Queen on Air [3 LP]

Queen on Air [3 LP]

by QueenQueen

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Back in 1989 -- or 1995, if you're an American -- Queen released a collection called At the Beeb, which featured two BBC sessions recorded in February and December, 1973. The 2016 compilation Queen on Air trumps this by adding a July 1973 session along with two sessions from 1974 and one from 1977, all adding up to the band's complete appearances on the BBC. Comprehensiveness is a feather in the cap for Queen on Air for collectors, but the additional material reveals that Queen got better as they stuck around. Those early 1973 performances have a couple of classic songs -- namely, two different versions of "Keep Yourself Alive," and maybe "Great King Rat" -- but these sound thin and tentative compared to the recordings from 1974 and 1977 on disc two, where the band feels bigger and bolder, recognizing the value in space. Queen can still wander into amorphous territory -- "It's Late" descends into echoing mush -- but their muscle seems defined, as does their camp: by ending the set with "My Melancholy Blues," there's no question that Queen are arch, delivering each of their tunes with a wink. Such revelations are interesting, but the relatively limpness of Queen on Air does mean it's an archival release designed only for fans. [Queen on Air was also released in a three-LP vinyl edition.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2016
Label: Hollywood Records
UPC: 0050087351373
catalogNumber: 002456801


Disc 1

  1. My Fairy King
  2. Keep Yourself Alive
  3. Doing All Right
  4. Liar
  5. See What a Fool I've Been
  6. Keep Yourself Alive
  7. Liar
  8. Son and Daughter

Disc 2

  1. Ogre Battle
  2. Modern Times Rock'n'’Roll
  3. Great King Rat
  4. Son and Daughter
  5. Modern Times Rock’n’Roll
  6. Nevermore
  7. White Queen (As It Began)

Disc 3

  1. Now I'm Here
  2. Stone Cold Crazy
  3. Flick of the Wrist
  4. Tenement Funster
  5. We Will Rock You
  6. We Will Rock You (Fast)
  7. Spread Your Wings
  8. It's Late
  9. My Melancholy Blues

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Performance Credits

Queen   Primary Artist

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