A Night At The Odeon
A Night At The Odeon is the first official release Queen’s Christmas Eve performance at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1975. The concert was originally taped by the BBC and the show was broadcast on BBC2 and BBC Radio 1. This concert included one of the first live performances of “Bohemian Rhapsody” which was only released 14 months before. This concert had been one of the band’s most popular bootlegs so it’s great to finally get a good version of it.
The album was released on 20 November 2015 and is available on CD, DVD, SD Blu-ray and double vinyl formats. There is also a deluxe box set including a hardback book, an audio recording of the band’s soundcheck before the concert and reproductions of period-specific tour memorabilia which is wonderful for the avid Queen fan.
There’s even more … the DVD/Blu-ray release also features rare bonus material from Queen’s first tour of Japan in 1975 at the famous Nippon Budokan. There is also a 22-minute documentary featuring interviews from Brian May, Roger Taylor called Looking Back at the Odeon.
I have listened to this on streaming and I think you really get an insight into the early Queen, the Queen which is finding it’s sound. For me, the first performance of Bohemian Rhapsody on A Night At The Odeon is worth the listen in itself.
This concert features Freddie at his most decadent and has some amazing vocals. Enjoy!