Queen Releases ‘Face It Alone,’ 1st New Song With Freddie Mercury in 8 Years

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Queen has released their first new song featuring Freddie Mercury in over eight years. “Face It Alone,” with that unmistakable voice of Freddie Mercury thirty-three seconds into the track, will be included on The Miracle Sessions, an expanded edition of their 1989 album, on Nov 18, 2022. The new release is available as an 8-disc box set with Vinyl LP/5CD/DVD/Blu-ray, and in other configurations. It features 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.

From the Oct. 13 announcement: Brian May and Roger Taylor first leaked news of a rediscovered Queen song featuring Mercury during a BBC radio interview at their appearance at this year’s Royal Jubilee concert at which they performed the opening with their regular singer Adam Lambert, with Taylor describing it as “a little gem from Freddie that we’d kind of forgotten about,” with May saying “it’s beautiful, it’s touching.”

The Miracle Sessions revisit the band’s 13th album, The Miracle, which now becomes available in a lavish 8-disc Collector’s Edition box set.

Among its contents, the expanded set includes The Miracle Sessions: an hour-plus disc of further previously unreleased recordings, including six unpublished songs. The audio includes the band’s candid spoken exchanges on the studio floor in London and Montreux, giving the most revealing window yet into the four members’ creative process and the joy, in-jokes and banter on their return to working together.

“Face It Alone” was originally recorded during the band’s 1988 sessions for that album, a prolific period which saw the band lay down around 30 tracks, many of which were never released, but remained among those that didn’t make the final album cut. It was rediscovered when the band’s production and archive team returned to those sessions to work on The Miracle box set reissue.

“We’d kind of forgotten about this track,” admits Taylor, “but there it was, this little gem. It’s wonderful, a real discovery. It’s a very passionate piece.”

The single is the first new song featuring Freddie Mercury released in over eight years. On 2014’s Queen Forever album the band included three previously unheard tracks with Mercury, “Let Me in Your Heart Again,” “Love Kills” and “There Must Be More to Life Than This.”

Speaking of the rediscovered track, May says: “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 is there too … working in the studio on a great song idea which never quite got completed … until now!”

Watch the official unboxing video for the set

The complete track listing of The Miracle Sessions appears below the Amazon links.

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Watch the official lyric videos for two of the tracks

Queen The Miracle Collector’s Edition Content Listing

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, two of which feature vocals by Brian May.

Presented here for the first time ever: When Love Breaks Up, You Know You Belong To Me, I Guess We’re Falling Out, Dog With a Bone, Water, and Face It Alone.

Just as revealing – and sure to be prized by the Queen hardcore – 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 29 May 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’
‘Breakthru’
‘The Invisible Man’
‘Scandal’
‘The Miracle’

Plus:

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.

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