Queen
Live at Wembley 1986


4.0
excellent

Review

by gblackman USER (25 Reviews)
October 19th, 2008 | 17 replies | 9,427 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Still the album is fun to listen to despite these minor (if barely noticeable) hiccups, making Live at Wembley 1986 not only one of Queen’s essential albums but an essential live album.

1 of 3 thought this review was well written

Released in ‘1992,’ “Live at Wembley 1986,” ‘Queen’s’ third live album release after ‘1978’s’ “Live Killers,” and ‘1986’s’ “Live Magic,” is one of the best documents of Queen as a live band. Unlike the other two that covered their live tours in bits and pieces or just unnecessarily edited down versions, Live at Wembley, for a change, shows an entire Queen Show.

Although the track listing is similar to that of 86’s Live Magic, this time there have been no annoying short cuts made or songs unnecessarily cut to pieces. There a kind of honesty, yet fun to the performance here, something that was lacking from their two previous live EP’s.

What this live album does a great job of too is showcasing Queen’s best hits, and Live at Wembley show cases them here. From ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘A Kind of Magic,’ ‘Radio Ga Ga,’ ‘Crazy little thing called Love,’ ‘Another one bites the dust,’ ‘Under Pressure,’ We will rock you,’ and ‘We are the champions,’ the album is jam-packed with well known hit after well known hit.

It some ways it comes across more as a live hits package than an album (Although non-single gems like ‘In the lap of the gods,’ ‘Is this the world we created,’ and the pumped up version of ‘Tear it up,’ do make a welcome addition). But to the bands credit they don’t simply recycle their songs as carbon studio copies but indeed give them each that heavier distinction that makes even a song as old as ‘Now I’m Here’ seem very fresh and new.

‘Freddie’ naturally steals the show, and shows off his brilliant ‘front-man persona that lit up the previous years ‘Live Aid,’ there’s even a part, when just after the band perform their hit single Under Pressure, Mercury goes into a splendid a cappella sing along with the audience, who chant ‘Elo…’ with him.

There are some surprise elements to:

First being the well performed cover versions of “Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye heart),” and “Big Spender.” They also amazingly perform “Tutti Fruitti,” virtually making it their own song.

There are some minor weak points to the album though:

The first being Bohemian Rhapsody, which although sounding great in the studio, the band could never quite pull it of live. Another problem is the unnecessarily long guitar solo for “Brighton Rock,” which bought back the bands early problems where they would try to perform needless guitar solos which ultimately were boring.

Another problem (although minor), is that wasn’t this the ‘A Kind of Magic Tour?’ I mean basically we get three songs from that album “A Kind of Magic,” “Who wants to live forever,” and a dreadful cut down version of (the admittingly dreadful) “Friends will be Friends.” This was their latest album afterall. For example ‘Live Killers’ which was released during the bands ‘Jazz Tour’ at least had a couple of numbers from that album (Despite how bad Jazz might have been).

Still the album is fun to listen to despite these minor (if barely noticeable) hiccups, making Live at Wembley 1986 not only one of Queen’s essential albums but an essential live album.

4/5



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bastard
October 19th 2008



3435 Comments


hey you liked a Queen album.

marksellsuswallets
October 19th 2008



4848 Comments


Hey why didn't you compare it to the rest of their discography?!?!?! I now have no idea how good/bad this is :angry:

freudianslipknot
October 19th 2008



803 Comments


this has 4 tracks from a kind of magic, live killers had 4 tracks from Jazz - unless you want to include the few seconds of Mustapha ad lib . . . your second last paragraph just needs to be removed completely

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 19th 2008



3743 Comments


gblackman do u liek queen

SnackaryBinx
October 19th 2008



2309 Comments


damn it I thought you left.

Slaytan
October 19th 2008



1186 Comments


damn it I thought you left.

Not until the entire discography has been reviewed.

marksellsuswallets
October 19th 2008



4848 Comments


Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but...
[quote=gblackman in previous review]^^^ I have said in my Queen I review that I'd review all of Queen's studio albums including some live & Greatest Hits compilatations when I get round to it. Once I've finished I'll be reviewing all of Led Zeppelin's studio albums including some live compilations and then Michael Jackson and some others.[/quote]
If you aren't a fan of his reviews...well...yeah...

TheStarclassicTreatment
October 19th 2008



2910 Comments


a dreadful cut down version of (the admittingly dreadful) “Friends will be Friends.”


A. Bad Grammar
B. Die

badtaste
October 19th 2008



824 Comments


Quick scan: the review looks slightly better than your older reviews.

Spamue1G
October 19th 2008



1292 Comments


'Glaringly' average 'review'. You know, 'these' don't have to be 'used' on 'every other word'.

Slaytan
October 20th 2008



1186 Comments


Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but...

I knew he has posted it on one of his other reviews, but I was repressing it in hopes of it not being true...all well.

AtavanHalen
October 20th 2008



17927 Comments


Good god.

rebb
October 21st 2008



51 Comments


Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but...

More reviews to neg! Yay!This Message Edited On 10.21.08

gblackman
October 24th 2008



50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey why didn't you compare it to the rest of their discography?!?!?! I now have no idea how good/bad this is


ha, I only do that for studio albums I'm afraid. LOL.

this has 4 tracks from a kind of magic, live killers had 4 tracks from Jazz - unless you want to include the few seconds of Mustapha ad lib . . . your second last paragraph just needs to be removed completely


true, true true (I forgot One Vision lol)

Hmm on Live Killers there was Bicycle Race, Dreamers Ball, Don't stop me Now, Let me entertain you, and Mustapha (yeah for 30 seconds but if you're gonna count Friends will be Friends).

But you have a point I suppose, but I'll stick by my guns cos One Vision is more of an Iron Eagle film song than a Kind of Magic, and I'd prefer to think that Friends will be Friends never happened.

freudianslipknot
October 25th 2008



803 Comments


yes but to extend the debate bicycle race on live killers is curtailed as well being part of the medley. . . so if you are going to discount friends will be friends . . .

I think the more surprising thing is that fat bottomed girls didn't make live killers

TheNotrap
August 15th 2011



8035 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This was probably Queen's memorable show. Their live performances are legendary and like it or not Freddie Mercury is the greatest rock singer ever and one of rock's greatest all-time entertainers.

An absolute live classic.

Digging: Savage Grace - Master Of Disguise

emprorzurg
January 9th 2014



514 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

is that wasn’t this the ‘A Kind of Magic Tour?’ I mean basically we get three songs from that album “A Kind of Magic,” “Who wants to live forever,” and a dreadful cut down version of (the admittingly dreadful) “Friends will be Friends.”

You missed the concert opener "One Vision" (which you've stated in the comments) and yes, the reason why nothing else is present on the set list is because basically everything else on that album is either not suitable for concert (Gimme the Prize, Princes of the Universe) or is utter balls.

The set list, in my opinion, is perfect for a (unknowingly) last tour.



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