Freddie Mercury: Solo


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'Freddie Mercury: Solo' is the name of two boxed sets released on 23 February 2000, which chronicle Freddie's solo work.

The first is a 3CD set which contains the 'Mr Bad Guy' and 'Barcelona' albums, plus a third disc containing six tracks from other sessions, and one remix. The set comes in a thin double CD case in an outer slipcase, with a booklet and separate sleeve for the bonus disc. The set charted at #13 in the UK charts.

The second set contains 10CD's and 2DVD's, housed in a 30cm x 40.5cm coffee-table sized 119 page book, which features a biography, photographs, discography, lyrics and track details. The discs are housed in the inner sleeves of the book, and feature every track which Freddie recorded as a solo artist, including studio out-takes, unreleased demos, early versions, instrumentals, and tracks which appeared on his numerous singles. The set comes in an outer solid card sleeve, with a colour wraparound along the spine. The entire set is then housed in a plain cardboard box, which has a barcode and catalogue number. There are two versions of the set available, containing PAL or NTSC versions of the DVD's.

The full track listings to each disc are listed at the bottom of this page:

3 CD Set:
01. Mr Bad Guy (original studio album)
02. Barcelona (original studio album)
03. Bonus Disc


10CD/2DVD Set:
01. Mr Bad Guy (original studio album)
02. Barcelona (original studio album)
03. The Great Pretender (1992 compilation album)
04. The Singles 1973-1985 (featuring tracks released on singles throughout the world)
05. The Singles 1986-1993 (featuring tracks released on singles throughout the world)
06. The Instrumentals
07. Rarities 1 - The Mr Bad Guy Sessions (various alternate versions, studio out-takes and demos)
08. Rarities 2 - The Barcelona Sessions (various alternate versions, studio out-takes and demos)
09. Rarities 3 - Other Sessions (various collaborations, alternate versions, studio out-takes and demos)
10. The David Wigg Interviews
11. The Freddie Mercury Video Collection (DVD)
12. The Untold Story (DVD)

List Of Missing Tracks




Selected images of the set are shown below, however full photographs of the contents are available in the 3CD and 10CD/2DVD gallery pages.

 

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3CD Outer Sleeves....

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....10CD/2DVD Outer Slipcase.....

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.....10CD/2DVD Slipcase and Book.....

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.....and 10CD/2DVD Inside Sleeves


CD One - Mr Bad Guy
1. Let's Turn It On
2. Made In Heaven
3. I Was Born To Love You
4. Foolin' Around
5. Your Kind Of Lover
6. Mr Bad Guy
7. Man Made Paradise
8. There Must Be More To Life Than This
9. Living On My Own
10. My Love Is Dangerous
11. Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow

CD Two - Barcelona
1. Barcelona
2. La Japonaise
3. The Fallen Priest
4. Ensueno
5. The Golden Boy
6. Guide Me Home
7. How Can I Go On
8. Overture Piccante

3CD Bonus Disc
1. I Can Hear Music (single version)
2. Love Kills (single version)
3. The Great Pretender (single version)
4. Living On My Own (1993 radio mix)
5. In My Defence (2000 remix)
6. Time (2000 remix)
7. Love Kills (Rock Mix)

CD Three - The Great Pretender
1. The Great Pretender (Malouf mix)
2. Foolin' Around (1992 remix)
3. Time (1992 remix)
4. Your Kind Of Lover (1992 remix)
5. Exercises In Free Love (original version)
6. In My Defence (1992 remix)
7. Mr Bad Guy (1992 remix)
8. Let's Turn It On (1992 remix)
9. Living On My Own (1992 remix)
10. My Love Is Dangerous (1992 remix)
11. Love Kills (original Wolf mix)

CD Four - The Singles 1973-1985
1. I Can Hear Music (single version)
2. Going Back (single version)
3. Love Kills (single version)
4. Love Kills (extended version)
5. I Was Born To Love You (extended version)
6. Stop All The Fighting (single version)
7. Stop All The Fighting (extended version)
8. Made In Heaven (extended version)
9. She Blows Hot And Cold (single version)
10. She Blows Hot And Cold (extended version)
11. Living On My Own (UK extended version)
12. My Love Is Dangerous (extended version)
13. Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow (extended version)
14. Let's Turn It On (extended version)

CD Five - The Singles 1986-1993
1. Time (single version)
2. Time (extended version)
3. Time (instrumental version)
4. In My Defence (original version)
5. The Great Pretender (single version)
6. The Great Pretender (extended version)
7. Exercises In Free Love (original version)
8. Barcelona (single version)
9. Barcelona (extended version)
10. How Can I Go On (single version)
11. Living On My Own (1993 extended version)
12. Living On My Own (1993 radio mix)
13. Living On My Own (1993 Club mix)
14. Living On My Own (1993 Underground Solutions mix)

CD Six - The Instrumentals
1. Barcelona
2. La Japonaise
3. The Fallen Priest
4. Ensueno
5. The Golden Boy
6. Guide Me Home
7. How Can I Go On
8. Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow
9. Made In Heaven
10. Mr Bad Guy
11. There Must Be More To Life Than This
12. In My Defence
13. The Great Pretender

CD Seven - Rarities 1 - The Mr Bad Guy Sessions
1. Let's Turn It On (a-capella)
2. Made In Heaven (alternative version)
3. I Was Born To Love You (vocal and piano version)
4. Foolin' Around (early version)
5. Foolin' Around (unreleased extended version)
6. Foolin' Around (instrumental)
7. Your Kind Of Lover (early version)
8. Your Kind Of Lover (vocal and piano version)
9. Mr Bad Guy (orchestral out-takes)
10. Mr Bad Guy (early version)
11. There Must Be More To Life Than This (piano out-takes)
12. Living On My Own (Hybrid edit: early/later Versions)
13. Love Is Dangerous (early version)
14. Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow (early version)
15. Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow (2nd early version extract)
16. Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow (3rd early version)
17. Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow (live take)
18. She Blows Hot And Cold (alternative version with Brian May)
19. Gazelle (demo)
20. Money Can't Buy Happiness (demo)
21. Love Makin' Love (demo)
22. God Is Heavy (demo)
23. New York (demo)

CD Eight - Rarities 2 - The Barcelona Sessions
Selected tracks from this disc were later released as part of the 'Barcelona - Special Edition' CD and DVD set.

1. The Duet (The Fallen Priest) (extract from Garden Lodge tape)
2. Ideas (Barcelona) (extract from Garden Lodge tape)
3. Ideas (Barcelona) (2nd extract from Garden Lodge tape)
4. Barcelona (early version: Freddie's demo vocal)
5. Barcelona (early version: Freddie's vocal slave)
6. Barcelona (later version: Freddie's vocal only)
7. La Japonaise (early version: Freddie's demo vocal)
8. La Japonaise (a-capella)
9. Rachmaninov's Revenge (The Fallen Priest) (early version)
10. Rachmaninov's Revenge (The Fallen Priest) (later version: Freddie's demo vocal)
11. Ensueno (live takes)
12. The Golden Boy (early version: Freddie's demo vocal)
13. The Golden Boy (2nd early version extract)
14. The Golden Boy (a-capella)
15. Guide Me Home / How Can I Go On (alternative versions)
16. How Can I Go On (out-take extract)
17. How Can I Go On (alternative piano version)
18. When This Tired Old Body Wants To Sing (late night jam)

CD Nine - Rarities 3 - Other Sessions
1. Rain (Ibex, live version)
2. Green (Wreckage rehearsal)
3. The Man From Manhattan (Eddie Howell)
4. Love Is The Hero (duet with Billy Squier, 12" version)
5. Lady With The Tenor Sax (duet with Billy Squier, Work In Progress version)
6. Hold On (duet with Jo Dare)
7. Heaven For Everyone (The Cross version, Freddie vocal)
8. Love Kills (Rock mix)
9. Love Kills (instrumental)
10. The Great Pretender (demo)
11. Holding On (demo)
12. It's So You (demo)
13. I Can't Dance / Keep Smilin' (demo)
14. Horns Of Doom (demo)
15. Yellow Breezes (demo)
16. Have A Nice Day (Fan club message)

CD Ten - The David Wigg Interviews
1. London 1979 - The Crazy Tour (8:08)
2. Munich 1984 - part 1 - The Works Tour (11:24)
3. Munich 1984 - part 2 - Going Solo (7:35)
4. London 1985 - Week Of Live Aid (6:42)
5. London 1986 - The Magic Tour (10:33)
6. Ibiza 1987 - part 1 - Freddie's 41st Birthday (9:52)
7. Ibiza 1987 - part 2 - Montserrat Caballe (8:18)
8. Ibiza 1987 - part 3 - The Great Pretender (10:25)


These interviews were also released in 2006 as an audio book titled 'Freddie Mercury Talking To David Wigg' through 7Digital, to conincide with Freddie's 60th birthday, featuring an additional interview from Munich 1985, divided into three tracks. Twelve short excerpts from the various interviews were also released on a UK promo CD titled 'Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs - In His Own Words', also in 2006.

List Of Missing Tracks
1. Barcelona (TV edit)
2. Exercises In Free Love (Montserrat's vocal)
3. Living On My Own (single version)
4. Living On My Own (US/Brazilian extended version)
5. Living On My Own (LA mix)
6. Living On My Own (Dub mix)
7. Living On My Own (Techno mix)
8. Love Kills (Film version)
9. Love Kills (Euro Wolf version)
10. Made In Heaven (single version)
11. Mr Bad Guy (single version)
12. Mr Bad Guy (1992 remix, from 'The Freddie Mercury Album')
13. The Fallen Priest (single version)
14. The Golden Boy (single version)

Six of these tracks were later released on the 'Messenger Of The Gods' album and boxed set in 2016, namely 'Exercises In Free Love' (Montserrat's vocal), 'Love Kills' (Euro Wolf version), and the single versions of 'Living On My Own', 'Made In Heaven', 'The Fallen Priest' and 'The Golden Boy'.