In The Lap Of The Queen (Gypsy Eye GE-257)
Uptown Theater, Milwaukee, WI – March 7th, 1975
(78:19): Procession, Now I’m Here, Ogre Battle, Father To Son, White Queen, Flick Of The Wrist, Medley: In The Lap Of The Gods / Killer Queen / The March Of The Black Queen / Bring Back That Leroy Brown, Son And Daughter, Guitar Solo, Son And Daughter (reprise), Keep Yourself Alive, Stone Cold Crazy, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited, Big Spender, Modern Times Rock’n’Roll, Jailhouse Rock, God Save The Queen
In The Lap Of The Queen was released almost simultaneously with the Wardour release Pop Spectacular. Both of these titles are sourced from the internet where the tape was recently posted. This is one of the most important Queen tapes to be discovered recently.
Until now only fragments from various shows have circulated from their first headlining tour of the U.S. But this is the first complete tape to surface and it is very clear and enjoyable.
Gypsy Eye did a good job in the presentation and sounds noticeably better than Wardour’s version. It sounds more deep and dynamic. The person responsible for this tape is a die-hard Queen fan. He brought along a friend of his to convert him to the magic of Queen and he adds commentary throughout the show.
Right at the end of “Procession” he says, “Father To Son, isn’t it?” in anticipation of the Queen II running order. Instead the band play “Now I’m Here” from the new album Sheer Heart Attack, recounting their journey supporting Mott The Hoople on their previous tour of the States. “Thank you and good evening Milwaukee!
Are you ready for a little rock and roll Queen style?” are Freddie’s first words before “Ogre Battle”. “I would like to make a toast to Milwaukee. This is a delicate little number called ‘White Queen'” before the number described as “pure emotion” from a well known Queen commentator. Brian May’s ukulele in “Bring Back That Leroy Brown” receives a great reaction as does his solo in “Son & Daughter”.
The encores begin with the “stripper” beat of “Big Spender” and also contain a great version of “Modern Times Rock And Roll”. The only negative to this concert is the lack of “Seven Seas Of Rhye” which was unfortunately not played in this show. But overall this is an excellent show by the early Queen and is recommended.