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<i>Bohemian Rhapsody</i> Soundtrack to Feature Four Previously Unreleased Queen Recordings

Those waiting with baited breath for the premiere of forthcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody have something else to look forward to as of Wednesday, with the unveiling, perfectly timed with what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 72nd birthday—of the film’s original soundtrack.

The soundtrack, produced by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, is set for release on October. 19th on Hollywood Records. The team behind the soundtrack said in a statement that they intended to create an album that stands “on its own merits,” living alongside key moments of the film rather than just existing as a “greatest hits playlist package,” and one look at the 22-track lineup suggests the album has potential to live up to this standard.

Audio from career-spanning live performances was tapped for use in the film, from “Fat Bottomed Girls” recorded at the band’s 1979 shows in Paris to the version of “Love of My Life,” the duet between Mercury and May, recorded at Rock in Rio in 1985. Some of the Queen classics were re-created for the film, such as one of the two occurrences of “We Will Rock You” that begins as the studio version many are familiar with before transitioning into one of the band’s many live performances of the hit. Further Smile, Queen’s predecessor band before Mercury joined the mix, reunited for the occasion and re-recorded “Doing All Right” for the film’s use.

However, most exciting is the inclusion of four recordings from Queen’s legendary 1985 performance at Live Aid. Audio recordings from the show have never been released prior, and the performances of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Hammer to Fall” and “We Are The Champions” will be available in this format to Queen fans for the very first time.

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The soundtrack is set for release just weeks before the film, which opens on November. 2nd. Anticipation for the film has grown since its announcement due to its unprecedented look behind the scenes of the band, its music and its ever-enigmatic frontman Mercury, is to be played by Rami Malek.

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In early March of 1974, Queen did something that they’ve now done 54 times to date. They made the UK singles chart for the very first time, as ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’ took its bow at a modest chart place No. 45. It was the first of what currently stands at 440 weeks overall on the British bestsellers or, to put it another way, nearly eight and a half years.

The song has, of course, taken its rightful place in Queen history, both for being their chart breakthrough and for representing the band at the height of their rocking powers. But when Roger Taylor spoke to Record Mirror in 1975, he revealed that he hadn’t expected it to do well, and that he had thought their earlier, debut single, which wasn’t a chart item, would perform better.

“Apart from ‘Killer Queen” he said, “which was obviously catchy, I don’t think of our singles as being immediately commercial. For instance, when ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’ was a hit, I was very surprised. It was only intended really to draw attention to the album. I thought that ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ was a much more commercial song. I think it is probably an advantage not to know exactly what will sell, “because then you are not inhibited in your choice of a single.”

As ‘Rhye’ made its chart debut, the album it was on, Queen IIwas new in the shops, and the single and LP would climb the UK charts in tandem. After that No. 45 entry, ‘Seven Seas’ climbed to No. 30 and then No. 15, where it seemed to have stalled before it rose again, peaking at No. 10 in mid-April. Queen II would within two weeks it was in the top ten, for a No. 5 peak. Queen’s sales momentum was now well and truly under way.

Seven Seas of Rhye” was primarily written by Freddie Mercury, with Brian May contributing the second middle-eight. The song is officially credited to Mercury only. A rudimentary instrumental version appears as the final track on the group’s debut album Queen with the final version on the follow-up Queen II , The completed version served as the band’s third single, It was publicly premiered when Queen were offered a sudden chance to appear on Top of the Pops in February 1974, and was rushed to vinyl two days later in February. It became their first chart entry after gaining airtime on BBC Radio 1.