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Live Killers (1979)
Live Killers is a live album by the English rock band Queen, originally released on 22 June 1979.
It was recorded live during the European leg of Queen’s Jazz world tour, between January and March 1979. According to the book “Queen Live – a Concert Documentary” by Greg Brooks, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Spread Your Wings” and “Brighton Rock” are from Stadthalle, Bremen on January 20. “Death On Two Legs” is from Sporthalle, Cologne February 1. “’39” and “Now I’m Here” are from Festhalle, Frankfurt on February 2, as is “Love Of My Life” which is confirmed in the linear notes of the DVD release “Greatest Video Hits 1”. It is not known about the rest of the songs – Brian May himself apparently has said that he can not remember from which shows the different songs were recorded.
The album was self-produced by the band and was their first to be mixed at their own studios, Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland.
Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor revealed on the US radio show In the Studio with Redbeard (which spotlighted the making of 1980’s The Game) that the band was not happy with the album’s final mix as the band mixed the album themselves.
Despite this, Live Killers reached number 3 on the UK Albums Chart, and number 16 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and is certified double platinum in the US.
In the territories outside of the United States, Europe and Canada, Elektra Records re-released a shorter, edited version of the album in 1985 titled Queen Live.