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Queen to release unheard Freddie Mercury songs, including collaboration with Michael Jackson

on September 19, 2014, 8:03am

Queen has announced the release of a new anthology, which features three unreleased tracks with singer Freddie Mercury.

Due out November 11th, Queen Forever is highlighted by “There Must Be More to Life Than This”, a never-before-heard collaboration between Mercury and Michael Jackson. Also included is “Let Me in Your Heart Again”, a previously unfinished Mercury track from sessions for 1984’s The Works, as well as a new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury’s first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, “Love Kills”.

(Read: Queen Turns 40: How rare was Freddie Mercury?)

A press release says of the Mercury-Jackson collaboration:

The Queen and Michael Jackson duet, “There Must Be More to Life Than This”, began as a song 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 visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984’s The Works, but again it was not finished. A year later, Freddie’s own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985’s Mr. Bad Guy. This new production of the powerful ballad fuses Queen’s original backing track and Mercury and Jackson’s distinctive vocals, and has been produced and remixed by celebrated Madonna/Robbie Williams producer William Orbit.

Assembled by surviving Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, the rest of the tracklist for Queen Forever is rounded out by greatest hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known song.

The anthology will be available as a 20-track single CD and as a 36-track two-CD set. See the album artwork and full tracklist below.

Queen Forever Artwork:

queen forever

Queen Forever Tracklist:

Single CD:

01. Let Me In Your Heart Again
02. Love Kills – The Ballad
03. There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
04. It’s A Hard Life
05. You’re My Best Friend
06. Love Of My Life
07. Drowse
08. Long Away
09. Lily Of The Valley
10. Don’t Try So Hard
11. Bijou
12. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
13. Las Palabras De Amor
14. Who Wants To Live Forever
15. A Winter’s Tale
16. Play The Game
17. Save Me
18. Somebody To Love
19. Too Much Love Will Kill You
20. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

2-CD Set:

CD1

01. Let Me In Your Heart Again
02. Love Kills – The Ballad
03. There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
04. Play The Game
05. Dear Friends
06. You’re My Best Friend
07. Love Of My Life
08. Drowse
09. You Take My Breath Away
10. Spread Your Wings
11. Long Away
12. Lily Of The Valley
13. Don’t Try So Hard
14. Bijou
15. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
16. Nevermore
17. Las Palabras De Amor
18. Who Wants To Live Forever

CD2

01. I Was Born To Love You
02. Somebody To Love
03. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
04. Friends Will Be Friends
05. Jealousy
06. One Year of Love
07. A Winters Tale
08. ‘39
09. Mother Love
10. It’s A Hard Life
11. Save Me
12. Made in Heaven
13. Too Much Love Will Kill You
14. Sail Away Sweet Sister
15. The Miracle
16. Is This The World We Created
17. In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited
18. Forever

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