Queen – A Night At Q-Den (Tarantura TCDQ-3-1, 2)

A Night At Q-Den (Tarantura TCDQ-3-1, 2)

Kyuden Kinen Taikukan, Fukuoka, Japan – March 26, 1976 (late show)

Disc 1 (42:02):  opening, start, introduction, Bohemian Rhapsody, Ogre Battle, mc, Sweet Lady, mc, White Queen, mc, Flick Of The Wrist, Bohemian Rhapsody, Killer Queen, The March Of The Black Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Bring Back That Leroy Brown, mc, Brighton Rock, guitar solo, Brighton Rock, Son And Daughter

Disc 2 (54:13):  mc, The Prophet’s Song, Stone Cold Crazy, mc, Doing All Right, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, mc, Keep Yourself Alive, drum solo, Keep Yourself Alive, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited, Now I’m Here (1st encore), rock and roll medley (2nd encore), God Save The Queen

A Night At Q-Den is Tarantura’s third Queen show from the Mr. Peach collection.  It features the evening show on March 26th, 1976 in Fukuoka and like the other two, it is an amazing sounding, clear and powerful tape of another energetic show.  The sound quality places this among the best sounding documents from Queen’s second tour of Japan. 

Queen played two shows in Fukuoka, which was the third stop of the tour.  The strain of the shows is obvious in Freddie’s voice.  It isn’t as bad as in April 1979 in Japan where he could hardly sing in some shows, but his voice is such that he changes the melody in many songs to eliminate the high notes.  This is most apparent in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which has a different feel to it. 

The tape starts off with the taped introduction leading in to the hard rock section of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  The opening salvo emphsizes their heavy metal song with “Ogre Battle” and a great version of “Sweet Lady” following in quick succession.  Freddie speaks to the audience in Japanese and settles down for “White Queen,” and Brian introduces “Flick Of The Wrist” as “a dirty little number.” 

Freddie introduces the medley, saying it is “about four songs … I think you’ve heard most of these before, except for the first one, and it’s gonna be a slightly different version.”  It contains several sections from “Bohemian Rhapsody” around the more familiar songs “Killer Queen” and “March Of The Black Queen,” and it ends with a sloppy performance of “Bring Back That Leroy Brown.” 

May’s compositions dominate the middle of the show.  “Brighton Rock” contains he long guitar improvisation, and ends with the familiar “Son And Daughter.”  Afterwards they play “The Prophet’s Song” which, according to Freddie, took Brian “about six minutes, or nine minutes” to write.  It is a dramatic song which is criminally underrated in the Queen catalogue.  It’s relative obscurity is probably due to the popularity of “Bohemian Rhapsody” from the same album.  But it is a compelling live peice that would be expanded on their next round of touring for A Day A The Races.

After “Stone Cold Crazy” Freddie says, “Ahh, they’re all sitting down. They must know what’s coming next” for the champagne toast to the audience.  Slower numbers, “Doing All Right” and “Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon” follow.  May makes a mistake in the guitar solo in the latter.

“Keep Yourself Alive” has one of the most energetic Roger Taylor drum solos on tape.  He bangs away on the drums for several minutes, keeping up an incredible pace that lacks subtlety but creates excitement.  “In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited” is the final song of the set.  “Now I’m Here” is the first encore and the rock and roll medley with “Big Spender” and “Jailhouse Rock” is the second.

A Night At Q-Den is one of the more important Queen releases this year since it provides such a vivid glimpse into the excitement of the second Queen tour of Japan.  It’s packaged in gatefold cardboard sleeve with tour pictures on the jacket. 

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