The soundtrack to the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" will include the first audio release of Queen's entire historic set at Live Aid in 1985. The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack is set for release on Oct. 19 on Hollywood Records, while the movie from 20th Century Fox arrives in cinemas on Nov. 2. The soundtrack also has rare live tracks spanning Queen's entire career, new versions of Queen songs and the original recordings of some of Queen's most beloved classics. Details of the soundtrack were announced on Sept. 5, on what would have been lead singer Freddie Mercury's 72nd birthday.
Queen's Live Aid songs were previously featured as a special extra on the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Queen Rock Montreal, which features Queen's Montreal Forum shows of November 1981. Highlights of the Live Aid concert have also been compiled and released on home video, but none include Queen's entire Live Aid set.
In addition to the Live Aid songs, the soundtrack features a reunion of Smile, the rock trio that May and Taylor were in before forming Queen. Smile, which also included lead singer/bassist Tim Staffell, was briefly signed to Mercury Records, and recorded only six songs before disbanding in 1970 after two years together. For the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack album, the reunited Smile re-recorded the song "Doing All Right," a song that Queen recorded for their 1973 self-titled debut album and subsequent BBC recordings.
Queen guitarist Brian May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor produced the 22 songs on the soundtrack, with engineering and co-production by long-time Queen studio collaborators Justin Shirley-Smith, Kris Fredriksson and Joshua J Macrae, and mastering by Adam Ayan and Bob Ludwig.
"Bohemian Rhapsody," directed by Bryan Singer, will have its world premiere in London on Oct. 23. The cast is led by Rami Malek as Mercury, Gwylim Lee as guitarist May, Ben Hardy as drummer Taylor, Joe Mazzello as bassist Roger Deacon and Lucy Boynton as Mercury's longtime companion Mary Austin. The film features many of Queen's hits with Malek's voice dubbed over some of the songs.
The Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack includes a previously unreleased live version of “Fat Bottomed Girls” from Queen's 1979 Paris show. Also on the album is a live version of “Now I'm Here,” which was recorded at the band's 1975 Christmas Eve show at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The Mercury-May duet “Love of My Life” comes from Queen's performance at the 1985 Rock in Rio festival, which has been released on video but makes its first audio appearance on the soundtrack.
Queen's classic anthem “We Will Rock You” was re-imagined for the "Bohemian Rhapsody" film and soundtrack: It starts out as the studio version, then turns into a live performance with audience participation. “Don't Stop Me Now” features May's newly recorded guitar parts and is much closer to how Queen plays the track live today. In addition, May and Taylor have recorded Queen's version of 20th Century Fox's signature fanfare theme.
The soundtrack also features the original recordings of some of Queen's biggest hits, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Another One Bites the Dust," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Under Pressure" (Queen's 1981 collaboration with David Bowie) and "Somebody to Love."
Here is the complete tracklist for the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack: