Queen - Live At The Bowl - EMI/Parlophone, Release 25 October 2004
beholdthe other things I had forgotten was how much freedom we had to stretch and enjoy ourselves on the spur of the moment.
As to be expected from Queen, the release comes only after extensive restoration to the original footage and sound. Audio producers Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson returned to the original 24 track analogue recording and created brand new PCM stereo and DTS 5.1 surround sound mixes. Unlike the Wembley DVD project, the only mixes available were mono, so we decided to start from scratch, says Shirley-Smith. We transferred the entire concert multi-track recordings onto Pro Tools HD. Then we'd listen to each track for any imperfections, distortions or crackles and meticulously remove them. For example, there's one bit when Brian's playing piano and it's very soft so soft that when we turned it up to the level it needed to be, we just got a load of hiss. Using Pro Tools you can get rid of things like that. The actual mixing, however, was done using vintage analogue
The result, says Shirley-Smith, is a great band caught at the height of their performing years.
As with all previous releases in the Queen DVD Collection, Queen On Fire -Live At The Bowl comes with a second disc full of bonus features. The 75 minutes of extras include behind the scenes footage of preparations for the concert, together with unseen material from interviews filmed on the day with Brian May and Roger Taylor
Further interview footage shot in Munich during the European leg of this tour shows Freddie, Brian and Roger discussing the tour, the then current Hot Space album, as well as discussing the 10 year longevity of the band.
In addition, disc two provides over 35 minutes of bonus live performance from the same year, filmed at the Vienna Stadthalle in May and the final show of the tour at Tokyo 's Seibu Stadium in November.
The disc also features a photo gallery which raids the Queen photo archive in a stunning collection of rare and previously unseen shots from the 1982 tour that took the band across Europe, the US and Japan. In a real treat for Queen collectors, the gallery is displayed to a recording of the band performing Calling All Girls at that year's Tokyo concert, the very first time this track has been made available.
I feel positively knackered! says Freddie mid-way through Queen On Fire Live At The Bowl. With over 3 hours of concert footage and extras Queen On Fire Live At The Bowl is likely to leave the viewer on fire!