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Live Killers
     

Live Killers

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by Queen
 

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By 1979, Queen was considered among rock's elite class, and rightfully so. With a string of hit albums, singles, and sold-out tours to their credit, the group was about to enter a new musical phase of its career with 1980's mega-hit The Game. And since bootleg copies of their concerts were fetching exorbitant

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By 1979, Queen was considered among rock's elite class, and rightfully so. With a string of hit albums, singles, and sold-out tours to their credit, the group was about to enter a new musical phase of its career with 1980's mega-hit The Game. And since bootleg copies of their concerts were fetching exorbitant prices among their fans, what better way to close phase one but with their first official live double album, Live Killers. For reasons unknown, the record was criticized harshly when it was first released, but listening to it today, it is an excellent document of Queen at the height of their '70s arena rock powers. Including selections from their debut, 1973's Queen, up until 1978's Jazz, the album is a solid mix of early hits and forgotten album tracks, all given new life in the concert setting while the zealous crowd often sings along. A different, more up-tempo version of "We Will Rock You" opens the album, starting things off in grand style. Other hard rock highlights soon follow, such as "Keep Yourself Alive," "Don't Stop Me Now," "Now I'm Here," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Spread Your Wings," "Brighton Rock" (complete with an outstanding Brian May guitar solo), and a medley that contains such tracks as "Killer Queen" and "Bicycle Race," among others. The band also shows its softer side with such material as "Dreamer's Ball," "Love of My Life," and "'39," while ending things on a triumphant note with "We Will Rock You"/"We Are the Champions."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/1991
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616106629
catalogNumber:
161066
Rank:
13536

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queen   Primary Artist
Freddie Mercury   Piano,Vocals
Brian May   Banjo,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Roger Taylor   Drums,Vocals
John Deacon   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Freddie Mercury   Composer
Queen   Composer,Producer,Concept
Brian May   Arranger,Composer
Roger Taylor   Composer
John Deacon   Composer
John Etchells   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
Chris Taylor   Stage Crew
Peter Greenslade   Engineer
Peter Hince   Stage Crew
Brian Spencer   Stage Crew
Traditional   Composer
Jim DeVenney   Sound Man
Brian Zellis   Stage Crew

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Live Killers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This live recording does justice to the talents of Queen. Highly recommended for anyone loving Queen or 70's music. Only thing I didn't like was the bleeping out of Freddie Mercury commenting on "Death on Two Legs". It was involved in some sort of legal action against the band, so the listener is left to wonder at what happed to their cd player just then. Queen may be in love with their car, but they're obviously in love with their audience, which makes for a terrific cd.
Candie2121 More than 1 year ago
Love it!