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Heaven For Everyone’ is released with ‘Soul Brother’ as the B-Side in the USA

On the 18th of June 1996 – ‘Heaven For Everyone’ is released with ‘Soul Brother’ as the B-Side in the USA 🇺🇸

The beautiful song, ‘Heaven For Everyone’ was written by Roger Taylor for his band ‘The Cross’ in 1987.

Freddie went to the studio to visit him while The Cross were recording their debut album ‘Shove It,’ he absolutely loved the song and told Roger, ‘Oh God, you gotta let me sing this!’ He recorded his vocals but due to contractual issues, Queen couldn’t add this song to their catalogue. It went into the vault. Crystal Taylor was instrumental in Roger keeping the song for a future Queen project.

Four years after Freddie’s passing, Queen revisited this lovely track, reworked it and included it on their fifteenth and final studio album, ‘Made In Heaven.’

Queen’s re-recording is vastly superior, and not only because of Freddie’s ethereal vocal performance!

It was once described as the finest Queen song never released. Freddie’s vocals are superb. Roger said, “When Freddie sings a song, you realize your own limits and how much further Freddie could take a song vocally”.

So very true Roger ♥️🌹

This track reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart and entered in the top 10 of many charts all around the world. It was Queen’s highest new-chart entry since ‘Innuendo’ in 1991 … and this was with an eight year old song!

‘Heaven For Everyone’ 👉https://youtu.be/yI8lrvKLzg0💔

The B-side is ‘Soul Brother’ written by Freddie Mercury but credited to Queen. It was recorded during ‘The Game’ sessions. This is an underrated Queen track (IMHO) and arguably one of Freddie’s best vocal performances.

“Freddie told me one day he had a surprise for me – he said, ‘I’ve written a song about you – but it needs your touch on it!’ I think, curiously, we were both working on songs separately which referred to each other. Can’t remember which one of mine it was, since a lot of my songs were obliquely aimed at him (as well as to be sung by him!). Anyway. we got in the studio and he played this song. Now whether it was really about me I don’t know. But I thought it was fab. I know he wrote it in about 15 minutes!. As to why not on album (The Game) – well, Freddie deliberately wrote it as a B-side to fill a gap, so I imagine the album was already sewn up.”

Brian May – 2003

‘Soul Brother’ 👉https://youtu.be/78Dmumb9eZ0

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