Lost Treasure: Queen’s Forgotten Power Ballads

Freddie Mercury Let Me LiveBohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, Another One Bites The Dust, Killer Queen, Somebody To Love, Crazy Little Thing Called Love…..the hits of Freddie Mercury and Queen are so numerous, the band has released three different Greatest Hits collections without repeating any songs. When the band would play live, fans wanted to hear the big hits so often some deeper album cuts wouldn’t make it to the final setlist. Two of Queen’s most impressive power ballads came at the opposite end of the band’s twenty year run with Freddie Mercury.

“LET ME LIVE” QUEEN
In 1984 while recording “The Works”, the band recorded an inspirational song called “Let Me Live” featuring Rod Stewart on backing vocals. The song never made the album and four years after Freddie’s death, Queen knew they had a hidden gem locked away in their studio vault. The glorious life affirming power ballad featured Brian May and Roger Taylor sharing lead vocals with Freddie. The timing of the release and the high energy chorus became a highlight on their 1995 CD “Made In Heaven”. Listen closely and you can hear Rod Stewart’s voice in the final edit.

“SPREAD YOUR WINGS” QUEEN

queen-news-of-the-worldQueen’s 1977 album “News Of The World” is most famous for the dual-sided mega single “We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions” and the giant robot on the album cover. But there was a third single “Spread Your Wings” with “Sheer Heart Attack” as the B-Side that was also released. Radio stations were so enamored with the immensely popular lead single that ran over 5 minutes long that “Spread Your Wings” never really had a chance to shine on its own. Freddie’s message to “spread your wings and fly away” reminds us to take chances and pursue our dreams. It’s often overlooked in Queen’s impressive discography but it’s one of their essential tracks that the die-hard fans all love.