Queen Live in New York City Madison Square Garden November 16th 1978

Here’s and interesting article about Queen performing in NY in 1978. Enjoy!! From Rolling Stone Magazine, Jan. 25th 1979. Why RS never liked Queen music??

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If QUEEN’s Performance lived up to the promise of their entrance, it’d be the biggesr event since the fall of the Roman Empire. Freddie Mercury, clad in storm-trooper black, comes out swaggering, brandishing bis microphone stand like a riding crop, while guitarist Brian May unleashes a Valkyrian ride of power riffs. “Let me enter­ tain you;’sings Mercury; itis-nota request, b.ut a command. For a moment it seems as if we will be swept away by some dark, Diony­ sian rite that leaves nothing in its wake but shattered champagne crystal and deflowered eleven­ year-olds.

The next two hours of Queen’s set, however, don’t match the ex­citement of those first few minutes. Queen is a band with a cleverly construcred,veneer: on the surface their music sounds profound and resonant, but underneath there’s no substance. The group’s studio work maintains this illusion of depth with dense, imaginative pro­duction and arrangements. On­ stage the veneer wears thin.

Part of Queen’s problem is their musicianship. Mercury possesses a strong baritone that could be an expressive   instrument,   but   he locks himself into a caricature. He knows only one theatrical tech­nique: exaggeration. His head ap­pears to be permanently cocked back, his chest swells like an oper­atic buffoon. And when attempt­ ing a ballad like “You’re My Best Friend” (part of an acoustic seg­ ment sandwiched between the electric portions of the set), Mer­ cury tries so hard to act out his emotion that he defeats bis own ability to communicate it. He’s like a rock & roll Enzo Stuarti.

Mercury  comes  across  with more  flair than  the  rest  of  the group. Bassist John  Deàcon  and drummer Roger Taylor are more than adequate players on record, but onstage they are possibly the worst  rhythm  section in rock & rolt Taylor plods. He nor only has • littlegraspoftechnicalnuance,  but also seems to bave only recently cliscoverecl the baçkbeat. (Bis solo spot consists of a lorig drum roll fed through a phase shift:er.) Brian May, apolished , technically aclr:oit heavy-metal guitarist,stands off to one side and plays his parts inde­ pendentof the others. The ensem­ble results are chaotic. “Keep Yourself Alive:’ one of Queen’s best songs, loses ali dynamics in performance. On the record, it builcls from one guitar riff to a multilayered crescendo; live, the band charges into it li°ke four wilcl stallions on the rampage. They don’t build the song, they rush it, and by the end the tempo is nearly twice as fast as when the song began.

Queen’s  staging  is  similarly confused. On this tour they’re using the standard array of arena­ scale effects: smoke, strobes,  a second stage that clescends from above. But instead of comple­ menting the performance, they seem more like elaborate cliver­ sionary tactics. On the second of two nights at Madison Square Garden, the band even dispatched severa! undothed’ women across the stage on bicycles during “Far Bottomed Girls.” How far will Queen go to keep people from noticing that it’s not only the bi­cyling beauties who are bare?

 

Queenmusem.com & Discodays

Al DiscoDays domenica 6 aprile 2014 presso la Casa della Musica di Napoli, Queenmuseum.com organizzerà una mostra ripercorrendo la storia ultra quarantennale dei Queen attraverso i dischi più rari, le edizione più ricercati e le memorabilia da ogni parte del mondo.

Queen exibition next Sunday April 6th at Discodays, music and record fair, in Naples. Records & memorabilia from all over the world.

 

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Sheer Heart Attack LP’s discography

With the help of fellow collectors, Lorenzo Marranci and John Daly, we’re building a gallery dedicated to the 1974 third Queen LP “Sheer Heart Attack”.
click on the link below and enjoy. Of course, all new contributions or missing infos are very appreciated. So don’t hesitate to make your comments.

Sheer Heart Attack Gallery

 

 

The UK issues

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The third Queen album was released in UK on November 8th 1974, with the famous cover showing a Mick Rock photo. We will analyze how to tell  first issue from further releases. This means that slightly difference in the cover, Inner sleeve are present. Also to recognize a first issue you always have to check matrix numbers. So please if you already haven’t done yet please read the following article about UK matrix numbers.

A rare Uk white label test pressing copy have surfaced.This has matrix numbers ending, both A side and B side, with 1U and of course 1 G as Mother- Stamper.

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UK TESTPRESS LP

 

But the first reported commercial issue has matrix numbers as follows: A side Yax 4881 3U, B side Yax 4882 3U.

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matrix A side

 

UK (3u 3u) matrix 2a

Matrix b side

Most common versions on the market have 4u/4U matrix and I suppose these being for 1975.

other matrix reported are:

4u/3u

4u/1u

6u/3u

6u/7 (the 80′s cream label reissue)

There are some differences you can find in the lyrics inner sleeve also.

The first inner sleeve, found on the 3u/3u and 4u/3u has three of the four corner cut as shown in the photo below (please note the G&L printed under the Crest Logo).

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UK inner 1 Back

The back side of the inner reports the “EMC 3061″ catalogue number.

The 2nd version of the inner, widely found in the 4u/4u copies has the following aspect, rounded corner and different print under the crest logo “Crest Design C Queen production ltd 1975″

UK Inner 2nd version

UK Inner 2nd version

Another obscure difference can be found on the early pressing on the glossy laminated sleeve. If you look on the back right corner in most copies you’ll find the trident logo, but some copies haven’t got it!!

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There’s also, as you can see fro the photos a different tone of red colour  which differs on the two issues. The one with Trident Logo seems to be more vivid, going almost to orange. Check the two sleeves also compared on the front.

UK (3u 3u) Different shade of red Front

 

and another detail of the cover:

 

UK (3u 3u) Different shade of red Rear 3

 

That’s all for now. Of course, any addition, correction or further information is greatly appreciated so feel free to contact us if you have new details to add to this post.

 

Don’t forget to check the Sheer Heart Attack gallery with issues from all over the world… you’ll find a lot of differences… Did you know that italian LP issue ha no mirror crackles on the bacl photo? And in Argentina and Urugualy the title on front sleeve was translated in “certero ataque al corazon”; some countries as France and Venezuela issued a gatefold sleeve instead of the single one issued in UK.

Rare Share: Queen Collectables

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Rare Share : Queen Collectables. You tube Channel

 

QUEEN RARE SHARE is a platform for Queen fans to share and discuss their favourite items of memorabilia. You can watch the short films we’ve created here, covering a multitude of rare and diverse Queen treasures and spanning the band’s entire career, and you can also create your own films/clips/features for this channel. The channel was created and it’s run by Queen experts Gary Taylor and Greg Brooks.

This is THE place to come if you love Queen and the 40 years of wonderful memorabilia this incredible band  your favourite Queen items – be it ‘The Works’ album, or Picture Discs, Box Sets or rare vinyl.

Life On Two Legs: Norman Sheffield, Trident and … Queen

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The book with an original acetate of Seven Seas of Rhye from Trident (Queenmuseum collection)

The Book titled Life on Two legs was out in July 2013. It’s the story of Trident Records told by his founder Norman Sheffield. For the avid Queen fan and collector is really a new fresh point of view of the early period of the band. The most interesting one for me.. because it’s when a band starts to have first achievements, and everything seems electric.

Ok you probably know about the song Freddie dedicated to the author, “Death on two legs” from A Night At The Opera album… but there’s no nasty reply to that song… at all.. opn the contrary you read of course the point of view of the man who actually discovered Queen and brought them to the Stars….

Everything is written very well and you go very fast because want to read facts, stories etc… As was for reading the “Becoming Elektra” from Jack Holzman, this will also let you jump in those)late 60′s/early 70′s when inside Trident Studios some historical recording were made…. Beatles, Genesis,Bowie, Elton John, Queen…..

The Book is published by Trident Publishing LTD and it’s of course available on line!!

 

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“Queen” 1973 – 2013 40 years from their debut LP – USA & Japan

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In 1972, Jack Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, wrote an internal memo to his stuff: I have seen the future of pop music, and it is a band called Queen! He was desperate to sign Queen.”I knew in my bones they were it, that Queen would thrive at Elektra and we were the perfect label for them. There was the added thrill of the chase, going up against Columbia. I had been told that deal was completed, but discovered through my own soursec that Queen had yet to see the first draft of the Columbia contract. And there was no deal memo”. Holzman kept up the pressure on the band’s management, visiting them in London, and he slowly began to convince Queen and their manager Jack Nelson, of his commitment.”We offered the same lure that worked so well with The Doors and Harry Chapin: we wouldn’t release any other album the same month as Queen’s debut appeared. Elektra could do that, but Columbia, because of their enormous size and obligations, could not. Altough we were now part of the Warner Music Group we were still flexible. We eventually signed Queen for over 60 percent of the world. Emi had Europe. We sold far more Queen records than EMI.

 

 

One of the earliest promotional Queen related item from USA in 1973 is the following Elektra Records preview book. These kind of items are now very rare; they were given to Music rep., especially resellers. It features all the releases planned for September 1973. That was the month Elektra chose to let Queen debut LP go  to be released in the USA market.

 

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 Promotional information and images to be used in the newspaper ads are included in this book (size 12,5″ x 12,5″).

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This sheet can be found also in the promo LP version of the debut US LP. Here’s in card paper.

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Order form and shiny paper promo sheet with Queen previews with quotes from UK newspapers…

But the Most interesting thing from this book is that it features advance LP covers for these september 1973 releases. The Queen cover is still not completed. Both the crest on the back and the “Queen” written on front are missing!!!

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And of course in USA we have a Test Pressing edition of the LP with the following matrix numbers etched in the run-off groove

Side A: EKS 75064 A-1  ESR-TD 7-20-73

SIDE B: EKS 75064 B-1  ESR-TD 7-20-73

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The Label of the USA Test Pressing LP

 

Stay connected with this post… I’ll update soon with all vinyls informations about the Queen debut LP in US….. and soon after in Japan….

The Blue Bohemian Rhapsody Test Press

I must admit I was quite skeptical about the record I’m going to present here before holding it in my hands. It was on sale as a dark blue vinyl white label of Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Being myself in possession of both a numbered blue borhap and also an un-numbered version I coud make all the deep analysis needed to check if it was a genuine item or not. Well it is!!! Probably used to to test the final color this un-altered vinyl ( I mean not discolored by bad conservation) is in a darker blue than the famous numbered Queen BoRhap. From the pictures you can see how the label structure matches with the the numb. version, coming with its circles grooved into vinyl. Weight is also the same. But as some may say it could also be a further bootleg vinyl?? No because last check and most important one is checking the matrix numbers which may tell if this record was pressed used the same mother stampers used for the legendary blue vinyl issue. And as the pictures can tell you this is what happened. the A side comes with “blair” written in the run-off groove, then a “1″ printed at 90° and after some space the “EMI 2375 A – 3″. B side has EMI 2375 B – 1″. Fonts, Dimensions and positions matches exactly in both issues the numbered blue Bohemian rhapsody. This record was found together with the un-numbered issue in a bunch of 45′s in a car boot sale but I wonder if there are others around. Being unlabelled it could be easy that if other copies survived and not destroyed as it should have been owners don’t know what they have in their hands unless they play them.

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“Queen” 1973 – 2013 40 years from their debut LP

“Queen” was officially out in UK  on July 13th 1973;  you probably know everything about early days and how the come to an agreement with EMI records to release their first work. Here We will focus on the collector aspect of their debut LP. Sometime additional useful informations can be taken from original press sheets, withdrawn editons etc.. so let’s start…

Finding acetates or reel to reel copies of the master tapes is quite impossible. Only few appeared in the auction houses and on private sales.

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A rare Trident 12″ acetate with full album, probably dated late 72. This version contains a different version of Keep Yourself Alive.

 

 

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A Trident 10″ reel to reel tape (copy of Master) of the B side of their debut LP. Dated May 22nd 1973

 

The very first piece of vinyl (not acetate) with the first Queen work on it is what in the collectors language is called “Pop Conference” Test Press LP.

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UK Pop Group Conference 1973 Promotional Sampler

 

 

I could not find any information about when this conference was held. EMI organized one in 1973 to promote three new artists. One was Queen, the other two were Blue Mink and James Webley ( the EMI’s answer to Elton John, at least so they hoped).

All three artists used the same Die Cut promo cover, featuring on the back images and contact informations of EMI managers.

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Matrix numbers:

A side: YAX 4623 – 3u KIP-HUGGYPOO-KISSY  1 G

B side :YAX 4624 – 2u OFF WITH HIS HEAD  1 G

There aren’t reported any earlier matrix codes (3u – 2u) for their UK debut LP. Please check this article about decoding UK matrix numbers.

So the first press of the commercial issue should have these codes in the run-off groove. Apart from the “1 G” letters which identify the mother and the stamper all the other informations should appear on copy released in July 1973. Catalogue number which EMC 3006 is reported on the promo sheet given with the LP.

 

 

All the publicist and press people were given the very first Queen press kit with informations about this forthcoming  release. It’s not sure if the purple envelope with the Queen gold crest was used to contains the promo stuff. Maybe it was used in the next weeks or month as promotion for both the LP and the UK tour supporting Mott the Hoople.

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The EMI promotional 10×8 photo is not a proper photo paper but more similar to card paper, the back is brown. This the same photo early fans, writing to Trident before Fan Club were born, received fully signed by the band!!

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the Queen first promo press sheet

There’s an interesting information in this sheet. The Release of the album will be accompained with the issue of the first Queen single out on June 15th.

You probably know from Queen bio’s that the first Single “Keep Yourself Alive/Son & Daughter” was out on July 6th, and not on June 15th. But Recently a copy of a demo 7″ appeared featuring on the label this date which matches with what is reported on that promo sheet. According to a uk journalist who worked for EMI back in 1973 in promoting records, this was withdrawn for a wrong mix, even if no substantial differences were found with the released version. All copies were destroyed but a dozen were saved by him.

 

“Queen” or the album which many collectors and fans call “Queen I” was released July 13th in UK with this picture sleeve:

 

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The cover of the first Queen LP was created by Freddie, Brian and Queen’s photographer  Douglas Puddifoot (what’s better than reading about the cover directly from Brian himself, check that link).

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EMI records didn’t use white label issues on LP for promotional or radio distribution. But demo LP were usually give with a sticker put on the label saying “Factory sample – Not For Sale”.

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The label of the First issue of “Queen”. This edition came with same matrix numbers of the Conference Pop sampler LP.

 

I never came across a proper test Pressing with blank white label of Queen I but probably exist both in single sided version and double version. if someone owns a copy please contact me.

 

other know matrix numbers:

  • A: YAX 4623 – 3u KIP-HUGGYPOO-KISSY/B: YAX 4624-5  (1) blair
  • A: YAX 4623-5  HM (5) Blair’s rule/B: YAX 4624-5   blair

 

There’s also a different version of the LP from 1973 which differs in matrix numbers with the usual codes we are used to see in EMI pressings.

It comes with the following matrix numbers:

A: EMC 3006 YAX 4623 A//2 1 1 (5) a huggy Poo Kissy Kissy

B: EMC 3006 YAX 4624 B//2 1 2 7 Kathy Pat Sue Kip John Ray a?

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label and matrix of the uncommon issue of Queen I lp (check the matrix numbers)

 

After some research I’ve found it was pressed in a different pressing plant probably where Vertigo Pye  LP’s were produced.

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The Three page Press kit with Queen Headed paper presenting the album and short bio’s of band members… and yes Deaky is Deacon John!!!

 

The Queen machine now started and the band is back in studio working on their second album in Summer 1973 but promotion is active and a new tour is set to be in Autumn.

 

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advert page from New Musical Express, July 21st 1973

 

and one of the very first musc press article about “Her Majesty”:

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Melody Maker, July 28th 1973

 

 

Look what Tony Brainsby, first Queen publicist wrote back in late summer 1973:

 

QUEEN – and it’s not often you can make a promise you just know will turn out true – are probably the most spectacular, dazzlingly inventive and visually stunning new band you’ll ever have heard in a long, long time.

Rash?   Not really, because QUEEN have already captured the imagination of the Rock ‘n’ Roll business.   How mamy new bands have you heard lately that could move ‘Melody Maker’ to call them “amazing” and “New Musical Express” to say “if these guys look just half as good as they sound, they could be huge”? And all on the strength of a debut album, ‘Queen”, recorded nearly eighteen months ago?

 

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Tony Brainsby presenting Queen (original press sheet)

 

 

 

They even fooled John Peel, who raved about the synthesiser work throughout that album and the debut single from it “Keep Yourself Alive”.   The catch? – it wasn’t a synthesiser at all.   Just Brian May’s dazzling lead guitar work.

QUEEN – Freddie Mercury (lead vocals), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Deacon John (bass, vocals) and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) – got themselves together a couple of years ago, before Bowie and Roxy Music came along to turn Glam Rock into the first new music wave of the seventies.  QUEEN are glamorous, bui all it’s down to is sheer charisma and perfection.   There’s not a trace of mascara anywhere near them .  QUEEN are quality.   They’re a name on everyone’s lips ..  and they could just turn out to be the new band of the seventies.

They made their debut on record back in the early summer.   They’ve been working since on their second album and single.   And perfecting their live act for their debut British tour.   Now that’s come about, when QUEEN support Mott the Hoople throughout November and December,   They’re ready.   Are you?

 

 

“Queen” was reissued in early 80′s in UK, as well in other EU countries under the FAME  label as part of reissue series.

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UK Fame reissue LP

 

The catalogue number is FA 3040; matrix are: side A: YAX 4623-5  Blair (NICK) B: YAX 4624-6 (NICK). You can easily spot this issue even from the cover. It has a Fame logo printed in the top right corner.

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Last reissue in heavy weight vinyl is from 2009. Parlophone with EMI classic label.Bar Code on the back PS.

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