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Queen announce release of rare live album after 40 year wait

An unreleased Queen recording is seeing the light of day after 40 years consigned to the archives

Back in March 1974 Queen was a band just gaining momentum on the music scene.

Unthinkable now, but when they closed their first headline tour at London’s premier music venue, The Rainbow, many considered it over-ambitious.

The sceptics were quickly proven wrong. The 3000 seat venue sold out fast, with some fans paying as much as £1.20 for a ticket!

This electrifying concert, performed on Sunday 31st March 1974, was recorded and intended to be the band’s third album.
It would have been a career defining release, but Queen, never to be called slackers, quickly produced a stack of new songs which took centre stage, becoming their 1974 breakthrough album, Sheer Heart Attack.

As a result, the Rainbow live album was consigned to the archives. Until now.

After 40 years, Queen yesterday announced that what was meant to be their first live album will finally be released this year. It is a recording that will capture a young band on the rise, and which features hits like Killer Queen and Seven Seas of Rhye.

As well as these, the album includes some rarer songs, like The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke which was inspired by a painting that now hangs in the Tate Gallery, and was never performed live after this show.

The collection of rare songs and new video footage is certainly something to excite die hard Queen fans, and the promise of hearing a young Queen in all their glory seems a thrilling one.

Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74 will be released on 8th September 2014 in the UK, and will be available on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray, and classic Vinyl. Get it here.

Words Philippa Peall

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