Three Unreleased Queen Tracks Unearthed in New Anthology

September 19th, 2014

By Christopher Scapelliti

Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring Freddie Mercury have come to light. The trio of songs will be the highlights of Queen Forever, a new album from the group, due November 11 on Hollywood Records.

The tracks include a long-anticipated song from Queen and Michael Jackson, “There Must Be More to Life Than This”; the previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track “Let Me in Your Heart Again,” originating from sessions for the band’s 1984 album, The Works; and a new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury’s first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration “Love Kills.”

The rest of the package brings together Queen hits, classic tracks and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings that guitarist Brian May describes 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 track listings).

Anticipation for these new Mercury tracks has been high since May and drummer Roger Taylor referred to them earlier this year. Speaking at the press conference to launch their North American concert tour with singer Adam Lambert, May remarked, “There was a little bit more in the can that we had overlooked for a long time, so we have a few songs which we’re working on right now. Freddie sounds as fresh as yesterday.”

The Queen and Michael Jackson duet 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 later visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles, where he recorded Jackson singing the song. That version was never finished either. Queen revived the song during sessions for The Works, but it too was not finished. A year later, Mercury’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.

Perhaps the biggest revelation on Queen Forever is the Brian May composition “Let Me in Your Heart Again.” The song was first recorded by Queen for The Works but was not completed and has remained overlooked since then. An authentic, live-in-the-studio track from the same golden age as “Radio Ga Ga” and “I Want to Break Free,” this never-before-heard Queen track features newly recorded guitar parts and new backing vocals from May and Taylor.

The third new track, “Love Kills,” was composed by Mercury and German producer/songwriter Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to the 1984 restoration of Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic silent movie Metropolis, to which Moroder added a pop soundtrack featuring various music artists. Mercury recorded a high-energy dance version of the song that became his debut solo hit in 1985. However, it’s less well known that all four members of Queen played on the original track. Prior to Queen embarking on their recent tour with lead singer Adam Lambert, May proposed performing an acoustic ballad version of “Love Kills,” which became one of the most memorable moments of Queen’s shows. This new Queen-Mercury studio version is shaped in the same ballad style and revives the Queen original with some newly recorded guitars and drums by May and Taylor.

Alongside this new material, both the one and two-CD versions of Queen Forever feature songs that spotlight the band’s songwriting prowess, studio experimentation and development.

Queen Forever – Track Listings

Single CD 

Let Me In Your Heart Again
Love Kills – The Ballad
There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
It’s A Hard Life
You’re My Best Friend
Love Of My Life
Drowse
Long Away
Lily Of The Valley
Don’t Try So Hard
Bijou
These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Las Palabras De Amor
Who Wants To Live Forever
A Winter’s Tale
Play The Game
Save Me
Somebody To Love
Too Much Love Will Kill You

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

2-CD SE

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