Hollywood RecordsWhile most Queen compilations are packed with the band’s most well-known songs, the group’s new retrospective Queen Forever, which was released earlier this week, is a bit different.

Guitarist Brian May tells ABC News Radio that the record “started off as a love songs compilation,” but evolved into a collection of tunes that reflect “the sort of inner consciousness of Queen over the years, and most of the tracks will be not familiar to people who just know the hits.”

Among these unfamiliar songs are three previously unreleased tracks that all date back to the 1980s — “Love Kills,” “Let Me in Your Heart Again” and “There Must Be More to Life than This.” All three feature vocals by late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, with the latter song being a duet with Michael Jackson.

May describes the unreleased tunes as “sort of new old tracks…things that we found and were able to finish and polish.”

In another interview with ABC News Radio earlier this year, May discussed how he felt about revisiting these forgotten tracks that featured Mercury’s distinctive vocals.

“It’s weird working with Freddie’s voice again,” said Brian, “[I]t feels like pure joy because…it is wonderful. He is wonderful, there is no doubt.”

Queen Forever does feature some of the band’s classic songs, including “Play the Game,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Who Wants to Live Forever,” “Somebody to Love” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” The album is available as a 20-track single CD and a 36-track two-CD set, while digital editions of both versions also can be purchased.

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