In 1977 Queen released “News of the World”, and this year a 40th Anniversary Edition has been released with outtakes, alternative versions of the whole album and more. Here’s the trailer:
I found a playlist on Youtube and it’s great to hear slightly different versions of tracks I know so well but it reminds me that 2 days from now is the anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death and that makes me sad.
I always associate David Bowie with Queen and Freddie Mercury after hearing the amazing “Under Pressure”.
I’ve even heard a bootleg version recorded in the studio where both singers are clearly heard talking to each other.
So, to me it’s appropriate to mark the passing away of the legendary singer David Bowie with the video of his recently released song “Lazarus”, and Queen’s “These Are The Days of our Lives” where Mercury was visibly gaunt mere months before his own death.
But let’s finish on a high note with “Under Pressure” 🙂
The first time I heard this Dune cover of Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever” I thought, “Oh Wow! That’s good!”
Then, 30 seconds into the song I thought, “Wait a second. This is actually fairly boring. The voice that sounded nice at the start really sounds weak, there’s no feeling, it goes nowhere and the video is rubbish.”
Here’s the original song by Queen. Turn the volume up. It’ll send a shiver down your spine and you’ll realise how good Freddie’s voice was. Amazing stuff.
If you are a fan of Freddie Mercury, you’ll be familiar with his hit song, The Great Pretender but what you might not know is that it was a cover of a 1956 song by a band called The Platters. Here’s the original Platters version, and the 1987 remake by Freddie Mercury for your enjoyment. I didn’t look too hard for the Dolly Parton cover …