Freddie Mercury was 'in a lot of pain' says Brian May
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This morning, the lost track Face It Alone debuted on BBC Radio 2, which Roger Taylor described as “a little gem from Freddie Mercury that we’d kind of forgotten about”. The Queen song was recorded during the band’s historic 1988 sessions for their 1989 album The Miracle, which is getting a collectors’ edition next month full of goodies. Their 13th studio album saw them sharing songwriting credits equally as they began to lay down 30 tracks of which many like this unearthed one have never been released until now.
Brian May said of the sessions at London’s Townhouse Studios: “Splitting the credits was a very important decision for us. We left our egos outside the studio door and worked together as a real band – something that wasn’t always the case. I wish we’d done it 15 years before.”
Roger Taylor added: “Decisions are made on artistic merit, so ‘Everybody wrote everything’ is the line, rather than ego or anything else getting in the way. We seem to work together better now than we did before. We’re fairly up-and-down characters. We have different tastes in many ways. We used to have lots of arguments in the studio, but this time we decided to share all the songwriting, which I think was very democratic and a good idea. Lots of the [Miracle] tracks have first-take stuff in them; we tried to preserve that freshness. We tried to capture all the enthusiasm that we had from playing together as a band.”
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Brian said of the unused music: “We had all these bits and pieces of tracks, and some of them were half-finished, some of them were just an idea, and some of them were nearly finished, and it sort of happened on its own really. There are some tracks which you always want to get out and work on, and so they get finished, and there are some tracks which you think, ‘Oh that’s great, but I don’t really know what to do with it at this moment’, so they naturally get left by the wayside.”
Now 33 years later and the band are releasing new box set The Miracle Collector’s Edition featuring an hour-plus disc with the first official airing of previously unheard tracks like Dog With A Bone, I Guess We’re Falling Out, You Know You Belong To Me and the newly released Face It Alone.
These are joined by a Queen treasure trove of original takes, demos and rough cuts, along with behind-the-scenes recordings of Freddie, Brian, Roger and John Deacon bantering, debating and joking around the studio.
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On the Face It Alone single’s release today, Brian enthused: “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!”
Queen The Miracle Collector’s Edition will be released on November 18 as an 8-Disc Book Set: Vinyl LP/5CD/DVD/Blu-ray and can be pre-ordered here.
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