‘Queen Forever’ Compilation Tracklist Revealed, As Are William Orbit’s Thoughts On The Michael Jackson/Freddie Mercury Duet

‘Queen Forever’ Compilation Tracklist Revealed, As Are William Orbit’s Thoughts On The Michael Jackson/Freddie Mercury Duet

With the Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duet “There Must Be More To Life Than This” now out there, the full details of the upcoming compilation Queen Forever (out November 10) have also now been revealed. The release will include a 20-track single album version, as well as a 36-track two-disc version. In addition to all the hits included (some of which are “new takes on well-known songs,” per a press release) are the duet with Jackson as produced by William Orbit, a previously unfinished Queen track (with Freddie Mercury) called “Let Me In Your Heart Again” and a new, stripped-down rendition of Mercury’s 1984 Giorgio Moroder collaboration from the Metropolis soundtrack, “Love Kills.”

On the subject of Queen and Michael Jackson’s “There Must Be More To Life Than This,” William Orbit stated the following in a press release:

“I had known Roger [Taylor] for many years, now he was on the phone asking if I would get involved in this musical adventure.

“When I first played it in my studio I opened a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians. Hearing Michael Jackson’s vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie’s vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level.

“The musicianship of all four members of Queen is phenomenal. Roger, an extraordinarily multi talented man I’ve always admired. John Deacon’s original bass part with its lyrical fluidity that made it easy for me to know where to put the odd reinforcement. Freddie’s original piano carried most of the song’s musical DNA. Brian, one take for the solo, a blur of fingers, and the spirits of MJ and FM fully present, in the moment, sending shivers down the spine.”

“There Must Be More To Life Than This” was originally penned in 1981 during the recording of Queen’s album Hot Space. The band recorded their backing track, then Mercury visited Jackson’s home studio in Los Angeles, where vocals were laid down.

As stated in the Queen Forever press release, “Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984’s The Works, but again it was not finished. A year later, Freddie’s own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985’s Mr Bad Guy.”

Below is the full Queen Forever tracklist:

Queen Forever – Track Listings

Single CD:
Let Me In Your Heart Again
Love Kills – The Ballad
There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
It’s A Hard Life
You’re My Best Friend
Love Of My Life
Drowse
Long Away
Lily Of The Valley
Don’t Try So Hard
Bijou
These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Las Palabras De Amor
Who Wants To Live Forever
A Winter’s Tale
Play The Game
Save Me
Somebody To Love
Too Much Love Will Kill You
Crazy Little Thing Called Love

2-CD SET

CD1
Let Me In Your Heart Again
Love Kills – The Ballad
There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
Play The Game
Dear Friends
You’re My Best Friend
Love Of My Life
Drowse
You Take My Breath Away
Spread Your Wings
Long Away
Lily Of The Valley
Don’t Try So Hard
Bijou
These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Nevermore
Las Palabras De Amor
Who Wants To Live Forever

CD2
I Was Born To Love You
Somebody To Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Friends Will Be Friends
Jealousy
One Year of Love
A Winters Tale
‘39
Mother Love
It’s A Hard Life
Save Me
Made in Heaven
Too Much Love Will Kill You
Sail Away Sweet Sister
The Miracle
Is This The World We Created
In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited
Forever

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