Queen Film Soundtrack Includes Live Aid Tracks: Listen

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For the first time, audio tracks from Queen’s show-stopping performance at Live Aid, recorded at the Wembley concert in July 1985, have been released as part of the soundtrack album to Bohemian Rhapsody, 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises’ hugely successful feature film celebrating the band, its music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.

Alongside the Live Aid performances of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Hammer to Fall” and “We Are the Champions,” the album features other rare live tracks spanning Queen’s entire career, new versions of old favorites, and a selection of the band’s studio recordings. Among them are some of Queen’s biggest hits, including 11 all-time classic rock anthems that reached #1 around the world. Order it here.

Listen to Queen perform “Radio Ga Ga” at Live Aid

Bohemian Rhapsody had its world premiere at London’s SSE Arena in Wembley on Oct. 23 before opening across the globe in early November. Filmgoers have embraced it and its box-office success has surpassed expectations.

It stars Rami Malek as Freddie, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Joe Mazzello as John Deacon and Lucy Boynton as Freddie’s lifelong companion Mary Austin. The soundtrack, featuring all-original Queen recordings and vocals, was released on CD and digital formats on Oct. 19.

Listen to the Live Aid performance of the title track

The 22 songs on the soundtrack were produced by Brian May and Roger Taylor, with engineering and co-production by long-time Queen studio collaborators Justin Shirley-Smith, Kris Fredriksson and Joshua J Macrae, and mastering by Adam Ayan and Bob Ludwig.

Related: Queen’s A Night at the Opera revisited

The five tracks from Queen’s 21-minute performance at Live Aid on July 13, 1985, have never been released in audio form before. They’ve only ever been featured on video as a special extra on the DVD/Blu-ray release of Queen Rock Montreal, which features the Montreal Forum shows of November 1981. The Live Aid audio is exclusive to this new soundtrack album.

Listen to Freddie Mercury and the Live Aid audience at Wembley sharing a great moment

Other tracks on the soundtrack have been sourced from different decades and even different continents. “Fat Bottomed Girls” comes from the 1979 Paris shows, part of the Jazz world tour, and has never been released before.

Listen to this cheeky performance

“Now I’m Here” was recorded at the band’s 1975 Christmas Eve show at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

And the duet between Mercury and May on “Love of My Life” comes from the Rock in Rio festival of January 1985 when 300,000 Brazilians sang along. Previously this track was only available to fans on the video releases of this performance.

The three remaining songs on the soundtrack will be fresh to Queen fans. “We Will Rock You” starts out as the studio version, then seamlessly blends into a live performance with audience participation. This has been created especially for the film.

“Don’t Stop Me Now” features May’s newly recorded guitar parts and is much closer to how the band plays the track live today.

“Doing All Right” was originally recorded by Smile, the predecessor band to Queen that featured May and Taylor with vocalist Tim Staffell. When he later left, Taylor and May would join forces with Mercury to form Queen. Mercury’s interpretation of the song is featured on the first Queen album. To recreate the original Smile version, May and Taylor reunited with Staffell at Abbey Road Studios to re-record “Doing All Right” for the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack. This session, which featured all three singing lead vocals, took place almost 50 years after the original Smile recording.

If you’ve seen the movie, you’ve appreciated the special treatment given to the studio’s familiar intro

Full Track Listing
1. 20th Century Fox Theme 0:25
2. Somebody To Love 4:56
3. Doing All Right… revisited (Performed by Smile) 3:17
4. Keep Yourself Alive (Live At The Rainbow) 3:56
5. Killer Queen 2:59
6. Fat Bottomed Girls (Live In Paris) 4:38
7. Bohemian Rhapsody 5:55
8. Now I’m Here (Live At Hammersmith Odeon) 4:26
9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2:43
10. Love Of My Life (Rock In Rio) 4:29
11. We Will Rock You (Movie Mix) 2:09
12. Another One Bites The Dust 3:35
13. I Want To Break Free 3:43
14. Under Pressure (Performed by Queen & David Bowie) 4:04
15. Who Wants To Live Forever 5:15
16. Bohemian Rhapsody (Live Aid) 2:28
17. Radio Ga Ga (Live Aid) 4:06
18. Ay-Oh (Live Aid) 0:41
19. Hammer To Fall (Live Aid) 4:04
20. We Are The Champions (Live Aid) 3:57
21. Don’t Stop Me Now… revisited 3:38
22. The Show Must Go On 4:32

Watch the official trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody

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