Queen / Definitive Final Concert In Tokyo 2nd Edition / 2CD+1DVD

Queen / Definitive Final Concert In Tokyo 2nd Edition / 2CD+1DVD/ wardour

Live at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan 11th May 1985 Stereo SBD (Upgrade) Stereo SBD

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QUEEN Reprinted that the Daimyo board which recorded the last Tokyo performance became an expansion version of full scale. It comes out with 2 CD set + DVD ultimate press 3 set specifications.
That last night was “May 11, 1985: National Yoyogi Stadium” performance. Yes, this work is an enlarged version of the big hit title “DEFINITIVE FINAL CONCERT IN TOKYO (Wardour-289)”. First of all, let’s check the position of the show in the schedule of “THE WORKS JAPAN TOUR” which was the last visit to QUEEN.

· May 8th + 9th: Nippon Budokan
· May 11: National Yoyogi Stadium 【this work】
· May 13: Aichi Gymnasium
· May 15th: Osakajo Hall

This show was also famous for television and radio broadcasting from that time, and officially made it “FINAL CONCERT LIVE IN JAPAN” as a work. It was a concert symbolizing just “the last Japan”. It was “Wardour-289” that was the official beyond the official of Tokyo Lust. Popular since its release to its astounding quality. It is already sold out and out of print. However, as QUEEN fever boils down the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, the demand for recurrence rushes. It matched with reprint release here.

However! This work is not just Reprint · Repress Press.

The original sound board sound source that was missing in solo and some songs has also been expanded to full song version, and also comes with a superb multi camera / pro shot. It has evolved into the ultimate shape that has been thoroughly done. First of all, let’s introduce it individually from the foundation also for the first time.

【Disk 1-2: Enlarged Version of Officially Exceeding Sound Board】

● Broadcast sound source of official over quality
First of all, the main two-piece sound board album will appear. This is not just a person. As mentioned earlier, this show has already become an official DVD, but this work is a different FM broadcast version. Actually, the reputation of mania was not good for official version from before. Support keyboard is mixed more than Brian May’s guitar, drum sounds are strange, Roger Taylor’s voice is hard to hear … …. Official was what I wanted to say “name is this?” Of nominal. However, the FM broadcast version was different. Just because it was broadcasted soon after the live, the natural mix before the Official side fought around, just the sound that you could hear at the venue. Natural ringing is fierce, and in the official video the first half was edited “Liar”, the whole was cut “Dragon Attack” also included. It was a broadcast that was praised as “over official” from maniacs all over the world, “this should have been officially left”.

● Treasury Kinney · Master realizes all song version
“Wardour-289” was a direct CD of the highest master of such FM broadcasting ever, but this work is further upgraded. It complements the intro of songs and guitar solos that were cut even on broadcasts with superb audience recording. Besides, this audience master is not just a person. It is the original cassette of the prestigious “Kinney”! This is already outstanding. The clearness like a clear blue sky is wonderful, and the performance and singing voice will arrive straight to the hand without stagnation. Just being called Kinney Magic is a beautiful sound. There are three major parts complemented by that Kinney master. “Introducing” Is This The World We Created? “From the opening scene at the beginning of” Machines “,” Now I’m Here “, and” Guitar Solo / Brighton Rock “from the end of” Love Of My Life ” It is.
The biggest one is “Guitar Solo / Brighton Rock” which lasts about 10 minutes. The solo which changes moistly from the phrase which entered with heat spread abundantly, “Brighton Rock” whose heat changes to the edge is also the best dramatic. Finally you can listen to Freddie’s scattered firmly. Other parts are intro and ending of the omitted songs, but along with that, you can listen to MCs such as “Demo Ali Gatto”, “Try this”, “Absolutely Perfect!” And above all, the flow is natural. You can taste the reverberation of “Is This The World We Created?” “Love Of My Life” which has been going abruptly until now. Strictly speaking, it is not 100% on site as it is still missing some cheers part in units of a few seconds, but I cherish the natural flowing work more than increasing the switching of the master bluntly.

● Soundboard · part also brushes up
Furthermore, the main board sound board is not the same as “Wardour – 289”. We polished up with meticulous remaster to bring out the possibilities of the original sound to the maximum. While treating the natural sounding that was the point of the broadcast version as much as possible, organize it by each range. As a result, we realized the goodness of Nuke that far exceeds the original sound. Actually, this direction is also the influence of the audience part. Kinney recording is so clear that it was necessary for this superb sound board to be good enough to listen to a flowing stream. Even just this one point is not how exquisite the complementing audience is, I wonder if you can imagine the natural flow of this work.

【Disk 3: This is also official broadcast television version pro shot】

Not only such an extended version live album, but also this work includes a TV broadcast pro shot. This is the highest peak version that became a bonus DVDR of “Wardour-289”. The TV version is also a super broadcast that will kick off the official video, a famous music program “Young Music Show” version for the rock fans of those days. At that time we checked the air and got the master directly from the core mania who treasure cherished carefully, and it is a gem that digitized directly. Nostalgic logo cracked to the left and right, Queen’s Yoyogi Stadium performance started. From that point on, I’ve only been watching the clear image quality that I can not think of the air check video recording anymore. There is neither distortion nor tracking noise of the screen, it is beautiful image quality as if it was woken up from a laser disc.
Camera work is similar to official video, but the timing and angles of use to switch from camera to camera are slightly different, and Freddie Mercury ‘s up shot is more used than official video. Even that alone is surprising, but it is more shocking sound. Even though it is far from excellent radio broadcasts, the middle and low tone is even smoother and richer.
In addition, Japanese telop also comes in and places Japanese lyrics translated in Japanese under “Under Pressure” “Is This The World We Created?” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “We Are The Champions”. There is also a taste of the song title font in which the QUEEN image at that time appears in Moro, but even more amazing is subtitle of lyrics. Freddie is singing the lyrics of 3-4 lines lightly while one line is being displayed, although several characters are displayed briefly at the screen edge. Sometimes in a movie “I’m talking about so much, but only in Kore?” There is something I do not compare to that ratio.
Then, if it says whether it is a closed caption, this is also different. Instead of struggling endlessly, the word that captures the image of the song firmly is awesome. For example, “We are the champions, my friend” is also a bilingual translation of CD, “We are the champions and friends,” but on this broadcast “Friends, we are warriors.” Although “Champions” is hard to say as “warrior”, it is perfect for that brave melody, and it comes with a good news.
More intense is “Under Pressure”. The subtitles displayed by song highlights are “under the sword of Damocles”. There is no word about “Damocles” in the original English lyrics, but in fact it is an anecdote of Kore, Greek myth. One day, against Damocles who envied the throne, Dionysius II says “Sit down and see.” When Damocles is sitting happily, the sword hung with thin thread on his head … …. It is an anecdote that preached that “power is always close to danger”, but this turned into the meaning of “sword of Damocles = state of crisis”. In other words, “Under pressure = it is going to be crushed by pressure = sword of Damocles” is a transcritical translation. Is this literary sense, indeed a certain broadcast association, what do you say … ?. It also makes it a rich mood for the times.
8 songs only for programs in the 50 minute window “Somebody to Love” “Killer Queen” “Impromptu” “Now I’m Here” “Love of My Life” “Hammer to Fall” “I Want to Break Free” “Jailhouse Rock” Although it has been cut, instead of that (?) This work also includes bonus footage. It is a professional shot that appeared live on a civil code TV program on May 8, 1985. Three people other than Freddie appearance, only live announcement without performance, valuable professional shot of ‘Budokan performance on May 8, 1985’ which will be the first day of the last Japan tour will also be reflected for about 30 seconds.

A two-piece live album that supplemented full scale with Kenny Master, the finest FM soundboard that exceeds the official work. And a multi camera camera shot different from the radio version. It is the ultimate 3-sheet set pursuing the possibilities of both sides. The last work “Wardour – 289” also worth the permanent preservation of the truth of supreme broadcasting as it is is not shaken, but because of “the last Tokyo performance”, I want to taste all the performances without missing out. It is a decision board that makes his dream come true.

★ The sound quality of this TV broadcast is the best among all the existing sources, including the official. I will declare it.

★ There are only two songs comparing the TV program “Young Music Show” and the official edition, but you can see it on youtube below. I think that you can see that the cutting of the camera is slightly different everywhere.
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その最後の夜とは「1985年5月11日:国立代々木競技場」公演。そう、本作は大ヒット・タイトル『DEFINITIVE FINAL CONCERT IN TOKYO(Wardour-289)』の拡大版なのです。まずは、QUEEN最後の来日となった“THE WORKS JAPAN TOUR”の日程でショウのポジションを確認しておきましょう。

・5月11日:国立代々木競技場 【本作】

このショウは当時からテレビやラジオの放送でも有名であり、公式に『FINAL CONCERT LIVE IN JAPAN』としても作品化。まさしく“最後の日本”を象徴するコンサートでした。そんな東京ラストのオフィシャル超えサウンドボード・アルバムだったのが『Wardour-289』でした。その驚異的なクオリティにリリース直後から大人気。すでに完売・廃盤となっております。しかし、映画『ボヘミアン・ラプソディ』をキッカケにQUEEN熱が沸騰している現在、再発の要望が殺到。ここに復刻リリースと相成ったのです。

しかし! 本作はただの復刻・再プレスではありません。



まず登場するのは、メインとなる2枚組サウンドボード・アルバム。これがただ者ではないのです。先述のように、このショウはすでに公式DVDとなっているわけですが、本作はそれとは異なるFM放送版。実は、以前から公式版はマニアの評判が芳しくなかった。サポートのキーボードがブライアン・メイのギターよりも大きくミックスされていたり、ドラム・サウンドが妙だったり、ロジャー・テイラーの声が聞こえづらかったり……。オフィシャルとは名ばかりの「なんだこれ?」と言いたくなるものだったのです。ところが、FM放送版は違った。ライヴから間もなく放送されただけに、オフィシャル側がいじくり回す以前の自然なミックスで、まさに会場で耳にできたサウンドそのまま。自然な鳴りが瑞々しく、さらには公式ビデオでは前半が編集されていた「Liar」、丸々カットされた「Dragon Attack」も収録。世界中のマニアから「オフィシャル以上」「これこそ公式に残すべきだった」と激賞される放送だったのです。

『Wardour-289』は、そんなFM放送の史上最高峰マスターをダイレクトにCD化したものでしたが、本作はさらにバージョン・アップ。放送でもカットされていた曲のイントロやギターソロなどを極上オーディエンス録音で補完しているのです。しかも、このオーディエンス・マスターもただ者ではない。かの名門“キニー”のオリジナル・カセットなのです! これがもう、絶品。澄み切った青空のようなクリアさが素晴らしく、演奏も歌声も淀みなく真っ直ぐ手元まで届く。まさにキニー・マジックと呼ばれるだけはある美麗サウンドなのです。そのキニー・マスターで補完したパートは大きく3カ所。「Machines」冒頭の開演シーン、「Now I’m Here」終演後から「Is This The World We Created?」のイントロ、「Love Of My Life」終演後から「Guitar Solo / Brighton Rock」を丸ごと収録しているのです。
一番大きいのは約10分に及ぶ「Guitar Solo / Brighton Rock」。熱の入ったフレーズからしっとりと変化していくソロがたっぷりと繰り広げられ、その熱気がエッジに姿を変える「Brighton Rock」も最高にドラマティック。最後にフレディが入れるスキャットまでしっかり聴けます。その他のパートは省略されていた曲のイントロやエンディングですが、それに伴って「ドモアリガトウゴザイマシタ」「Try this」「Absolutely Perfect!」といったMCも聴ける。そして何より、流れが自然。これまで唐突に次へ移っていった「Is This The World We Created?」「Love Of My Life」の余韻もしっかりと味わえるのです。厳密に言えば、まだ数秒単位の歓声パートがいくつか欠けているので100%現場通りではありませんが、無闇にマスターの切り替えを増やす事より、自然に流れる作品感を大切にしました。



また、ところどころ日本語テロップも入り、「Under Pressure」「Is This The World We Created?」「Bohemian Rhapsody」「We Are The Champions」では歌詞の日本語対訳も流される。当時のQUEENイメージがモロに現れる曲名フォントも味がありますが、さらに凄いのが歌詞の字幕。画面端に数文字ずつの短く表示されますが、1行表示されている間にフレディは軽く3ー4行分の歌詞を歌っている。映画でもたまに「こんなにしゃべってるのにコレだけ?」と思う事がありますが、その比じゃありません。
では、ダメダメ字幕かと言うと、これまた違う。思いっきり端折っている代わりに、曲のイメージをしっかりと捉えた言葉がやけに格好いい。例えば、「We are the champions, my friend」もCDの対訳なら「僕たちこそがチャンピオンだ 友人たちよ」となりますが、この放送では「友よ 僕たちは戦士」。「Champions」が「戦士」とは言い難いものの、あの勇壮なメロディにはピッタリで、グッと来るのです。
さらに強烈なのは「Under Pressure」。曲のハイライトで表示される字幕は「ダモクレスの剣の下」。元の英歌詞に「ダモクレス」なんてひと言もないのですが、実はコレ、ギリシャ神話の逸話。ある日、王座を羨ましがったダモクレスに対し、ディオニュシオス2世が「じゃあ、座ってみろ」と言う。ダモクレスが喜んで座っていると、彼の頭上には細い糸で吊された剣が……。「権力は常に危険と隣り合わせだ」と説いた逸話なのですが、これが転じて「ダモクレスの剣=危機一髪の状態」という意味になった。つまり、「Under pressure=プレッシャーに押しつぶされそう=ダモクレスの剣」という超意訳なわけです。この文学的センス、さすが某放送協会と言いますか、何と言いますか……。それもこれもが濃厚に時代のムードを醸してくれるのです。
50分枠の番組だけに8曲「Somebody to Love」「Killer Queen」「Impromptu」「Now I’m Here」「Love of My Life」「Hammer to Fall」「I Want to Break Free」「Jailhouse Rock」がカットされていますが、その代わり(?)本作ではボーナス映像も収録。「1985年5月8日」に民法のテレビ番組に生出演したプロショットです。出演はフレディ以外の3人で、演奏なしのライヴ告知だけですが、最後のジャパンツアー初日となる「1985年5月8日武道館公演」の貴重なプロショットも30秒ほど映されます。




Disc 1 (44:26)
1. Machines ★0:00 – 0:36辺りまでAUD補填 2. Tear It Up 3. Tie Your Mother Down 4. Under Pressure
5. Somebody To Love 6. Killer Queen 7. Seven Seas Of Rhye 8. Keep Yourself Alive 9. Liar
10. Impromptu 11. It’s A Hard Life 12. Day-O 13. Dragon Attack
14. Now I’m Here ★5:45 – 最後までAUD補填 ドモアリガトウゴザイマシタ

Disc 2 (58:49)
1. Is This The World We Created? ★0:00 – 0:24 AUD補填
2. Love Of My Life ★4:08 – 最後まで AUD補填 ★「Absolutely Perfect!」
3. Guitar Solo / Brighton Rock ★全部AUD補填
4. Another One Bites The Dust 5. Mustapha 6. Hammer To Fall 7. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
8. Bohemian Rhapsody 9. Radio Ga Ga 10. I Want To Break Free 11. Jailhouse Rock
12. We Will Rock You 13. We Are The Champions 14. God Save The Queen

Live at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan 11th May 1985

1. Machines 2. Tear It Up 3. Tie Your Mother Down 4. Under Pressure 5. Seven Seas Of Rhye
6. Keep Yourself Alive 7. Liar 8. It’s A Hard Life 9. Is This The World We Created?
10. Another One Bites The Dust 11. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 12. Bohemian Rhapsody
13. Radio Ga Ga 14. We Will Rock You 15. We Are The Champions 16. God Save The Queen

Bonus Track
17. Yoruno Hit Studio (8th May 1985)



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