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Live at the Rainbow ’74

Artist: Queen
Release Date: September 9, 2014
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About the Album

In the early 70’s, many rock bands’ road to stardom was paved by live performances. As good as studio albums could be, somehow, that all-powerful rock energy translated best when captured live. Bootleg recordings became massively popular and bands like The Who and Deep Purple achieved real boosts in popularity by releasing their albums Live At Leeds and Made In Japan.

1974 will always be remembered as the year Queen ascended to the throne. Key to their meteoric rise was their March 31st show at London’s legendary Rainbow Theatre. The band, after 4 years of slugging it out in UK clubs and fresh off a tour as openers for Mott The Hoople, sold out THE major venue, The Rainbow Theatre. Selling out the 3,500 seat Rainbow, counterpart to L.A.’s Palladium or New York’s Fillmore East was a signature achievement. In an extraordinarily short period of time a respected club act became a massive hitmaking headliner!

That electrifying show was recorded by Roy Thomas Baker (engineer and co-producer of Queen’s first four studio albums) and slated to be the band’s third album, their “Live At Leeds”, a recording that captured the magic of Queen firing on all cylinders and really coming into their own.


But their ferocious creative momentum also produced a stack of new songs begging to be recorded and they rolled right into the making of 1974’s breakthrough album, Sheer Heart Attack.

Queen’s Live At The Rainbow, was shelved only to be whispered about and glimpsed in part on rare occasions…..until now.

For the first time, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the jet fueled series of events which launched the biggest selling British rock band of all time, Queen and Hollywood Records are celebrating this long-whispered about “lost” album with the September 9th release of Queen Live At The Rainbow ’74, a multi-format set which includes at its’ core the original “lost” live album, re-mixed and re-mastered to the highest contemporary standard and a companion disc culled from the return engagements at The Rainbow of November 19th and 20th.

Two complete concerts will be released in one premium CD and digital package and a super deluxe collector’s edition will feature the complete concerts, the November show on BluRay & DVD, a 64 page perfect bound book featuring extraordinarily rare items from the band member’s personal archives, the tour program, backstage passes, tickets and much, much more!

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