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Live Killers is a live album by the British rock band Queen, originally released on 22 June 1979.[2] It received strongly negative reviews from critics on release.[1] In a retrospective appraisal, Greg Prato of AllMusic found the initial reaction inexplicable, calling the album "an excellent document of Queen at the height of their '70s arena rock powers".[1]

Live Killers
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Live album by
Released22 June 1979
Recorded26 January – 1 March 1979 in Europe
Genre
Length90:08
LabelEMI / Parlophone (Europe)
Elektra / Hollywood (US)
ProducerQueen
Queen chronology
Live Killers
(1979)
Live Magic
(1986)
Singles from Live Killers
  1. "Love of My Life (Live)"
    Released: 29 June 1979
  2. "We Will Rock You (Fast Live)"
    Released: August 1979 (US, Japan)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The album was recorded live during the European leg of Queen's Jazz world tour, between January and March 1979.

The album was self-produced by the band and was their first to be mixed at their own studios, Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland.[2]

Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor later revealed on the US radio show In the Studio with Redbeard (which spotlighted the making of 1980's The Game) that the band had mixed Live Killers themselves and were unhappy with the final mix.

Despite this, the album reached number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and number 16 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and is certified double platinum in the US.[3][4]

In the territories outside of the United States, Europe and Canada, Elektra Records re-released a shorter and edited version of the album in 1985 titled Queen Live.[5]

The 1994 issue released as part of the Digital Master Series by EMI Records did not improve upon the quality of the previous release. It was later remastered and restored in better quality by Peter Mew in 2001.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

Disc 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."We Will Rock You fast" (Lyon 17 February)Brian May3:29
2."Let Me Entertain You" (Unknown)Freddie Mercury3:04
3."Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)" (Barcelona 20 February, Frankfurt 2 February)Mercury3:32
4."Killer Queen" (Frankfurt 2 February)Mercury1:59
5."Bicycle Race" (Frankfurt 2 February)Mercury1:29
6."I'm in Love with My Car" (Zurich 4 February)Roger Taylor2:01
7."Get Down, Make Love" (Frankfurt 2 February, Lyon 17 February, Barcelona 20 February, Paris 28 February, Paris 1 March)Mercury4:31
8."You're My Best Friend" (Lyon 17 February)John Deacon2:07
9."Now I'm Here" (Frankfurt 2 February, Lyon 17 February)May8:44
10."Dreamer's Ball" (Lyon 17 February)May3:42
11."Love of My Life" (Frankfurt 2 February, Paris 27 February)Mercury4:59
12."'39" (Frankfurt 2 February)May4:26
13."Keep Yourself Alive" (Unknown)May4:03
Total length:48:06
Disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Don't Stop Me Now" (Unknown)Mercury4:28
2."Spread Your Wings" (Unknown)Deacon5:14
3."Brighton Rock" (Frankfurt 2 February, Paris 28 February, Paris 1 March)May12:13
4."Bohemian Rhapsody (with "Mustapha" intro)" (Frankfurt 2 February)Mercury5:51
5."Tie Your Mother Down" (Frankfurt 2 February)May3:43
6."Sheer Heart Attack" (Lyon 17 February)Taylor3:36
7."We Will Rock You" (Frankfurt 2 February)May2:48
8."We Are the Champions" (Paris 27 February)Mercury3:27
9."God Save the Queen" (Rotterdam 30 January)Trad.; arr. May1:33
Total length:42:53

Omitted tracksEdit

SinglesEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [1]
Record Mirror(favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone(unfavorable)[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [8]
Smash Hits3½/10[9]
  • "Love of My Life (Live at Festhalle Frankfurt, 2 Feb '79 - edited version)"/"Now I'm Here (Live at Festhalle Frankfurt, 2 Feb '79)"
  • "We Will Rock You (Fast Version) (Live)"/"Let Me Entertain You (Live)" – Elektra E46532; released August 1979

ChartsEdit

Country Charts Sales
Peak position Weeks Certification Sales
Austria 3 12 Gold 40,000
United Kingdom 3 27 Gold 380,000
Germany 4 Gold 450.000
Japan 9 250.000
Netherlands 10 80.000
Norway 10 7 100.000
Sweden 15 4 50.000
United States 16 14 Platinum (2x) 2,500,000
Switzerland 34 2 Gold 10.000
Canada 150.000

PersonnelEdit

ProductionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Live Killers at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Live Killers Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 11 July 2011
  3. ^ RIAA – Gold and Platinum Archived 4 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine Recording Industry Association of America Retrieved 11 July 2011
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited
  5. ^ http://www.queenonline.com/en/the-band/discography/live-killers/ Queen Online Retrieved 13 December 2016
  6. ^ "1979.06.xx - Record Mirror - UK - Killer Queen - QueenCuttings.com - Welcome on board!". QueenCuttings.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  7. ^ Fricke, David (6 September 1979). "Live Killers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Queen: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  9. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (July 12–25 1979): 25.

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