Jackson & Mercury's Secret Tracks

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A series of recordings Michael Jackson made with Freddie Mercury have remained undiscovered for more than 20 years, according to the Queen frontman's bandmate Brian May.
The King Of Pop, who passed away on Thursday (25Jun09), worked with the late Mercury in the 1980s on a number of tracks.
And the songs, recorded at Jackson's home, have still never been heard by the public.
May writes on his website, “He used to come and see us when we were on tour in the States. He and Freddie became close friends, close enough to record a couple of tracks together at Michael’s house, tracks which have never seen the light of day.”
The musician also paid a touching tribute to Jackson, who died of a cardiac arrest.
He adds, "I think the world is a more colourful place thanks to Michael's work ... he was a truly wonderful performer at his peak. I think he qualifies as a great artist; he devoted his whole body and soul to his art.
"I only hope he passed away in happiness, in great hopes and anticipation of his glorious comeback tour. RIP Michael."
And he credits Jackson's influence for one of Queen's biggest hits - the Thriller legend urged the group to release Another One Bites The Dust, which hit the top of the U.S. charts in 1980.
May says, “It was Michael who heard Another One Bites The Dust when he came to see us on The Game tour and told us we were mad if we didn’t release it as a single.”


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Not to insult Brian May or anything, he is one of my favorite guitarists. But Mercury and Jackson worked on three tracks, two of which have been released a number of years ago. The tracks names are "there must be more to life then this" and "State of shock" which I believe Jackson later recorded with Mick Jaggar. Reasons sited for the tracks not being completed have been stated that the two singers were never in one country together long enough to do so. It is possible to find online two demos of Mercury singing "more to life then this" straight through with piano and violins and drums. There is also a very rough version with Jackson on lead vocal with Mercury playing piano and being heard giving instructions a few times in the background.
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They have never been officially released. Freddie & Michael's version of State of Shock and There Must Be More to Life Than This are widely available though.
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