March 31, 1976
Empress Valley released their first Queen bootleg earlier this year, and it's a monster ! It's a box set containing nine discs of all four Tokyo shows on the A Night At The Opera tour, six of which are previously uncirculated pre-LP tapes that were first released only on vinyl in incomplete form over 40 years ago. Only 100 copies of the box set were pressed.
Three tracks from the March 31 show were first heard on the "Invite You To A Night At The Budokan" LP released in 1976, and later on various bootleg re-releases mostly in worse quality. A second source of the nearly complete show was later released in the 1990s on CDR as "Royal Opera Comes To Japan". EV uses the original uncut source, most of which has never seen the light of day until now.
This is Queen coming off their creative peak and at the top of their game. Sound quality is pretty near excellent throughout.
Thanks to Masahiko for dishing out the shekels for the silvers and sending me the FLAC files, to Empress Valley for what is hopefully their first of many releases of new Queen tapes, and to the original tapers, whoever you are !
"Geisha Boys, The Complete Tokyo Tapes" (Empress Valley) silvers > EAC > WAV > FLAC level 8
Freddie Mercury - lead vocals, piano
Brian May - guitars, ukulele, vocals
Roger Taylor - drums, vocals
John Deacon - bass, triangle
Opening - Bohemian Rhapsody
Flick of the Wrist
Medley: Bohemian Rhapsody ~
Killer Queen ~
The March of the Black Queen ~
Bohemian Rhapsody (rock, end part)
Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Brighton Rock ~
Guitar Solo ~
Son and Daughter
The Prophet's Song
Stone Cold Crazy
Doing All Right
Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
Keep Yourself Alive
Seven Seas of Rhye
In the Lap of the Gods...Revisited
- - - - - - encore - - - - - - - -
Now I'm Here
Rock 'n' Roll Medley
See What a Fool I've Been
God Save The Queen (tape)
Enjoy, keep it lossless, and do not bootleg !