Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Queen - Live Killers

6/10

The performances on this 2-disc live album are pretty good, but the tracklist leaves something to be desired. They shorten "Killer Queen" while stretching out "Now I'm Here" to nine minutes with an audience sing-along bit. There also is only one song from the debut ("Keep Yourself Alive"), and Queen II is COMPLETELY unrepresented. Also, they really never should have tried to perform Bohemian Rhapsody live, as they have to rely heavily on pre-recorded vocals for the middle part. I did like May's extended solo in "Brighton Rock" and the inclusion of two versions of "We Will Rock You," the first is much faster and harder than the studio version, while the other is fairly faithful to the original. Live Killers is okay, but hardly essential.

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