William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

Which October do u mean??!
 

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I would buy every MJ album again in this quality, seriously! :)

Yes, me too.

Freddie was lucky man to have friends like Brian and Roger … They do try their best !!!
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

Which October do u mean??!

I heard it last mentioned for a release around Christmas! hope it'll be on high fidelity pure audio Blu ray disc. *crosses fingers*
 
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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

I hope it includes more formats, I don't have blu-ray yet.

I wonder if they're gonna include the tracks finished by Brian and Roger and the remixes by William Orbit... :thinking:
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

I hope it includes more formats, I don't have blu-ray yet.

I wouldn't get your hopes up about the duets being released on 'Blu-ray CD', it's very likely they'll only release it on digital download and CD for now (and maybe vinyl). The reason why ? While Blu-ray is becoming more and more commonplace, it's still nowhere near as common place as CD and DVD players. Plus, being a brand new format, production costs will be at their highest, and sales will be at their lowest (due to the higher price of the product in store and there would be less people who would be able to play it). Notice how all the items coming out for Blu-ray CD or whatever are catalogue albums, not brand new studio albums (or EPs), where the risk would be much higher. It seems just like another ploy by the studios to make you guys rebuy all your albums (for even higher prices) :p

Hell, I own a blu-ray player and even I am skeptical of the format to be honest. The vast majority of people won't be able to tell the difference if asked to tell them apart in a blind test (hell, most people can't tell the difference between 320kbps MP3 and lossless), so many people won't necessarily see the point in rebuying all their albums in this new format. With actual Blu-ray movies, there was a strong, noticeable difference to most people in terms of the visual quality on screen. CDs offered a high quality sound, just like vinyl, but without crackles and pops, plus it offered many other features (no need to flip the record around, longer running time, shuffle, repeat, more portable, being 1/4 the physical size). Cassettes and digital downloads made it extremely convenient for people to listen to their music on the go. What exactly will Blu-ray CDs offer most people ? As I said, most people probably won't be able to tell the difference between your standard CD and Blu-ray CD and as such, it doesn't offer them too much of a reason to rebuy all your favourite albums again.

Of course, it may take off, in which case the duets (and possible upcoming album) may be issued on Blu-ray CD in the future, but I certainly wouldn't get my hopes up for it at this point in time.
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

Even the article about the Blue-ray CDs say that it's a very narrow nieche of the market they can direct that product to.

"It's not necessarily a strategy," he told the BBC, "but what we realised is that initially we're talking to specialists, we're talking to a niche".
"I'm talking about the guy who spent 40 grand on his hi-fi system. Let's face it, this guy is probably 35-plus, and likes heritage artists."

So if anything they would release Thriller before any new material from MJ in that format. The article does say that on a long term they plan to release new albums in that format as well, but it will surely depend on the success of it with old, classic albums. The article pointed out how SACD and DVD-Audio have been failures despite of the higher quality, so it's not yet certain how widespread Blue-ray CD can become.
 

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respect77;3917050 said:
The article pointed out how SACD and DVD-Audio have been failures despite of the higher quality, so it's not yet certain how widespread Blue-ray CD can become.

That’s the most important part … no matter “failure” or not Queen\Freddie’s fans will have it.
 
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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

I bought Thriller on SACD and couldn't hear a noticeable difference.
 

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That’s the most important part … no matter “failure” or not Queen\Freddie’s fans will have it.

exactly, on 5.1 dts-hd master audio. which is the standard for Audio's of Movie's these days. I Can't think of anyone who wouldn't want there music in that quality. i can tell a huge difference between pcm and DTS-HD on my Blu-Rays, it's huge!!! even the difference between dolby digital and DTS-HD is big to me. i would buy everything again in this quality for sure
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

exactly, on 5.1 dts-hd master audio. which is the standard for Audio's of Movie's these days. I Can't think of anyone who wouldn't want there music in that quality. i can tell a huge difference between pcm and DTS-HD on my Blu-Rays, it's huge!!! even the difference between dolby digital and DTS-HD is big to me. i would buy everything again in this quality for sure

Are you sure it's just not a placebo effect or something ? Linear PCM and DTS-HD Master Audio are pretty much the same - they're both lossless [Source comparing the specifications] so they should effectively sound the same.

The only difference between the two is that DTS-HD takes up less space (Here's an interesting thread on the topic). It appears they're both included as some (earlier) Blu-rays players may not be able decode one or the other (which makes sense).

PCM is the original soundtrack. PCM is the digital format used throughout the entertainment industry. That's how movie soundtracks are recorded. CDs, too. Receivers, pre-pros, disc players, DACs, and nearly all of the audio equipment we use is designed to process PCM and convert into analog signals that drive speakers.

So, why do we have codecs such as DD 5.1, DTS, TrueHD, and dts-MA? Just one reason - to save space. PCM takes up a lot of space, so much space that a 5.1 PCM soundtrack cannot fit on a film or DVD. Dolby and DTS developed data compression codecs that work pretty much like zip files in order to squeeze large PCM tracks into smaller packages. You can't "play" a DD 5.1 or dts-MA track anymore than you can read a document that has been zipped up. You have to decode the track first, turning it back into PCM, so that your audio system can process it to produce sound.

TrueHD and dts-MA are lossless codecs, meaning the decoded output is identical to the input. You feed the original PCM track into the encoder, which compresses it to save space. Your playback system decodes (decompresses) it back into PCM, restoring everything that was taken out so that it is bit for bit identical to the original.

Bottom line: there is no quality difference between the 5.1 PCM track and the losslessly compressed dts-MA version. It's rare to find discs that offer both these days since nearly all players and AVRs can decode the lossless tracks.
 
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<header class="entry-header">Queen: &#8216;Unreleased Tracks With Michael Jackson Are Great And Finished&#8217;
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Queen&#8217;s Roger Taylor has revealed that the band have been working on unreleased Queen material, including tracks Freddie Mercury recorded with Michael Jackson.

In conversation with Nicky Horne for tomorrow&#8217;s Classic Rock Magazine Show (Oct 24), 6-9pm on www.teamrockradio.com, Taylor comments:

&#8220;Brian especially has been active working on old tracks. A couple of tracks that Freddie did with Michael Jackson&#8230; They&#8217;ve been hanging around for years and years and Michael&#8217;s estate haven&#8217;t really been able to make their mind up about what to do with them. So we suggested we finish them and see. They&#8217;re pretty good &#8211; one of them is great.&#8221;

The tracks were recorded at Jackson&#8217;s home studio in 1983.
Hear a clip of the interview below.
https://soundcloud.com/classic-rock-magazine/roger-taylor-on-the-classic

The full interview is broadcast on tomorrow&#8217;s (Oct 24) Classic Rock Magazine Show, from 7.30pm on www.teamrockradio.com



My special guest on @ClassicRockMag Show tonight is rock royalty Roger Taylor....that's around 7.30pm. /Nicky pic.twitter.com/XgDavVZZjM






 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

Neat.
 
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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

I wonder why the Estate don't give them green light to release the tracks. I wish Queen released the 3 song, no one has ever heard Victory.
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

The estate didn't say they wouldn't give the green light it's just in what form the releases will take and it looks like that they have taken the suggestions from Roger & Brian.
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

Really hoping the three songs get released separately in an EP or something... by christmas time would be nice :D
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

I read on Facebook that Brian May said in Classic Rock magazine (December issue) that we will definitely get to hear Victory. The songs will be on a new Queen album.
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

im over waiting for this..
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

I read on Facebook that Brian May said in Classic Rock magazine (December issue) that we will definitely get to hear Victory. The songs will be on a new Queen album.

glad to hear we'll be getting vitory, but what does he mean by ''song's''? does he mean all three or just more to life and previously mentioned title?
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

glad to hear we'll be getting vitory, but what does he mean by ''song's''? does he mean all three or just more to life and previously mentioned title?

I guess all three, but I don't know.
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

Wish the estate would let these slide and let the members of Queen look after them instead of new producers. Brian and Roger know how Freddie should sound (Made in heaven album) and I'm pretty sure that they would treat Freddie & Michael perfectly. After the way the Michael album was received, I think the estate should be open to many avenues of output.
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

Wish the estate would let these slide and let the members of Queen look after them instead of new producers. Brian and Roger know how Freddie should sound (Made in heaven album) and I'm pretty sure that they would treat Freddie & Michael perfectly. After the way the Michael album was received, I think the estate should be open to many avenues of output.

The new producer (William Orbit) has nothing to do with MJ's Estate. He was asked by Queen to work on the tracks.
 

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Re: William Orbit working on Michael & Freddie Mercury duet - Release in October

The new producer (William Orbit) has nothing to do with MJ's Estate. He was asked by Queen to work on the tracks.

Oh yes, I'm aware of this. But it seems that the estate are reluctant to release these from what Brian and Roger are saying. Kinda get the feeling that they want the songs for their own ideas.
 

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Oh yes, I'm aware of this. But it seems that the estate are reluctant to release these from what Brian and Roger are saying. Kinda get the feeling that they want the songs for their own ideas.

They are just waiting for the right time. See no problem here. I&#8217;d rather wait to have something special than see some &#8220;uncompleted&#8221; releases. If the result is going to be great, it doesn&#8217;t matter how much time it&#8217;s going to take.
 

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Allusio;3925801 said:
They are just waiting for the right time. See no problem here. I&#8217;d rather wait to have something special than see some &#8220;uncompleted&#8221; releases. If the result is going to be great, it doesn&#8217;t matter how much time it&#8217;s going to take.

I must agree with you here actually... I suppose we've waited this long, whats another little while. The main thing is that the songs are done right. And by the sound of things, that seems to be the way.
 

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Queens Brian May talks about future album including 3 duets with Freddie Mercury and MJ

May continued "...at the moment we're working on spinning some new music around those, which is what we did for the Made in Heaven album, which was possibly the best Queen album we ever made. ... I'm a little nervous of saying there's an album there, but there's certainly a few tracks."

The tracks were mostly recorded in 1983 and include three duets with Michael Jackson. William Orbit has been working with May on the restoration.

http://www.smoothradio.co.uk/music/buzz/unreleased-freddie-mercury-music/08f2a#ad-image-0
 

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Re: Queens Brian May talks about future album including 3 duets with Freddie Mercury and MJ

May continued "...at the moment we're working on spinning some new music around those, which is what we did for the Made in Heaven album, which was possibly the best Queen album we ever made. ... I'm a little nervous of saying there's an album there, but there's certainly a few tracks."

The tracks were mostly recorded in 1983 and include three duets with Michael Jackson. William Orbit has been working with May on the restoration.

http://www.smoothradio.co.uk/music/buzz/unreleased-freddie-mercury-music/08f2a#ad-image-0
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I am so excited but I dont expect them until next summer :D
 

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Is this article new? I still see no word from Brian about the estate agreeing to release those songs.
 
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