This is a nice collection of Mercury's solo output including the 2 albums released during his life-time ("Barcelona" and "Mr Bad Guy") as well as a "bonus disc" which rounds up some of the singles.
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. If you like Queens music and want to dig a bit deeper, this collection is a good starting point as it has the major albums/singles.
It is essential for Mercury fans who don't have "Mr Bad Guy" and want to add it to their collection (unless you want to spend big money on either the 10 CD set or an original 80's disc).
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