I love Early Queen when they were a Rock band--Prog-Band--Art rock band..73-77---This is the oldest Queen live recording which made it to the bootleg market. Two older recordings are rumoured - Ewell College 1971 and Marquee Club 1972, but it seems that Ewell College doesn't exist (the recording is actually a slowed-down version of the rock'n'roll medley coming from this concert), and the Marquee 72 recording was sold to Queen Productions (but they claim now that the don't have it), which means that this is the oldest Queen show we can get. The performance is incredible. The sound quality is absolutely excellent, the only problem is that Freddie's vocal is mixed too low, it sounds like the band is standing right before you, but Freddie sings from another room. But still it's very enjoyable.Queen perform this show for radio in front of a small studio audience. DJ Alan Black adds some commentary between songs. This radio broadcast (and others that followed) would lead to dozens of bootlegs. It was first broadcast on October 20, 1973 (a date which many recordings of the show has since been falsely attributed to; Queen were slated to perform at London's Paris Theatre that night and be recorded by BBC radio 1, but the date was cancelled altogether).
Brian May put together a version of Procession to be used as the opening music leading into the band's entrance. At this point the work is incomplete, as the first half sounds a bit primitive compared to the version that would be heard on Queen II.
This is possibly the first performance of Father To Son. Many of the lyrics are different to what would end up on Queen II (contrary to the album liner notes saying the album was recorded in August 1973, the sessions actually went into February 1974). The rocker would never be performed in its entirety, as the band would always leave out the repeating vocals at the end.
Ogre Battle is in its infancy as well. The lyrics of the chorus aren't yet polished, and this is the one and only time they don't jump into the faster tempo during the battle section.
Brian inserts a guitar solo into Son And Daughter, where he is heard with an analogue delay in stereo (using an Echoplex, as it was in those days - although it keeps cutting out tonight). The delay is heard in another amplifier 800 milliseconds later than what he initially plays, allowing him to create harmonies on the fly. This style of guitar solo would be heard in Brighton Rock on the Sheer Heart Attack album the following year. When touring to support that album, he would add a second tape delay to create three-part harmony, something that has been a showcase for Brian live ever since.
The embryo of Brian's solo dates back to Blag, a Smile track from 1969. It's unknown precisely when he began to play it on stage with Queen. He remarked in a 1982 interview that its life on stage began during the band's first tour supporting Mott The Hoople, in November 1973. But it is possible that he played the solo live even earlier than this radio show, as he inserted it into Son And Daughter at the band's second BBC session on July 25, 1973.
The band play See What A Fool I've Been at this show, a song they would occasionally perform until 1977. The bluesy song would never be released on an album - only as the B-side to Seven Seas Of Rhye the following year. Freddie gives it a more rock-oriented treatment on stage, a stark contrast to his campy delivery on the recorded version.
Before Liar, Black introduces John Deacon as "Deacon John" as he's credited on Queen's debut album, and in the background Freddie is heard saying, "No, it's not."LOL----When they were a Rock band they were great and well heavy at times..Despite Fred's vocals a wee bit low in the mix--As the Beep have long since wiped the tape master ---This is the best you will get...Nice to play loud back from GIGS AS WELL---Av --ittttttt---Prog--meets Hard rcok...Great stuff...
Queen live at Golders Green Hippodrome 13/09/1973
One of the best concert ever of the early days..Queen was the first Rock band in history playing there! Hope you guys enjoy it;)