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Queen Rock Montreal __FULL__

Queen Rock Montreal is a live album by the British rock band Queen. It was released on 29 October 2007 as a double CD, Blu-ray, DVD, and triple vinyl in the UK and the following day in the US.

Queen Rock Montreal

English rock sensation Queen first rose to prominence in the early '70s by audaciously embracing the excesses of the decade. Honing a bizarre balance of heavy metal and multi-layered progressive rock, Queen became famous for its lavish operatic vocals and stirring theatrics. The band won numerous awards and produced a total of fifteen studio albums, five live recordings, and countless other singles and compilations.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without Freddy Mercury, one the most celebrated frontmen in the history of rock. When Mercury lost his tragic battle with AIDS in 1991, he left behind a legacy of music that continues to influence musicians and rock itself to this day. The consumate showman, Mercury never forgot the fans who traveled the distance and paid good money to see his band.

This performance showcases the band in top form -- Mercury is engaging, guitarist Brian May is on point, bassist John Deacon is having the time of his life, and drummer Roger Taylor doesn't lose steam once. The artists launch out of the gate with a rousing up-tempo rendition of "We Will Rock You" that brings the crowd to an immediate frenzy. After the 95 minute concert crescendos through hits like "Somebody to Love," "Killer Queen," and "Now I'm Here," it hits its stride with the relaxed bada-bum-bum of "Under Pressure." By the time they hit such fan-favorites as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Sheer Heart Attack," and "We Are the Champions," Queen is in a euphoric state of pure rock that defines a great live performance.

Yes, the band's '80s shtick is on full display. Mercury's wardrobe changes multiple times over the course of the performance and everyone's pants are too tight. But anyone coming to this release (or any other classic rock performance) should expect nothing less.

The Blu-ray editon of this title presents Queen Rock Montreal with a 1080p/VC-1 transfer (identical to the HD DVD) that looks quite impressive for a twenty-five year old 35mm film. Like other films of its era, fleshtones have a muted appearance, but the palette regularly comes alive as the stage lights flood the performers with color. Edges remain crisp and detail is exceptional. I continually marveled at the well-rendered glitter on the drums, individual strands of glam-rock hair, and the fine texture of clothing. Dimly-lit shots of the crowd can be soft at times, but the band rarely looks anything short of amazing. Black levels are deep, the image is three dimensional, and contrast is spot-on. Best of all, there's no troublesome source noise or artifacting.

Queen is an English rock band formed in 1970 by guitarist Brian May and vocalist/keyboard player Freddie Mercury. Joined by drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Deacon in 1971, Queen rose to prominence during the 70's and are considered one of the most successful bands of all time.

Unlike the umpteenth release of the We Will Rock You concert video (pointlessly retitled Queen Rocks Montreal for this release, perhaps to really drive home the point that Queen was, at heart, a rock'n'roll band), the audio equivalent is essential for many reasons. Apart from the fact that the band were really on a high that night, cameras be damned, this was also the final instance where Queen would play as a four-piece band: from 1982 to 1986, they were augmented by an extra keyboardist (and, in the case of Spike Edney, a keyboardist, guitarist, and backing vocalist). This time, however, the band tear through new and old songs alike, even premiering their newest single, Under Pressure, which had been released at the end of October 1981 and was currently racing up the UK charts. 041b061a72


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