Friday, February 6, 2009

Queen - At the Beeb


This is a compilation of Queen's first two BBC sessions in 1973. As a result, of the eight songs, only one isn't from the debut. All in all, these renditions are a bit stripped down, but not too far from the studio versions. Ogre Battle has considerably fewer effects than the version that would appear on Queen II and Roger sings the last verse of Doing All Right, but the song which is changed the most is "Son and Daughter," which is lengthened to seven minutes, most of it filled with aimless jamming. The way they bowdlerize the "shovel shit" line is also amusing. On the whole, however, this one's only for completists, as almost all the songs come from the debut and there's not a whole lot of variation.

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