By Philip Cosores
Queen has an upcoming anthology, Queen Forever, due on November 11 that includes three previously unreleased songs. Of these new-to-us tunes, we’ve already heard the Freddie Mercury collaboration with Michael Jackson,“There Must Be More to Life Than This.” Now, we get another one of these previously unheard tracks, an alternate take of “Love Kills,” the Giorgio Moroder-produced 1984 single that Mercury released as a solo artist, despite the fact that the three other members of Queen played on the song. It was featured in a restoration of the 1927 film, Metropolis.
On this take, much of the original production is removed, making it a ballad rather than the new wave synth-pop diversion it was. Slowed down and more stripped-down, “Love Kills” becomes all the more powerful and resonant because of the change, making the take an essential listen for both longtime Queen fans and newcomers alike.