Queen / Definitive Milwaukee 1980 / 2CD

Queen / Definitive Milwaukee 1980 / 2CD / Wardour
Live at Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, WI, USA 10th September 1980

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Good sound · Good song · Good performance … …. A masterpiece live album that depicts “One Giant TOUR” of one big prime minister with triple play. It is a permanent preservation press appeared in 2CD.
It is contained in such a work “Milwaukee performance on September 10, 1980”. It’s that superb audience recording. In addition to the official work “QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL” from “THE GAME TOUR”, we have also introduced our masterpiece live album such as “DEFINITIVE CHICAGO 1980 (Wardour-313)” and “WEMBLEY ARENA 1980 1ST NIGHT (Wardour-308)” It was. Even in the sense of organizing the collection, let’s first check the position of the show from “THE GAME TOUR 1980” of the great prime.

● 1980
“June 30 Release of THE GAME”
· June 30 – July 14: North America # 1 (14 performances)
· August 5 – September 30: North America # 2 (35 shows) ← ★ Coco ★
“December 8” FLASH GORDON “released”
· November 23 – December 18: Europe (17 performances)
● 1981
· February 12th – 19th: Japan (6 shows)
· February 28 – March 21: Latin America # 1 (7 performances)
· September 25 – October 18: Latin America # 2 (6 shows)
· November 24th and 25th: North America # 3 (2 shows) ← ★ Official

This is the world tour of QUEEN prosperity. “QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL” is “North America # 3” on the final board, “WEMBLEY ARENA 1980 1ST NIGHT” is “Europe” leg. In contrast, the Milwaukee performance of this work is “North America # 2” before the release of “FLASH GORDON”. It was a concert of 21 concerts. This is the most recently released “DEFINITIVE CHICAGO 1980” in the middle of popularity. 6 Before the performance.

【Name Representation Representing the Heiwa Period】
This work, which recorded such a show, is a superb audience recording representing the prime “THE GAME TOUR” North American leg. It is one that brushed up the name board ‘IT’ S A KILLER ‘. Speaking of “IT’S A KILLER”, the radio show on Milwaukee show on the same day was also a big impression that was a huge impact. Although it is recorded also in this work, although it plays on the representative song collage of QUEEN when it plays, publicity begins, but that nori is tremendous and exciting. “On Wednesday night, an unforgettable rock experience will come … This year’s big event, QUEEN’s concert! QUEEN …… Dynamic Freddie Mercury.QUEEN … Rock’n’Roll Stage Productions. ! (So the title was “IT ‘S A KILLER”). It is the spectacular spectacle CM of the movie “FLASH” theater predictive, as if to dress with Dos’s shibuya.
Of course, that CM is absolutely bonus. The real dread is (perhaps) the show itself. This sound is also overwhelming. “DEFINITIVE CHICAGO 1980” was also wonderful, but this work is not losing at all either. Chicago is a half step wise at neatness, but the strength of this work is the strength of the on-core. Although the audience likeness is engraved in the tone color, the straight ball arrives straight, the solid spirit feeling is also excellent. There is little venue acoustics, and a huge cheer also does not come in between the performance (Naze). The very thick and powerful performance sounds close to the eyes and the eyes. It does not feel uncomfortable even if it continues from the radio CM of the beginning, and that is the name recording of a little radio broadcasting.
On top of that a sense of stability is also amazing. If it says powerful recording, it is worrisome about roar and overpeak, but this work does not need that worry. It does not distort, it does not distort, it remains glossy and beautiful even if it rises to Fortessimo. Although its splendor was felt even in “IT’S A KILLER”, this work is an upgrade version which further refined such a masterpiece master. Of course, it is not a crucial sound pressure production, but a meticulous remaster that has precisely analyzed each range and it has a well-balanced balance and three-dimensional feeling is wonderful. For example, tone range balance. In the original sound, the focus was too much on the midrange, and vocal and guitar missing was now, but in this work it unravels and organizes it. As a result, not only vocal & guitar but also whole ensemble is clear. Further stereo balance. Because of the positional relationship with the field PA, the original sound was a little bit right, but this work can be confronted with QUEEN. Of course, it corrected without missing a momentary sound falling, pitch misadjustment. I pulled out the possibilities of the recording itself and increased the completeness as a live album to the maximum. It is exactly a finished item that is suitable for the name of “Definitive”.

【Great performance with the best condition】
A show drawn with such a highest update sound is also overwhelming! After all, Freddie is great and great! Skip to skip and sing without a fake with a powerful voice. It is amazing to do from opening “Jailhouse Rock” and “Let Me Entertain You”. Far from being dangerous, it is a feeling of loud voice as much as you wish to put out, and also singing “Play The Game” which requires high notes without difficulty. It seems that Freddie himself is satisfied for the first time in its good performance, and “Killer Queen” is freaky to play freely.
There is no scary thing so far if Freddie is in perfect condition so far. Three people will heat up so that they will be pulled up and playing up for the first time (I will add it just to be sure, but the pitch is accurate). The middle drum & guitar solo part also performs nearly 10 minutes, and Brian, who always tends to be removed anytime, is almost almost perfect.
It’s been a while that I wanted to ask, “Is there something good, too?”, But there are two reasons why I think. One is a schedule. Actually, before this show we had nine days off. Until here, I did a nationwide tour of 34 performances and the band’s engine was driving full power. The holidays entered there, so the condition was perfect. Another reason is the success of single / album. Actually, Brian takes MC in front of “Love Of My Life”, but he said, “I heard about it a while ago, I became No. 1 on the billboard.” Where the mind and body are fully enriched, the report of the national conquest wishing to be a divorce jumped in. It is a great performance where that pleasure explodes.

Originally it should be spoken about “Mustapha” “Death On Two Legs” “You’re My Best Friend” “Fat Bottomed Girls” that can not be heard even with “QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL”, but even forget it. Sound upgraded by a name recording representing a great success tour, a great performance that toasts heaven. It is a famous board whose precious music album’s three elements “good sound, good song, good performance” are complete with no more.
This is the moment of QUEEN ‘s greatest heyday. Please, please enjoy at anytime with permanent preservation press 2CD anytime.
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良い音・良い曲・良い演奏……三拍子を取りそろえて一大全盛の“THE GAME TOUR”を描く傑作ライヴアルバム。永久保存プレス2CDで登場です。
そんな本作に収められているのは「1980年9月10日ミルウォーキー公演」。その極上オーディエンス録音です。“THE GAME TOUR”からはオフィシャル作品『QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL』の他、当店でも『DEFINITIVE CHICAGO 1980(Wardour-313)』『WEMBLEY ARENA 1980 1ST NIGHT(Wardour-308)』といった傑作ライヴアルバムをご紹介してきました。コレクションを整理する意味でも、まずは大全盛の“THE GAME TOUR 1980”からショウのポジションを確認してみましょう。

《6月30日『THE GAME』発売》
《12月8日『FLASH GORDON』発売》

これがQUEEN全盛のワールド・ツアー。『QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL』は最終盤の「北米#3」であり、『WEMBLEY ARENA 1980 1ST NIGHT』は「欧州」レッグ。それに対し、本作のミルウォーキー公演は『FLASH GORDON』発売前の「北米#2」。その21公演目のコンサートでした。これは先日リリースされて大好評真っ最中の『DEFINITIVE CHICAGO 1980』の直近。6公演前にあたります。

そんなショウを記録した本作は、全盛の“THE GAME TOUR”北米レッグを代表する極上のオーディエンス録音。かの名盤『IT’S A KILLER』をブラッシュアップしたものなのです。『IT’S A KILLER』と言えば、当日ミルウォーキー公演のラジオCMも凄いインパクトだった大名盤。本作にも収録していますが、再生するとQUEENの代表曲コラージュに乗せて宣伝が始まるのですが、そのノリがえらく豪快。「水曜の夜、忘れられないロック体験がやって来る。今年のビッグイベント、QUEENのコンサートだ! QUEEN……そいつはダイナミックなフレディ・マーキュリー。QUEEN……ロックンロールなステージ・プロダクション。コイツはキラーだぜ!!(なのでタイトルが『IT’S A KILLER』でした)」。ドスの利いた渋声でまくし立てる様は、それこそ映画『FLASH』の劇場予告ばりの大仰スペクタクルCMなのです。
もちろん、そのCMはあくまでもオマケ。本当の凄味は(当然)ショウそのもの。このサウンドがまた圧倒的。『DEFINITIVE CHICAGO 1980』も素晴らしかったですが、本作もまったく負けていない。端正さではシカゴが半歩勝るものの、本作の強みはオンな芯の逞しさ。音色にオーディエンスらしさは刻まれていますが、真っ直ぐ届く直球ぶりも、がっしりした手応え感も絶品。会場音響もほとんどなく、巨大な歓声も(ナゼか)演奏との間に入ってこない。極太でパワフルな演奏音がグイグイと目の前に迫ってくる。冒頭のラジオCMから続いても違和感がなく、それこそちょっとしたラジオ放送ばりの名録音なのです。
その上で安定感までもが凄い。パワフルな録音というと轟音やオーバーピークが気になるのですが、本作にその心配は要らない。フォルテッシモに盛り上がってもビビらず、歪まず、艶やかで美しいままなのです。その素晴らしさは『IT’S A KILLER』でも感じられましたが、本作はそんな絶品マスターをさらに磨き込んだアップグレード・バージョン。もちろん、無闇矢鱈な音圧稼ぎではなく、各音域を精緻に分析して整えた細心リマスターで、均整の取れたバランスや立体感が素晴らしいのです。例えば、音域バランス。原音では中音域にフォーカスが当たりすぎ、ヴォーカルとギターの抜けが今ひとつでしたが、本作ではそれを解きほぐして整理。その結果、ヴォーカル&ギターだけでなく、全体のアンサンブルまで鮮明になっている。さらにステレオ・バランス。原音は現場PAとの位置関係のせいか、やや右寄りになっていましたが、本作はQUEENと正対できる。もちろん、瞬間的な音の落ち、ピッチの狂いも見逃さずに補正。録音そのものの可能性を引き出し、ライヴアルバムとしての完成度を最大限に高めた。まさに「Definitive」の名に相応しい銘品に仕上がっているのです。

そんな最高峰更新サウンドで描かれるショウがまた、圧倒的! 何しろ、フレディが大・絶好調!! 飛ばしに飛ばし、パワフルな声でフェイクなしに歌いまくる。オープニングの「Jailhouse Rock」や「Let Me Entertain You」からして凄い。危なげないどころか、出そうと思うだけいくらでも美声が出る感じですし、ハイノートが必要な「Play The Game」も難なく歌いこなす。その好調ぶりにフレディ自身が満足しているようで、「Killer Queen」では自在に遊びまくる上機嫌ぶりなのです。
「何か良いことでもあったの?」と訊きたくなる好調ぶりですが、思い当たる理由は2つ。1つは日程。実は、このショウの前には9日間ものオフがあった。ここに至るまで34公演の全米ツアーをこなしてバンドのエンジンは全力運転。そこに休みが入ったことでコンディションは万全だったわけです。もう1つの理由は、シングル/アルバムの大成功。実際、「Love Of My Life」の前でブライアンがMCを執るのですが、そこで「さっき聞いたんだけど、ビルボードでNo.1になったんだ」と話す。心身が充実しきっているところに、悲願となる全米制覇の報が飛び込んだ。その喜びが爆発する大熱演なのです。

本来であれば、『QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL』でも聴けない「Mustapha」「Death On Two Legs」「You’re My Best Friend」「Fat Bottomed Girls」について字数を割くべきなのですが、それさえ忘れる。大成功ツアーを代表する名録音がアップグレードしたサウンド、天を突く大熱演。まさしくグレイトな音楽アルバムの三要素「良い音・良い曲・良い演奏」がこれ以上なく揃った大名盤です。


Disc 1 (47:33)
1. Radio Spot★(ミルウォーキー公演のラジオCM。カッコイイ!)
2. Intro. 3. Jailhouse Rock 4. We Will Rock You (fast) 5. Let Me Entertain You
6. Play The Game 7. Mustapha 8. Death On Two Legs 9. Killer Queen
10. I’m In Love With My Car 11. Get Down, Make Love 12. You’re My Best Friend
13. Save Me 14. Now I’m Here 15. Dragon Attack 16. Now I’m Here (reprise)

Disc 2 (51:54)
1. Fat Bottomed Girls 2. Love Of My Life 3. Keep Yourself Alive 4. Drum / Guitar Solo
5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 6. Bohemian Rhapsody 7. Tie Your Mother Down
8. Another One Bites The Dust 9. Sheer Heart Attack 10. We Will Rock You
11. We Are The Champions 12. God Save The Queen


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