Queen / Definitive Budokan 1985 2nd Night / 2CD

Queen / Definitive Budokan 1985 2nd Night / 2CD / Wardour
Live at Budokan, Tokyo, Japan 9th May 1985

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In the history of QUEEN’s boot legs, legendary Daimyo board is said to contend for the 1st and 2nd place brush up. It is the ultimate specification that updates the highest and the longest in history.
That Daimyo Edition is a performance of “THE WORKS JAPAN TOUR” which became the final tour of QUEEN in Japan “May 9, 1985: Nippon Budokan” performance. That super superb audience recording. This week, the definitive name recording of the last Japan tour is released at a stroke. First of all, let’s organize the top live album of each performance at the schedule of the time.

· May 8th: Nippon Budokan
· May 9th: Nippon Budokan 【this work】
· May 11: National Yoyogi Stadium
· May 13: Aichi Gymnasium
· May 15th: Osakajo Hall
(Note: only for masterpiece of press on each day)

Over all, 5 shows. Among them, this work which contained the 2nd day of Nippon Budokan, is super-name recording suitable for calling just legendary. Once released as “AT LAST BUDOKAN” from the Masterport label, maniacs all over the world tremble with too much sound quality. It is a recording that caused a great sensation. The evaluation is exactly vertex. All the world’s maniacs were all praised as “the best of the QUEEN audience” “the best during the contest for 1 and 2”. This is not the “peak of THE WORKS TOUR”, it is not even “the highest peak in Japan performance”. Freddie A story of the total audience recording during the life. Transparent air feeling is filled with crystal clear radiance, extremely on performance and singing voice jump straight into the ear. The sound is not “how close to the soundboard” but the dimension of “distinction of the audience / soundboard etc. meaningless”. Regardless of the recording method, it is a supernumeric recording at the highest value of the value “leave a concert with good sound.”
It seems that the voice saying “AT LAST BUDOKAN is amazing is amazing”, but this work is one that updates its highest peak. Digitized the original master with the equipment of 2018, and further polished with mastering that entered in a fine way. Of course, I do not do anything like polluting the beautiful sound that the legendary master inhaled with soundless pressure pressure. However, review each tone range individually and fine-tune the balance. I emphasized more natural “ringing”. Especially improved is the growth of treble. Freddie’s singing voice extends beautifully everywhere with its natural sounding. Moreover, the part which the feeling of left and right stereo collapsed is thoroughly checked. I finished it as the ultimate sound that can enjoy plenty of beautiful treble with stability.
In addition, not only the sound but also the length has been updated. Actually, “AT LAST BUDOKAN” had a cut change in the middle of “Now I’m Here”, and the vocal Improvisation was interrupted. This work complements that lack with the same day master of “FINAL BUDOKAN NIGHTS 1985”. Also added before the performance. I made it to the longest record ever. As a matter of fact, the lack of “Now I’m Here” is less than 10 seconds, but this part is also romantic and the beautiful interaction with the audience is beautiful. Up until now, the mood has been cut off “was that?”, But this work is a live album that can be immersed as it is.
It is precisely because it is such a famous renewal sound that this day is a nomadic performance. As expected it is impossible to decide the top performances of all the careers, but the story changes as far as “THE WORKS TOUR” is limited. Actually, even at the overseas QUEEN sound source special site “Freddie on the 2nd day of the Budokan is said to be the best of THE WORKS TOUR.” Its outstanding performance is overwhelming, a powerful and vibrant singing voice roars in the full story, and it is drawn beautifully with the highest peak sound … ….

It’s not just a great performance, it’s not just a miraculous sound. It is called “the highest peak of all QUEEN audiences” because it is a live album that both explore the top. One to record and update such supernatural recording. Because the whole world is looking back to QUEEN now, I pride ourselves in Japan recording that I would like to taste again. Please permanently preserve the taste with the press 2CD.

★ “At Last Budokan” remastered master cassette. It compensated for the missing part of tape reversal. Including intro for the longest time included.

その大名盤とは、QUEEN最後の来日公演となった“THE WORKS JAPAN TOUR”の一幕「1985年5月9日:日本武道館」公演。その超極上オーディエンス録音です。今週は最後のジャパン・ツアーの決定的な名録音が一挙リリース。まずは、当時の日程で各公演の頂点ライヴアルバムを整理してみましょう。

・5月9日:日本武道館 【本作】

以上、全5公演。その中で日本武道館2日目を収めた本作は、まさに伝説的と呼ぶに相応しい超・名録音。かつてMasterportレーベルから『AT LAST BUDOKAN』としてリリースされるや、あまりのサウンド・クオリティに全世界のマニアが震撼。一大センセーションを巻き起こした録音なのです。その評価は、まさに頂点的。世界のマニア達がこぞって「QUEENオーディエンスの最高峰」「1・2を争うベスト中のベスト」と大絶賛した。これは“THE WORKS TOURの頂点”でもなければ、“日本公演の最高峰”でもありません。フレディ存命中の全オーディエンス録音トータルの話。透き通った空気感はクリスタル・クリアな輝きを湛え、極めてオンな演奏と歌声が真っ直ぐ耳元に飛び込んでくる。そのサウンドは「いかにサウンドボードに近いか」ではなく、「オーディエンス/サウンドボードの区別など無意味」の次元。記録法がどうあれ「良い音でコンサートを残す」という価値観の最高峰にある超名録音なのです。
「AT LAST BUDOKANが凄いのは分かりきってる」という声も聞こえてきそうですが、本作はその最高峰を更新する1本。オリジナル・マスターを2018年の機材でデジタル化し直し、さらに微に入り細に入ったマスタリングで磨き込んだもの。もちろん、無闇矢鱈な音圧稼ぎで伝説マスターが吸い込んだ美音を汚すような事はしておりません。ただ、各音域を個別に見直し、バランスを微調整。より自然な“鳴り”を重視しました。特に向上したのは高音の伸び。ナチュラルな鳴りのまま、フレディの歌声がどこまでも綺麗に伸びる。さらにところどころ左右のステレオ感が崩れていたパートも徹底的にチェック。美しい高音が安定してたっぷりと味わえる究極のサウンドに仕上げました。
さらに、サウンドだけでなく長さも記録更新。実は『AT LAST BUDOKAN』は「Now I’m Here」中盤にテープチェンジのカットがあり、ヴォーカル・インプロヴィゼーションが途切れていました。本作は、その欠けを『FINAL BUDOKAN NIGHTS 1985』の同日マスターで補完。さらに開演前も追加。史上最長盤に仕上げたのです。実のところ「Now I’m Here」の欠けも10秒に満たないわけですが、このパートがまたロマンティックで観客との交歓が美しい。これまではそのムードが途切れて「あれ?」となっていましたが、本作はそのまま浸りきっていられるライヴアルバムなのです。
そんな最高峰更新サウンドが殊更嬉しくなるのも、この日が名演中の名演だからこそ。さすがに演奏ばかりは全キャリアの頂点公演は決められないわけですが、“THE WORKS TOUR”に限れば話は変わってくる。実は、海外のQUEEN音源専門サイトでも「武道館2日目のフレディはTHE WORKS TOURのベスト」と評されているのです。その絶好調ぶりは圧倒的で、全編で力強く伸びやかな歌声が轟き、それが最高峰サウンドで美しく描かれる……。


★「At Last Budokan」マスターカセットをリマスター。テープ反転の欠落個所を補填しました。イントロも含め最長時間収録。


Disc 1 (55:41)
1. Pre Show Music ★0:00 – 0:58 補填 2. Machines 3. Tear It Up 4. Tie Your Mother Down
5. Under Pressure ★2分目でロジャーのリズムがずれる(今の時代ではありえないミス)
6. Somebody To Love 7. Killer Queen 8. Seven Seas Of Rhye 9. Keep Yourself Alive
10. Liar 11. Impromptu 12. It’s A Hard Life 13. Day-O 14. Dragon Attack
15. Now I’m Here ★4:17 – 4:25 補填 16. Is This The World We Created? 17. Love Of My Life

Disc 2 (53:27)
1. Guitar Solo / Brighton Rock 2. Another One Bites The Dust 3. Hammer To Fall
4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 5. Bohemian Rhapsody 6. Radio Ga Ga
7. I Want To Break Free 8. Jailhouse Rock 9. We Will Rock You 10. We Are The Champions
11. God Save The Queen




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