QUEEN - TOKYO 1975

August 21, 2010 – 4:00 am

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QUEEN
Young Nobles Of Rock [Tarantura TCDQ 1-1/2, 2CD]

Live at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, May 1, 1975. Very good stereo audience recording.

The Tarantura label has put out enough interesting boots so much so that tapers such as Mr Peach (who is seen as the Japanese Mike Millard), the Song Brothers and Mr Crypton are synonymous with the label.

This May 1, 1975 show at the Budokan is credited to the Song Brothers and it received a glowing review from collectorsmusicreviews.com when it first came out in 2007:

“The new tape source found on the Tarantura release is a virtually complete stereo audience recording produced by ‘Song Brothers.’ He was very close to the stage and was able to capture the dynamics of the performance in detail making this one of the very best audience recordings for the early Queen.

“This is the final live show on the Sheer Heart Attack and the end of their first very successful visit to Japan. Killer Queen was number one on the charts and the band played eight sold out shows throughout the country.  The tape begins when the lights go down and records the entire taped introduction Procession which leads directly with their travelogue, Now I’m Here.

“Freddie sounds a tad self-conscious afterwards as he speaks to the audience in Japanese. ‘It looks like we’re gonna have some fun tonight.’ After the live staple Ogre Battle, the band play Great King Rat, a real rarity. Except for the BBC sessions, there are only a handful of early live references to this song including the April 21, 1974 New Orleans and the May 4, 1974 Waterbury, Connecticut tapes…

“We’re gonna do a number we haven’t done in a long long while. But as this is our last show on the world tour, it’s very nice to end it in Tokyo, and we’ll do it especially for you” is Freddie’s introduction to the still unreleased song Hangman. This again appears on a small number of early tapes but not in this sound quality. A studio recording has been rumored to exist, but have been constantly denied by the band and such a recording has never surfaced.

“The first disc ends with an extended version of Son And Daughter. The early showcase for May’s solo, he plays for 10 minutes and includes a reference to ‘Sakura Sakura’ in the middle. Keep Yourself Alive contains a short drum solo by Roger, who afterwards introduces Freddie Mercury as ‘Fredrick’ before Seven Seas Of Rhye… This stands as the best sounding early tape in existence and is the most important Queen release of the year so far.”

Six months later, on November 21, 1975, Queen would release A Night At The Opera, and rock opera would never be the same again.

Thanks to Unklejimbo who shared the tracks on the internet.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Procession (Opening) (2.8MB)
Track 102. Now I’m Here (8.7MB)
Track 103. Ogre Battle (8.9MB)
Track 104. Great King Rat (11.6MB)
Track 105. White Queen (9.3MB)
Track 106. Flick Of The Wrist (6.2MB)
Track 107. Hangman (10.2MB)
Track 108. Doing All Right Medley (8.4MB)
Track 109. In The Lap Of The Gods (6.3MB)
Track 110. Killer Queen (3.4MB)
Track 111. The March Of The Black Queen (2.8MB)
Track 112. Bring Back That Leroy Brown (2.1MB)
Track 113. Son And Daughter (6.4MB)
Track 114. Brian May Solo (16.9MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 115. Son And Daughter (2.8MB)
Track 116. Introduction (2.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Keep Yourself Alive (9.5MB)
Track 202. Seven Seas Of Rhye (5.2MB)
Track 203. Stone Cold Crazy (4.0MB)
Track 204. Liar (18.5MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 205. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited (8.3MB)
Track 206. announcer/turn off the candles (3.0MB)
Encore One:
Track 207. Hey Big Spender (2.3MB)
Track 208. Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll (Medley) (5.2MB)
Track 209. Jailhouse Rock (6.0MB)
Track 210. Shake Rattle & Roll (596k)
Track 211. Stupid Cupid (987k)
Track 212. Be Bop A Lula (457k)
Track 213. Bye Bye Johnny (1.3MB)
Track 214. Jailhouse Rock (5.9MB)
Encore Two:
Track 215. See What A Fool I’ve Been (8.6MB)
Track 216. God Save The Queen (2.3MB)

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  1. 6 Responses to “QUEEN - TOKYO 1975”

  2. hey bigo, this is killer! thanks!!! i was playing it walking. it may be one of the best boots bigo has offered this year, and it’s real good quality. it’s been awhile on queen too. i got boston music hall in jan. that’s another good one.

    check out mary halvorson quintet-saturn sings. it’s great. she sent it to me. i got it last friday, and i have played it 3x already. i may see her with 13th assembly in tuscaloosa, al dec 2. it’ll be fun!

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Aug 21, 2010

  3. I saw this tour in Vancouver. Lots of energy, and they even saved enough for a great rock’n'roll medley at the end, almost better than Zeppelin’s in my humble opinion. Stupid Cupid - what a howl because they actually pulled off making it ROCK! A soundboard of this tour could sell quite well if released. Thank you very much.

    By HytekFred on Aug 22, 2010

  4. i saw this tour at the aragon ballroom/brawlroom in chicago and it was absolutely spectacular. if i’m not mistaken i think ufo were the openers (or maybe kansas - the fog of time, ha!) and imo this was the last tour they flat-out rawked, because night at the opera changed their concept to something more suitably campy for freddie. i also saw the ‘opera’ tour at chicago’s aragon, but never had the urge to see queen again.
    thanks for the opportunity to hear THIS era, live, once again!

    By chgoray on Aug 26, 2010

  5. I can’t wait to hear this. Looks like a great setlist. Thanks for sharing. How about some Queen studio rarities?

    By Matt on Sep 26, 2010

  6. Thanks’s for this one. I already have a couple of Queen boots, 1 from Earls Court 1977 and to be honest it’s very poor quality as is the Copenhagen one I also have.
    From what I’ve listened to so far this is superior to either of them.
    Cheers

    By Keith W on Jun 16, 2013

  7. Great era, nice recording — they were always better when they played heavy and May controlled the action. Listen to their jam on Now I’m Here from the ‘86 Wembley show — May reclaiming the band’s roots.

    By rrrrrrrrrrrrrr on Feb 24, 2014

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