‘Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74’ to be Released on CD, Vinyl, Blu-ray and More; Previously Unreleased Tracks

Hollywood Records 'Queen Rainbow74' CoverConfirming an earlier report Stitch Kingdom made on Twitter, Hollywood Records today confirmed plans to re-release the rare live recordings of ‘Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74’ on September 9, 2014 in multiple formats including special edition, limited releases.

Queen, Hollywood Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce that ‘Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74’ will be released in a variety of formats all newly mixed and mastered to the highest contemporary standard. These include a standard two CD package, a gate-fold double vinyl (including an updated to current audio standards original live album), and a super deluxe collector’s edition. This comprehensive and fascinating package includes two CDs, a DVD and Blu-ray, a 60 page hardback book containing many rare photographs, and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir program and poster, as well as material from the band members’ personal archives. Eagle Rock Entertainment will also be releasing DVD and SD Blu-ray editions in North America.

Among the unique material contained in this release are over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official Queen live album.

That concert, being heard live for the first time in the soon to be released ‘Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74,’ marked the culmination of the band’s countrywide tour, their first as headliners – hot on the heels of a tour supporting Mott the Hoople, late in 1973, on which they were widely regarded as having blown the hit band off the stage. Queen got rave reviews, almost unheard of for a support band, and it was obvious that in future they would be top of the bill.

Just before the March Rainbow gig, Queen performed their new single ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’ on must-see UK TV music show Top of the Pops. The highly coveted slot was a lucky break – they filled in for David Bowie, who was unavailable – and the band made the most of it, delivering a thrilling performance that pushed the song into the Top 10.

Although the group now had a first hit single under its belt, and second album Queen II had just been released to critical acclaim, many felt that playing The Rainbow was overambitious. It was the premier London venue of the time, on a par with L.A.’s Palladium and New York’s Fillmore East. But the band had paid its dues, slugging it out in clubs and college halls for four years, and never doubting their own potential. The band’s confidence was vindicated when the venue quickly sold out the capacity of more than 3,000 seats.

Queen’s performance was spectacular from the second that Freddie Mercury strutted onto the stage in his soon to become trademark white ‘eagle suit,’ specially made for him by top fashion designer Zandra Rhodes. He pranced and posed, capturing the audience in seconds with his extraordinary voice and stage presence, while Brian May provided the counterpoint with his remarkable ground-breaking guitar playing. The powerful “engine room” of drummer Roger Taylor and bass player John Deacon completed a sound unlike anything British audiences had previously heard.

That electrifying show was recorded by Roy Thomas Baker, co-producer of Queen’s first four studio albums, and slated to be the band’s third album (and debut live album) – a career defining release like James Brown’s Live At The Apollo or The Who’s Live At Leeds. Intended to be a recording that captured the magic of a live band firing on all cylinders, Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 would undoubtedly have been a big success. But Queen’s ferocious creative momentum produced a stack of new songs begging to be recorded and instead of releasing the live album the band went into the studio to record what was to become their breakthrough album, Sheer Heart Attack. As a result the completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives.

Later in 1974 Queen had their first chart-topping single, ‘Killer Queen,’ which encapsulated their brand of driving rock and clever lyrics. It appeared on Sheer Heart Attack, which was released in the autumn, was a massive hit and remains to this day many fans’ favorite Queen album. To celebrate this success and crown a remarkable year, Queen returned to The Rainbow in November 1974 for two sell-out gigs that were even more spectacular than the one in March. These concerts included the typically flamboyant performance of ‘Now I’m Here’ with which they had been wowing audiences on the tour. It featured Freddie apparently appearing in a spotlight on opposite sides of the stage almost simultaneously. The concerts received massive acclaim from fans and critics alike, and won over many who had until then doubted the band’s potential.

These recordings capture Queen at that time in all their glory: the dramatic stage presence, the highly original self-penned repertoire of songs, high-energy performances coupled with stunning melodic and harmonic content, and the uncompromising perfectionist approach to every aspect of their performance which is still maintained to this day.

Queen will be touring North America, Asia and Australia this summer with virtuoso vocalist Adam Lambert. The tour kicks off June 19th at Chicago’s United Center. Tour dates and ticket information can be found at queenonline.com.

‘QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ’74’ FORMATS

  • Two CD digi-pack, with one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show
  • Two disc vinyl, limited edition gate-fold double vinyl package, with one LP featuring an audio reproduction of the original March show live album and the other LP featuring highlights from the November show.
  • Super Deluxe Box – limited edition Super Deluxe lidded box set package containing:
    • Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show
    • A DVD and SD Blu-ray of the November show with four “bonus” tracks from March
    • A 60 page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs and (among other items) reproductions of two reviews: one from The Times; and one from Disc and Music Echo. A series of four articles from the latter publication is also included.
    • Reproductions of two tickets from the March concert (those actually used by Brian’s parents)
    • A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences!
    • A reproduction of the 8 page show souvenir brochure
    • Two button badges – reproductions of items available at the concert
    • A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster
    • A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph Magazine, featuring the band with fashion models.
    • A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert
  • DVD or SD Blu-ray of the November show with four ‘bonus’ tracks from March
  • SD Blu-ray & CD combo pack

Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 will also be available as a two volume digital release.
TWO CD DIGI-PACK

CD 1 – QUEEN II TOUR – Live at the Rainbow, March ’74
1. ‘Procession’
2. ‘Father To Son’
3. ‘Ogre Battle’
4. ‘Son And Daughter’
5. ‘Guitar Solo’
6. ‘Son And Daughter (Reprise)’
7. ‘White Queen (As It Began)’
8. ‘Great King Rat’
9. ‘The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke’
10. ‘Keep Yourself Alive’
11. ‘Drum Solo’
12. ‘Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)’
13. ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’
14. ‘Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll’
15. ‘Jailhouse Rock (Medley)”Stupid Cupid (Medley)”Be Bop A Lula (Medley)’
16. ‘Liar’
17. ‘See What A Fool I’ve Been’

CD 2 – SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR – Live at the Rainbow, November ’74
1. ‘Procession’
2. ‘Now I’m Here’
3. ‘Ogre Battle’
4. ‘Father To Son’
5. ‘White Queen (As It Began)’
6. ‘Flick Of The Wrist’
7. ‘In The Lap Of The Gods’
8. ‘Killer Queen’
9. ‘The March Of The Black Queen’
10. ‘Bring Back That Leroy Brown’
11. ‘Son And Daughter’
12. ‘Guitar Solo’
13. ‘Son And Daughter (Reprise)’
14. ‘Keep Yourself Alive’
15. ‘Drum Solo’
16. ‘Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)’
17. ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’
18. ‘Stone Cold Crazy’
19. ‘Liar’
20. ‘In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited’
21. ‘Big Spender’
22. ‘Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll’
23. ‘Jailhouse Rock’
24. ‘God Save The Queen’

STANDARD DVD AND SD BLU-RAY

SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR – Live at the Rainbow, November ’74
1. ‘Procession’
2. ‘Now I’m Here’
3. ‘Ogre Battle’
4. ‘Father To Son’
5. ‘White Queen (As It Began)’
6. ‘Flick Of The Wrist’
7. ‘In The Lap Of The Gods’
8. ‘Killer Queen’
9. ‘The March Of The Black Queen’
10. ‘Bring Back That Leroy Brown’
11. ‘Son And Daughter’
12. ‘Guitar Solo’
13. ‘Son And Daughter (Reprise)’
14. ‘Keep Yourself Alive’
15. ‘Drum Solo’
16. ‘Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)’
17. ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’
18. ‘Stone Cold Crazy’
19. ‘Liar’
20. ‘In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited’
21. ‘Big Spender’
22. ‘Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll’
23. ‘Jailhouse Rock’
24. ‘God Save The Queen’

BONUS TRACKS – QUEEN II TOUR – Live at the Rainbow, March ’74
1. ‘Son And Daughter’
2. ‘Guitar Solo’
3. ‘Son And Daughter (Reprise)’
4. ‘Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll’

DOUBLE VINYL LP PACKAGE:

QUEEN II TOUR – Live at the Rainbow, March ’74
1. ‘Procession’
2. ‘Father To Son’
3. ‘Ogre Battle’
4. ‘Son And Daughter’
5. ‘Guitar Solo’
6. ‘Son And Daughter (Reprise)’
7. ‘Keep Yourself Alive’
8. ‘Drum Solo’
9. ‘Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)’
10. ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’
11. ‘Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll’
12. ‘Liar’

SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR – Live at the Rainbow, November ’74
1. ‘Procession’
2. ‘Now I’m Here’
3. ‘White Queen (As It Began)’
4. ‘Flick Of The Wrist’
5. ‘In The Lap Of The Gods’
6. ‘Killer Queen’
7. ‘The March Of The Black Queen’
8. ‘Bring Back That Leroy Brown’
9. ‘Stone Cold Crazy’
10. ‘In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited’

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