Queen have released a trailer heralding the 40th anniversary release of their sixth album, News Of The World. The trailer is marked by previously unseen footage of the band and is taken from the DVD documentary Queen: The American Dream, which is included in the deluxe version of the album which is out on November 17.
The documentary footage was shot on the band’s 1977 News Of The World tour when broadcaster ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris and a film crew was given unlimited access to the band. Harris’ film was neither completed nor officially released. This version includes what promises to be an explosive live action performance by Queen at the Houston Summit shot during the US leg of the tour. Fans are also promised candid backstage clips as well.
The film also shows are the early stages of the creation of the rock classics ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions’.
Also included in the anniversary edition is an “alternative” version of the album called Raw Sessions. Every lead vocal is different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details and for the first time it'll play for its full-recorded length rather than the edited 1977 album cut.
A statement from Queen’s record company said: “Here also is the chance to discover peak-era Freddie Mercury vocals on a track that nobody outside Queen’s inner circle has heard him sing before at all – Brian May’s ‘All Dead, All Dead’. The original album version features May himself on vocals."
The third CD of bonus tracks includes a five-song live session recorded for the BBC in October, 1977. The package is completed by a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP, direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes and is presented in a facsimile original sleeve.
All of this is announced after the first pictures of actor Remi Malek as Freddie Mercury in the upcoming biopic Bohemian Rhapsody were released last week.