Queen have announced plans to release an expanded collector’s edition of their 1989 album The Miracle on November 18.
The Miracle: Collector’s Edition will include “The Miracle Sessions,” which contains over an hour of unreleased studio recordings including six previously unheard songs.
The Miracle was Queen’s 13th studio album and was released on May 22, 1989. The album was recorded as the band recovered from Brian May‘s marital problems and Freddie Mercury‘s HIV diagnosis in 1987.
The album reached No. 1 in the U.K., Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, and No. 24 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.
“Splitting the credits was a very important decision for us. We left our egos outside the studio door,” says May, “and worked together as a real band – something that wasn’t always the case. I wish we’d done it 15 years before.”
Added Roger Taylor, “Decisions are made on artistic merit, so ‘Everybody wrote everything’ is the line, rather than ego or anything else getting in the way. We seem to work together better now than we did before. We’re fairly up-and-down characters. We have different tastes in many ways. We used to have lots of arguments in the studio, but this time we decided to share all the songwriting, which I think was very democratic and a good idea.”
The Miracle Collector’s Edition is available to pre-order now on the band’s website in a variety of configurations. The most extensive – the Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition bundle – arrives as an eight-disc box set that includes a “long-lost original LP cut” and CD copy of the album.
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