So, uh, Queen and Michael Jackson once recorded a song together. Did you know this? I didn’t know this. Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson, two of the greatest and most distinctive pop-music vocalists of all time, both recorded their parts for a power-ballad duet called “There Must Be More To Life Than This” during the sessions for Queen’s 1984 album The Works, and the band recorded a backing track, but they never finished it. This boggles my mind. They’ve got a song with Michael Jackson — in 1984, Jackson’s world-conquering commercial peak — and they don’t do anything with it. That’s like finding a giant pile of money under the bed in your hotel room and deciding, what the hell, you’ll just leave it there. Mercury used a Jackson-free version of the song on his 1985 solo album Mr. Bad Guy, and that was it, until now. William Orbit, the guy who produced Madonna’s Ray Of Light, put together a finished-enough version of the song, and it’ll appear, alongside a couple of other unreleased tracks, on a forthcoming Queen collection called Queen Forever. Listen to it below.
Queen Forever is out 11/10 on Hollywood.