 2016

  4. Hey BBM, you’re a DMF!!!!!!!!

    By Lucifer on Sep 7, 2016

  5. Great! Thank you, BigO and a happy 70 birthday, Freddie (in heaven)!

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Sep 7, 2016

  6. deep down everyone knows that boom boom is right,the 1970s were the best decade for music.dont believe its the message that pisses people just the messenger

    By Jack on Sep 8, 2016

  7. much of the rock music of the 70s was built mainly on the groundwork of the rock music of the 60s and 50s. some 70s musicians’ roots go back to earlier decades. the 70s was the latest step in musical evolution.

    to suggest that one particular decade of music was “the best” is conjecture, to suggest it over and over and over and over and over is juvenile and tiresome. give it a rest, indeed.

    By barth on Sep 8, 2016

  8. I think you cant hide good music regardless of what the date on it says. the 70s were a fantastic time for music but honestly id go crazy if I could only draw from 1 decade, and I have so much 70s music already that its newer shows and newer bands that I get most excited about. without music I haven’t heard before things get stagnant fast and I get bored…also its just rude to take whats offered here for free without any gratitude.

    By liquid99 on Sep 8, 2016

  9. in other words-thank you big-o!

    By liquid99 on Sep 8, 2016

  10. I think many people just long for their youth , I remember my folks bitching about all those long haired freaky people hippies and called 60s and 70s music depraved noise and that real music was Sinatra , Tony Bennett , Perry Como , Deqn Martin , Peggy Lee , Judy Garland , I remember the Stones appearing on the Hollywood Palace way back in 64 as a very small child , The stones at that time were all in their early 20s Dean Martin was the he host and mocked and laughed at the them before and after they performed , Hillarious , every generation thinks their time was the best , Your teens and twenties are when you come of age , life is exciting , as you age life becomes routine and boring , and eventually you ask yourself where did all the years and decades go , Music , Movies , Sports , Tv shows , they are all reminders of a time when we were young and optimistic before age and the cynicism that goes with it sets in as it does with every generation

    By Stuart G on Sep 8, 2016

  11. Yeah , when your a young kid your too stupid at the time to realize that the the shit in the world will never change , When your an old fart you realize that the world has always been a septic tank of shit , wars , violence , corruption and that it’ll never change , 100 years from now if the planet is still here there will still be the same shit going on

    By John Dahl on Sep 8, 2016

  12. barth tells it straight.

    By dropkick sarge on Sep 8, 2016

  13. I assume that many people who comment here in fact most are probably baby boomers , hence the appeal of the 70s , Couldn’t agree more with John and Stues comments about youthful memories , Getting older sucks and hanging onto things that were there earlier in life makes the world easier to take

    By Tony C on Sep 8, 2016

  14. While I also like 60s and 70s better , there is still good music out there , I’ve been saying for some time that the main problem is that the good musicians and artists are not promoted like they were in the past , Neko Case would have been much bigger in the 70s as would many other talented people , blame the record companies , radio stations and other media for promoting thrash

    By Corey M on Sep 8, 2016

  15. the music industry is not what it was in the 60` 70` and 80`s.you now need to do your own homework and find the good ones and believe they are out there…

    By dropkick sarge on Sep 8, 2016

  16. Agree with the last couple of posters. There IS still good new music and acts out there but the general rule of thumb with the music industry now is, if an act is over the age of 25, they’re too old. If an act has any genuine talent, they don’t want to know either. They want puppets that look “good” and dance about - if they can’t sing, so what? That’s the job for autotune and half of them mime onstage anyway.

    So, the best newer talent doesn’t usually get signed up by the major corporates and acts are forced to use different methods to try and get a foot on the ladder. I’ve found some wonderful acts via Kickstarter - not a hope in Hell they’ll ever get signed up, but they believe in what they do, manage to get a CD made and I get to enjoy some good new music. It does stink… decades ago, record companies kinda acted like talent scouts and quality filters hence how and why a lot of great music we still love got released. Sadly, times have changed for the worse, so you have to work that bit harder to find new music that you’ll enjoy.

    By Bruce Skywater on Sep 8, 2016

  17. Yep Bruce , totally agree , Great music was as easy to find as turning on the radio , when you heard a great song you bought the album , also the neighborhood record shops , usually a long haired guy who played in a rock band worked the shops as his day job , you could talk for hours about what the best albums were , who’s th best lead guitarest , drummer , singer ecc , nowadays you go to Best Buy and all you see are young baby faced preppy college kids who don’t know Led Zep from Elvis It’s a travisty when Talented artist s like Neko Case , New Pornographers ecc have cult followings and Miley Cyrus and Justin Beiber are household names It’s awful

    By Corey M on Sep 8, 2016

  18. I think most of the music in my collection was never promoted or marketed by the industry anyway even when it was healthy, so its been business as usual for me-sifting thru a LOT of music looking for gems. I primarily listen to music from Canada, England, and especially Europe since around 2000 because that’s when the USA stopped producing as much “rock” music. I want music that’s listened to 1st, danced to 2nd…the sound of newer stuff is generally terrible, loudness wars etc., and I hear a lot of good music but not as much great music probably due to the disappearance of major label financial backing and diminishing returns for the artists. Having said all that I still contend that more great music has been produced since 2000 then I could possibly listen to in my lifetime-that’s the true danger of having eclectic taste, just way too much stuff and not enough time to hear it all in any depth. I’ll always cherish my favorites but its the search for new sounds that keeps me interested, more so than just getting that 88th version of Tulsa time..

    By rozz on Sep 8, 2016

  19. Believe Neko Case said in an interview that she dosent use auto tune and would never lipsink on stage , Kudos to her for that but hell she’s been around for almost 20 years not exactly a modern artist

    By Corey M on Sep 8, 2016

  20. its still a shame when quality music by talented artists have to be searched hard for while garbage is easily attained by turning on the radio or tv,should be the other way around,What if The Beatles never appeared on Ed Sullivan or had much airplay,same with Elvis,Elton,or any of the great ones,They became legends because they were properly promoted and had airplay .You cant become well known if no one will play your music

    By Stuart G on Sep 9, 2016

  21. Remember an interview with Glen Campbell awhile back,After having huge sucsess in the late 60s early 70s with many hit singles as well as a hit variety show, he fell off the map in the mid late 70s, when asked why he said ,they just quit playing my songs.i never went anywhere.Artists are at the mercy of the media

    By Stuart G on Sep 9, 2016

  22. its very true the music industry has changed greatly in the last 25 years or so. the major labels are run by accountants not music people. we may never see the likes of john hammond, clive davis, jerry wexler, ahmet ertegan etc again. they lived and breathed music and would nurture their unknown artists. some of them would also screw over their grandmothers but that’s another story…

    the good independent labels are releasing quality music and always have been. i hope that some of u are still actually paying for recorded music now and then, especially from the smaller labels whose artists cant possibly survive without our financial help. if u like it pay for it. i have a theory that todays bands need to be more dedicated to their music than ever before since everyone is grabbing everything with their grubby mitts that they can find online with no thought towards the artists financial situation.

    ive always enjoyed discovering a new band or singer and always will. focusing on one period of time or one type of music just aint my bag baby. i enjoy listening to the “oldies” of my youth but would be bored stiff listening to the same albums all the time.

    this newfangled contraption called the “internet” has been a great boon to anyone who loves unpopular music. ive been turned on to many fine artists through blogs & sites like this. when i find a blog i like i check the blogs they like and it goes on from there. and it doesnt matter where u live u can listen to radio stations like wxpn wfmu kcrw kutx Little Steven and many more.

    lets rock!

    By barth on Sep 9, 2016

  23. Well said barth,lets rock!

    By skinned knees on Sep 9, 2016

  24. Actually got turned on to the New Pornographers recently by my kid , Neko Case’es old band . Figured that they were a new young band starting up and then realized that they had been around since the late perfect example of poor promotion by the media , too busy making Miley , Beiber , Carrie , Katie , Taylor Swift ecc household names for what Bruce said lip sinking on stage and shaking their asses in mini skirts and acting like porn stars instead of music stars , That shit is being force fed to the public at the expense of the talented artists , Yes where is Clive Davis Sam Phillips ecc when we need them , yes indeed the accountants now rule the roost

    By Corey M on Sep 9, 2016

  25. Went to Best Buy , (Where else) ? to look for some Pornographers CDs and the preppy nerdish kid who waited on me didn’t know who they were and when he scrolled the computer said that they would have to be special ordered .Practically everything you see in stores anymore are greatest hits and best ofs . Part of the fun of the old record shops of the 60s and 70s were talking to the people that worked there , usually music knowledgeable people many who actually played in bands , when something new was released it was always in the stores none of this special order shit and dumbass short haired college kid types waiting on you , Pirate Bay was a good sorce for music before the busts but now they are difficult to download from , Don’t mind paying for good music but this lack of good stuff available in stores and special order crisp is maddening

    By Corey M on Sep 9, 2016

  26. Sort of know what your saying , the world has certainly changed , young guys used to dream of being the next Hendrix , Clapton , or Page and would talk about music for hours , these days young guys couldn’t care less , too busy on their PCs and I Phones jacking off to the latest Mini Miley video Much brain rot in today’s society

    By Adam on Sep 9, 2016

  27. youtube is also a good source for auditioning unknown bands or seeing my faves live. there are several good channels there like Jam In The Van, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, KUTX Austin, and KEXP.

    heres a good set from Scott H. Biram who is worthy of your purchase. he has a song on the Texas-centric soundtrack of The Dude’s new movie “Hell Or High Water”.

    By barth on Sep 9, 2016

  28. Does it really matter what year a piece of music was made? There’s plenty of great stuff being made now, just like there was in the past. Radio has always catered to popular music, it’s just these days popular music is Miley Cyrus and in the old days it was Peter Frampton or the like. I prefer the 70’s/80’s but as others say, it’s because it’s my era, nothing more. I’d hate to be deprived of all the awesome music I listen to made post-’79, man, my life would be all the poorer if I was.

    By ABC123 on Sep 10, 2016

  29. ABC123 sez quite emphatically..”Does it really matter what year a piece of music was made?

    only seems to matter to one dude here the rest of us don`t consider day month year as a benchmark for quality.

    By sluggo on Sep 10, 2016

  30. hello can any one help with a link to brooklynsteve ive seem to have lost it,any any one look’in for some great new music check out the new drive by truckers album , thanks

    By skinned knees on Sep 10, 2016

  31. Sorry ABC but did you compare Miley Cyrus to Peter Frampton ? hope that is was a typo error.Miley Cyrus like Justin Beiber,Katy Perry,Lady Ga Ga , Taylor Swift are not legitimate musical artists, most are media creations especially Miley, seriously what talent does she have other than dancing in her underware on stage with her vulgar poor attempts to look sexy.Just like Britney Spears several years ago before she got older and fatter these media leaches take the spotlight away from true musical talents like Neko Case.Feist,New Pornographers,and many others who are true talents .IM actually outraged on their behalf as they deserve the limelight not those fake hacks but thats what the powers that be choose to promote so what can you do,The 70s certainly had provocative showman,Stones,Bowie,Alice Cooper,Kiss,Lou Reed,The difference was that outrageous behavior alone didnt define them, they had musical talent ,thats the difference

    By COREY M on Sep 10, 2016

  32. did someone just compare miley cyrus to peter frampton? i hope i misread that

    By Eli on Sep 10, 2016

  33. The Mileys and Beibers of the world should not be getting more media attention than real musical artists ,same with the katy perrys,taylor swift and the like,its just wrong

    By Eli on Sep 10, 2016

  34. He skinned knees, check out archive.org for some live drive by truckers concerts. I seem to remember finding some on there.

    By ScarRad on Sep 10, 2016

  35. thanks ScarRad ,not chasin Dbt but your right they have just about every dbt live show,just like BigO archive.org has some great shows by lots of bands old & new,no i liked brooklynsteve their where lots of old Allman Bros ”thanks Though ”Keep Rockin

    By skinned knees on Sep 10, 2016

  36. Every girl singer or female act these days seems to involve short skirts and stiletto heels , short shorts and or lots of exposed cleavage, As a dad with daughters it’s pretty insulting , what message is being sent ? Obviously these next talent bimbos especially Miley feel the need to sell sex because they certainly don’t have any other talents , Also agree that it’s the medias fault for continuing to promote a his crap instead of the many talented bands and artists who are struggling with o find an audience, Shameful

    By Victor on Sep 10, 2016

  37. At 18 Frampton was voted the Face of ‘68 by teen idol Rave magazine with the top 5 hit ‘I Don’t want Our Lovin’ To Die’ by his then pop band ‘The Herd’ you think somehow he wasn’t a teen heart throb popstar? Musically nurtured by pop directors from the age of twelve he has more in common with Cyrus than you may think. Just because he went on to perform more so-called ’serious’ music doesn’t mean he didn’t have pop pap origins too! One might argue he was a one hit wonder with that too - Show Me The Way? Lady GaGa can REALLY play her instruments and whilst I am not a fan of Cyrus or Taylor, hey you know what they are all just Pop Stars?
    And after all it’s all just Show Biz!

    By swappers on Sep 10, 2016

  38. Corey/Eli - no, I didn’t compare Miley Cyrus and Peter Frampton, I used them as extreme musical examples of artist receiving mass media/radio exposure in different decades. Sure, personally I prefer Framton to Cyrus…but then again I prefer Taylor Swift to both of them.

    By ABC123 on Sep 13, 2016

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