Live at the Hammersmith Odeon
December 24th, 1975
Sound Quality: A+
Special Event: Old Grey Whistle Test Christmas Special
Queen – A Night At The Odeon 1975 (Full Concert + Sound Check) HD
With Queen’s popularity soaring in the UK, this one-off concert was broadcast live on BBC2’s “Old Grey Whistle Test”, the one and only time they’d play a full show live on TV. Due to public demand the show was later aired almost in full on Radio 1 on February 28, 1976, and the video was retransmitted on BBC2 on December 28, 1976. It is definitely the most bootlegged Queen concert, with countless radio and TV broadcasts worldwide keeping the bootleggers busy for decades.
A 25-minute version of the video was broadcast on British TV on August 25, 1984. This was the best circulating copy of the Hammersmith footage until a Japanese broadcast of the nearly complete show in the early 2000s. For a while, the ‘WOWOW’ TV station had broadcast old concerts by many artists that had rarely been seen previously.
An edited version of the Hammersmith footage was broadcast on BBC2 in November 2009 (Ogre Battle, White Queen, and Son And Daughter were excised), with a new audio mix. The many Christmas references were not edited out, and for the first time, the almost complete Jailhouse Rock medley was heard in high quality (although it was slightly edited). The miscue near the end of Liar was corrected, and a few slight vocal overdubs were made.
After decades of bootlegs and incomplete broadcasts, the show was finally officially released in full in 2015 as “A Night At The Odeon”, on CD, DVD/Blu-ray, and a deluxe box set. The audio is yet another new mix, different from (and overall superior to) the 2009 broadcast. The footage of the encore was never located, so the video cuts off after Jailhouse Rock. The audio version is complete (with a few slight fixes and overdubs). The box set included a 45 containing Now I’m Here from soundcheck, along with some bits of chatter. A mini-documentary was included as well, including audio of a bit of Bohemian Rhapsody from the soundcheck.
0:00 – Now I’m Here
4:41 – Ogre Battle
10:08 – White Queen
15:30 – Bohemian Rhapsody (Verses)
17:59 – Killer Queen
20:09 – The March Of The Black Queen
21:40 – Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)
22:41 – Bring Back That Leroy Brown
24:08 – Brighton Rock
33:15 – Son And Daughter
34:57 – Keep Yourself Alive
39:31 – Liar
47:55 – In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited
53:56 – Big Spender
55:04 – Jailhouse Rock (Medley)
1:01:17 – God Save The Queen
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