Queen releases « Face It Alone », featuring Freddie Mercury
Queen released a rediscovered song featuring Freddie Mercury on Thursday, the band’s first new track with the late frontman’s instantly recognizable vocals to be released in more than eight years.
Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor first told fans about the existence of « Face It Alone » during an interview this summer.
The track was originally recorded in the late 1980s during the band’s « The Miracle » album sessions, but it was not released.
Queen’s production and archive team tracked her down when they began work on an upcoming box set reissue of the album, due out in November.
« We kind of forgot about that lead, » Taylor said in a statement. “But there he was, this little gem. It’s beautiful, a real discovery. It’s a very passionate piece.
« The Miracle, » Queen’s 13th studio album, was released two years before Mercury died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991.
The upcoming reissue, released as an eight-disc Collector’s Edition box set, will feature six previously unreleased songs as well as dialogue between the band – Mercury, May, Taylor and bassist John Deacon – in the studio.
Queen last included three previously unreleased songs featuring Mercury on her 2014 album « Queen Forever. »
« I’m glad our team was able to find this track (‘Face It Alone’), » May said.
« After all these years, it’s great to hear the four of us…working in the studio on an awesome song idea that was never quite finished…until now! »