What is the best live album recorded and released by British rock group Queen?
Are you a fan or early Queen, from 1973 to ’75 or ’76 up to A Night At The Opera or A Day At The Races or do you prefer the later Queen of A Kind Of Magic and Innuendo?
What Is The Best Live Album By Queen?
I originally asked people to vote for just one album (and 135 people did that) but after the release of the Rainbow and Hammersmith Odeon concerts, I’ve opened it up to two votes.
My Thoughts On The Results
I didn’t expect Wembley to be so far out in front and I was surprised by the success of Queen Rock Montreal from 1981.
More recently, the two archive releases of Rainbow ’74 and A Night At The Odeon from 1975 make the choice of the best Queen albums much more interesting for those of us who were disappointed in Queen from News Of The World onwards.
It will take time for the merit of these albums to filter through into the poll, a disadvantage of keeping the poll open for a long time to collect as many votes as possible.
What Are The Best Studio Albums By Queen?
I believe the best live albums should be close to the best studio albums and I believe that Queen haven’t issued a live album that features enough songs from their best studio albums.
My Thoughts On The Results Of The Studio Album Poll
This suggests that Queen peaked in 1974/75 with Sheer Heart Attack and especially A Night A The Opera. I’ve also got a soft spot for A Day At The Races.
I’m surprised that News Of The World is getting so much support but then I’ve resisted the charm of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions as both egotistical and also cliched. I hear them much too often as well.
Do You Agree With The Results So Far?
Let me know if you think my readers are getting it right. If not, why not?
Is that really the best live album by Queen?
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The Best Live Albums Of All Time
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Because there are so many excellent classic rock live albums I have split the poll into two and you may find some of your favourites in the second division. Albums will be promoted when they get enough votes.
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