Seven Seas Of Tsumagoi (Sweet Encore SW-004/005)
Yamaha Tsumagoi Hall, Shizuoka, Japan – April 29th, 1975
Disc 1 (58:13): Procession, Now I’m Here, Ogre Battle, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Doing All Right, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter, Keep Yourself Alive
Disc 2 (37:46): Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited, Hey Big Spender, Modern Times Rock And Roll, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen
The audience recording for Queen’s April 29th, 1975 gig at the Yamaha Tsumagoi Hallin Shizuoka appeared suddenly in 2000 on this title by Sweet Encore before hitting the trader’s circuit. It is a distant but surpisingly clear and enjoyable recording that emphasizes the bass but without annoying distortion.
After a cut in the tape on disc two there is a bit of distortion but not enough to detract from the performance. There is also three and a half minutes of silence at the end of disc one. The tracklisting on the back contains an error. “Bring Back That Leroy Brown” is not listed but is present on the disc and is tracked together with “March Of The Black Queen” and “Son And Daughter.”
Early in the show the slower, softer numbers fare much better. “Now I’m Here” seems to drag along the stage and takes forever to reach the end. “It’s nice to see so many of you here” Freddie says before “Ogre Battle.” There is much more energy in this number with Roger Taylor bashing his drum kit to great effect. “That’s a nice banner” Mercury points out to someone in the audience (it would be nice to see a photo of the banner) before announcing “White Queen.” The tape picks up the subtly of the song very well and Brian May’s melancholy solo in particular.
“Doing All Right” is likewise outstanding and contains one of their most catchy melodies (“yesterday my life was in ruin / Now today I know what I’m doing / Got a feeling I should be doing all right.”) The four song medley brings together four new songs from Sheer Heart Attack with a short reference to “March Of The Black Queen.”
The Queen II song is such a fascinating song that makes one wish they would have attempted an arrangement for the stage instead of including a snippet in medley. “This is a song from our very first album called Queen I in Japan. We just call it Queen, called ‘Son And Daughter'” is Freddie’s introduction for the song that carries May’s solo spot in the set. The echo bouncing off the walls of the venue are auible.
“Keep Yourself Alive” contains a short Roger Taylor drum break in the middle and is followed by a sterling rendition of “Seven Seas Of Rhye” and “Stone Cold Crazy.” The insanity continues with a ten minute long “Liar” and afterwards May attempts to quiet the crowd down.
“We have a quieter number now” he says before the set closer “In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited.” He always introduced this song in concert and was instrumental in placing back in the set list ten years later. Even though it is Freddie’s song, one gets the impression May likes it much more.
There are no cuts on the tape afterwards so several minutes of audience cheering is audible before the encores. Taylor sets the mood, shouting “rock and roll” before a ninety second snippet of “Hey Big Spender” (with Taylor continuing his shrieking behind Freddie) leads into a double time run through of “Modern Times Rock And Roll.”
The studio recording of this track sounds close to Black Sabbath, but this live version borders very close to the adrenaline rush of speed metal. That segues into an eight minute oldies medley with “Jailhouse Rock,” “Shake, Rattle & Roll,” “Stupid Cupid” and “Be Bop A Lulu.”
Queen would play two more shows in Japan to close out the Sheer Heart Attack tour and being work on A Night At The Opera. The packaging basic with several common photos of the era on the liner notes. However Sweet Encore provides a clear glimpse into this important era of the band.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)