The almost-forgotten duet by Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson has finally been unearthed. “There Must Be More to Life Than This” is one of three unreleased tracks finally seeing the sun on the upcoming compilation Queen Forever. And it’s just as beautiful and amazing and sad as you expected.
The duet between these two musical geniuses had long been rumored to be in existence. Then after quite some time, in 2011, Queen’s Roger Taylor promised that the track was being worked on and would inevitably see a release. November 10 of this year, that compilation album…and this duet…will finally be available.
But you can hear it now because the Internet exists.
Queen began working on this track 33 years ago, according to Rolling Stone. The song was written during the Hot Space sessions, but was left unfinished, until Mercury eventually released his own version of the track (sans MJ) on his 1985 solo debut Mr. Bad Guy.
Queen’s upcoming compilation is shaping up to be quite the collection. The LP will be available as a 20-track single CD and a 36-track two-CD set. Skipping obvious hits like “We Will Rock You” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the collection focuses on lesser-known tunes like “Mother Love,” “The Miracle” and “Drowse.”
I, for one, am impressed that the release will be eschewing “the hits.” Queen is a band of monstrous proportions. A band that was so much more eclectic than most people probably know. Queen doesn’t need to rest on its laurels because their entire discography is sprinkled with songs as worthy of celebration as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “We Will Rock You,” etc. That said, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is still one of my favorite songs of all time. It’s music perfection, but it’s great to see so many other classic Queen tracks take center stage for once.
Long live (the) QUEEN.
Thanks to Stei Ny for the link