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A Great Pretense
on 4 October 2012
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.