City: Manchester, UK
Venue: Opera House
Date: November 26, 1973

Setlist:
Procession, Father To Son, Son And Daughter, Ogre Battle, Hangman, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, Jailhouse Rock medley, Bama Lama Bama Loo


There's an almost positive tension in the air, as Queen are slowly winning over British audiences, whom Freddie would interact with very timidly - similar to Robert Plant in the early 1969 Led Zeppelin shows. After the first song, he greets the audience thus: "You sound very quiet when there are so many of you. Anyway, we'd like to do something, it's a number called Son And Daughter." A far cry from where they would be in a few years' time.

The band play with great energy and Freddie sounds very strong. Their vocal harmonies are a bit unstable in Son And Daughter, but they are squeaky clean in the other songs, particularly Hangman and Liar. After the band jumps into the accelerated section of the song, Freddie's ensuing vocal part is excellent. He'd sing it this way the next couple nights.

After the first chorus of Keep Yourself Alive (with those words being the final lyrics), Freddie quickly adds, "Yes, you'll do that." His delivery of the song is superb, and Roger's drum solo in the middle is frantic. All the building blocks for a great band are in place.

"You've probably heard this one before. It's called Liar," Freddie simply states. This prompts a great reaction, as many people have bought the debut Queen album and this track is becoming a fan favourite.

Freddie, somewhat nervously, before Jailhouse Rock: "Right, we're gonna have some fun. And you can move a little, if you'd like. You don't have to stay there. Move your hips a little."


Recording length: 42 minutes (1 CDR, complete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Opera House Rock" (Breakdown)

 
Track listing:
Procession, Father To Son, Son And Daughter, Ogre Battle, Hangman, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, Jailhouse Rock medley, Bama Lama Bama Loo


Not many complete recordings exist from this era, so this audience tape is precious, even in its average quality. Many differing copies have circulated, but Breakdown's version is the best version of the tape heard so far, and it runs at the correct speed.




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