Rare live recordings and footage from 40 years ago finally get an official airing.
On September 8, 2014, Queen will release Live At The Rainbow ’74, featuring rare and previously unissued material recorded in London during the group’s first two headlining tours of the UK.
The release is set to appear in several formats, including a Super Deluxe Box edition containing two full concerts – from the Rainbow Theatre in March and November 1974 – plus a DVD/Blu-Ray of footage from both gigs, a 60-page book, and reproductions of tour itineraries, posters, button badges and tickets.
The shows marked the mercurial lift-off of the group, and date from the spring Queen II and autumn Sheer Heart Attack tours. The concerts were recorded with a view to putting out a live album, but the growing popularity of the band and their accelerating creative momentum meant the tapes were archived.
Although some of the material has subsequently seen the light of day, 15 tracks have never before enjoyed an official release, including The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke – the only known live version of the song, which Queen dropped from their set after the March 31, 1974 Rainbow concert, Mojo music magazine reported.
The DVD/Blu-Ray element of the package features a whole show of unedited performances constructed from film of the November 19/20 1974 concerts, plus four songs from the March gig.