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    Press Release: Queen Forever

    22/09/2014

    Queen versions of two FM solo tracks to be released

    QUEEN FOREVER

    Queen Bring Back Freddie

    New ‘Queen Forever’ CD Collection Brings New Freddie Mercury Tracks to Light

    RELEASED NOVEMBER 10TH 2014

    Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring late singer Freddie Mercury spearhead an exciting new Queen album, Queen Forever, due November 10th 2014 on the Virgin Records label. 

    The tracks include a long anticipated track from Queen and Michael Jackson, There Must Be More to Life Than This, a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track Let Me In Your Heart Again originating from the band’s The Works album recording sessions, and a scorching new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury’s first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, Love Kills.

    Click here to listen to Roger and Brian announcing the album and playing all three new tracks on Radio 2! Listen from 1h 39mins.

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    The rest of the package brings together Queen hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings Brian May describes as “things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits” in a collection immaculately assembled by May and Roger Taylor themselves. The tracks are all linked to represent a definitive collection of Queen’s timeless love songs. 

    Queen Forever is available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set, and celebrates the extraordinary musical path of one of the world’s greatest rock bands. 

    Anticipation for these new Mercury tracks has been high since May and Taylor first hinted earlier this year that new tracks featuring Mercury were being explored.  

    Speaking at the press conference to launch their North American concert tour with singer Adam Lambert earlier in the year, May said: "There was a little bit more in the can that we had overlooked for a long time, so we have a few songs which we're working on right now. Freddie sounds as fresh as yesterday." 

    On the subject, Taylor said: “We’ve got some great new tracks that haven’t been heard and there’s an interesting selection of older stuff.”

    The Queen and Michael Jackson duet, There Must Be More to Life Than This, began as a song written by Mercury during sessions for Queen’s 1981 album, Hot Space. The band recorded a backing track, but the song was never completed. Mercury visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. 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. This new production of the powerful ballad fuses Queen’s original backing track and Mercury and Jackson’s distinctive vocals, and has been produced and remixed by celebrated Madonna/Robbie Williams producer William Orbit. 

    Talking of his involvement, Orbit say: “I had known Roger 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.”

    Perhaps the biggest revelation on Queen Forever is Brian May’s composition, Let Me In Your Heart Again. The song was first recorded by Queen for The Works album, but not completed at the time and has remained overlooked since then. An authentic, live-in-the-studio track from the same golden age as Radio Ga Ga and I Want To Break Free, this never-before-heard Queen track shows off Freddie’s timeless vocals and features newly recorded guitar parts and new backing vocals from Brian and Roger. This thrilling track finally reaches us nearly 30 years after Freddie first laid down his original vocal.

    The third new track, Love Kills, was composed by Freddie Mercury and famed German producer/songwriter Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to Moroder’s newly restored and tinted version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic silent movie Metropolis in 1984 to which he added a pop soundtrack featuring various music artists. Mercury recorded a high-energy dance version of the song that became his debut solo hit in 1985. However, it is less well known that all four members of Queen played on the original track. Prior to Queen embarking on their recent tour with lead singer Adam Lambert, Brian May proposed performing an acoustic ballad version of Love Kills, which became one of the most memorable moments of the current Queen & Adam Lambert shows. This new Queen-Freddie studio version is shaped in the same ballad style and revives the Queen original with some newly recorded guitars and drums by May and Taylor, becoming a glorious showcase for one of Freddie’s most adrenaline-charged vocal performances. 

    Alongside this new material, both the one and two-CD versions of Queen Forever feature songs that spotlight the band’s songwriting prowess, studio experimentation and remarkable development. It’s a timely reminder that, almost uniquely in the world of rock and pop, all four members of Queen were accomplished songwriters and superlatively gifted musicians.

    Queen Forever reaches back as far as 1974 with fan favourite Nevermore, a Freddie Mercury song originally included on Queen II, the album that first saw Queen use the recording studio as an instrument in its own right. From the same year comes the dramatic power ballad In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited, once the grand finale of any Queen show, and since revived by Queen & lead singer Adam Lambert on their 2014 tour. Meanwhile, the upbeat single, You’re My Best Friend, written by bass guitarist John Deacon, showcased Queen’s poppier side and was released as the follow-up to 1975’s Bohemian Rhapsody, becoming a Top 10 UK and Top 20 US hit in the same year and gave John Deacon his first Queen hit single.

    Elsewhere, 1977’s Long Away remains the only Queen single to feature Brian May on lead vocals; and the same year’s B-side Drowse includes a rare Queen performance from Roger Taylor on guitar. Queen saw out the decade with a run of hits that included the gospel-flavoured Somebody To Love, memorably performed by Queen and George Michael at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, and finished on a high with ‘79’s US Number 1 hit, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, an exuberant rockabilly pop song composed by Freddie Mercury in the bath in Munich.

    By touching on prog rock, gospel, acoustic balladry, Elvis-style rock’n’roll and more, these songs alone encapsulate Queen’s diversity in the 1970s. However, the band threw out the rulebook completely in the decades that followed, embracing funk, hard rock, soul and pure pop, but always sounding unmistakably Queen. The band used synthesizers for the first time on 1980’s Play The Game single; Freddie sang some of his vocals in Spanish on the 1982 hit Las Palabras De Amor, and 1986’s One Year Of Love featuring unusually a saxophone. The album is completed by latter-day Queen hits, including ’91’s no. 1 These Are The Days Of Our Lives and ‘95’s Too Much Love Will Kill You, together with the poignant A Winter’s Tale, recorded during Freddie Mercury’s final Queen recording sessions in Montreux in 1991.

    Queen Forever is both a showcase for these exclusive new recordings, but also an enduring tribute to the extraordinary musical achievements of John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the late, great Freddie Mercury whose singular talent we can again get to marvel at with the arrival of these previously unheard tracks. 

    Queen Forever. Forever? Who can tell? But for now we can be certain that this highly rewarding collection of Queen new, rare, and at their most accomplished, more than serves to uphold the band’s indisputable place in music history and is certain to earn a prized place in music collections for a long time to come.

    Queen certainly rates in the top among Britain’s favourite bands. The UK’s Official Charts Company earlier this year confirmed Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album as Britain’s best-selling album of all time all after surpassing the 6 million sales milestone. A staggering one in three British households now own a copy of the iconic act’s original best-of collection.

    And if 6 million sales isn’t enough for the band, Queen’s follow-up, Greatest Hits II, which was released in October 1991 also rides high at Number 10 in the all-time Official Albums Chart, having notched up a further 3.9 million UK sales to date.

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    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

    Killer Queen Vodka

    17/09/2014

    Freddie inspired tipple!

    ‘KILLER QUEEN’ - A VODKA FIT FOR QUEEN

    The ultimate accompaniment to any band’s rider, and drink of choice for the legendary late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury – Queen have unveiled a premium Freddie Mercury celebratory vodka, ‘Killer Queen’. 

    Released on the 40th anniversary of the multiplatinum single – and undeniable masterpiece – of the same name, Killer Queen – which featured on 1974 album Shear Heart Attack – has been established by the band to honour Mercury’s invaluable contribution to music, which still continues to inspire to this day.

    RnR Brew has partnered with Bravado and the ‘Original’ Stoli spirits producer SPI / Latvijas Balzams in the EU, to produce Freddie Mercury’s favourite tipple a “Legendary vodka” with Killer Queen vodka.

    Killer Queen vodka is produced in batches from the highest quality GMO free unadulterated EU wheat. The vodka is “well versed in etiquette”, seven times distilled using an ancient original vodka filtration process of quartz sand and birch charcoal with a unique filtration process at the final stage. The water in Killer Queen vodka has been taken from a 600ft historical artisan well at source, which gives Killer Queen vodka its exquisite smooth original taste and is “guaranteed to blow your mind, anytime.”

    On a recent visit to the Stoli vodka production plant in Riga, Latvia, Brian May described the factory as ‘the Willy Wonka chocolate factory for adults. Reminiscing fond times with Mercury during his time in Queen upon the launch of Killer Queen vodka, guitarist Brian May says, “Freddie loved vodka and used to carry a dry ice cooler full of vodka with him on tour. Killer Queen Vodka is the perfect tribute to Freddie and using Killer Queen as the brand name was the perfect choice for us, and we know Freddie would have approved.”

    Queen have now sold over 300 million albums worldwide, they are a band that continue to proudly hold their place within the Top 10 bestselling recorded acts of all time. Their frontman Freddie Mercury once proclaimed, “'I am not going to be a star. I am going to be a legend” and he has stayed true to his word. 

    Mercury’s iconic status now lives on through Killer Queen vodka, and this launch comes at a time when Queen reflect on and celebrate one of the band’s – and Mercury’s - greatest live performance moments with the multi format release on September 8 of Queen Live At the Rainbow ’74 a rare recording made at legendary London venue The Rainbow in 1974 which has been held in the archive for 40 years and is now being heard live for the first time. Among the unique material contained in this DVD and CD release are over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official Queen live album, lovingly restored, edited, mixed and digitally mastered.

    These recordings capture Queen at that time in all their glory: the dramatic stage presence, the highly original self-penned repertoire of songs, high-energy performances coupled with stunning melodic and harmonic content, and the uncompromising perfectionist approach to every aspect of their performance which is still maintained to this day. An approach which is carried through in the flawless quality of Killer Queen vodka.

    Killer Queen vodka is 40% ABV (80 proof) and available in measurements of 700ml and 750ml. It will launch in UK on September 17th and will retail at approx. £25 (incl. VAT), with International markets following later in 2014.

    A vodka inspired by the golden era of Queen’s reign upon rock music, steeped in 40 years of history and endorsed by a band that continues to blaze years more. “When you've tasted success as beautifully as I have, you don't want to let go in a hurry,” Mercury once said. With a favoured taste for vodka that resonated throughout him, Killer Queen will forever be a seven times distilled reminder of his high proof success.

    www.killerqueenvodka.com

    FM Themed Event In Montreux

    16/09/2014

    Join Peter Freestone in Montreux

    On October 4th, spend an exclusive afternoon with Phoebe in Montreux!

    Visit the Queen - The Studio Experience, see where Freddie lived, enjoy a 1-hour private cruise on the lake to see the Lake House and end the day with a personal chat with Peter Freestone! 

    150€ per person - just 11 places left.

    Happy Birthday Freddie!

    04/09/2014

    68 Today!

    Today, September 5th would have been Freddie's 68 birthday!


    Many congratulations Mr Mercury.

    Be sure to check out all that is going for his birthday in the name of The Mercury Phoenix Trust and Freddie For A Day over at www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com.

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