Digital Queen Archives continues their project to offer the most
comprehensive and best sounding Queen bootlegs ever issued. Much
like their earlier releases, The Ultimate Miracle
collects all of the hard to find B-sides and remixes, new outtakes and
demos that have never circulated before on any bootleg. The first
disc is devoted to officially released material all on one disc including
the great Roger composition “Hijack My Heart”, only issued on the
B-side to “The Invisible Man” 7″, 12″ and CD single.
It is the second disc that contains much of
interest. “A New Life Is Born” is the original piece
that was later edited for the first part of “Breakthru” on The
Miracle. It is a nice ballad that goes on for
some minutes, undergoing a key change into a minor key (a Freddie
favorite). “I Guess We’re Falling Out” is a catchy pop
number with Freddie singing about being stabbed in the back.
This version of “Too Much Love Will Kill You” seems to be
completely new. It features Freddie singing at the piano and
doesn’t feature Brian at all.
“Dog With A Bone” has been a coveted piece
for many years for Queen collectors. It was originally
intended for The Miracle but later dropped.
It’s only public airing was at the 1988 Queen Fan Club
Convention with messages of thanks from the band. Several
very poor tapes have circulated of that event, but here we have
the original studio version in excellent quality. Freddie,
Roger and Brian all take turns singing with Roger yelling “Move
over Rover, let Brian take over!” (Obvious reference to
Jimi Hendrix). “New York New York” is unfortunately the
well known minute and a half from the Highlander film
and not the long hoped for longer edition. Perhaps the
denials of a full version are true? “Tavaszi Szel” is a
rehearsal for the Budapest, Hungary show on the Magic
tour July 27th, 1986. Finally of interest is the demo
of “The Hitman” finally issued on 1991’s Innuendo
LP. This is the original demo with Brian on vocals found an
a cassette called Hints of Innuendo.
The track fades out after about a minute.
The balance of disc 2 contains
instrumental remixes which differ slightly from the finshed
product. On the tracklist on the artwork the manufacturers
mixed up “Party” with “Khashoggi’s Ship”. There
one version of the former and two versions of the latter. In
general this is a fascinating glimpse into one of Queen’s
final albums. It demonstrates how prolific these sessions
were with material written that would appear also on Innuendo
and even 1995’s Made In Heaven. Another great job
by this new label. (GS)