Queen: New album of Freddie Mercury songs to be released

Brian May has confirmed that Queen will release an album before the end of 2014 which will feature unreleased vocals by Freddie Mercury. May said the album is likely to be titled Queen Forever and that Mercury's vocals date back to the 1980s. He explained that he and Roger Taylor recently recorded instrumental tracks for the songs, based on original "scraps" of unreleased music.

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Brian May has confirmed that Queen will release an album before the end of 2014 which will feature unreleased vocals by Freddie Mercury.

May said the album is likely to be titled Queen Forever and that Mercury’s vocals date back to the 1980s. He explained that he and Roger Taylor recently recorded instrumental tracks for the songs, based on original “scraps” of unreleased music.

In an interview recorded in September 2013 with iHeart Radio, May revealed that an album in the style of the 1995 Queen album Made In Heaven, pieced together after Mercury’s death in 1991, could be in the pipeline.

The album may include a previously unheard duet with Michael Jackson, recorded in 1983, which Taylor revealed in March existed in the Queen vaults. Since Mercury’s death in 1991, Queen have released one album of recordings, 1995’s Made In Heaven.

Mercury and Jackson worked together 30 years ago in California but failed to release anything substantial as they could not secure time to record further tracks.

“We had to start from scratch,” May told BBC Radio Wales this week. “Knowing how it would have happened if we’d finished the songs, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology. It’s quite emotional. It’s the big, big Queen ballads and the big, big epic sound.”


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