September 21, 2010 – 3:54 am

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London 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Golders Green Hippodrome, London; September 13, 1973. Merge of three sources by pittrek. Very good soundboard.

Historically, this is the earliest known soundboard recording of Queen in concert. But, poised deliciously midway between the recording of their first two albums, and captured in stunning sound quality by the BBC’s In Concert series [as on the Queen Will Be Crowned boot], it is also one of those legendary performances that lets the world know just what a force to be reckoned with Queen were.

The set list is unconventional by any stretch of the imagination - “Father and Son” and “Son and Daughter” set things rolling with something new and something old, while “Ogre Battle” would scarcely have been familiar to listeners. Or, one hazards a guess, to Queen - compared to what they would become, it certainly needs some polish!

An epic “Liar” remedies that, of course, while a rock ‘n’ roll medley lets everyone relax. But still you have to applaud any band that would take a major radio showcase and use it to highlight a non-LP b-side that won’t even be released for another six months. But “See What A Fool I’ve Been” is a joy, regardless. - Dave Thompson

Thanks to pittrek who re-created the show using three sources and for sharing the tracks on the Dime site - “which is now for the very first time complete and every track has the best available sound quality.”

pittrek also noted: “I fixed all the errors of [a] previous version - e.g. I have reduced the hiss on source 1 (”Pop Spectacular”), and corrected the speed of source 2 (”Queen Will Be Crowned”) which ran slightly too fast, and changed the edits - instead of using hard cuts I’m using crossfades when changing the source.”

Lineage :
Source 1 : BBC multi-track master tape > BBC Transcription disc > ? > Wardour “Pop Spectacular” silver bootleg > WAV > Cool Edit Pro (small hiss reduction) > WAV
Source 2 : BBC multi-track master > 7″ stereo reel-to-reel master > cassette back-up master > cassette > mini-disc > CD-R > WAV > equalisation > WAV > ? > “Queen Will Be Crowned” (Digital Queen Archives) silver > EAC > WAV > Har-bal > Wavelab > WAV > Cool Edit Pro (speed correction) > WAV
Source 3 : BBC multi-track master > FM broadcast > MC(x) > WAV > CD(x) > WAV

Note: Dave Thompson is the British born author of over 100 books, including U2: Stories For Boys (1985), The Psychedelic Furs: Beautiful Chaos (2004) and Black and White and Blue: Erotic Cinema from the Victorian Age to the VCR (2007). Click on the link to order Dave Thompson books.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Alan Black introduction (*, one line from ***) (574k)
Track 02. Procession [instrumental tape intro] (*) (2.2MB)
Track 03. Father To Son (*, middle from **) (8.6MB)
Track 04. Son and Daughter (*, speech from **) (11.7MB)
Track 05. See What A Fool I’ve Been (**) (7.4MB)
Track 06. Ogre Battle (*, speech from **) (7.7MB)
Track 07. Band Introduction (*) (772k)
Track 08. Liar (*, ending from **) (12.2MB)
Track 09. Jailhouse Rock (**) (3.4MB)
Track 10. Stupid Cupid (**) (432k)
Track 11. Be Bop A Lula (**) (1.2MB)
Track 12. Jailhouse Rock (reprise) (**) (1.1MB)
Track 13. Big Spender (**) (1.8MB)
Track 14. Bama Lama Bama Loo (**) (3.4MB)

Lineup :
Freddie Mercury - vocals
Roger Meddows-Taylor - percussion
Deacon John - bass
Brian May - guitar

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  1. 6 Responses to “QUEEN - LONDON 1973”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! this is pretty good. i played it twice today.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 22, 2010

  3. What a shame it is full of cover songs especially when they had a great set of original stuff.

    By Cset on Sep 22, 2010

  4. And what a treat it is that we get a chance to hear Queen in sparkling clear sound from so early on. Bravo, BigO!!!!

    By Dan on Sep 23, 2010

  5. Shows once again that Queen were at their best when they stuck to their heavy rock roots and let Mercury/May carry the songwriting.

    By thor on Sep 24, 2010

  6. Long Live Freddy & Queen.


    By Diane on Oct 1, 2010

  7. Now this is a treat. I never heard any live Queen except for the BBC stuff from this time. Thanks

    By Matt on Oct 21, 2010

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