City: Nagoya, Japan
Venue: Nagoya City International Exhibition Hall
Date: April 28, 1979

Setlist:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, If You Can't Beat Them, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You're My Best Friend, Now I'm Here, Teo Torriatte, Don't Stop Me Now, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock, Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


Last night the band played in Kobe, beginning another run of shows - five in seven nights, and Freddie Mercury's voice can barely keep up. However, there are many collectively great moments, like their exquisite vocal harmonies in the breakdown of Somebody To Love.

If You Can't Beat Them returns to the set after being absent at the previous few shows.

While Freddie's voice is still pretty rough tonight, he has a brief moment of brilliance in the first chorus of Don't Stop Me Now where he frees himself from his inhibitions, powerfully nailing "Just gimme a call" like he does on the album. This is perhaps the single best line he'd sing on this entire Japanese tour.

After a wonderful version of Love Of My Life, Brian introduces Freddie as "skulking in the background."

After '39, Freddie says, "That finishes the so-called acoustic set. We're gonna do something a bit heavier... with this dreadful voice. This is from an album called News Of The World, and the song is called It's Late." Indeed, this is a song Freddie would struggle with on most nights in Japan. Although he is nowhere near able to hit the higher notes, he embellishes some of the lower melody lines with higher notes to make up for it as best as he can.

Later, he delivers a great version of Keep Yourself Alive.


Recording length: 114 minutes (2 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: AUD > Master Cassette > WAV > CDR (x)
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, If You Can't Beat Them, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You're My Best Friend, Now I'm Here [cut], Teo Torriatte, Don't Stop Me Now, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock [cut], Keep Yourself Alive [cut], Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


This average quality recording emerged in 2007.

This audience tape presents a unique perspective of Brighton Rock, as only the echo of Brian's guitar solo is heard for a couple minutes.


Recording length: 2 CD, incomplete
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Mr. Fahrenheit" (Wardour) silvers

 
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, If You Can't Beat Them, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You're My Best Friend, Now I'm Here [cut], Teo Torriatte, Don't Stop Me Now, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock [cut], Keep Yourself Alive [cut], Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen [cut]


Wardour bootlegged the audience tape in 2008. It doesn't sound quite as good as the RoIO above, as it has been digitally processed a great deal (its frequency analysis cuts off at only 6kHz, as opposed to mp3's usual 16kHz).

Here's a link to the always-reliable GS review: http://www.collectorsmusicreviews.com


Recording length: 122 minutes (2 CD, complete)
Quality: B+
Source: Audience
Lineage: TCM-100B > Cassette > PCM-D1 > Samplitude > FLAC
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, If You Can't Beat Them, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You're My Best Friend, Now I'm Here, Teo Torriatte, Don't Stop Me Now, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock, Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


This alternate source emerged in May 2010. It is a much better recording of the show, although still a bit distant.

The taper used two different recording devices to create stereo sound. He believes they were both TCM-100Bs, but he stated the possibility that he may have used a TC-1100 for the right channel. Either way, they ran at different speeds and he managed to correct all but one track, It's Late, which is a somewhat jarring listen as the two channels are a quarter-tone apart in pitch.


Recording length: 2 CD, complete
Quality: ?
Source: Audience
Lineage: "The Pleasure Chest" (Wardour) silvers

     
Track listing:
We Will Rock You (slow/fast), Let Me Entertain You, Somebody To Love, If You Can't Beat Them, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race, I'm In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You're My Best Friend, Now I'm Here, Teo Torriatte, Don't Stop Me Now, Dreamers Ball, Love Of My Life, '39, It's Late, Brighton Rock, Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen


Wardour (who released the other audience source of this show only two years earlier) quickly bootlegged the second audience source three weeks after it emerged.

It's Late has been fixed.




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