Queen & Adam Lambert / Saitama Super Arena 2020 1st Night / 2CD

Queen & Adam Lambert / Saitama Super Arena 2020 1st Night / 2CD / Wardour

Live at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan 25th January 2020

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QUEEN + Adam Rampart’s “THE RHAPSODY TOUR” showed a lift during the heyday following the big boom that started with the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The best original recording that preserves the first day forever!
も ち ろ ん Of course, this work includes “January 25, 2020: Saitama Super Arena Performance”. Many first day albums have already appeared in response to the unprecedented excitement, but it is a superb audience recording that shines at its highest peak. This week, three press CD titles will be released at the same time, but this is the first one. Here, let’s check the position of the memorable Japan performance itself from the whole view of “THE RHAPSODY TOUR” as a basic of the basics.

● 2019
・ February 24: ACADEMY AWARDS appearance
・ July 10-August 23: North America (26 performances)
・ September 21: Performance in Italy
● 2020
・ January 18 + 19: Korea (2 performances)
・ Jan. 25-30: Japan (4 performances) ← ★ coco ★
・ February 5-29: Oceania (10 performances)
・ May 24-July 8: Europe (27 performances)

[From masterpiece to ultimate. Superb sound completely reborn] This is the whole picture of the world tour that has been published to date. Last year, the main tour was in North America, and this year the schedule covers Asia, Oceania and Europe. This work is a 2-disc full live album that completely records the first day performance that became the best of such a performance in Japan.
This show was already reported last week as part of the four-piece masterpiece masterpiece “SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 2020” (hereafter, “previous work”), but in fact, this work refined the first day with meticulous mastering Things … wait a minute! You might have thought that it was a remastered board, but it was too quick to decide. This is a new board that has been reborn into a ridiculous sound. Even if you say “remaster” in the first place, there is a wide range of failures. That would have been felt in the experience by many collectors. Of course, it depends on your mastering skills, but more importantly, the original sound. In particular, audience recordings vary in personality, and even if they have a similar sound, it is completely different if you carefully check the type of sound, the directivity, the stereo feeling, and the sense of separation in each range. And each one is a type that can be improved by mastering, and there is something that can not be done even if it is too much (meaning that it will not be physically changeable, but if it is processed even a little, it will become unpredictable). In addition, the determination is quite troublesome. You can get some eye-catching stars in the waveform, but you don’t know how much it will improve without actually working.
が Although the extra talk has become longer, the recording that became the basis of this work is the one with the best compatibility with mastering. It’s like being reborn. The previous work was a name recording with a strong core and detailed details, but the sound was somewhat rounded and the vividness was not fully conveyed. On the other hand, this work suppresses the thick sound and raises the core, and the outline is also sharp. In addition, the applause that was too loud in some places was reduced. As a result, the powerful core of the performance sound roars more directly and the edges are extremely sharp. The sound of the previous work is crystal clear as if it were over frosted glass. The point here is that “the sound was not completely wiped away.” Of course, I think that it feels much thinner than the previous work, but it still gives the core a luster and feels the depth of the bass. The result is a sound with a natural balance that is different from simply extracting the peak, and a generous response to each range.
な い と If you do not know the previous work, the explanation will be refreshing, but those who listen only to this work can only say “excellent”. It doesn’t mistake for a sound board because it sucks fresh cheers and harmony, but it is comparable to a sound board in terms of thickness, clarity and closeness. The tone of the snare, which tends to give a sense of distance, does not seem to be an audience, and the deep bass kicks up the five organs and the midrange shakes the six sounds. And the treble that extends beautifully over it. Adam’s singing Vivrath is super clear, not to mention the lyrics, but Roger’s shout is a breathtaking level. And Brian’s orchestration is thick, but not cloudy or cloudy, giving off a golden glow like a temple on the scene screen. Well, imagine a film concert with an official album, for example. The sound of the performance is just superb, and the mood to rejoice is just vivid. This work is a live album spelled with such a sound.

[A luxurious and gorgeous full show that has renewed the largest ever] And even on the first day when you listen to the sound of this work, you can hear a different performance even. We have already introduced this set list many times, but this work is also permanent, so let’s organize it again.

● 70s (17 songs)
・ Dream Princess: Keep Yourself Alive (★★) / Doing All Right (★★)
・ Queen II: Seven Seas of Rhye
・ Sheer Heart Attack: Now I’m Here / Killer Queen / In the Lap of the Gods … Revisited
・ Opera Night: I’m in Love With My Car (★★) / Love of My Life / ’39 (★★) / Bohemian Rhapsody
・ Splendid race: Somebody to Love (★) / Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) / Tie Your Mother Down (★)
・ For the world: We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions
・ Jazz: Don’t Stop Me Now (★) / Bicycle Race (★★)
● 80s / 90s (11 songs)
・ The Game: Another One Bites the Dust / Crazy Little Thing Called Love / Dragon Attack (★★)
・ Hot space : Under Pressure
・ The Works: Hammer to Fall (★) / I Want to Break Free (★) / Radio Ga Ga
・ Mr. Bad Guy: I Was Born To Love You
・ Kind of Magic: Who Wants to Live Forever (★)
・ The Miracle: I Want It All
・ Inuendo: The Show Must Go On (★)
* Note: The “★” mark indicates a song that cannot be heard on the official video “LIVE IN JAPAN” for the first time in Japan. Furthermore, the “★★” mark is the first song performed in Japan at QUEEN + Adam.

… and it looks like this. All four performances to Japan this time were the same select, but the position of “I Was Born To Love You” is different only on the first day of this work. The other day was after the middle stage of the show, “Dragon Attack,” but only this work appeared fully after the end of the show, “The Show Must Go On.”
And the set boasts the largest number of songs ever. Their first visit to Japan is also the official video “LIVE IN JAPAN”, but this time it changed suddenly, and about half of the 13 songs can not be heard in “LIVE IN JAPAN”. In addition, the number of songs that will be released for the first time in Japan with QUEEN + Adam is plenty with 5 songs “Keep Yourself Alive”, “Bicycle Race”, “’39”, “Doing All Right” and “Dragon Attack”. In particular, “Keep Yourself Alive” and “Doing All Right” in “The Dread Princess” have been used in movies, giving them the taste of a historical “THE RHAPSODY TOUR”.
QUE QUEEN + Adam, who realized a stadium concert in Tomei Osaka at the height of its popularity. It is a two-disc live album that permanently saves the glorious first day with the ultimate sound. If you have experienced “SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 2020”, you will be able to improve your skills. Please enjoy as much as you want with Press 2CD!

映画『ボヘミアン・ラプソディ』に端を発する大ブームを受け、全盛期ばりの持ち上がりを見せたQUEEN+アダム・ランパートの“THE RHAPSODY TOUR”。その初日を永久保存する極上オリジナル録音が登場です!
そんな本作に収録されているのは、もちろん「2020年1月25日:さいたまスーパーアリーナ公演」。空前の盛り上がりを受けてすでに多数の初日アルバムが登場しておりますが、その最高峰に輝く極上のオーディエンス録音です。今週はプレスCDタイトルが3種同時リリースされますが、本作はその第1弾。ここでは基本中の基本として“THE RHAPSODY TOUR”の全景から、記念すべき来日公演そのもののポジションを確かめておきましょう。

・1月25日-30日:日本(4公演) ←★ココ★

このショウは先週すでに最高峰マスター4枚組『SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 2020(以下、前作)』の一部としてもレポートしておりますが、実のところ本作はその初日分を細心マスタリングで磨き込んだもの……と、ちょっと待った! 「なんだリマスター盤か」と思われたかも知れませんが、それで決めつけてしまうのは気が早すぎる。これがとんでもないサウンドに生まれ変わった新生盤なのです。そもそも「リマスター」とひと口に言っても、その出来不出来にはかなりの幅がある。それは多くのコレクター諸氏なら体験で痛感されていることでしょう。もちろん、マスタリングの腕にもよるのですが、それ以上に重要なのは、実は原音。特にオーディエンス録音は個性が千差万別で、パッと聴いた感じが似ていたとしても、鳴りの種類や指向性、ステレオ感、各音域の分離感などを細かくチェックするとまるで違う。そして、その1つひとつがマスタリングで向上するタイプといくらイジっても不可能なもの(物理的に変更不能なのではなく、少しでも加工すると不以前になってしまうという意味)があるのです。しかも、その判定も相当厄介。波形である程度の目星は付けられるものの、どこまで向上するかは実際に作業しなければ分からないのです。


・戦慄の王女:Keep Yourself Alive(★★)/Doing All Right(★★)
・クイーンII:Seven Seas of Rhye
・シアー・ハート・アタック:Now I’m Here/Killer Queen/In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited
・オペラ座の夜:I’m in Love With My Car(★★)/Love of My Life/’39(★★)/Bohemian Rhapsody
・華麗なるレース:Somebody to Love(★)/Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)/Tie Your Mother Down(★)
・世界に捧ぐ:We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions
・ジャズ:Don’t Stop Me Now(★)/Bicycle Race(★★)
・ザ・ゲーム:Another One Bites the Dust/Crazy Little Thing Called Love/Dragon Attack(★★)
・ホット・スペース:Under Pressure
・ザ・ワークス:Hammer to Fall(★)/I Want to Break Free(★)/Radio Ga Ga
・Mr.バッド・ガイ:I Was Born To Love You
・カインド・オブ・マジック:Who Wants to Live Forever(★)
・ザ・ミラクル:I Want It All
・イニュエンドウ:The Show Must Go On(★)
※注:「★」印は初来日の公式映像『LIVE IN JAPAN』で聴けない曲。さらに「★★」印はQUEEN+アダムでの日本初披露曲。

……と、このようになっています。今回の来日4公演はすべて同じセレクトでしたが、本作の初日だけは「I Was Born To Love You」の位置が異なる。他日はショウの中盤「Dragon Attack」の後でしたが、本作だけは終盤「The Show Must Go On」の後で満を持しての登場でした。
そして、そのセットは過去最大曲数を誇る。彼らの初来日は公式映像『LIVE IN JAPAN』にもなっていますが、今回はガラッと変わり、約半分の13曲が『LIVE IN JAPAN』では聴けないもの。さらにQUEEN+アダムで日本初公開となるナンバーも5曲「Keep Yourself Alive」「Bicycle Race」「’39」「Doing All Right」「Dragon Attack」とたっぷり。特に『戦慄の王女』の「Keep Yourself Alive」「Doing All Right」は映画にも使われたこともあり、ヒストリカルな“THE RHAPSODY TOUR”らしい味わいを醸しているのです。
全盛期ばりの人気で東名阪のスタジアム・コンサートを実現したQUEEN+アダム。そのグロリアスな初日を究極サウンドで永久保存する2枚組ライヴアルバムです。『SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 2020』を体験された方なら向上ぶりにド肝を抜かれ、初体験お方なら極上ぶりに酔いしれること間違いなしの決定盤。どうぞ、プレス2CDで思う存分お楽しみください!

Disc 1 (64:16)
1. Intro
2. Innuendo
3. Now I’m Here
4. Seven Seas of Rhye
5. Keep Yourself Alive
6. Hammer to Fall
7. Killer Queen
8. Don’t Stop Me Now
9. Somebody to Love
10. In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited
11. I’m in Love With My Car
12. Bicycle Race
13. Another One Bites the Dust
14. I Want It All
15. Brian MC
16. Teo Torriatte
17. Love of My Life
18. ’39
19. Doing All Right

Disc 2 (70:02)
1. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
2. Under Pressure
3. Dragon Attack
4. I Want to Break Free
5. You Take My Breath Away
6. Who Wants to Live Forever
7. Guitar Solo
8. Tie Your Mother Down
9. The Show Must Go On
10. I Was Born To Love You
11. Radio Ga Ga
12. Bohemian Rhapsody
13. Ay‐Oh
14. We Will Rock You
15. We Are the Champions
16. God Save the Queen


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