For a second we weren’t sure if we were in 1984 or 2014, because right now we’re listening to a duet between Michael Jackson and legendary rock group Queen.
“There Must Be More to Life Than This” was originally written for Queen’s 1981 album Hot Space, but it didn’t get finished until 1985.
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.
The song premiered this morning on Chris Evans’s BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show and will appear on Queen’s new Queen Forever album, due out November 10th.
Take a listen below.