Peter Hince, a former Queen roadie who served as head of their road crew at the time of the historic jam session, and says that the two exalted singers recorded many more songs together. Hince said he was at the remarkable recording session that took place at Queen’s Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland, near Bowie’s home in Vevey. That is where the rock legends performed and that there is “other material Queen recorded with Bowie that never got released.” Hince claims that “somewhere there’s an archive” full of this stuff — which consists of “some original songs they did together and also covers. They were just jamming in the studio and it all got recorded – ‘All the Young Dudes,’ ‘All the Way from Memphis’ and various rock classics. There’s stuff with Freddie and David singing together – proper full-length rock’n’roll tracks … Raw, but good.”
Queen guitarist Brian May confirms this long-lost music and said that there were more collabos between the iconic duo. He remembered that Bowie and Mercury “locked horns” while recording “Under Pressure.” “Sparks fly and that’s why it turned out so great,” May said. “Not all of what we did in those sessions has ever come to light, so there’s a thought.”
So where are these historic songs? They’re apparently locked away by an estate that doesn’t want them released for some reason. “I can categorically say I know that there were complete tracks, not mixed tracks, but fully formed songs that were done,” Hince told the Guardian. “Does it belong to the David Bowie estate or to Queen? That’s probably part of the reason these things have never come to light.”
We need these songs. How do you keep a recording session with two rock music legends locked away in some vault?
Let’s take a moment to be graced and appreciate the stunning vocal talents of Bowie and Mercury with the acapella version of “Under Pressure.”[DenOfGeek]
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