Out Now: Queen Revisits 1989’s ‘The Miracle’ for Special Collector’s Edition Reissue (Listen/Buy)

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Originally released in May of 1989, The Miracle was the 13th studio album from Queen and the penultimate release from the band with lead singer Freddie Mercury. Its release came at a difficult time for the English rock band, as Mercury’s positive HIV diagnosis became known by the band around that time (though it was not public knowledge yet).

Today, Nov. 18, The Miracle Collector’s Edition was released as a special commemoration of this important album in the band’s career. Highlighted by a remastered LP version of the original album, the Collector’s Edition is accentuated by a host of bonus material including “original takes, demos and rough cuts, and six previously unreleased tracks – plus intimate fly-on-the-wall audio of the band at work in the studio.”

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One of those previously unreleased tracks, “Face It Alone,” was shared with the news as a preview of the collection:

Some context about “Face It Alone” and this reissue of The Miracle, per a news release:

Among its contents, the expanded set includes The Miracle Sessions: an hour-plus disc of further previously unreleased recordings, including six unpublished songs. Just as tantalising for fans, the audio includes the band’s candid spoken exchanges on the studio floor in London and Montreux, giving the most revealing window yet into the four members’ creative process and the joy, in-jokes and banter on their return to working together.

“Face It Alone” was originally recorded during the band’s historic 1988 sessions for that album, a prolific period which saw the band lay down around 30 tracks, many of which were never released, but remained among those that didn’t make the final album cut. It was rediscovered when the band’s production and archive team returned to those sessions to work on The Miracle box set reissue.

“We’d kind of forgotten about this track,” admits Roger Taylor, “but there it was, this little gem. It’s wonderful, a real discovery. It’s a very passionate piece.”

A video for “Was It All Worth It” was also shared, chronicling Queen’s journey to that point in its career:

The first single from The Miracle was “I Want It All,” which peaked at No. 3 on charts around the world and was a key late-era hit by the band:

Stream the whole set below.

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