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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Let me first comment on the other reviews: This book is very similar to the book published on Freddie Mercury as part of the solo collection over 10 years ago. However, its not correct to review a product compared to other ones. Its important to mention it, but not all own that solo collection, and for those who don't, this book should be reviewed on its own...
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1.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan - BE CAREFUL - potential rip-off!!!
If, like me, you're a fan, BE CAREFUL when buying this book.
The contents of this book have been released before, back in 2000, in the FM Solo Box Set by EMI.
It contains exactly the same photographs and text: it's simply a re-hash of a previous product.
The only "new" content is a foreword by Rhys Thomas and an interview CD, neither of which are worth the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan - BE CAREFUL - potential rip-off!!!, 5 Oct 2012
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If, like me, you're a fan, BE CAREFUL when buying this book.
The contents of this book have been released before, back in 2000, in the FM Solo Box Set by EMI.
It contains exactly the same photographs and text: it's simply a re-hash of a previous product.
The only "new" content is a foreword by Rhys Thomas and an interview CD, neither of which are worth the price alone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Great Pretense, 4 Oct 2012
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I am a long time Queen fan and I bought this book in the belief that it contained a lot of images that were newly published and from hard to find sources. This was certainly the impression given by the Official Queen website and their teaser video prior to the official release.

When you get the book its big, it has a padded style cover and given the brilliant DVD that was also lauched recently as part of "the great pretender" package my expectations were high.

After a few biographical pages you are looking at a pictorial run through Freddie's life but sadly these are mostly made up of previously available shots of Freddie and mostly promotional picutures and screenshots of videos which would have accompanied singles releases. If you have the fantastic Freddie Box Set that came out in the late 90's you have the best part of this book. As an earlier reviewer rightly said the contents have been covered before in publications like Queen's Greatest Pix etc.

My advise - buy the Blu Ray or DVD and the Barcelona re-worked CD box set but give this a miss. The Queen cash machine is alive and well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice presentation, but little new or unseen, 29 Sep 2012
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This book arrived today. Having looked through it, the presentation of the book is very good, the cover is a soft padded hardcover and looks impressive. The photos inside are all reproduced in good quality. The reason I have only awarded this 3 stars is if you are a Queen / Freddie fan and already have books such as Greatest Pics 1 and 2, Classic Queen, The Illustrated History etc, then you will have seen almost every photo in this book before. A handful were new, but not enough to justify a new book. So nice to have if your a big fan, but im not sure I will open it that often in the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 20 Oct 2012
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Let me first comment on the other reviews: This book is very similar to the book published on Freddie Mercury as part of the solo collection over 10 years ago. However, its not correct to review a product compared to other ones. Its important to mention it, but not all own that solo collection, and for those who don't, this book should be reviewed on its own.

As for the book, this is a very large and very impressive book on Freddie Mercury. Contains mainly photographs of him, starting of his childhood, through Queen days and the solo days. Though the photos are not rare. But the quality of the book is very good, some of the photos are on double pages, some on one page.

As mentioned already, this book is very similar to the one in Freddie Mercury Solo Collection (which contains also 12 discs) published over 10 years, and hard to find these days (even if you do, it will cost you a lot). If you own the solo collection, you might consider whether you should buy this book. You might be very disappointed that its almost the same book you already own. Pity that the publishers were not creative enough to add new material. For those who already own the solo collection, it's absolutely a rip off.

If not, its highly recommended for anyone: either Freddie's fans or not. The book is not so expensive either.

The book contains also a radio interview with Freddie on a CD inside of it (attached to the book).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A personailsed picture book of Freddie, 3 April 2014
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Not as good or as in depth as Mick Rock's own book of pictures Killer Queen but this is still a good addition to the Queen collection as it concentrates solely on Freddie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 22 Mar 2014
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Like always, a top deal with Amazon. Fast, good covering, good quality. Very very nice picture book in big format with high quality pictures and a CD with an interview of the time when Freddi was in Germany. A must for fans who like to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Pretender ~ Freddie Mercury, 12 Dec 2013
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This is an incredible, beautiful book full of wonderful pictures ~ A 'MUST' for any Freddie fan ~"There can be only one"!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift, 26 Jun 2013
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Only had a quick flick through this book. I bought it as a gift. It looked pretty good and was well received by the recipient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful !, 21 Jun 2013
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Vaquez "patvaquez" (Orsay,France) - See all my reviews
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I received it in the time , This book ,is very beautiful & complete ,it is in good place in my others books on Freddie Mercury & Queen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest Rock God.., 3 Jun 2013
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The greatest Rock God..some of the pics are out of focus and the colour bias is off too..but otherwise a fine collection.Mankind will never produce another Genius as great as this man...
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