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  • In 1995, Queen fans got one last album from the Freddie Mercury led Queen. Although this album ranks with their best, it is not entirely new. My Life Has Been Saved was the b-side of Scandal. Too Much Love Will Kill You was recorded for The Miracle album. Brian May re-recorded it in 1993 for his Back To The Light record. Made In Heaven and I Was Born To Love you were tracks from Freddie Mercury’s out of print 1985 album, Mr. Bad Guy. Basically only Freddie’s vocals were kept. The instrumentation was given the full Queen treatment. Heaven For Everyone was recorded for one of Roger Taylor’s side projects.Ok, now on to how the record sounds. The album starts out with one of the few ‘newly’ recorded tracks, It’s A Beautiful Day. This ballad features an amazing vocal from Freddie, considering his illness. He is in fine form. Let Me Live is a great track featuring a gospel choir in the background. Brian May and Roger Taylor share lead vocals on this track with Freddie. Mother Love is a sad, contemplative ballad about facing the end of one’s life. Freddie couldn’t finish this track so Brian May picks up the last verse. It works quite well. A Winter’s Tale sounds like a holiday classic. Freddie seemed to be taking in all of his surroundings. He wasn’t taking anything for granted. The album ends like it started, with a reprise of It’s A Beautiful Day. Added at the end of the track is a piano sample from Seven Seas Of Rhye, a baby’s cry, and a sample from an old Carole King song that Freddie covered in his pre-Queen days. After all is said and done, this is a fitting farewell to rock’s royal band. It does what all great artist’s last albums should do, wondering what could have been.

    Posted on December 9, 2009