On Christmas Eve 1975 Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon (Collectively known as Queen) brought audiences in London a very special hometown show when they performed live at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. The seventeen-song set was a fiery set to say the very least as the band drove through each song almost seamlessly. Even as fast as it passed by, there’s something about that fire that exemplifies everything that was once and still is right with live performances. Now thanks to the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment, audiences of all ages will get to see just how enjoyable it is for themselves as that concert has been made available in a number of formats including SD-Blu-ray. The band’s previously noted stage presence in this performance is undeniably important in its own right to the overall concert experience. It is just one part of what makes this recording so enjoyable, though. It will be discussed at more length later. The most important element to examine here is the concert’s set list. The set list featured in this performance is quite interesting. That is because while the band’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera had been released only a few weeks ahead of the presented performance, the band opted not to touch on that album by and large. That will be discussed shortly. Again, the band’s stage presence over the course of the concert is just as important to note in its overall presentation. Last but not least of note in this recording’s presentation is the bonus documentary “Looking Back At The Odeon.” Each of the recording’s noted elements plays its own important part in the whole of the recording. Altogether they make this recording one more of 2015’s top live recordings and another must have for both Queen fans and classic rock aficionados alike.
Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest archived live Queen recording is one of 2015’s top live recordings and yet another must have for any Queen fans and classic rock aficionados alike. The main reason for this is the concert’s set list. Unlike the case with so many other live recordings released by Queen and Eagle Rock Entertainment overall the set list featured in this recording stands out quite starkly. That is because it features all of one song from what was the band’s latest album at the time, 1975’s A Night At The Opera. The rest of the show’s seventeen total songs are lifted from what were the band’s previous albums at the time. That’s ironic to say the absolute least. It is so ironic because the band had released A Night at The Opera only weeks before this special Christmas Day show. What’s more, the show was the closer of what was then the band’s current tour, too. So simply put, the juxtaposition of the show’s set list to the timing of the show and the release of A Night At The Opera really makes the show’s set list stand out as a key part of this recording. It is only one part of what makes this concert well worth the watch, too. The band’s stage presence throughout the course of the concert is just as important to note as the show’s rather intriguing set list.
The set list that makes up the body of A Night At The Odeon is an interesting part of the recording’s whole. That is to say the very least. Being that only one of the featured songs comes from A Night At The Opera the recording’s title doesn’t seem entirely fitting. That aside, it still presents its own share of fan favorites throughout the course of its seventeen total songs. Having noted that, the songs are just one part of what makes this recording another must have for fans of both Queen and classic rock in whole. The band’s stage presence is just as important to the recording’s overall presentation as the show’s set list. What is so interesting to note of the ban’s stage presence in this performance is the fire that seems to be burning hot and bright beneath each member. The show runs a total of seventeen minutes and a little more than an hour (an hour and three minutes to be exact). But the pace at which the band attacks each of the featured songs is incredible. It makes that hour-plus run time seem to fly by in the blink of an eye. It also shows the band’s collective energy. Of course one need only watch each of the band’s members to see just how much energy each had. It translates quite well to home viewers, too. So much so that home viewers may even end up feeling their own energy as they take in the concert. That says quite a bit especially considering the fact that the concert was originally recorded some four decades ago. It shows why Queen is just as much of a fan favorite today as it was when this concert was originally recorded.
Both the band’s stage presence throughout the course of its concert at the former Hammersmith Odeon and the set list featured in this concert are important elements in their own right to A Night At The Odeon. The set list presents a number of fan favorites from what was then Queen’s earlier releases. And the band’s stage presence over the course of the show’s hour-plus run time is just as certain to keep audiences of all ages engaged from beginning to end. For all of the importance presented by the show’s set list and the ban’s performance of said songs, they are not the recording’s only key elements. The bonus documentary that is included with the concert is just as important to the recording as the show itself. That is because it isn’t necessarily a documentary in the traditional sense of the word. Rather it is more of a general interview with two of the band’s members–Brian May and Roger Taylor–than a documentary. May and Taylor discuss the tour that included the concert in this recording as part of their interview. There are also discussions on the band’s legendary front man Freddie Mercury and his ability to hold a crowd in the very palm of his hand. Just as interesting to note is the discussion on the band’s financial issues at the time of the tour. One would be surprised to hear just how little the band was actually being paid for its shows at the time. Considering how popular Queen has become in the decades since and the money that Queen brings in to this day, it’s quite the stark statement. These are just a few of the subjects that are tackled in the concert’s bonus documentary. The pair has much more to say in its interview. And audiences will hear all of it when they pick up A Night At The Odeon for themselves. Those discussions together with the show’s set list and the band’s performance of said set list make A Night At The Odeon a recording in whole that the band’s fans and classic rock fans in general will equally enjoy.
Queen: A Night At The Odeon — Hammersmith 1975 is another must have for any of Queen’s legions of fans around the world. It is also just as much of a must have for classic rock fans in general. In examining the whole of this recording, it can be said just as much that it is one of 2015’s top live recordings. That is thanks in large part to the concert’s rather ironic set list. The set list features only one song from A Night At The Opera, which had been released only weeks ahead of the concert. Most of the show’s set list was pulled from the band’s then older material. The band’s fiery stage presence throughout the course of the concert’s hour-plus run time is just as important to note. The band’s stage presence shows why it is still one of the music community’s most respected bands even four decades after this concert was originally recorded. The bonus “documentary” that is included with the concert is just as important to the whole of the concert as the show’s set list and the band’s stage presence. Audiences get first-hand insight into the concert from two of the band’s members as well as insight into other, related topics. Each element shows to be its own important part of the recording in the long run. Altogether they make A Night At The Odeon — Hammersmith 1975 a recording that is, again, more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leading name in live recordings and why this recording is one of 2015’s top live recordings. They also collectively serve to show why this recording is another must have for any of Queen’s fans and any classic rock aficionados in general. It is available now in stores and online on a number of platforms. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:
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