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A bargain at the price, but fans may feel a little cheated
on 1 October 2000
There's no new material on this three album collection, but for those who like Queen, but have yet to sample Mercury's solo music, this is the place to start. His 1985 solo album, Mr. Bad Guy - unavailable on CD for years - and Barcelona, his album of duets with soprano Monserrat Caballe, and a third album of other singles - including the No. 1 remix of Living on My Own. The committed will probably have all of the above - but will no doubt be saving the 10 CD box set anyway! Those wanting to dip their toes into Mercury's solo music would probably be better served by the 1992 Freddie Mercury Album. It's a shame that this album doesn't have his early cover of Goin' Back (under the pseudonym Larry Lurex) nor the Queen's 'Heaven for Everyone' by Roger Taylor's band The Cross, with Mercury guesting on lead vocals. To get those you'll need to get the larger collection - but that's probably too much material. Some of the material - including Barcelona, Living on My Own and The Great Pretender - has already featured on both the Freddie Mercury Album and Queen's Greatest Hits Vol. 3. It's hard to see the justification for releasing it on yet another collection. Yet at little more than the price of a single CD, this is a cheap way to get 95% of Mercury's solo output at a stroke.