Could this be the ultimate rock & roll blasphemy? Rumour has it that Michael Jackson recorded a number of songs with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the 1980’s that may now get released.
The claim is that Jackson originally recorded State Of Shock with Mercury before he went on to release a version of the song with Mick Jagger. There’s even a quotable from Roger Taylor, who says:
We are now working on some never-before-released songs that Freddie made with Michael in the early 80′s. I’m not allowed to say too much about it but they sound incredible!
If there’s any truth in the rumours, the saving grace is that Freddie Mercury never had the chance to be anything less than brilliant. Jackson, on the other hand, suffered greatly in his late career as his once great instinct for a pop hook gave way to indistinct melodic mumbling. So if this material dates to the 80’s, then it dates to the height of Jackson’s powers as a songwriter.
According to 411Mania, the three tracks in question are Victory, State of Shock, and There Must be More to Life Than This.
However, I can’t help taking it all with a pinch of salt. I mean, it sounds like it could have been made up just to put the King Of Pop and the Frontman Of Queen in the same sentence! But seriously, here’s a sneaky peek at There Must Be More To Life Than This…
One thing’s for sure, it’ll be a ton better than any of those R&B hack jobs that Kanye West and Ne-Yo have done on Jackson’s material! Let me know what you think in the comments!