Sound — 10
Queen is a band of majesty. Music fans crave so many things. Some crave a epic, well-constructed, lyrical fantasy, 12 minuet thundering song. Some want a simple acoustic tune. Some want in your face rock. Queen covers all the ends of the spectrum. And this live album, Live At Wembley (Recorded in 1986) displays Queen at their best. Their studio albums are gems, golden crowns. They have released so many classics such as 'Queen II', 'A Night At The Opera', 'Hot Space' and 'Innuendo' (and many more). Live At Wembley has songs from every Queen album that had been recorded at that point. This live album captures Queen, performing these excellent songs - full of energy, passion - and just raw emotion and soul put into these wonderful songs. Word's cannot describe. I own just about every Queen album, but this has to be their best. Sure, it doesn't have the crystal clearness of the studio albums - but it's just thundering, atmospherical - and amazing. Freddie is at the top of his game here. His voice is something to be heard. A range that has never been matched. Charisma that can never be topped. So much soul, emotion and talent. It makes you forget about everything going wrong, and takes you to a different place. There is also his out-of-this world, truley virtuosic piano playing. He plays many classical passages, and sometimes even while singing. He's amazing! Now, we all know what a excellent guitarist Brian May is, and you really get the full effect here. There are many who dismiss him, but if you listen to the twelve minuet, pure guitar solo of Brighton Rock - You will be shaking your head in disbelief. Jimi who? Roger and John are in top form, pounding the drums into submission. You can feel the sticks bang on the skins as they beg for mercy. John is really playing well here, as heard on Another One Bites the Dust and Radio Ga Ga. There are all excellent songs on here, and superior versions. But I would say the best performances include the powerful, grooving 'Tie Your Mother Down', the majestical 'Seven Seas Of Rhye', the soulful 'Under Pressure', and the inspiring 'Radio Ga Ga'. There is also a high energy performance of 'Tear It Up' on here as well. Another thing that must be heard is the version of Bohemian Rhapsody on here. It is chill-inducing, how the crowd sings along, every note, with Freddie. It's amazing!
Lyrics — 10
Queen always wrote great lyrics, and this is a live album so I won't cover them here, but look for a section on lyrics in my Queen studio album reviews. But lets talk about the vocal performance. Freddie is simply the most talented, soulful singer ever. His range is unbelievable. He also plays with the crowd, holding notes and seeing if the crowd can do as well. And even a whole, sold-out Wembley Stadium couldn't hold a note as long as the sole man, Freddie Mercury. Astounding!
Overall Impression — 10
This has to be one of the best Queen albums, right up there with 'A Night At The Opera', 'Queen II', 'Jazz' and 'Innuendo'. They put so much energy, and it createst a haunting atmosphere. There is nothing wrong with this album, it's flawless! If it got lost, I would buy 100 more.