The long-awaited release of the duets with Queen's famous frontman Freddie Mercury and the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson is finally here. Queen's 40th anniversary is coming up fast and what better way to commemorate it than releasing unheard music by Freddie Mercury?
The material was recorded back in 1983. The two singers tracked three songs together during a six-hour session in Michael Jackson's home studio in Encino, California. The collaboration allegedly hit a "snag" when Jackson brought a llama into the studio according to Mercury's longtime manager Jim "Miami" Beach (not joking). In an interview with the Times, Beach commented on the matter, “They got on well except for the fact that I suddenly got a call from Freddie, saying, ‘Miami, dear, can you get on over here… You’ve got to get me out of here. I’m recording with a llama… I’ve had enough and I want to get out."
Although there was somewhat of a falling out between the two singers, there is a lost interview in the 2012 documentary Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender in which Mercury expressed regret for not reconnecting with Jackson. Mercury was quoted saying, “I think one of the tracks would have been on the Thriller album if I had finished it, but I missed out." As we all know Thriller is one of the most iconic and successful albums ever, one can only imagine how much better it would have been with Mercury featured on it. The surviving members of Queen Brian May and Roger Taylor enlisted producer William Orbit (Madonna, Blur) to revamp the material.
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