Queen have released a lost song featuring the late great Freddie Mercury, more than 30 years after it was first recorded.
Former frontman Mercury, revered for his voice and stage presence, died from Aids-related complications in 1991 at the age of 45, and is still renowned still as one of the greatest vocalists of all time.
The acclaimed band, who now perform with singer Adam Lambert, have now released a song first recorded 34 years ago, featuring Mercury’s vocals,
Face It Alone was originally recorded during the British rock band’s 1988 sessions for their album The Miracle, but did not make the final cut.
It was later rediscovered when Queen’s production and archive team returned to the sessions to work on the upcoming reissue of the album.
The new single is the first new song released featuring Mercury since 2014’s Queen Forever album, which included three previously unheard tracks.
Let Me In Your Heart Again, Love Kills and There Must Be More to Life Than This each featured vocals from Mercury, and were released 23 years after his death.
The classic rock band, comprising of Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, was founded in 1970 and proved a worldwide phenomenon, spawning major hits including Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You.
Drummer Taylor had teased the release of a new ‘lost’ song in June, telling Zoe Ball on BBC 2 they had made a ‘real discovery.’
May had added at the time that the rediscovered recording was ‘beautiful’ and ‘touching’, and praised the band’s production team for bringing it to life.
‘It was kind of hiding in plain sight,’ he said. ‘We looked at it many times and thought, “Oh no, we can’t really rescue that.”‘
Speaking now upon the release of Face It Alone, rediscovered track, guitarist May said: ‘I’m happy that our team were able to find this track.
‘After all these years, it’s great to hear all four of us, yes, Deacy is there too, working in the studio on a great song idea which never quite got completed… until now.’
Taylor added: ‘We’d kind of forgotten about this track but there it was, this little gem.
‘It’s wonderful, a real discovery. It’s a very passionate piece.’
Face It Alone’s arrival comes ahead of the November 18 reissue of the band’s number one album The Miracle, released in 1989.
Featuring the likes of I Want It All and Breakthru, the band’s 13th album will now be available in an eight-disc collector’s edition box set format.
The expanded set includes The Miracle Sessions: an hour-plus disc of further previously unreleased recordings including six unpublished songs.
It also includes conversations between the members in the studio, giving a glimpse into the four members’ creative process and their personal relationships.
Queen’s The Miracle collector’s edition will be available from November 18.
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