New ‘Queen Forever’ collection brings new Freddie Mercury tracks

Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring late singer Freddie Mercury spearhead an exciting new Queen album, Queen Forever, due November 10th internationally and November 11th in North America on the Virgin Records label.

The tracks include a long anticipated track from Queen and Michael Jackson, “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track “Let Me In Your Heart Again” originating from the band’s The Works album recording sessions, and a scorching 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 Brian May describes as “things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits” in a collection immaculately assembled by May and Roger Taylor themselves. The tracks are all linked to represent a definitive collection of Queen’s timeless love songs.

Queen Forever is available as a 20 track single CD and as an extended 36 track, two CD set and limited four LP vinyl and celebrates the extraordinary musical path of one of the world’s greatest rock bands.

Anticipation for these new Mercury tracks has been high since May and Taylor first hinted earlier this year that new tracks featuring Mercury were being explored.

Speaking at the press conference to launch their North American concert tour with singer Adam Lambert earlier in the year, May said, “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.”

On the subject, Taylor stated, “We’ve got some great new tracks that haven’t been heard and there’s an interesting selection of older stuff.”

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.

Queen Forever is both a showcase for these exclusive new recordings, but also an enduring tribute to the extraordinary musical achievements of John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the late, great Freddie Mercury whose singular talent we can again get to marvel at with the arrival of these previously unheard tracks.

2 CD | 4 LP

Single CD

  1. Let Me In Your Heart Again
  2. Love Kills – The Ballad
  3. There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
  4. It’s A Hard Life
  5. You’re My Best Friend
  6. Love Of My Life
  7. Drowse
  8. Long Away
  9. 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

CD 1:

  1. Let Me In Your Heart Again
  2. Love Kills – The Ballad
  3. There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
  4. Play The Game
  5. Dear Friends
  6. You’re My Best Friend
  7. Love Of My Life
  8. Drowse
  9. 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

CD 2:

  1. I Was Born To Love You
  2. Somebody To Love
  3. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  4. Friends Will Be Friends
  5. Jealousy
  6. One Year of Love
  7. A Winters Tale
  8. 39
  9. 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

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.