City: Boston, MA, USA
Venue: Music Hall
Date: January 30, 1976

Setlist:
Bohemian Rhapsody (tape & rock part), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise), Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Brighton Rock, Son And Daughter, The Prophet's Song, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


This version of Ogre Battle is perhaps its definitive delivery from Freddie Mercury. His voice is in great shape, and he embellishes many of the songs with ease, reflecting nothing but pure dedication to his craft.

Brian, after White Queen: "It's nice to be here, our second night in Boston. How are ya? You look really nice. This is a number, which features Freddie tinkling the ivories for a very short time, called Flick Of The Wrist."

Freddie: "We'd like to do a little medley for you - that's when my piano comes back on again [referring to his monitor, as the audience can hear him playing a few chords]. It's a slightly different medley from... it's exactly the same one as last night, but slightly different to the one we did last year. We're gonna start off... ah, my piano's back on... with a little segment from a number - I think you know it, this one - we'll start off with a number called Bohemian Rhapsody."

Freddie, after the medley: "That was a slightly different rendition of Bring Back That Leroy Brown. Now we're going to feature Brian May on guitar. Would you like that? Alright, we used to feature him in a number called Son And Daughter, but we're going to do a newer number this time, one you haven't heard us do before - unless you were here last night, of course. This is called Brighton Rock." After Brian's solo, the band have a bit of trouble going into the bit of Son And Daughter, making for an interesting moment. Otherwise, they are in full force.

Stone Cold Crazy is a blistering version, as is Doing All Right. Roger Taylor is all over the map in the coda of the latter. His extended drum break in Keep Yourself Alive is superb as well.

Freddie introduces Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon as "a typically English ditty." After a lukewarm response following the short song, he says, "You'll get used to that one." After a gutsy version of Seven Seas Of Rhye (introduced by Roger as a "another little gentle one that was our first English hit"), Freddie refers to Liar as "a song that's done a lot for us."

Brian, after Liar: "Thanks for everything. Thanks for the banner. Thanks for all those nice things you brought us. This is near the end. It's a number written by Freddie. It's called In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited."

Brian offers some dazzling guitar work in a ripping version of Jailhouse Rock.

Here's a review from the next day's Boston Globe.


Recording length: 97 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: A+
Source: Audience
Lineage: Master Cassette > Nakamichi CR-3A cassette deck with azimuth correction > M-Audio Firewire Audiophile 2496 > CDWAV 24-bit/96-KHz wav files > Goldwave (normalizing and crossfades) > CDWAV (track breaks) > FLAC Frontend (FLAC 8)
Track listing:
Bohemian Rhapsody (tape & rock part), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise), Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Brighton Rock, Son And Daughter, The Prophet's Song, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


If there is one audio recording that represents Queen as a live band before they hit superstardom, this is the one. Taped by Dan Lampinski from the fifth row right-centre, this is perhaps the best-sounding audience recording of Queen from the decade. The stereo sound beautifully captures the channel separation of Brian and Freddie's solo spots. Even Freddie's tambourine is clearly heard in Keep Yourself Alive and Liar.

The stunning clarity of this recording can only make one imagine (or recall) how truly great the band sounded live, and appreciate the quality work of their in-house sound mixer.

Simply put, this is early Queen at their very best - essential listening for any fan of rock music. Queen Productions will be hard-pressed to come up with an official release that can top this.

The only slight flaw of this tape is that it runs a bit too fast.

A second audience source from this show exists, but the quality is reportedly very bad. The master tapes were lost shortly after the show and haven't turned up.


Recording length: 2 CD, complete
Quality: A+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Boston Rhapsody" (Breakdown)

 
Track listing:
Bohemian Rhapsody (tape & rock part), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise), Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Brighton Rock, Son And Daughter, The Prophet's Song, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


Breakdown was quick to bootleg the recording. Less than a week after it was shared online for free, the "Boston Rhapsody" bootleg CDRs were announced.


Recording length: 2 CD, complete
Quality: A+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "A Night At Boston" (Wardour)

   
Track listing:
Bohemian Rhapsody (tape & rock part), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise), Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Brighton Rock, Son And Daughter, The Prophet's Song, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


Wardour's version came out not long after Breakdown's. The speed is apparently corrected.

Here's the ever-reliable GS review: http://www.collectorsmusicreviews.com


Recording length: 2 CD, complete
Quality: A+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "God Knows What I'm Doing" (Godfather) silvers

 
Track listing:
Bohemian Rhapsody (tape & rock part), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise), Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Brighton Rock, Son And Daughter, The Prophet's Song, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


Godfather Records has released a bootleg of this recording as well.


Recording length: 2 CD, complete
Quality: A+
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Rhapsody In Boston" (HSD)

     
Track listing:
Bohemian Rhapsody (tape & rock part), Ogre Battle, Sweet Lady, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Bohemian Rhapsody (verses), Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (reprise), Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Brighton Rock, Son And Daughter, The Prophet's Song, Stone Cold Crazy, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Now I'm Here, Big Spender, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen


Another Japanese CDR bootleg label released the show in June 2010. The artwork comprises of shots from at least three different tours.




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