- Audio CD (23 Oct. 2000)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Original recording remastered, Box set
- Label: Parlophone
- ASIN: B00004YTWO
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Solo - The Very Best of Freddie Mercury Original recording remastered, Box set
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FREDDIE MERCURY Solo (2000 UK limited edition 3-CD set featuring the Barcelona and Mr. Bad Guy albums plus a Bonus 7-track CD including In My Defence [2000 Remix] the 1973 Larry Lurex single I Can Hear Music and more. The two albums come in slimline double jewel case with the Bonus CD in a card wallet picture sleeve all housed together in a card picture slipcase with a 28-page deluxe colour booklet including lyrics & pictures. This copy is in as new condition)
During the 1980s, Freddie Mercury--the flamboyant lead singer of Queen--launched a promising solo career that produced two wildly disparate albums, a handful of singles and contributions to other projects that are documented in this three-disc collection. While 1985's "Mr Bad Guy" finds Mercury's melodramatic vocal flair struggling to overpower his sometimes patchy songwriting and the dated Euro-disco production of Reinhold Mack, the singer rose to the campy heights of "Bohemian Rhapsody"--and then some--on "Barcelona", his grand, neo-operatic collaboration with Spanish diva Montserrat Caballe and one of the most deliriously ambitious pop albums of modern times. Both are available here in sharp, digitally remastered sound. The third bonus disc gives another broad outline of Mercury's talents, from the rare, surprising 1972/slightly pre-Queen Phil Spector tribute single, "I Can Hear Music" through his contributions to Giorgio Moroder's Metropolis soundtrack, Dave Clark's musical theatre piece Time and the singer's delightfully overwrought remake of "The Great Pretender", a song he claimed as autobiography. --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
When you listen to this album you will see the true diversity of his vocal range and desire to create musical works of art.
Operatic, indulgent, genius, Freddie Mercury we were robbed of a true talent.
The main benefit to this package is the re-issue of Mr Bad Guy which had been long out of print on CD. Original CD copies of the album went for serious money and there were a number of poor quality bootlegs floating around.
Mr Bad Guy is somewhat patchy but has some great tracks such as "there must be more to life than this" and "I was born to love you". Its biggest problem is the production which is very much of its time (early-mid 80's) and this lets down some good songs. For all its faults, Mr Bad Guy is still a good album.
Barcelona has been widely available as a separate CD for ages but is here in remastered form. A great fusion of rock and opera it is Mercury's finest solo effort and deserves a place in your CD collection.
The so called "bonus CD" is interesting and includes "The Great Pretender", "Time" and other single releases. My only complaint is they should have included "Goin' Back". This is the B-Side to the Larry Lurex single "I can Hear Music" which is the first track on the disc and is included on the much larger 10 disc Solo collection released at the same time.
Packaging includes a slip case, double Jewel box (with Barcelona and Mr Bad Guy) as well as a cardboard sleeve containing the additional disk. There is also a comprehensive booklet. I would have preferred the bonus disc to be included in a proper case.
Mercury's solo work was sometimes patchy but interesting and worth investigating.Read more ›
One hears many Queen tracks, but not many Freddie songs solo or outside Queen.
Not all good, but many excellent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So pleased as all these years on a avid Freddie fan thank easy trasaction a1Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5 star just because Mr. Bad guy album that is a brilliant album.
They didn't send me the bonus cd and the opera it's not for me.
Received my copy yesterday only to find no third disc just a 2 disc set, so I am a little disappointedPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer