December 24, 1975. London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Onstage at this legendary venue, the four members of Queen are bringing to a close a ground-breaking show, transmitted live on BBC TV, and also bringing to a climax the most eventful and exciting year in their careers so far – one that has taken them from the UK to America to Japan, sealing their transition from ambitious upstarts into one of the biggest and most important bands of the era - and beyond.
Forty years later, this groundbreaking show officially takes to the World Stage. On November 20, Queen - A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975 is released on CD, DVD, SD Blu-Ray, 2 LP vinyl, Super Deluxe Box Set and digitally through Virgin EMI. As well as a live recording of this legendary gig, the packages also include extra-special bonus features for the Queen fans.
Brian May quotes: “This concert was very special because it was the first time we ever played a whole show completely live on TV the Christmas Show,”
“The quality, after great rescue work and transfer into the digital domain, is amazing. And the energy we had comes across very forcefully.”
Featuring 15 tracks from their first four visionary albums, plus covers of four classic rock’n’roll staples delivered with characteristic panache, A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975 captures a band in full flight and radiating megawatts of self-confidence.
Amongst those tracks is Bohemian Rhapsody – universally hailed as one of the most ground-breaking songs ever released – at the time was in the middle of its record-breaking nine week run at Number One in the UK charts and is delivered here in two parts as a start and finish inside a medley with cristalclear vocals and wonderfull melodies!
The Christmas Eve show was the climax of the 26-date ‘Queen Invite You To A Night At The Opera Tour’.
“Queen and their music, presentation, production – everything about them says that they are more important than any other band you’ve heard,”
By the time the band returned to Hammersmith on Christmas Eve, they were truly firing on all cylinders. No expense had been spared, from the stellar light show which lent a spectacular visual element to the night’s proceedings to the suitably lavish white Bechstein grand piano which had been hired especially for this show. Nor had the band themselves overlooked the finer sartorial details. Freddie Mercury sported two different satin cat suits – one black one white – during the show.
But for all the stage dressing, every Queen concert was purely and simply about the performance – and this was no exception Cherry-picked from Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack and the triumphant A Night At The Opera, the set list showed every facet of the band, from the ornate hard rock of Keep Yourself Alive and Seven Seas Of Rhye to the baroque grandeur of The March Of The Black Queen, from the heavy metal strut of Ogre Battle and Son And Daughter to the playful genre-bending of Bring Back That Leroy Brown and Queen’s breakthrough hit Killer Queen and the huge and fantastic guitarsolo that is part of Brighton Rock which may be one of the best and unique guitarsolo's ever done.
Freddie Mercury with his extradordinary and superb rockopera voice and Brian May with his own superb guitarplaying were the yin and yang in Queen, while Roger Taylor and John Deacon proved themselves to be one of the greatest rhythm sections of the era. By the time they’d completed a rock’n’roll medley featuring hits by Elvis, Connie Francis, Gene Vincent and Shirley Bassey, they had the 5000-strong audience eating out of their hands.
With the issue of A Night At The Odeon this legendary show has finally been given the pedestal it deserves, delivered in fitting style, featuring an incredible new audio mix in stereo and 5.1 surround-sound plus an absolute state-of-the-art restoration of the video.
If you are a Queen fan this is a must have.
If you are not a Queen fan yet, you will be afer seeing and listening to this!
100% energy and pure magic!