Queen / Santa Monica 1976 3rd Night / 2CD

Queen / Santa Monica 1976 3rd Night / 2CD / Wardour
Live at Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, USA 11th March 1976

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QUEEN of 1976 who turned around the whole world at “The Night of the Opera”. The masterpiece of that shock is a new excavation, appeared in 2CD emergency permanent preservation press.
Included in the shocking work is “Santa Monica performance on March 11, 1976”. An exquisite audience recording that vacuum-packs the act of “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”. It was an undeveloped show where no recordings have been found so far, but suddenly a masterpiece popped out. First of all, the show position before the impact. Let’s take a bird’s-eye view of the outline of the world tour that has made QUEEN the name of the world.

● 1975
・ November 14-19: UK (6 performances)
《November 21 “ Opera Night ” released》
・ November 21-December 24: UK (20 performances)
● 1976
・ January 27-March 12: North America (33 performances) ← ★ Here ★
・ March 22-April 4: Japan (9 performances)
・ April 11-23: Australia (8 performances)

This is the overall picture of “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”. The Santa Monica performance of this work is the final edition that will be the second performance from the end of the “North America” ​​leg. “CIVIC AUDITORIUM” was 4 consecutive performances, but there were 2 performances a day, so this was the 4th performance on the 3rd day. At the same time, it was just before the second performance in Japan.
This work revealing such a show has an excellent sound. The best part is the strong and powerful core. The bass isn’t perfect because it’s a little overpeak, but everything else is perfect. Both performance and singing voice approached in front of the eyes without a sense of distance, and the details are also clear with almost no hall sound. The clearness of high-quality items such as guitars and pianos is unusual, and the delicate touch and the slight choking are beautiful and clear. Even better than that, Freddie’s vocals. This is really the details and Katsuaki. The vocals flow into your ears with a sense of close enough that you think that the vocals are just stacked on the sound board.
«The recording itself is amazing and the freshness is not a hampa. In fact, this master was discovered by the prestigious “JEMS”. It is the ultimate gene that has been digitized directly from the original master cassette. Moreover, this work is mastering such original sounds. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you are dirty with the sound pressure earning of Muya Yahagi. “JEMS” reveals the truth of the master as it is, but because of that, the pitch was randomly distorted and the sound was doubled. In this work, such defects are thoroughly corrected. The flatness of monaural recording has also been pursued by pseudo-stereo processing. As expected, “The Prophet’s Song”, “In The Lap Of Gods”, “Now I’m Here” and “Sweet Lady” “Liar” in the middle (breaking momentarily) are interrupted by the shortcomings of the recording itself. Finished as “easy to hear” as much as possible for the new excavation master.
It ’s such a sound that shows Freddy ’s overwhelming show. The set is standard for the North American tour and follows the Japanese performance just after. This is a good opportunity, so let’s organize it here.

● QUEEN (4 songs)
・ Son and Daughter / Keep Yourself Alive / Liar
・ A NIGHT AT THE ODEON cannot be heard: Doing All Right
● QUEEN II (4 songs)
・ Ogre Battle / White Queen (As It Began) / The March of the Black Queen / Seven Seas of Rhye
・ Killer Queen / Bring Back That Leroy Brown / Brighton Rock / In the Lap of the Gods / Now I ’m Here
・ A song you can’t listen to at A NIGHT AT THE ODEON: Flick of the Wrist / Stone Cold Crazy
● A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (4 songs)
・ Bohemian Rhapsody
・ Songs you can’t listen to at A NIGHT AT THE ODEON: Sweet Lady / The Prophet ’s Song / Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
● Other
・ Big Spender / Rock and Roll Medley

… and it looks like this. Speaking of “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”, the official board of the Hammersmith performance is the standard today, but there are plenty of songs that cannot be heard there. And even better than that, the performance itself. Speaking of the end of the tour, I thought that I was tired, but it was really smooth. Although it is a performance every day, the voice is also pleasantly stretched and powerful whether there was room for the venue without movement. In particular, the more you go to the second half of the show, the more intense the tension is and the more exhilarating.
QUEEN has been re-evaluated several times in response to a movie, and has easily gone beyond the times. And that vintage record continues to be excavated over time. It is a masterpiece that lets you listen to its exquisite sound that you can’t think of 43 years ago. Live album that lets you taste a show that you have never heard before. Please have a look and experience.

(Remastered memo)
★ Fixed a fast pitch in a slope for 10 minutes from the beginning of Disc1. (About 20% of semitones)

★ This is an outstanding source of attention for the first time in the bootleg. Sound and performance are great.

その衝撃作に収められているのは「1976年3月11日サンタモニカ公演」。“A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”の一幕を真空パックした絶品オーディエンス録音です。これまで一切の録音が見つかっていなかった未開のショウだったのですが、突如として傑作マスターが飛び出してきたのです。その衝撃の内容の前に、まずはショウのポジション。世界にQUEENの名を轟かせたワールドツアー概要を俯瞰してみましょう。


これが“A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”の全体像。本作のサンタモニカ公演は「北米」レッグの最後から2公演目となる最終盤。“CIVIC AUDITORIUM”では4回連続公演だったのですが、その中には1日2公演の日もあったので本作は3日目にして4公演目でした。同時に、二度目の来日公演の直前でもあったわけです。
録音自体が驚異的な上に、鮮度もハンパじゃない。実は、このマスターを発掘したのはかの名門「JEMS」。大元のマスター・カセットからダイレクトにデジタル化された究極ジェネなのです。しかも、本作はそんな原音を細心マスタリング。もちろん、無闇矢鱈の音圧稼ぎで汚しているわけではありません。「JEMS」はマスターの真実をそのままに公開しているわけですが、そのためにピッチがランダムに狂い、音のダブリも発生していました。本作では、そうした欠点を徹底的に補正。モノラル録音の平板さも疑似ステレオ処理でダイナミズムを追究しました。さすがに「The Prophet’s Song」「In The Lap Of Gods」「Now I’m Here」冒頭や「Sweet Lady」「Liar」中盤で(一瞬)途切れるのは録音自体の欠点なのでとうしようもありませんが、荒っぽい新発掘マスターに可能な限り「聴きやすく」仕上げました。

・Son and Daughter/Keep Yourself Alive/Liar
・A NIGHT AT THE ODEONで聴けない曲:Doing All Right
・Ogre Battle/White Queen (As It Began)/The March of the Black Queen/Seven Seas of Rhye
・Killer Queen/Bring Back That Leroy Brown/Brighton Rock/In the Lap of the Gods/Now I’m Here
・A NIGHT AT THE ODEONで聴けない曲:Flick of the Wrist/Stone Cold Crazy
・Bohemian Rhapsody
・A NIGHT AT THE ODEONで聴けない曲:Sweet Lady/The Prophet’s Song/Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
・Big Spender/Rock and Roll Medley

……と、このようになっています。“A NIGHT AT THE OPERA TOUR”と言えば、現代ではハマースミス公演の公式盤が基準となるわけですが、そこでは聴けない曲もたっぷり披露されています。そして、それ以上に素晴らしいのが演奏そのもの。ツアー終盤と言えば疲れも溜まっているかと思いきや、実に快調。連日公演ではあるものの、移動のない同会場のために余裕があったのか、声も気持ちよく伸びて力強い。特にショウ後半に行くほどテンションも尻上がりで実に爽快なショウなのです。




Disc 1 (59:52)
1. Bohemian Rhapsody introduction
2. Ogre Battle
3. Sweet Lady
4. White Queen
5. Flick of the Wrist
6. Bohemian Rhapsody
7. Killer Queen
8. The March of the Black Queen
9. Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise)
10. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
11. Brighton Rock
12. Guitar Solo
13. Son and Daughter
14. The Prophet’s Song
15. Stone Cold Crazy
16. Doing All Right
17. Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon

Disc 2 (33:06)
1. Keep Yourself Alive
2. Seven Seas of Rhye
3. Liar
4. In the Lap of the Gods
5. Now I’m Here
6. Big Spender
7. Rock and Roll Medley incl. Jailhouse Rock & Be-Bop-A-Lula
8. God Save the Queen


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