Unheard Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury Duets? Listen To Them Now
Is this such a good idea?
Duets featuring two of the greatest pop stars of all time, Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury, are expected to get full releases in the fall.
According to The Times of London, Freddie's former band mates Brian May and Roger Taylor are working on the release of three tracks recorded during a six-hour session at Jackson's home studio in Encino, California in 1983.
Writing on his website, May said: "We will have something for folks to hear in a couple of months' time, hopefully.Great evening with William Orbit working with some Queen/Freddie/Michael Jackson tapes."
Orbit, best known for producing for Madonna, Blur and All Saints, is helping May and Taylor revive the rough recordings. It's yet another example of hypocrisy from the Queen musicians, who insist on protecting the legacy of Mercury despite making endless commercial decisions to further the band's brand.
A recent example saw May put the stoppers on a gritty biopic of Freddie's life - something the musician would have probably given the green-light to - in favour of a sugar-coated movie for family audiences - something he definitely wouldn't have.
Nevertheless, it appears the duets will be released - for the iPod generation - later this year. The thing is: Jackson and Freddie fans have probably heard two of the three songs before. They're on YouTube. Have been for years. They're bootleg version, but yep, they're on there. 'There Must Be More to Life Than This' and 'State of Shock.'
Freddie Mercury, often regarded as the greatest frontman of all time, died aged 45 in 1991, one day after he announced he was HIV positive.
Michael Jackson, hailed as the King of Pop, died aged 50 in 2009 from an overdose of a surgical anesthetic administered by Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
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