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Queen to Begin Work on New Album?
Guitar hero Brian May revealed in a recent interview that the surviving members of Queen are considering releasing an album featuring previously unreleased Freddie Mercury recordings. The band did something similar on 1995’s Made In Heaven, which featured Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon adding to vocal and piano tracks Mercury cut before his death in 1991. But according to May, there is still usable material in the Freddie Mercury archives.
"We did the Made In Heaven album and we thought we'd exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on, but since then, a number of things have come to light from various sources that we'd just plain forgotten about, including the stuff with Freddie and Michael Jackson. And there's quite a few other things."
The “stuff” with Mercury and Jackson to which May refers comprises a few duets the icons recorded together in the eighties. May and Taylor are currently polishing the demos with famed producer William Orbit, but after that, it’s looking like May will get to work on a larger project involving Mercury outtakes.
"Just a couple of weeks ago, we thought: Maybe we shouldn't be just working on bits and pieces? Maybe we should be heading towards an album? It just might be," May speculated.
"We're sort of thinking Made in Heaven II in a sense, although it wouldn't be called that. But there is a lot; it's surprising how much has come to light. It gives you a chance to go back in there, open the box again and some of the magic may come out.”