Queen – “Love Kills” (The Ballad)

In 1984, Queen singer Freddie Mercury released a solo single called “Love Kills.” The tune, a Giorgio Moroder-produced rippling-synth disco track, was somewhat poorly received at the time; it was nominated for Worst Song at the Razzies after Moroder included it in his soundtrack for the reissued 1927 silent film Metropolis. But “Love Kills” has endured in the popular imagination to the extent that Little Boots covered it in 2009, and Queen have been performing a rock ‘n’ roll rendition of the song with Adam Lambert in concert lately. Turns out the rock version of “Love Kills” is not new: Today the band released a guitar-laden take on the song recorded with Mercury before his death. It’s one of the unreleased tracks on Queen Forever, the upcoming retrospective comp that also includes the group’s recently unearthed Michael Jackson collab. I don’t hate the original or anything, but “Love Kills” kills as a power ballad. Listen below.

Queen Forever is out 11/10 on Hollywood/Virgin EMI.