DEFINITIVE KNEBWORTH 1986
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The fateful “August 9, 1986 Knebworth
performance” was the last night of the original QUEEN. The legendary
recording that has handed down the whole picture has been brushed up and
decided to be permanently preserved.
The sound is just the finest. It is not mistaken for a sound board
because it has a vivid on-site feeling, but in terms of quality, it is not
defeated by FM broadcasting. Since it was counted as “five fingers” from the
time of “ELECTRIC MAGIC”, the core is on, there is no sense of distance, and
the details are tremendous. There are no walls or ceilings that reflect
sound only in the outdoor venue set up in Nebworth Park, and the sound
emitted by the PA is directly picked up with zero echo. Of course, if you
are far from the PA or if the sound is blown by the wind, you will not have
any children, but the master “Crazy S.” cannot make such a mistake.
Furthermore, the freshness digitized directly from the Omoto cassette is
incomparable to “ELECTRIC MAGIC”.
… And this is the last full set of QUEEN. Instead of omitting “Gimme Some
Lovin'” and “Big Spender” from “LIVE AT WEMBLEY STADIUM”, the show is
tighter and has a better flow. And the performance is wonderful. I can’t say
for sure that “this day is the last” because the testimonies of the members
vary from time to time about Freddie’s medical condition, but a genuine
entertainer cannot be burned in front of a huge crowd of 300,000 people.
It’s a great performance even if it’s the “last” emotion, and probably
because there was a four-day break just before, it’s one of the most
enthusiastic performances of “MAGIC TOUR” as a whole.
Freddie tweeted “I thank you all” in “We Are The Champions”, and the
audience returned “Thank you all”, closing the curtain. It’s the last
concert that will touch your heart no matter how many times you listen to
it. From that time on, the full official live version of the night has been
desired, and 35 years have passed before I knew it. However, even if that
wish comes true, the soundboard will not give you the feeling of being “at
the scene” or “having Freddie in front of you.” This recording has continued
to fulfill such an “ultimate dream” with superb sound. This work is the
highest peak update version of such a dream album.
★ Original QUEEN Last night “August 9, 1986 Knebworth performance” best audience recording. The latest / meticulous brush-up of the masterpiece that was directly digitized from the original cassette of the legendary recording by the master “Crazy S.”. Originally it was a super-name recording that was said to be “one of the five fingers in QUEEN”, but this time the sound passage has improved dramatically. The feeling of clogging that was felt at the peak creates a good feeling of lacking, and along with that, the stereo feeling is wide and vividly transformed. In addition, the distortion felt in the vocal sa line has been alleviated, making it closer to Freddie’s real voice. QUEEN It is a “dream crystal” where you can fully experience the last big performance on site.
The main press 2CD is a live album that depicts the final stage of “the
four people” with a miracle sound. It is the highest peak update board
suitable for celebrating the 35th anniversary of the historic decision
board. However, I still want to witness Freddie’s last brave figure in the
video. Therefore, we will attach a bonus video collection that is a
compilation of the video of the same last show as much as possible.
However, it is wonderful that it is not just a collection of broken images. Each scene is carefully connected, the mood of the show is edited, and the arrangement is in chronological order. The mood is gradually raised with the crowd gradually gathering from the venue setup, the members entering the venue with a helicopter, and Freddie and Brian warming up in the dressing room. And even after the performance, the professional shots for 5 songs are spelled out in the order of the actual show. Although each song is incomplete, the flow of the day is felt in the digest, and it is like a 9-minute video clip with the theme of the Knebworth performance. [Screenshot of full show] No matter how good a professional shot is, a 9-minute digest cannot be enough. That’s where the second video comes in. This is a full audience shot of the last concert.
This video was also loved as part of the sold-out press DVD title “KNEBWORTH 1986 (Wardour-153)”, and is truly a memorial masterpiece. The point is the angle. It’s a screenshot that keeps staring at the huge screen of the scene even before the performance starts, and it looks almost like a professional shot. Of course, handy cameras are finally becoming widespread, and the on-site screen itself is not as beautiful as it is today. There is a checkerboard pattern that looks like it is projected on a block wall, but you can still see the full show captured by the shooting staff at the site with a multi-camera. Moreover, the view is superb. There may be an arm that the front passenger swings up, but that is just “not zero”. Almost no spectators can be seen just by looking up, and in most scenes only Freddie’s last brave figure is visible.
The video alone was incredible, but this work also has the best audio. The miraculous audience recording by Mr. “Crazy S.”, which is the same as the main press 2CD, is synchronized (the recording is about 7 minutes longer than the video, so the screen goes dark in part). However, the audio version is different, using a digitized version a few years ago rather than the latest 2021 remaster. However, since he is the master of “Crazy S.”, it is the best without remastering. After all, it is a master direct of super-famous recording that was said to be “one of the top five in all audience recordings of QUEEN”, and although it is slightly less than the main press 2CD, it stands on the top of the mountain or on the top It depends on whether you stand on one of the highest rocks.
Moreover, the scene of this recording and the screenshot fits perfectly. In the case of a multi-camera in which the scene changes from various angles, if the sound has a strong sense of distance and direction, a sense of discomfort may occur for each cut. However, Mr. “Crazy S.” Master has a feeling of close contact that the recording position is unknown. Therefore, regardless of whether the image is a do-up or a long-distance spectacle, the distance and direction do not matter. It amplifies the professional shot feeling of the image many times.
It is the last show of QUEEN that is drawn with such visual beauty and audio. The enthusiasm was conveyed in the main press 2CD, but the persuasive power accompanied by the scene is another dimension. Far from being one song at a time, Freddie’s every move, his smile and his sincere expression are all “last”. Freddie boiled the venue with “Tutti Frutti”, took off his jacket and played “Bohemian Rhapsody”. The feeling of breathing with a sip of water … You can experience all of this with the sound of the sound board and the images of the multi-camera.
This is the last site of QUEEN where fans from all over the world wanted to be present. This is a video work that is a compilation of professional shots left from the one and only stage and full screenshots. One piece that grants a complete experience of the memorial show that can not be realized even with the main press 2CD. Please enjoy it with the main press CD.