By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
One of the greatest duets of all time was made possible by the amazing vocal stylings of Freddie Mercury and David Bowie when the two paired up for Queen’s 1981 hit “Under Pressure.” Two years later, Mercury teamed up with another entertainment powerhouse, except this time, the resulting duets were never released.
Now, after three decades, demos featuring Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson have surfaced, and the tapes will be finally released to the public this year.
According to the UK’s The Times (via Rolling Stone), the demos, which consist of three songs entitled “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” “State of Shock” and “Victory,” were recorded at Jackson’s home studio in Encino, CA. The 1983 sessions were never completed though, apparently due to the fact that both Mercury and Jackson were too busy at the time.
However, it also could have been tension among the two late singers that resulted in the halting of production, as The Times reports that Queen’s manager, Jim “Miami” Beach, has stated that Mercury called him during the sessions and begged, “You've got to get me out of here, I'm recording with a llama.”
Regardless of the true reasons behind the delay, the three tracks were finally cleared for release in 2011, with Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May promising that the songs will be ready by this fall.
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