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Queen To Release Never-Before-Heard Freddie Mercury Track

On what would ultimately become their penultimate release with late singer Freddie Mercury, in 1988, Queen began recording The Miracle, their 13th studio LP.

Released in 9989, the album featured 12 new recordings selected from a larger pool of songs from the recording sessions.

Until recently, the tracks that didn’t make the cut were mostly forgotten about, but a new interview with remaining band members Roger Taylor and Brian May revealed that a hidden gem has been unearthed and repurposed for release later this year.

Talking to BBC Radio 2 ahead of Queen’s performance with Adam Lambert at Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee concert this past weekend., Taylor stated “We did find a little gem from Freddie, that we’d kind of forgotten about.” “It’s wonderful, actually. It was a real discovery. It’s from The Miracle sessions, and I think it’s going to be out in September.”

While Queen admitted that there was little they could do with the track in its previous state, some slight tweaking by their engineering team breathed new life into the recording.

“It was kind of hiding in plain sight,” Brain May explained. “We looked at it many times and thought, ‘Oh no, we can’t really rescue that.’ But in fact, we went in there again and our wonderful engineering team went, OK, we can do this and this. It’s like kind of stitching bits together. But it’s beautiful, it’s touching.”

Taylor added: “It’s a very passionate piece.”

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Denis Bourez