AceShowbiz - Queen's unreleased Live Aid tracks are to feature on the soundtrack of new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody
Audio from the band's legendary 1985 performance at Wembley Stadium in London has been remastered and produced by the band's Brian May and Roger Taylor for the album, announced on Wednesday, September 05 - late frontman Freddie Mercury's birthday.
Alongside the show-stopping Live Aid performances of Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall, and We Are the Champions, the album features other rare live tracks spanning Queen's entire career, new versions of old favourites, and a choice selection of the band's finest studio recordings. Among them are some of Queen's biggest hits, including 11 "all-time greatest anthems" that reached number one around the world.
"The key task for the team behind the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack was sourcing the most suitable versions of the band's songs, especially live performances, to fit the screenplay's career-spanning narrative," a press release reads. "Their brief was not merely to produce a greatest hits playlist package but a soundtrack album to stand on its own merits, underscoring key moments in the screenplay.
"May, Taylor, and their co-producers worked with the filmmakers to find the best versions of each track to heighten the dramatic power of each scene".
The five tracks from Queen's 21-minute performance at Live Aid in July, 1985, have never been released in audio form before. They've only ever been offered on video as a special extra on the DVD/BluRay release of Queen Rock Montreal, which features the Montreal Forum shows of November 1981.
Other tracks on the soundtrack have been sourced from different decades and even different continents - Fat Bottomed Girls comes from the 1979 Paris shows, part of the Jazz world tour, and has never been released before, while Now I'm Here was recorded at the band's 1975 Christmas Eve show at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
There's also a duet between Freddie and Brian on Love of My Life from the Rock in Rio festival in January, 1985.
Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, will have its world premiere in the U.K. on 23 October, before opening across the globe in early November.