Queen Announce New Album Featuring Unreleased Mercury Material, Unveil Tentative Title

Tracks from the vault include collaborations with Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Andy Gibb and Rod Stewart.

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Queen guitarist Brian May has announced the release of the band's new album featuring previously unreleased Freddie Mercury tracks.

According to May, the effort will likely be released near the end of the year under the "Queen Forever" title.

Apart from the previously confirmed 1983 Michael Jackson collaboration, some of the unearthed material features appearances from David Bowie, Andy Gibb and Rod Stewart.

"We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing, and they are quite beautiful," Brian told BBC Wales. "So people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year. We are gonna put out an album which probably is called 'Queen Forever'. And it's a compilation, but it will have this new material which nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it."

Asked about the songs' overall vibe, May added (via Blabbermouth), "Most of it comes from the '80s when we were in full flight. So it's quite emotional. It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound. It wouldn't have been if we hadn't have done this restoration job.

"We had to start from scratch, because we only had scraps. But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology. And we have Pro Tools these days; and you can do almost anything in Pro Tools," the guitarist concluded.

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    I don't have any problem with this. Sure, they might be milking it for a few extra bucks, but if the tracks are solid and worth hearing, who cares? Good music is good music, no matter why they're releasing it.
    If they are as good as he says then why weren't they released back in the 80's? I have grave doubts.....
    if it sounds good release it. why not. gee what would most of you people be doing if you didn't have the internet to complain at?
    Micheal Jackson collab? Oh my lawrddd.
    *Michael, fack me!
    I'd bring Mercury back to life and re-infect him with aids if it meant MJ could come back. Just sayin'. MJ was god.
    I don't want to be disrespectful.... but am I the only one who is sick tired of bands releasing previous "unreleased" stuff from their iconic fallen members?
    Unreleased material is wasted material. Freddy Mercury was not the sole or even primary songwriter anyway. He wanted to keep working till he absolutely could not anymore, and he knew stuff would be released after his demise. This time it's actually justified to say "It's what he would have wanted."
    Many people would like to hear it, almost for the nostalgia of it. It is also a good business tactic.
    Yeah i know its a business tactic, but it feels that in the past... like 3 or 4 years this tactic got extremely over used.
    Definitely time for people to move on. Listening to Queen forever (no pun) isn't helping the music industry. Just makes the big bands bigger and the small bands nothing. Listen to some new stuff for a change.
    Since it's with Freddie I'd love to hear it. When I clicked this all I saw was "Queen Announce New Album" and was worried for a moment.
    Most bands I would be hesitant about how they would deal with a deceased vocals. Freddie being such a hands on production artist I am unsure about how May, Roger and Pro Tools will express his vision. That being said I adore the singer and want to hear every single thing he did before death.
    Releasing unreleased material posthumously is a terrible idea. No one creates great music and then doesn't release it, thinking "this will make a great release after I'm dead".
    Agreed except that it sounds like material he never got to finish. As a perfectionist one could say Freddie hadn't found the "right way" to release his ideas at the time. Also assume he was preoccupied at the time.....
    I really do hope they release an album based off unreleased material with Freddie. I imagine it'll be even better than Made in Heaven. I'm also interested in hearing an appearence from Andy Gibb, being a huge Bee Gees admirer.
    So the new tracks (scraps) will be 'Pro tooled' like hell to get them to sound like a song. Personally i'm not too keen on that idea. Won't have the same vibe as the classic Queen songs.
    Hopefully it's gonna be the last thing from them. I mean a nice way to finally end Queen. Brian and Roger do not record anything with Lambert please!