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After 34 years, a Queen track with Freddie Mercury on vocals has been rediscovered.
During the sessions for the album The Miracle (1989), the track "Face It Alone" had gone unfinished and put aside. The song remained unfinished, left in the archive, then forgotten.
“We did find a little gem from Freddie that we’d kind of forgotten about," says Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor. "And it’s wonderful.”
Guitarist Brian May adds: “It was kind of hiding in plain sight. We looked at it many times and thought, oh, no, we can’t really rescue that. But, in fact, we went in there again and our wonderful engineering team went, 'OK, we can do this and this. It’s kind of stitching bits together.'
“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 (John Deacon) is there, too — working in the studio on a great song idea which never quite got completed… until now.”
May described the song (video above) as “beautiful” and “touching,” while Taylor called it a “very passionate piece.”
"Face It Alone" was released today digitally and will be included in a box set Queen: The Miracle Collector’s Edition, to be released in November 2022. The set includes five more unreleased tracks and bonus material. Eight years ago, the band's Forever album had unreleased material, too.
Queen The Miracle Collector’s Edition
The 8-Disc Box Set: Vinyl LP/5CD/DVD/Blu-ray includes Lost Original LP Cut of classic 1989 album and The Miracle Sessions CD, featuring original takes, demos and rough cuts, and six previously unreleased tracks – plus intimate fly-on-the-wall audio of the band at work in the studio. Coming November 18.
VINYL LP: The Miracle
Long Lost Original LP Cut
The Miracle as never heard before. Sourced from a master tape from March 1989, the Long Lost Cut reinstates “Too Much Love Will Kill You” as it was originally intended, in the exact position on Side One allotted in 1989, nestled between “I Want It All” and “The Invisible Man.” The updated LP sleeve presents the album with a gatefold cover for the first time in its history.
CD 1: THE MIRACLE
The album as originally released on CD, remastered by Bob Ludwig in 2011 from the original first-generation master mixes.
CD 2: THE MIRACLE SESSIONS
A fascinating window into the band’s creative process featuring much sought-after original takes, demos and early versions, including the new single “Face It Alone,” among six previously unheard tracks. Just as revealing – and sure to be prized by the Queenhardcore – are the spoken exchanges between the four members at the Townhouse, Olympic and Mountain Studios, giving listeners a unique snapshot of their friendship and working dynamic.
CD 3: ALTERNATIVE MIRACLE
Recreates the proposed follow-up to the album, Alternative Miracle. Originally considered at the time, this compilation of extra tracks from The Miracle, B-sides, extended versions and single versions was cancelled due to a heavy release schedule.
CD 4: MIRACU-MENTALS
Instrumentals and backing tracks of the ten songs that make up The Miracle.
CD 5, THE MIRACLE RADIO INTERVIEWS
The band discuss, in their own words, the creative process behind the album. The first interview, Queen for an Hour, was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on May 29, 1989. Host Mike Read speaks with the band for what would be their final group interview. In this interview, Freddie suggests for the first time that his touring days are over. The second interview presents Roger Taylor and Brian May talking with host Bob Coburn and taking live telephone calls on the popular US radio programme Rockline.
BLU-RAY / DVD: The Miracle Videos
The Miracle Videos includes the five promotional music videos and bonus content on both Blu-ray and DVD formats.
“I Want It All”
“The Invisible Man”
The Miracle Interviews:
Interviews with Roger, Brian and John on the set of the “Breakthru” film shoot in June 1989, by Gavin Taylor.
John Deacon has given no further interviews since that day.
The Making of the Miracle Videos:
This feature contains behind the scenes footage of “I Want It All,” “Scandal,” “The Miracle” and “Breakthru” videos.
The Making of the Miracle Album Cover:
Queen’s graphic designer Richard Gray talks about and demonstrates how he made the ground-breaking The Miracle album cover.
THE MIRACLE COLLECTOR’S EDITION – 2022
Executive Producers: Brian May and Roger Taylor
All tracks written by Queen
Except: “Too Much Love Will Kill You” (May, Musker, Lamers),
“My Melancholy Blues” (Mercury), and “You Know You Belong To Me” (May)
Content supervised by Justin Shirley-Smith, Kris Fredriksson and Greg Brooks.
Audio compilation and restoration Kris Fredriksson
Project managed by Emma Donoghue
The Miracle Collector’s Edition hardback art book also looks back across two pages on how critics of the time responded to The Miracle on its original release.
And as Freddie Mercury once said about The Miracle: “I think it’s the closest we’ve ever been in terms of actually writing together.”