Queen – In Hama (Tarantura TCDQ-9-1, 2)

In Hama (Tarantura TCDQ-9-1, 2)

Yokohama Bunka Taikukan, Yokohama, Japan – April 30th, 1975

Disc 1 (56:19):  SE, Procession (opening), Now I’m Here, Ogre Battle, Great King Rat, 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, Brian May solo, Son And Daughter, Introduction

Disc 2 (50:24):  Keep Yourself Alive, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, Liar, In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited [fade in], Hey Big Spender, Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jailhouse Rock (Rock ‘n’ Roll medley), See What A Fool I’ve Been, God Save The Queen (ending)

Queen’s penultimate show on their first tour of Japan was on April 30th, 1975 in Yokohama.  Unlike the famous Budokan show the following night, no tapes circulated for the Yokohama until a couple years ago.  In 2010 a good sounding tape was posted on YouTube which was missing the encores (the taper claims he couldn’t find them and also refused to share the actual tape with collectors). 

Recently Tarantura released a second tape source on In Hama.  Another Mr. Peach recording, it is substantially more clear and powerful than the YouTube tape and has the missing encores.  The only negative against this release are the cuts right after “Bring Back That Leroy Brown” (eliminating some of Freddie’s introduction to “Son And Daughter”) and at the beginning of “In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited” omitting the introduction and opening lines which could have been patched with the other tape.

The tape begins with the audience reacting to the “Procession” as the band come onstage and start “Now I’m Here.”  Originating from their latest album Sheer Heart Attack, it was their latest single and biggest hit so far in 1975.  It’s also one of the heaviest songs to start a Queen concert.  In the coming years the middle section would expand with Freddie’s vocal harmonies, but here is played straight as it appears on the album.

Afterwards Freddie greets the audience with some involved Japanese phrases before “Ogre Battle.”  Instead of feedback cacophony, Brian May begins the song straight from the main riff.  And to celebrate their first tour of Japan Queen brought back “Great King Rat” to the setlist and drop “Father To Son.”   Freddie calls it a song “about a dirty old man” from their first album Queen I.

The medley contains several new songs from Sheer Heart Attack beginning with “In The Lap Of The Gods.”  Without the studio tricks on the vocals it sounds rather flat, but it still retains some of it’s mysterious aura.  It segues right into “Killer Queen,” one of their biggest hits in Japan. 

Freddie either forgets the final two lines of the second verse or his microphone cuts out.  His vocals cut out and the band carry on with the instrumental and continue through to the segue into “March Of The Black Queen.”  The vocals aren’t ready on cue so the band play the melody for a few more bars until Freddie can sing the song.  The medley ends with “Bring Back That Leroy Brown.” 

The cut in the tape eliminates much of Freddie’s next introduction, but he mentions them seeing something on TV before “Son And Daughter.”  May plays the “Brighton Rock” guitar solo in the middle before the song returns to the Queen II track.

After “Keep Yourself Alive,” played much like the studio recording, Taylor introduces “Seven Seas Of Rhye,” saying it was “written by him at the piano” pointing to Freddie. A “bit of rock and roll” follows as they start “Stone Cold Crazy.”  Freddie again has problems with his microphone at the very end, cutting in-and-out.

During the clapping section of “Liar” Freddie tells the audience that “I’m going to teach you some English words” and mentions he wants them to “shag out” before the “mama I’m gonna be your slave” chorus.  The anthem “In The Lap Of The Gods … Revisited” closes the main set. 

For the long encore set they start off with “Hey Big Spender,” one of their all-time favorite campy cover tunes.  Taylor’s heavy “Modern Times Rock N Roll” follows.  They close with “Jailhouse Rock” and the slow blues “See What A Fool I’ve Been,” another rarity pulled out for the audiences in Japan that year.

In Hama is certainly another very good Queen release on Tarantura.  Packaged in a gatefold sleeve, the artwork emphasizes the band’s first tour of Japan when they came as conquering heroes and superstars.  The cuts in the tape are unfortunately not filled with the older tape source, but that’s just about the only flaw in what is a very strong release.   

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