Queen / Definitive Budokan 1981 2nd Night / 2CD

Queen / Definitive Budokan 1981 2nd Night / 2CD / Wardour
Live at Budokan, Tokyo, Japan 13th February 1981

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QUEEN in 1981 that came back to Japan as the No.1 band in the whole country. It is upgraded and the Daimyo board which was stated as the highest masterpiece even in the Japanese performance of a spirit-like sunny weather appeared.
That famous board is “KING OF THE IMPOSSIBLE”. It is a super-superb audience recording that was ravely acclaimed as the longest · best live album of “February 13, 1981: Nippon Budokan” performance. There is no local performance in Japan this year, only Nippon Budokan 5DAYS. This work is on the second day. First of all, let’s imagine the position of the show from that schedule.

· February 12: Nippon Budokan
· February 13: Nippon Budokan 【this work】
– 2 days off –
· February 16: Nippon Budokan
· February 17: Nippon Budokan
· February 18: Nippon Budokan

There are two kinds of recordings of this day, one traditionally famous for titles such as “NEED YOU LOVING ROCK” and “BATTLE THEME”. The other is a recording that was excavated later and is known for our “PLAY FLASH GAME (Uxbridge 139)”. “KING OF THE IMPOSSIBLE” is based on the highest master of traditional recording, while complementing the missing part with “PLAY FLASH GAME”. It is a live album that recorded the full show seamlessly for the first time in history. Moreover, it was not just a combination of 2 recordings. Even with the main traditional recording, the quality is different, using the master / quality version which was newly discovered about seven years ago. It was longer than the previous generation group, and the sound covering the full story was also overwhelming. On top of that, it also complements drum solos and timpanie solos of “Keep Yourself Alive” that were missing in tape changes etc. It was a full live album that dislikes many of the existing departures in terms of both quality and recording time.
Of course, it alone is “the top of the Budokan 2nd day”, but “KING OF THE IMPOSSIBLE” was “1981 · Japanese best masterpiece” that transcended it. That factor is the key shop. Actually, in this year’s visit to Japan, there was a preview of the movie “FLASH GORDON” before the live, but Freddie was absent because of poor physical condition. Because of that, on the first day I was somewhat suppressing how to sing. However, whether it was relieved after having survived the first day safely, or from a sense of security that a two-day holiday comes in, on the second day it will let me listen to the greatest flying. Vocalization to control high frequencies is affordable, plenty of glossy singing voice. “We Will Rock You” feeling momentum in the utterance itself, “Let Me Entertain You” which is excellent in crispness, “Killer Queen” in which ad lib is cool until just too much, anyway dynamic “Get Down, Make Love” etc. You can taste Freddie’s singing voice that shines by shooting any song. Although this strong favorance was felt even on the third day of the holidays, after a while it got tired or not (although it is not bad) it gradually lacks the precision. In addition to wonderful sound & complete recording, even the live itself is brilliant. That is why it was called “the best masterpiece”.

I wrote it for a long time, but this is all the story of “KING OF THE IMPOSSIBLE”. This work is a wonder board that such a masterpiece has been further upgraded. Of course, we do not make soundless pressure professionally. Although it was originally a wonderful sound, this work further examines each range. Somewhat unevenly balanced in the middle range, unraveling the balance, organizing the sound of each instrument. As a result, the musical instrument sound which was somewhat unnatural restores the original sparkle, and the fine outline is brilliant. By getting a stereoscopic feeling to feel between the members, I realized the sound that Freddie’s best vocals passed through quite well.
The wonderful thing of the best masterpiece show drawn with that sound. I avoid avoiding repeating masterpieces, but this show is not the only one. This tour was not only “THE GAME” but also “FLASH GORDON” promotion, but on this day I can listen to Long Medley with “Vultan’s Theme (it is a song used in Baltan’s flight scene in the movie)” . This song is an extremely rare song only recorded in Japan in 1981, especially on this day it is world premiere. Even more unusual is a mistake. Medley is followed by “Battle Theme” → “Flash” → “The Hero”, but here Brian played “Battle Theme” endlessly, Freddie does not enter and it gets confused .
Also, although it is slightly different from mistake, “Save Me” is like an accident. Before starting the song, Freddie will go to the spectators who do not quietly say “Shut up!”. The audience is also laughing and it is a peaceful mood, but somehow, there are American group collectors who are drunk and fussy on the scene. However, this American people are rear seats, the middle of the fans are enthusiastic. I do not know who told you to say to Freddie’s brawl because it is a joke, but I can listen to a funny scene with a superb superb sound.

Anyway, it has a superb superb sound, a seamless complete recording, and a great show. Such a masterpiece album is one that revived with quality to update its peak. Absolute board that you can experience how great QUEEN at the heyday is at the scene of Japan. Please, please enjoy it with permanent preservation press 2CD.

その大名盤とは『KING OF THE IMPOSSIBLE』。「1981年2月13日:日本武道館」公演の最長・最良ライヴアルバムとして大絶賛された超極上オーディエンス録音です。この年の来日には地方公演はなく、日本武道館5DAYSのみ。本作はその2日目にあたります。まずは、その日程からショウのポジションをイメージしておきましょう。

・2月13日:日本武道館 【本作】

この日の録音には2種類があり、1つは伝統的に『NEED YOU LOVING ROCK』『BATTLE THEME』といったタイトルで有名なもの。もう1つは後に発掘された録音で、当店の『PLAY FLASH GAME(Uxbridge 139)』で知られるものです。『KING OF THE IMPOSSIBLE』は、そのうち伝統録音の最高峰マスターをベースにしつつ、欠落部分を『PLAY FLASH GAME』で補完。史上初めてフルショウをシームレスに完全収録したライヴアルバムです。しかも単に2録音を組み合わせていたわけではありません。メインの伝統録音にしてもクオリティは異なり、7年ほど前に新発掘されたマスター・クオリティ版を使用。それまでの既発群よりも長く、全編を覆うサウンドも圧倒していました。その上で、テープチェンジ等で欠落していた「Keep Yourself Alive」のドラムソロやティンパニー・ソロも補完。クオリティ・収録時間の両面で幾多の既発を一蹴する完全ライヴアルバムだったのです。
もちろん、それだけでは“武道館2日目の頂点”ですが、『KING OF THE IMPOSSIBLE』はそれを超越した「1981年・日本の最高傑作」でした。その要因は肝心要のショウ。実は、この年の来日では、ライヴの前に映画『FLASH GORDON』の試写会があったのですが、そこではフレディが体調不良のために欠席。そのせいか、初日はやや歌い方を抑えていました。しかし、初日を無事に乗り切って安心したのか、2日間の休みが入る安心感からか、この2日目ではぶっ飛んだ絶好調ぶりを聴かせてくれる。余裕で高域をコントロールするヴォーカリゼーションは絶品で、艶のある歌声もたっぷり。発声自体に勢いを感じる「We Will Rock You」、キレの良さが素晴らしい「Let Me Entertain You」、やりすぎ寸前までアドリブが冴える「Killer Queen」、とにかくダイナミックな「Get Down, Make Love」等々など。どの曲も弾けて輝くフレディの歌声を存分に味わえるのです。この好調ぶりは休み明けの3日目にも感じられたものの、その後は疲れが出たのか(悪くはないものの)徐々に精彩を欠いていくのです。素晴らしいサウンド&完全収録に加え、ライヴそのものまでも光り輝いている。だからこそ「最高傑作」とまで呼ばれたのです。

長々と書いてしまいましたが、これはすべて既発『KING OF THE IMPOSSIBLE』の話。本作は、そんな最高傑作がさらにアップグレードしてしまった驚異盤なのです。もちろん、無闇矢鱈な音圧稼ぎはしておりません。もともとの素晴らしいサウンドではあったのですが、本作ではさらに各音域を精査。やや中音域に偏っていたバランスを解きほぐし、各楽器の鳴りを整理。その結果、やや不自然だった楽器音が本来の輝きを取り戻し、微細な輪郭まで鮮やか。メンバー間のスキマまで感じさせる立体感を得たことで、フレディの絶好調ヴォーカルがグッと突き抜けるサウンドが実現したのです。
そのサウンドで描かれる最高傑作ショウの素晴らしいこと。名演ぶりを繰り返すのは避けますが、このショウはそれだけではない。このツアーは『THE GAME』だけでなく『FLASH GORDON』のプロモーションだったわけですが、この日は「Vultan’s Theme(映画ではバルタンの飛翔シーンで使用されていた曲です)」入りのロング・メドレーが聴ける。この曲は1981年の日本しか記録に残っていない激レア曲で、特にこの日は全世界初演なのです。さらに珍しいのはミス。メドレーは、その後「Battle Theme」→「Flash」→「The Hero」と続いていくわけですが、ここでブライアンが「Battle Theme」を延々と弾いてしまい、フレディが入れず混乱してしまうのです。
また、ミスとはちょっと違うものの、アクシデントっぽいのが「Save Me」。曲を始める前にフレディが静まらない観客に向かって「黙れ(Shut up!)」と一喝する。観客も笑っていて和やかなムードなのですが、どうも現場には酔ってから騒ぎするアメリカ人の集団客がいたそう。もっとも、このアメリカン人たちは後方席であり、会場中が熱狂中。フレディの一喝も冗談めいているので誰に向かって言ったのかは分かりませんが、ちょっと面白いシーンも超極上サウンドで聴けるのです。



Disc 1 (53:22)
1. Intro. 2. Jailhouse Rock 3. We Will Rock You (fast) 4. Let Me Entertain You
5. Play The Game 6. Mustapha 7. Death On Two Legs 8. Killer Queen
9. I’m In Love With My Car 10. Get Down, Make Love 11. Need Your Loving Tonight
12. Save Me 13. Now I’m Here 14. Dragon Attack 15. Now I’m Here (reprise)

Disc 2 (57:33)
1. Love Of My Life 2. Keep Yourself Alive 3. Drum Solo 4. Guitar Solo
5. Vultan’s Theme 6. Battle Theme 7. Flash 8. The Hero 9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
10. Bohemian Rhapsody 11. Tie Your Mother Down 12. Another One Bites The Dust
13. Sheer Heart Attack 14. We Will Rock You 15. We Are The Champions 16. God Save The Queen


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