Sunday, December 14, 2014

RECORD REVIEW: Queen "Forever"

Hollywood Records

Britain's iconic combo delivers 
its second (semi) new release 
in just two months. And for 
diehard fans, it's a must-have.

Featuring three previously unreleased tracks and a slew of re-tweaked and re-mastered classics, this 20-song single CD and 36-song double CD Queen set arrived in stores and at online outlets on November 11th via Hollywood Records.

Demoed originally in the early '80s and slated for the band's 1984 album, The Works, "There Must Be More to Life Than This" brings the legendary late vocalists, Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson together in a chilling, long-lost treasure.

Another recently uncovered gem is co-founding guitarist Brian May's, "Let Me In Your Heart Again." Also first recorded during the 1984 "Radio Ga Ga" / "I Want to Break Free" era, the song is touted as showcasing Mercury's "timeless vocals" and features newly-recorded contributions from May and drummer Roger Taylor.

"Freddie sounds as 
fresh as yesterday."
-Brian May

Composed by Mercury and famed German producer / songwriter Giorgio Moroder, "Love Kills" is the final new selection included in Forever. Not to be confused with Mercury's high-energy 1985 solo dance version, this is the original recording, featuring all four Queen members.

The balance of this new collection features an array of such much-loved hits as "You're My Best Friend," "Somebody to Love," "Spread Your Wings" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," as well as career-spanning album tracks, including "In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited" (1974), "Love of My Life" (1975), "You Take My Breath Away" (1976), "Play the Game" (1980), "Who Wants to Live Forever" (1986), "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (1991), and "Too Much Love Will Kill You" (1995).

In sum, Queen Forever is an impressive and comprehensive must-have collection  just in time for the holiday shopping season. (

-Christopher Long
(December 2014)

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