Brian May and Roger Taylor Aren’t Fans of Queen’s New Album
Remember that new two-disc Queen compilation that came out last month? The one with a handful of previously unreleased cuts featuring singer Freddie Mercury, including one with Michael Jackson? 'Queen Forever'? No?
Well, don't worry about it. Turns out the two members left in the band -- guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor -- aren't huge fans of it anyway. So maybe it's for the best that you didn't rush out to buy it.
In a new interview with Classic Rock magazine (via Something Else!), Taylor can't hide his hatred of the compilation. "Apart from that it is a rather odd mixture of our slower stuff, I didn’t want the double-album version they’ve put out," he said. "It’s an awful lot for people to take in, and it’s bloody miserable. I wouldn’t call it an album either. It’s a compilation with three new tracks. It’s more of a record company confection. It’s not a full-blooded Queen album.”
May feels the same way about the record, telling the magazine, “I can understand Roger’s reticence. He’s not really a ballad writer, so this album’s not really representative of Roger Taylor. It actually wasn’t our idea. If it had been down to me it would have been an EP of these new songs, but we’d already promised the record company some kind of compilation.”
In addition to old Queen tracks like 'You're My Best Friend,' 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and 'Somebody to Love' (but no 'Bohemian Rhapsody' or 'We Will Rock You'), 'Queen Forever' includes the long-lost Jackson duet 'There Must Be More to Life Than This' and a full-band take on 'Love Kills,' which Mercury originally cut as a solo song for the 1984 version of the classic silent sci-fi movie 'Metropolis.'
And Taylor is totally OK with the new songs on 'Queen Forever.' But if it was up to him, there would have been more. “I was very pleased we had three new tracks to put on it, which we labored long and hard over,” he said. But we could only have one track with Michael, which is a great shame."
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