British rock royalty Queen will release a new album in November, ‘Queen Forever’. Fair enough, so what, and so on. But there’s a twist: this new LP will feature never-before-heard Freddie Mercury vocals. Got your attention now, right?
Due out on November 10th via Virgin, the album will contain three tracks with ‘new’ Mercury vocals, alongside a collaboration with another late pop icon, Michael Jackson. The Jackson cut, ‘There Must Be More To Life Than This’, dates from 1981 and, despite several attempts over the years, has never been completed until now.
Making up the release’s 20 tracks (on the standard edition – an extended, 36-track set will be available, too) are reworked classics and, in the words of guitarist Brian May, “things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth, rather than the big hits”.
Speaking on the Freddie numbers, May remarked that the still-very-dead singer sounds “as fresh as yesterday”. Amongst the tracks to feature Mercury is ‘Let Me In Your Heart Again’, a previously unfinished affair from the band’s ‘The Works’ period. ‘Queen Forever’ features production from William Orbit.
Did you know that one in three British households owns the original greatest hits compilation that Queen put out in 1981? Well, now you do.