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Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender Hardcover – 13 Sep 2012
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Twenty-one years after his demise, a joyous deluge to Freddie --Mojo
A beautifully presented book --Jer Bulsara
Mrs Bulsara is particularly keen on the new book, containing finely reproduced photographs of Freddie from the time he was six months old until shortly before his death ...Mrs Bulsara's face lights up as she tenderly turns the pages, putting the photographs in context and commenting, not always favourably, on his hair and clothes. --Telegraph
A lavish new book full of wonderful photographs, including several never-before seen images, that span the rock star's life --Telegraph
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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.
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).
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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