Queen Continues ‘The Greatest’ YouTube Series with “Live in 1975 — A Night at the Odeon” (Watch)


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Every Friday lately, Queen has been debuting a new episode of its ongoing YouTube series, The Greatest — archival videos championing important moments in the English rock group‘s vaunted history.

Queen: Live in 1975 – A Night At The Odeon is the latest entry, and as its title suggests it focuses on when the group returned to play an extra show at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on Christmas Eve 1975, per a news release.

The show came with a singular type of anticipation, given the momentum the band was experiencing at the moment:

To be televised live on the UK’s BBC TV’s Old Grey Whistle Test and broadcast simultaneously on the national Radio 1, the show would take the band into millions of homes across the nation, crowning Queen as the biggest rock band in the UK.But despite all the preparations, there were some things beyond their control that meant the band weren’t taking it for granted that it was something they’d be able to pull off.

Roger Taylor: “It was quite difficult. You’re just starting to wind down and then actually, you’ve got to go back and do this one, all-important show. It was a big deal in the fact that it was going out live on Christmas Eve… I remember thinking ‘ah, will we have lost our momentum and that sort of kick-ass stuff that you’ve developed on a tour, and I do remember being quite, sort of, worried about it.”

The new episode:

A historical footnote about the footage of this special show:

The original multi-track tapes of the show were subsequently believed to be lost, before being recovered in 2009 and restored by Queen sound engineers Justin Shirley-Smith, Kris Fredriksson, and Joshua Macrae. The re-mastered and restored show was shown at a special screening on 8 October 2015 at Olympic Studios in London where some of A Night at the Opera had been recorded.

As for the previous installments in the Queen — The Greatest series, here’s a handy YouTube playlist so you can catch up on what you’ve missed thus far.


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