The discovery, which will reportedly get an official release later this year, was confirmed by guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, who shared the news during an interview this weekend with Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2 over the course of the Jubilee weekend. The festivities included a performance from the rock legends at Buckingham Palace.
“We did find a little gem from Freddie that we’d kind of forgotten about,” Taylor explains. “And 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.”
The Miracle served as Queen’s thirteenth studio album, and was released on 22 May 1989 by Parlophone Records and Capitol Records in the United Kingdom and the USA, respectively. It was recorded in the wake of Mercury’s HIV diagnosis in 1987.
When questioned as to who found the track, May replies, “It was kind of hiding in plain sight. 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 stitching bits together. But it’s beautiful. It’s touching.” Taylor adds that the song is “a very passionate piece.”
Since Mercury’s death in 1991 following his battle with AIDS, the classic rock sensations have released a number of previously unheard tracks featuring the frontman, including the 2014 compilation album Queen Forever, which consisted of songs recorded in the ‘80s that had been “forgotten about”.
Listen to the full interview on the BBC website.
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QUEEN A Night At The Opera (2015 UK/EU limited edition 12-track LP pressed on 180-gram heavyweight black vinyl Half Speed Mastered from lacquers cut at Abbey Road Studios. Originally released in 1975 their fourth studio album features the massive hit single Bohemian Rhapsody, plus You're My Best Friend and Love Of My Life. Gatefold picture sleeve with original embossed crest logo cover art, hype sticker & factory sealed. Essential) #Top 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time
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QUEEN Jazz (1978 UK 13-track vinyl LP with 1U matrices, their seventh studio album including the singles Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls and Don't Stop Me Now. The embossed gatefold picture sleeve has general wear with scuffing to the spine/edges with a small top split and apart from just a small detachment at the top/bottom of the perforated line, retains its attached 'nude bicycle race' fold-out poster insert plus the laminated card picture inner while the vinyl is graded EX-/Ex with just a few lightscuffs to indicate play EMA788)
- Queen - Breakthru - EX - UK - 12" vinyl - £15.00, $18.90, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 05-Dec-2023 14:29)on December 11, 2023 at 6:36 pm
QUEEN Breakthru (1989 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single featuring the 12" Version and Single Version, also including Stealin'. The glossy picture sleeve displays only light wear but has a minor sticker mark in the top right corner, whilst the vinyl shows little signs play 12QUEEN11)
- Queen - I Want It All - UK - 12" vinyl - £12.00, $15.12, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 05-Dec-2023 14:34)on December 11, 2023 at 6:36 pm
QUEEN I Want It All (1989 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, featuring both the Album and Single versions, also including the non-album track Hang On in There, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve has a few light signs of shelfwear whilst the vinyl shows just afew signs of play, overall an excellent example 12QUEEN10)
- Queen - I'm Going Slightly Mad - Gatefold - EX - UK - 12" vinyl - £25.00, $31.50, €29.25 (New Item) (arrived 05-Dec-2023 15:08)on December 11, 2023 at 6:36 pm
QUEEN I'm Going Slightly Mad (1991 UK limited edition 3-track 12" single, also including The Hitman and Lost Opportunity, housed in a hype stickered gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve displays some light general wear and the vinyl shows justlight signs of play, overall an excellent example 12QUEENG17)