Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duet to feature on new Queen album ‘Queen Forever’

A reworking of 'There Must Be More To Life Than This' is one of three previously unheard songs to feature on new release

Queen will release new album ‘Queen Forever’ in November featuring three previously unreleased tracks with Freddie Mercury on vocals, including a collaboration with Michael Jackson.

The Queen and Michael Jackson duet, ‘There Must Be More To Life Than This’, was written by Mercury during sessions for Queen’s 1981 album, ‘Hot Space’. The band recorded a backing track, but the song was never completed.

Mercury later visited Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, where Jackson’s vocals were recorded but the song remained uncompleted.

Queen attempted to revive the track during sessions for 1984’s ‘The Works’, but again it was not finished and Mercury’s own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985’s ‘Mr Bad Guy’. This new production of the ballad uses Queen’s original backing track and Mercury and Jackson’s vocals, and was produced by William Orbit.

Speaking about the song, Orbit says: “When I first played it in my studio I opened a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians. Hearing Michael Jackson’s vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie’s vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level. “

Also on the album will be previously unheard tracks ‘Let Me In Your Heart Again’ and ‘Love Kills’. The former originates from the band’s recording sessions from 1984 album ‘The Works’ while the latter is a ballad version of Mercury’s first solo hit, produced by Giorgio Moroder.

Guitarist Brian May describes the rest of the album as “things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits”.

‘Queen Forever’ is available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set. See below for tracklistings.

CD1

‘Let Me In Your Heart Again’
‘Love Kills – The Ballad’
‘There Must Be More To Life Than This’ (William Orbit Mix)
‘Play The Game’
‘Dear Friends’
‘You’re My Best Friend’
‘Love Of My Life’
‘Drowse’
‘You Take My Breath Away’
‘Spread Your Wings’
‘Long Away’
‘Lily Of The Valley’
‘Don’t Try So Hard’
‘Bijou’
‘These Are The Days Of Our Lives’
‘Nevermore’
‘Las Palabras De Amor’
‘Who Wants To Live Forever’

CD2

‘I Was Born To Love You’
‘Somebody To Love’
‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’
‘Friends Will Be Friends’
‘Jealousy’
‘One Year of Love’
‘A Winters Tale’
’39’
‘Mother Love’
‘It’s A Hard Life’
‘Save Me’
‘Made in Heaven’
‘Too Much Love Will Kill You’
‘Sail Away Sweet Sister’
‘The Miracle’
‘Is This The World We Created’
‘In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited’
‘Forever’

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