At the Beeb (Queen album)

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Queen at the Beeb
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Live album by Queen
Released 4 December 1989 (Europe); 1995 (US)
Recorded 5 February and 3 December 1973 at Langham 1
Genre Rock
Length 37:33
Label Band of Joy ("by arrangement with BBC Records and Tapes and EMI Records Ltd") (UK)
Hollywood (US)
Producer Bernie Andrews
Queen chronology
Live Magic
(1986)Live Magic1986
Queen at the Beeb
Live at Wembley '86
(1992)Live at Wembley '861992
Hollywood Records cover
The Hollywood Records cover.
The Hollywood Records cover.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars [2]
The Times (?) [3]

At the Beeb is a live album by the English rock band Queen, released on vinyl, cassette tape, and CD in 1989. Subsequently, it was released by Hollywood Records in 1995 in the United States and Canada under the title Queen at the BBC on CD and as limited edition picture disc vinyl.

The album comprises tracks recorded in two sessions for the BBC Radio 1 Sound of the 70s programme. The first four tracks were recorded on 5 February 1973; the rest were recorded on 3 December 1973.

All but one track appeared on the album Queen; the exception is "Ogre Battle" which appeared on Queen II. However, the versions featured on At the Beeb are different from the original versions, being closer to the songs as performed live. This is most notable on "Ogre Battle", as it starts right away with its riff (without any long intro), does not have any effects that the version on Queen II has and sounds much less polished. The BBC version of "Ogre Battle" did originally have a long intro featuring a grand guitar build up. It was not used for this release, allegedly because the original tape was damaged.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "My Fairy King" Freddie Mercury 4:06
2. "Keep Yourself Alive" Brian May 3:48
3. "Doing Alright" May, Tim Staffell 4:11
4. "Liar" Mercury 6:28
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ogre Battle" Mercury 3:57
2. "Great King Rat" Mercury 5:59
3. "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll" Roger Taylor 2:00
4. "Son and Daughter" May 7:08