Previously Unheard Queen Tracks Featuring Freddie Mercury Being Produced by William Orbit
By Shannon Carlin
Brian May hinted back in May that there was a new Queen album in the works. But the band’s fans were even more excited to hear that this new album would feature previously unheard vocal takes from Freddie Mercury himself.
Now it seems William Orbit has confirmed that he is involved in this project, which will make new of these old songs.
Orbit, who previously worked with Madonna on her 1998 album Ray Of Light and 2012’s MDNA, took to Twitter yesterday to announce he is “definitely working with QUEEN. Amazing songs. That’s all I’m sayin 4 now. Watch this space.”
Am definitely working with QUEEN. Amazing songs. That's all I'm sayin 4 now. Watch this space.—
William Orbit (@WilliamOrbit) July 29, 2014
May revealed that their were unreleased tracks in an interview with BBC Radio after they asked him about his favorite Queen songs, which happens to be “Made in Heaven,” a song released after Mercury’s death.
“I’ve just been doing something very similar because we found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they’re quite beautiful,” he said. “People will be hearing this work toward the end of the year.”
May also revealed that the album, which may be called Queen Forever, will be a compilation culling mainly from material recorded in the ’80s.
“It’s a compilation but it will have this new material on which nobody in the world has ever heard and I think people will really enjoy it,” May said. “It’s the big, big epic sound. It wouldn’t have been if we hadn’t have done this restoration job. We only had scraps, but knowing how it would’ve happened had we finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology.”