City: Kobe, Japan
Venue: Kokusai Kaikan
Date: April 23, 1975

Setlist:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, Father To Son, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Big Spender, Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll, Jailhouse Rock, See What A Fool I've Been, God Save The Queen


         
 

Roger Taylor is on fire this evening. Freddie even notices this, as during the band intros, he says, "You're doing well tonight, Rog." Between his excellent and long drum solo in Keep Yourself Alive, his power during Stone Cold Crazy, and his energy level in the middle section of Liar, this show would be a fine example of the kind of spontaneity that characterized Queen shows in the 1970s.

Brian May once again plays a verse of the traditional Japanese nursery rhyme Teru Teru Bozu in his solo spot to the appreciation of the audience. No doubt this first Japanese tour led to Brian's lifelong affinity for playing a piece of music from the culture relevant to the gig.

Connecting with every person in the concert hall was becoming one of Queen's core philosophies, and tonight's performance of Liar is noteworthy because it is the earliest known instance of Freddie Mercury doing any kind of a "call and response" vocal exchange with the audience, something which would eventually become one of his trademarks. In a 2021 interview Nonny Holder said this element of Mercury's stage persona was inspired by Slade. By the time Mercury couldn't perform live anymore he ran into Holder again in Montreux who recalls Mercury thanking him for giving him the inspiration for this significant piece of the puzzle once upon a time.

The second picture was submitted by Alessio Rizzitelli. The second set may be from this show as well.


Recording length: 39 minutes (1 LP, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Live In Kove" LP

     
Track listing:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown


This LP bootleg called (poorly) "Live In Kove" was released in 1975. It's missing quite a few songs (which probably still exist somewhere, as there are plenty of fade-outs between songs on the LP), and two songs on side B (labelled side black, as a nod to Queen II) are out of place.

Some copies did not sport the "Live In Kove" title, but the content is identical. The vinyl sides are black and white respectively (both sides are white on the 1992 reissues, which helps distinguish the originals from the reissues).


Recording length: 5 minutes (2 LP, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Her Majesty's Secret Service" LP

     
Track listing:
Doing All Right


This 1990 box set bootleg is a 2 LP compilation of many shows.

Side 4 contains tracks previously released on LP bootlegs, one of which is from the "Live In Kove" LP. See http://queenonstage.com for more details.


Recording length: 39 minutes (1 LP, incomplete)
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Live In Kove" LP

         
Track listing:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown


These are 1992 Dutch re-issues of the old "Live In Kove" bootleg, all in noticeably worse sound quality. The inserts are all copied, not printed.


Recording length: 1 LP, incomplete
Quality: B-
Source: Audience
Lineage: "See What A Fool I've Been" LP

               
Track listing:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown


These are some more 1992 Dutch re-issues, but with new titles; 33 copies of each were produced. They were all the same pressing, just with the different titles and colours of vinyl (mostly blue, red, and yellow - the black one is very rare).

A couple of them claim to have extra tracks, and one of them even claims to be from the Fukuoka show from two nights later - but they all have the same content as Live In Kove.


Recording length: 74 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Killer Queen" (H-Bomb) silver

 
Track listing:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, Father To Son, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, Liar


This Japanese bootleg from the early 90s debuts a second audience source from Kobe. It is missing the last few tracks after Liar. Some bits between songs are cut.

Although somewhat distant (and the tape speed runs a bit fast), the sound is relatively well-balanced, with most instruments and voices coming through. Sometimes the audience is as loud as the band, which is often the case on most Japanese recordings where audiences are very vocal in their enjoyment of the show. The bass is very clear, but often over-powering. While it does drain out the guitar at times, stated more positively this recording highlights the greatness that is John Deacon, a criminally under-appreciated musician.


Recording length: 74 minutes (1 CD, incomplete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Dressed To Kill" (Wardour) silver

   
Track listing:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, Father To Son, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, Liar


Wardour's copy may be a tape generation better than H-Bomb's, but it sounds like it was only EQ'd a bit.

This package contains a bonus disc of the first Rainbow Theatre show, called "Majestic Rock".

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


Recording length: 75 minutes (1 CD, incomplete) + 39 minutes (1 CDR, incomplete)
Quality: B+ / B
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Definitive Kobe 1975" (Wardour) silver

     
Track listing:
source 2 (tape): Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, Father To Son, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, Liar

source 1 (LP): Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown


Wardour released another copy of this source in 2018. The sound quality is an improvement, and there's an extra 10 seconds of tape at the beginning of the show.

They've also included a CDR of the old bootleg LP.


Recording length: 109 minutes (incomplete)
Quality: B- / B
Source: Audience
Lineage: Master Cassette > Cassette (x) > WAV (speed correction) > FLAC level 8
Track listing:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, Father To Son, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy [cut], Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Big Spender, Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll, Jailhouse Rock, See What A Fool I've Been [cut], God Save The Queen


This third audience source was taped from the third row. The master tape may well be great, but there are layers of tape hiss on this copy, a third generation at best. The sound quality fluctuates, with some parts of the show being more muffled than others. Half of See What A Fool I've Been is missing, even though all the cheering between encores was taped.


Recording length: 110 minutes (incomplete)
Quality: B- / B
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Kobe 1975 Alternate Master" (Wardour) silvers

 
Track listing:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, Father To Son, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Big Spender, Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll, Jailhouse Rock, See What A Fool I've Been [cut], God Save The Queen


Wardour bootlegged the Kobe show again in 2019, this time using the third source, and filling in the gap in Stone Cold Crazy with source 2.


Recording length: 106 minutes (complete)
Quality: B
Source: Audience
Lineage: "Complete Kobe 1975" (Wardour) silvers

 
Track listing:
Procession, Now I'm Here, Ogre Battle, Father To Son, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter, Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited, Big Spender, Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll, Jailhouse Rock, See What A Fool I've Been, God Save The Queen


Another Wardour bootleg from Kobe emerged later in 2019, debuting a fourth audience source. Musically it is complete.




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