23 January 1989 – Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Montserrat Caballé release ‘How Can I Go On’ singles in UK. It’s the third and final single from their groundbreaking album ‘Barcelona.’ This track did garner a lot of attention from Queen fans due to the presence of John Deacon on Bass! One of Freddie’s last numbers to be written in early 1988 was ‘Guide Me Home.’ It was originally titled “Freddie’s Overture.’ and was recorded as a continuous piece with ‘How Can I Go On.’ There was literally no break.

On the album, the beginning of ‘How Can I Go On’ is seamlessly merged with the end of ‘Guide Me Home.’ This song is one of Freddie’s most underrated ballads, dominated largely by piano and his amazing voice, with Montserrat adding her own personal touches. It’s lyrically dazzling and features some of Freddie’s most beautiful couplets, ever! (It was important to highlight this song) The track ‘How Can I Go On’ is Undoubtedly one of Freddie’s most gorgeous songs, it’s a highlight, not only of ‘Barcelona’ but of his entire latter-day oeuvre. Segueing from ‘Guide Me Home,’ the beautiful song expresses similar sentiments, of a man searching for inspiration and guidance in the midst of emotional uncertainty: “

Is anybody there to believe in me / To hear my plea and take care of me?” It was composed by Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran At a time when Freddie was thrown into inner turmoil and having to face his own mortality, ‘How Can I Go On’ is especially poignant. Several versions of the song were recorded during the ‘Barcelona’ sessions and ultimately released on ‘The Solo Collection.’ There was an alternate recording from 2 March of 1988, this was an attempt to create a passable take, with Freddie ad-libbing vocals, possibly indicating he had not finalized his lyrics. There were two more early takes captured – the first, 7 April 1987, which is absolutely stunning with piano accompaniment for the first half before diverting to an orchestrated tangent that would be omitted in the released version; the second, on 24 June 1987, finds the recording starting halfway through the song already in progress, much to the audible disappointment of Freddie when told by producer David Richards that not all of his vocal performance was recorded. A instrumental version was also created for the box set, and shows just how complex and breathtaking the original backing track really was.