Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury did some duets that may get a release in an album. A dream come true for fans of two icons who left us too soon.
The tracks date back to 1983 when the two legends recorded the songs and later the tracks were stored in Queen’s vaults not to be heard of for decades.
Now, Queen’s former members Brian May and Roger Taylor are announcing they have completed the songs and are ready to release them to the public, pending authorization from the Michael Jackson estate.
Back in July of this year, Rolling Stone, quoting the Times of London, reported three duets recorded by the music greats were getting ready to see the light of day.
The demos were recorded back in 1983, according to the report, at Michael Jackson’s home studio, but as both him and Freddie Mercury were exceedingly busy during that time, a larger project never came to be.
“They were great songs, but the problem was time – as we were both very busy at that period,” Mercury said in an excerpt from Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury, Rolling Stone says.
At the time, Michael Jackson told the magazine that he was a fan of Freddie Mercury (who wasn’t) and that he had reached out and suggested they work together on Jackson’s next album.
However, according to Queen’s manager Jim “Miami” Beach, the duo’s meeting was a less than easy.
“Mercury rang me and said: ‘Miami, dear, can you get over here? You’ve got to get me out of here, I’m recording with a llama,’” said Beach.
Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury’s songs are titled “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” “State of Shock” and “Victory”, which Michael used for his 1984 album with The Jacksons.
When Brian May announced he and drummer Roger Taylor were working on this project he described the songs as “exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool.”
Taylor told Classic Rock Magazine:
“Brian especially has been active working on old tracks,” he told Classic Rock Magazine. “A couple of tracks that Freddie did with Michael Jackson (…) They’ve been hanging around for years and years and Michael’s estate haven’t really been able to make their mind up about what to do with them. So we suggested we finish them and see. They’re pretty good – one of them is great.”
Brian May suggested that an album could come out of Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury’s duets, as they discovered other long forgotten pieces.
“We thought we’d exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on. But since then a number of things have come to light from various sources that we’d just plain forgotten about, including the stuff with Freddie and Michael Jackson … Just a couple of weeks ago, we thought, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t be just working on odd bits and pieces? Maybe we should be heading towards an album?’ It just might be.”
Would you be excited to listen to previously unreleased duets from Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury?