The rock band Queen has released countless greatest hits packages and various compilation CDs so thankfully the brand new release “Queen Forever” does hold a few surprises.
“Queen Forever” serves as a way for the band to release 3 never before heard tracks featuring the one and only Freddie Mercury.
Queen fans will surely need to own the miraculous “Let Me In Your Heart Again” the new full band take of Freddie’s solo tune “Love Kills” and the often rumored duet with Michael Jackson “There Must Be More To Life Than This.”
It’s eerie hearing these 2 musical icons singing together from the grave on “There Must Be More To Life Than This.” The song is as expected an amazing pairing but in my opinion the song would soar higher without Jackson’s falsetto and I would love to hear a Freddie only version if in fact one exists. In the end, these 3 tracks are essential to any Queen fan and offer us a taste of what the band did so well and hints at what might have been.
Casual fans should know that “Queen Forever” is definitely NOT a greatest hits or best of package. There are a few hits scattered here and there such as “Somebody To Love” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” but for the most part “Queen Forever” includes deeper album cuts such as “Drowse,” “Long Away” and “Don’t Try So Hard” all fantastic tunes but not necessarily hits. If you are looking for “Bohemian Rhapsody” “Flash” and “Radio Ga-Ga” they are not featured on this collection.
“Queen Forever” is available in a single disc 20 track version as well as a Deluxe 2 Disc 36 track version. Both collections do feature the 3 unreleased tracks and either way those songs are worth whatever price you choose to pay.
Freddie Mercury may no longer walk the earth but his incredible catalogue of music with the band Queen will absolutely be with us forever!
Drumroll please… 10 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.