24.12.1975    London, England

Live at Hammersmith Odeon (2009 Pittrek Edition)

Running Time
Image Quality
Sound Quality
: 24.12.1975
: Hammersmith Odeon
: London
: England
: 74 minutes
: A
: A+


Area Code 615 - Stone Fox Chase
Bob Harris - Queen Introduction
Now I'm Here
Ogre Battle
White Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Killer Queen
The March Of The Black Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)
Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Brighton Rock
Guitar Solo
Son And Daughter (Reprise)
Keep Yourself Alive
In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited
Waiting For Encore
Big Spender
Jailhouse Rock
Stupid Cupid
Be Bop A Lula
Jailhouse Rock (Reprise)
Seven Seas Of Rhye (fake video)
See What A Fool I've Been (fake video)
God Save The Queen (fake video)



This DVD is really fantastic! It is compiled from several versions to make it the definitive version of this concert. All the work was done by Peter Vanek, so all credits go to him. You can choose two different playlists. One is the BBC TV broadcast and the second one is the complete compilation made by Peter. It includes Seven Seas Of Rhye and See What A Fool I've Been, but it features only the audio of these two songs. The video that goes along with them are a picture slide show, which is very nice. Both picture and sound quality are excellent and for me it is such a huge upgrade. There are no copy errors. Not sourced from VCD/SVCD.

Peter's comment:

This is my personal version of this fantastic concert and maybe the currently best version. The full concert was remastered for a DVD release, but since it wasn't released this Christmas, I've decided to release my own version. The video is compiled from various versions, a Japanese WoWoW broadcast, a Czech CT1 broadcast, the recent BBC1 broadcast, and 2 different tapes of the Old Grey Whistle Test TV broadcast (one with timecode on the bottom and one with the timecode at the top). Every single frame has been taken from the best available broadcast, if there was a TV station logo, it was removed, for the missing segments both OGWT tapes were used to remove the timecode, and all the video was denoised if it was necessary. All the segments which were "fixed" for the rebroadcasts are now "unfixed" to their original look (a good example is the start of Roger's drum solo in Now I'm Here - now it's a black screen as it should be. During John's segment in Leroy Brown you can see again darkness instead of John, during Keep Yourself Alive you can see again the chaotic search for Freddie instead the repeating segment, and during the rock'n'roll medley there are the closing credits back where they belong). My goal was to re-create the original Old Grey Whistle Test broadcast, in other words I want to see exactly the same as the people who were watching it live. For the last 3 songs a brand new video track, since the video (maybe) doesn't exist for these songs. The sound mix is done by myself using the original TV mix, and the 2 radio mixes. I know that a new "brilliantly remastered" soundtrack exists, I have heard it and I simply fucking hate it. It's terrible. Not to mention the overdubs! I remember how I tried for hours to create a "3D effect" to Roger's drums during his parts, the new mix makes them sound boring. My favorite Brian's part ever (the beginning of Bohemian Rhapsody) is terribly silent, and didn't they have a bass player there ? Why can't I hear him? No no no, I tried to ignore the mix and I used it only for parts of KYA and LOTG, because these parts sounded better than in my old mix, but the rest of the audio comes from my old "matrix". This DVD has 2 playlists, you can see the whole concert (with re-created video track for last 3 songs) or only the TV broadcast, so everybody can chose which version to watch.

DVD Attributes:

Video Attributes

Video compression mode: MPEG-2
TV system: 625/50 (PAL)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Display Mode: reserved
Source picture resolution: 720x576 (625/50)
Frame Rate: 25.00
Source picture letterboxed: Letterboxed
Bitrate: Around 6.00Mbps

Audio Attributes

Audio Coding mode: LPCM
Sampling Rate: 48kHz
Audio application mode: Not Specified
Number of Audio channels: 2.0
Bitrate: 1536 Kbps
Number of Audio streams: 1