Legendary rock band Queen is gearing up to drop their new album, Queen Forever, and today, they dig into the vaults to unleash a previously unreleased collaboration between the band and Michael Jackson titled "There Must Be More To Life Than This." The story of the track dates back to the recording process of Queen's 1981 album, Hot Space, when the late Freddie Mercury recorded vocals for the song with Michael at his LA studio. The record ultimately went unfinished and Mercury eventually ended up releasing a solo version of the record on his own project, Mr. Bad Guy.
Well now, thanks to producer William Orbit and the band, the original back track recordings from the group and the vocals of Michael and Mercury have been fused together to form an incredible collaboration for the ages. This will be featured as one of three new tracks from the band when the album drops on November 3, and can be heard in full above courtesy of BBC Radio.
It began as a song written by Mercury during sessions for Queen’s 1981 album, Hot Space. The band recorded a backing track, but the song was never completed. Mercury visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984’s The Works, but again it was not finished. A year later, Freddie’s own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985’s Mr Bad Guy. This new production of the powerful ballad fuses Queen’s original backing track and Mercury and Jackson’s distinctive vocals, and has been produced and remixed by celebrated Madonna/Robbie Williams producer William Orbit.