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Review Text Back in 1989 -- or 1995, if you're an American -- Queen released a collection called At the Beeb, which featured two BBC sessions recorded in February and December, 1973. The 2016 compilation Queen on Air trumps this by adding a July 1973 session along with two sessions from 1974 and one from 1977, all adding up to the band's complete appearances on the BBC. Comprehensiveness is a feather in the cap for Queen on Air for collectors, but the additional material reveals that Queen got better as they stuck around. Those early 1973 performances have a couple of classic songs -- namely, two different versions of "Keep Yourself Alive," and maybe "Great King Rat" -- but these sound thin and tentative compared to the recordings from 1974 and 1977 on disc two, where the band feels bigger and bolder, recognizing the value in space. Queen can still wander into amorphous territory -- "It's Late" descends into echoing mush -- but their muscle seems defined, as does their camp: by ending the set with "My Melancholy Blues," there's no question that Queen is arch, delivering each of their tunes with a wink. Such revelations are interesting, but the relatively limpness of Queen on Air does mean it's an archival release designed only for fans. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Track Listing

Record: 1

  1. 1. My Fairy King [Session 1, February 5, 1973]
  2. 2. Keep Yourself Alive [Session 1, February 5, 1973]
  3. 3. Doing All Right [Session 1, February 5, 1973]
  4. 4. Liar [Session 1, February 5, 1973]
  5. 5. See What a Fool I've Been [Session 2, July 25, 1973]
  6. 6. Keep Yourself Alive [Session 2, July 25, 1973]
  7. 7. Liar [Session 2, July 25, 1973]
  8. 8. Son and Daughter [Session 2, July 25, 1973]

Record: 2

  1. 9. Ogre Battle [Session 3, December 3, 1973]
  2. 10. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll [Session 3, December 3, 1973]
  3. 11. Great King Rat [Session 3, December 3, 1973]
  4. 12. Son and Daughter [Session 3, December 3, 1973]
  5. 13. Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll [Session 4, April 3, 1974]
  6. 14. Nevermore [Session 4, April 3, 1974]
  7. 15. White Queen (As It Began) [Session 4, April 3, 1974]

Record: 3

  1. 16. Now I'm Here [Session 5, October 16, 1974]
  2. 17. Stone Cold Crazy [Session 5, October 16, 1974]
  3. 18. Flick of the Wrist [Session 5, October 16, 1974]
  4. 19. Tenement Funster [Session 5, October 16, 1974]
  5. 20. We Will Rock You [Session 6, October 28, 1977]
  6. 21. We Will Rock You [Fast Version] [Session 6, October 28, 1977]
  7. 22. Spread Your Wings [Session 6, October 28, 1977]
  8. 23. It's Late [Session 6, October 28, 1977]
  9. 24. My Melancholy Blues [Session 6, October 28, 1977]

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Release Date
11/4/16 

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