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Queen: A Night at the Odeon — Hammersmith 1975 Blu-ray Review

queen-night-at-odeon-bluray-coverU.S. Release (Region ABC)

The Performance

[Rating:3.5/5]

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1975 was the year that legendary hard rock band Queen broke through to superstardom. The year saw the band end a worldwide tour that had them crisscross America, tour Japan, and end their UK dates with this Christmas Eve show at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon in London, which was broadcast live on BBC television. While the bombastic nature of later Queen shows isn’t quite there yet, one can sure see the showmanship bursting at the seams in this, albeit dark and a bit gloomy, 1975 Hammersmith set. Among the set list is a raw sounding version of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the catchy “Killer Queen” and the early Queen classic “Ogre Battle.”

Tracklist:

  1. Now I’m Here
  2. Ogre Battle
  3. White Queen (As It Began)
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody
  5. Killer Queen
  6. The March Of The Black Queen
  7. Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)
  8. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
  9. Brighton Rock
  10. Guitar Solo
  11. Son And Daughter
  12. Keep Yourself Alive
  13. Liar
  14. In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited
  15. Big Spender
  16. Jailhouse Rock Medley
  17. Seven Seas Of Rhye
  18. See What A Fool I’ve Been
  19. God Save The Queen


Video Quality

[Rating:2.5/5]

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The video has been restored, but ultimately this standard definition source of an original television broadcast just isn’t up to snuff despite being converted to 1080i on Blu-ray in AVC for this release from Eagle Rock. One can clearly see the noise, softness, and haloing around the edges.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

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The audio has been mastered by Tim Young at Metropolis Mastering and comes in 96kHz/24-bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 Stereo options. The 5.1 mix is the better option here with solid low end and a decent amount of room acoustics mixed in the surrounds. The stereo track is a bit more forward and high ended, but still a good option for those who don’t want to listen in 5.1.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3/5]

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  • Looking Back at the Odeon (1.78:1; 1080i/60; 00:22:57)
  • Live at the Budokan Japan 1975:
    • Now I’m Here
    • Killer Queen
    • In the Lap of the Gods…Revisited


The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

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Get a look at Queen breaking out into superstardom in this classic 1975 BBC TV broadcast from the Hammersmith Odeon in London. Freddie Mercury and the rest of the band are on fire with their early material. And remember – no synthesizers!

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