Queen / A Night At Boston 2020 Remaster / 2CD

Queen / A Night At Boston 2020 Remaster / 2CD / Wardour
Live at Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA, USA 30th January 1976


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Dan Rampinsky, a legend of the 70’s taper named alongside Mike Millard. The “masterpiece of the QUEEN bootleg” left by that historic master is brushed up and reprinted. Introducing the permanent storage press 2CD.

[The best masterpiece of QUEEN and a treasure that made Rampinsky famous] The masterpiece was recorded in “January 30, 1976 Boston performance”. It is a transcendental audience recording that captures the act of “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”. Nothing can be called a monument like this recording. Sound is more intense than anything else. Although it is a master that was excavated about 10 years ago, when it was posted on the collector’s site, it received the highest evaluation such as “EX+” “A++”, and in the review “The best QUEEN recording in history” “The treasure of the 70’s audience” And received rave reviews. Although the so-called sound board-like closeness is also strong, its dignified natural sound revives “1976” at a level of reality, and if you say “sound board” etc., it is rude to the sound source. .. It is a special piece in the Rampinsky collection that produced a large number of representative works of each band/artist, and it is a super masterpiece that raises the name of that master to the mirror grade.
Only for such a super name recording, it has been released many times and has been a big hit and sold out. Of course, each time we upgrade using the latest equipment and technology we have. This work is the latest 2020 version. The sound is the ultimate in vividness and naturalness. Previously existing groups (“A NIGHT AT BOSTON DEFINITIVE EDITION”, “DEFINITIVE BOSTON 1976 2ND NIGHT”, etc.) were also honed with full mastering, so they are not “different” (rather different) It’s a bad type), but its “extreme” feeling is great.
For example, the previous work pursued a sound board-like closeness and sharpness of the edge, but the mastering of this work has a natural sound. Rather than sharply attacking or sharpening the contour, the focus is on the resolution of the fine parts, and on top of that the range is as wide as possible. If you visualize this in an easy-to-understand way, it seems that the conventional board was aimed at “almost official work”, but this work is “reproduction on site”. Assuming that the previous edition had a glaring, gorgeous and “push” straight-ball feel, this work would draw too much “detail” and “three-dimensionality” to the direct feel of the performance. If you are looking for a “sound board alternative”, you may prefer the previous edition, but it is this work that really melts into the beauty of the customer record.

[The masterpiece because the live itself is a masterpiece] And, more important than that sound is the show itself. I think that those who know the existing group have already decided their mind, but let’s review the basics for those who are new to it. Speaking of the “Opera Night” era, there is now the official edition “A NIGHT AT THE ODEON: HAMMERSMITH 1975”, but this work is just after that. Let’s look back at the schedule at that time.

《November 21 “Night at the Opera” released》
・November 14-December 24: UK (26 performances) ← *Official
● 1976
・January 27-March 12: USA (33 performances) ←★Coco★
・March 22-April 4: Japan (9 performances)
・April 11-23: Australia (8 performances)

This is the whole picture of “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”. The official version was the last day of the “UK” tour, but this work is the third performance of the “US” leg, which is the beginning of 1976 when the year changed. In other words, it was after 3 performances of “HAMMERSMITH 1975”. Even though it is the latest, the difference in condition across the year-end and New Year holidays is clear. In the official “HAMMERSMITH 1975”, Freddie and Brian suffered from influenza in addition to tiredness on the last day of the tour. Considering the circumstances, it seemed like a tremendous effort, but it wasn’t at its best. On the other hand, the Boston performance of this work has just set the condition completely within a month, and has just entered the enemy America to conquer. The singing voice is strong and strong. It’s a bit different from the tension that hits the sky, but it is a masterpiece that pushes out with a sense of fulfillment that deepens your mind and body. Speaking of the uplifting singing voice of “Seven Seas Of Rhye”… Moreover, the set is much longer than “HAMMERSMITH 1975”. Let’s organize while comparing them here.

・Dreadful Princess: Son And Daughter/Doing All Right (★)/Keep Yourself Alive/Liar
・Queen II: Ogre Battle/White Queen (As It Began)/The March Of The Black Queen/Seven Seas Of Rhye
・Shear Heart Attack: Flick Of The Wrist (★)/Killer Queen/Bring Back That Leroy Brown/Brighton Rock/Stone Cold Crazy(★)/In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited/Now I’m Here
・Night at the Opera: Bohemian Rhapsody/Sweet Lady (★)/The Prophet’s Song (★)/Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon (★)
・Others: Big Surrender/Jailhouse Rock/Stupid Cupid / Be-Bop-A-Lula
*Note: The “★” marks are songs that cannot be heard on the official edition “A NIGHT AT THE ODEON: HAMMERSMITH 1975”.

…And this is how it looks. There are 6 repertoires that can’t be heard on the official version, but the most remarkable is “Lazing On A Sunday After noon”. Although it is a rare song that has only recorded about Japan performance and Hyde Park, you can enjoy it with the sound of official master board. Moreover, unlike the Japanese performance, it is the initial version singing with the vocal line & chorus that is similar to the album.
It doesn’t make any sense whether it’s a sound board or an audience. A super-named recording called “QUEEN’s masterpiece”, the highest peak in a dimension that exceeds both official and informal. That is the horizon of this work. It’s a great introduction to an unofficial album, and the last one will be this one. No matter how sold it may be, it is a super-master board that cannot be allowed to disappear from the market. Please enjoy it with the permanent storage press 2CD.

(Remastered memo)
★ Originally high sound quality, but expanded the range as much as possible to improve the separation of the performance.


その最高傑作が記録されたのは「1976年1月30日ボストン公演」。“A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”の一幕を捉えた超絶級オーディエンス録音です。この録音ほど金字塔と呼べるものはありません。何よりも強烈なのはサウンド。今から10年ほど前に発掘されたマスターなのですが、コレクターサイトに掲載されれば「EX+」「A++」など最高評価を受け、レビューでは「史上最高のQUEEN録音」「70年代オーディエンスの至宝」との絶賛を集めた。いわゆるサウンドボード的なド密着感も強烈なものの、その気品あるナチュラルな鳴りは現実感のレベルで「1976年」を甦らせ、軽々に「まるでサウンドボード」などと言ったら音源に対して失礼にあたる。各バンド/アーティストの代表作を大量に生み出したランピンスキーのコレクションでも格別で、かの達人の名をミラード級に引き上げた超名作なのです。
そんな超・名録音だけに、これまでも幾度もリリースされては大ヒットと完売を繰り返してきました。もちろん、その度に最新の機材と持てる技術を駆使してアップグレード。本作は、その最新・2020年版なのです。そのサウンドは、鮮やかさとナチュラル感の極み。これまでの既発群(『A NIGHT AT BOSTON DEFINITIVE EDITION』や『DEFINITIVE BOSTON 1976 2ND NIGHT』等)も全力マスタリングで磨き込んだものでしたから「まるで別物」とはなっていません(むしろ別物にしてはマズいタイプです)が、その“極み”感は絶大。

そして、そのサウンド以上に重要なのがショウのそのもの。既発群をご存じの方はすでにお心を決めていらっしゃると思いますが、初めての方のためにも基礎からおさらいしてみましょう。『オペラ座の夜』時代と言えば、現在では公式盤『A NIGHT AT THE ODEON: HAMMERSMITH 1975』もありますが、本作はその直後でもある。ここで当時のスケジュールを振り返ってみましょう。


これが“A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”の全体像。公式盤は「英国」ツアー最終日だったのに対し、本作は年の改まった1976年の冒頭である「米国」レッグの3公演目。つまり、『HAMMERSMITH 1975』の3公演後だったわけです。それだけ直近ではあっても、年末年始を挟んだコンディションの差は歴然。公式『HAMMERSMITH 1975』ではツアー最終日の疲れに加えてフレディとブライアンがインフルエンザに罹患。事情を考えれば驚異的ながんばりは見えたものの、絶好調ではなかった。それに対し、本作のボストン公演は丸1ヶ月の間にコンディションを完全に整え、征服すべき敵地アメリカに乗り込んだばかり。その歌声は淀みなく、そして力強い。天を突くブチ切れテンションとはちょっと違いますが、心身に漲る充実感でグイグイと押しきる名演なのです。「Seven Seas Of Rhye」の天翔る歌声の高揚感と言ったら……。しかも、セットも『HAMMERSMITH 1975』より遙かに長い。ここで比較しながら整理してみましょう。

・戦慄の王女:Son And Daughter/Doing All Right(★)/Keep Yourself Alive/Liar
・クイーンII:Ogre Battle/White Queen (As It Began)/The March Of The Black Queen/Seven Seas Of Rhye
・シアー・ハート・アタック:Flick Of The Wrist(★)/Killer Queen/Bring Back That Leroy Brown/Brighton Rock/Stone Cold Crazy(★)/In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited/Now I’m Here
・オペラ座の夜:Bohemian Rhapsody/Sweet Lady(★)/The Prophet’s Song(★)/Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon(★)
・その他:Big Surrender/Jailhouse Rock/Stupid Cupid / Be-Bop-A-Lula
※注:「★」印は公式盤『A NIGHT AT THE ODEON: HAMMERSMITH 1975』では聴けない曲。

……と、このようになっています。公式盤では聴けないレパートリーは6曲に及ぶわけですが、極めつけは「Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon」。日本公演とハイドパークくらいしか記録の残っていないレア曲ですが、それをオフィシャル名盤級のサウンドで楽しめてしまう。しかも日本公演とは異なり、アルバム同様のボーカルライン&コーラスで歌っている初期バージョンです。



Disc 1(54:56)
1. Intro
2. Bohemian Rhapsody
3. Ogre Battle ★終演後「昨日と全然違うね」とMC
4. Sweet Lady
5. White Queen
6. Flick Of The Wrist
7. Bohemian Rhapsody
8. Killer Queen
9. The March Of The Black Queen
10. Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise)
11. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
12. Brighton Rock
13. Guitar Solo
14. Son And Daughter
15. The Prophet’s Song
16. Stone Cold Crazy

Disc 2(46:07)
1. MC
2. Doing All Right
3. Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
4. Keep Yourself Alive
5. Seven Seas Of Rhye ★面白い歌い方
6. Liar
7. In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited
8. Now I’m Here
9. Hey Big Surrender
10. Jailhouse Rock
11. Stupid Cupid / Be-Bop-A-Lula
12. Jailhouse Rock
13. God Save The Queen


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