Live at Wembley '86

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
The posthumously released, two-disc Live at Wembley '86 proves once and for all that Queen was a superior live band, and like the Beatles, the Stones, etc., had far too many hits to fit into a two-hour show. Recorded in their native England at the gigantic Wembley Stadium on their A Kind of Magic tour, the group was at their peak of popularity back home. This would, unfortunately, turn out to be the band's last tour, and it showed the group including old rock & roll covers, classics, then-current songs, improv, and overlooked album tracks. Queen opens up the show with the near-heavy-metal roar of "One Vision," and adds lively renditions of the well-known "Tie Your Mother...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
The posthumously released, two-disc Live at Wembley '86 proves once and for all that Queen was a superior live band, and like the Beatles, the Stones, etc., had far too many hits to fit into a two-hour show. Recorded in their native England at the gigantic Wembley Stadium on their A Kind of Magic tour, the group was at their peak of popularity back home. This would, unfortunately, turn out to be the band's last tour, and it showed the group including old rock & roll covers, classics, then-current songs, improv, and overlooked album tracks. Queen opens up the show with the near-heavy-metal roar of "One Vision," and adds lively renditions of the well-known "Tie Your Mother Down," the David Bowie collaboration "Under Pressure," and their very first hit, "Seven Seas of Rhye." Also included on Disc One is the early forgotten show-closer "In the Lap of the Gods," the beautiful and sadly prophetic ballad "Who Wants to Live Forever," and a downright funky version of "Another One Bites the Dust." Disc Two opens with a pair of acoustic numbers including the perennial crowd fave "Love of My Life," but soon switches gear to some good old rock & roll covers. Spirited and fun versions of "You're so Square Baby I Don't Care" and "Tutti Frutti" expose Queen's roots, while their own "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" fits in perfectly with all the '50s hoopla. And even casual fans will recognize "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Radio Ga Ga," and "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions." Although most Queen fans prefer the unfairly criticized 1979 concert album Live Killers, Live at Wembley '86 does a good job of balancing the well-known, for the uninitiated, and the lesser-known, for the hardcore fan. Note that Live at Wembley '86 should not to be confused with the double album/single-disc Live Magic, which was released in 1986 in England and 1996 in the U.S.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Toshiba Emi Japan
  • EAN: 4988006797215
  • Catalog Number: 65859/60

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Queen Primary Artist
Freddie Mercury Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Brian May Guitar, Vocals
Roger Taylor Drums, Band
Henry Crallan Staging
John Deacon Bass, Band
Spike Edney Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
The Brian May Band Band
Grant Fleming Staging
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer
Little Richard Composer
Freddie Mercury Composer
Gene Pitney Composer
Queen Composer, Producer
Cy Coleman Composer
Brian May Composer, Contributor
John Miles Stage Design
Roger Taylor Composer
Jim Beach Management
John Deacon Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Gavin Taylor Director, Producer, Direction
Steve Riddle Contributor
Justin Shirley-Smith Engineer
The Brian May Band Arranger
Alfonso Cayetano Composer
Peter Hince Bass Technician
Trip Khalaf Concert Sound
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell Composer
Dorothy LaBostrie Composer
Joe Lubin Composer
Roger Chiasson Illustrations
Kris Fredriksson Engineer
Traditional Composer
John Collins Bass Technician
Brian Zellis Guitar Techician
Jim Devenny Monitor Engineer
John McGraw Stage Design
Diana Moseley Costume Design
Mike Wiesman Production Stage Manager
Simon Tutchner Lighting Director
Malcolm Gerrie Executive Producer
James "Trip" Khalaf Concert Sound
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fails to Capture Queen's Power

    The problem with this live album is perhaps due to the mixing--the crowd-noise level is simply to low and does not give the listener an idea of the powerful grip Mercury had on a crowd of some 75,000 people. The sets are good, but this compilation doesn't capture the energy of the performance like a good live album should.

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