QUEEN releases The Miracle Special, Part 1; Video

Queen has set November 18 as the release date for The Miracle Collector’s Edition. To celebrate the upcoming release of Queen’s 1989 hit album, YouTube series Queen The Greatest returns to pull back the curtain on the origin of the album. With archival interviews of all four band members and behind-the-scenes footage, we find out what made this Queen record such a unique album.

33 years later, Queen delivers the long-lost original LP cut of the classic 1989 album. The 8-Disc Box Set: Vinyl LP/5CD/DVD/Blu-ray is available for pre-order here. Watch an unboxing video below:

Widely recognized as Queen’s strongest album of the 80s and one of their most inspired, The Miracle, released in 1989, was a worldwide success reaching No. 1 in the UK and several major European markets. , even re-establishing the group in the United States where it delivered a gold album. Brian May has often cited the title track as his favorite Queen song of all time.

The hugely prolific sessions for The Miracle began in December 1987 and extended through March 1989. This was to be one of the most important periods in Queen’s history. Fifteen months earlier, on August 9, 1986, Queen’s mighty Europe Magic Tour had ended with a bang, in front of an estimated audience of over 160,000 at Knebworth Park in Britain. As the band left the stage that night – toasting the showpiece show of their biggest tour to date – they could hardly have foreseen Knebworth marking a line in the sand. This would be Queen’s last gig with Freddie and the first in a series of pivotal moments that would lead to a long separation for the band.

It would take 15 months and a radical restructuring of the band’s internal dynamics before Queen reunited at London’s Townhouse studios on December 3, 1987 to begin work on their thirteenth studio album. For the first time, Queen would share songwriting credits equally, regardless of who wrote each song, a consensus of opinion that was to have fertile results. “Sharing the credits was a really big decision for us. We left our egos outside the studio door,” Brian says, “and worked together like a real band – which wasn’t always the case. wish we had done it 15 years earlier.

Says Roger: “Decisions are made on artistic merit, so ‘Everybody Wrote It All’ is the line, rather than ego or whatever else gets in the way. We seem to work together better now than before. We are pretty high and low characters. We have different tastes in many ways. We used to have a lot of arguments in the studio, but this time we decided to share all the songwriting, which I think was very democratic and a good idea.

This show of unity was elegantly conveyed by the group’s artistic director Richard Gray’s cover for The Miracle, which depicts the four faces of Queen fused into one. “The cover represents the unity of the band at the time: a seamless fusion of four people becoming one,” May said. “We were also coping with Freddie’s deteriorating health and mobilizing to support him.”

While Freddie could no longer tour, Queen remained a band of astounding creative ingenuity. As John Deacon hinted, they instead channeled their chemistry live in the studio: “In the first few weeks of recording we did a lot of live material, a lot of songs, a few jams and some ideas popped up.”

‘Party’ and raw rock ‘Khashoggi’s Ship’ “evolved naturally, straight away,” Freddie said. Inspired by something Anita Dobson would say, and later adopted for the anti-apartheid protests, the massive “I Want It All” was – albeit written before the band entered the studio – a powerful expression of the Queen’s heavy rock powers. “We never got to perform that song live with Freddie,” May said. “It would have become an essential part of the Queen show, I’m sure, because it was very participatory – designed for the audience to sing along – very anthemic.”

Says Roger: “A lot of [Miracle] tracks contain first take material; we have tried to preserve this freshness. We tried to capture all the excitement we had playing together as a band.

Queen’s writings also reflected their personal circumstances. The drama ripped from the headlines of “Scandal” was May’s personal jab at the press’s intrusion into the band members’ respective personal affairs. Chosen by Deacon for his praise, Freddie’s burgeoning album “Was It All Worth It” has been retrospectively interpreted as a reflection on the singer’s health.

Another ingredient in the mix was David Richards, who had worked with Queen since billing as an assistant engineer on Live Killers. After further credits on A Kind of Magic and Live Magic, Richards stepped up to co-produce The Miracle, praised by May for its “whiz kid” technical prowess.

Months in the studio have spawned over 30 songs, more than Queen could ever need for a single album. Ten tracks were selected to form the release, with others later appearing as B-sides or solo tracks, or carried over to the Innuendo and Made in Heaven albums. Five hit singles supported the album.

Says Brian: “We had all these bits of bits, and some of them were half done, some of them were just an idea, and some of them were almost done, and that’s somehow happened on its own. There are tracks that you still want to go out and work on, and so they’re finished, and there are tracks that you think, ‘Oh that’s great, but I don’t really know what to do with it right now ‘, then they are naturally left behind.

Most of these remaining session tracks have remained untouched in Queen’s archives for the past 33 years.

For the hardcore Queen, meanwhile, one of the most anticipated items from the new box set is The Miracle Sessions CD featuring original takes, demos and raw takes from the full album plus six additional never-before-heard tracks. , including two featuring Brian on vocals.

Enticing enough for this hour-plus disc to offer the first official release of quasi-legendary songs such as “Dog With A Bone”, “I Guess We’re Falling Out”, “You Know You Belong To Me” and the poignant “Face it alone”. Add to that, the treasure trove of sunken treasures ranging from original takes and demos to raw cuts that mark the album The Miracle would become.

But perhaps the real gems of The Miracle Sessions CD are the spoken segments that complement the musical takes. As the studio tape continues to tour London and Montreux, the four members are caught off guard, giving listeners the eerie experience of flying off the wall of standing amongst Freddie, Brian, John and Roger as they joke, debate, exchange jokes. and show both joy and occasional frustration.

With the band arriving at the studio with little charted material, these sessions found Queen at her most inspired and impulsive, and that atmosphere is reflected not only in the music but also in the family exchanges that punctuate it. As Freddie said, “I think it’s the closest we’ve ever been in terms of writing together.”

Find all the details here.

Queen recently released the rediscovered track, “Face It Alone”, featuring the band’s late and legendary frontman Freddie Mercury. The digital/streaming single is available now, with a 7-inch single set to be released on November 18.

Listen/pre-order here and watch an official clip below:

Watch a lyric video for “Face It Alone”:

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