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Queen unearth lost version of Freddie Mercury’s “Love Kills” — listen

on September 30, 2014, 4:36pm

On November 11th, Queen will release Queen Forever, a brand new anthology featuring three unreleased tracks with singer Freddie Mercury. Along with “There Must Be More to Life Than This”, a striking collaboration with Michael Jackson, the band is previewing the release with the stripped down ballad version of Mercury’s 1984 Giorgio Moroder-produced single, “Love Kills”.

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

The original version of “Love Kills” was much maligned and was even nominated for “Worst Original Song” at the 1985 Razzies. While the original has aged better than the criticism would suggest, the new “rock version” of the track sounds like classic Queen. With shooting guitar solos and bombastic balladry, Mercury’s unparalleled voice finds a better backdrop with Queen for “Love Kills” than it did with Moroder’s electronic soundscape. Listen in below.

Here’s the original for comparison.

Queen Forever will be available as a 20-track single CD and as a 36-track two-CD set.