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Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs: The Very Best Of Freddie Mercury Solo (2CD)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2010
I love Freddie Mercury and I love the music on this CD. What I object to is all this remixing going on and changing the original sound intended by Freddie. I prefer to listen to his music just the way he wrote and performed it. His talent stands on its own. I hesitate to buy these types of CDs, but there are some songs on this CD that were not remixed. I think people need to have the choice of which to buy, the original recordings or the remixes. I would be willing to bet that the original recordings would far outsell the remixed versions. Let's preserve Freddie's music exactly as he recorded and intended it to be. He had the most incredible and beautiful voice and his music was so very unique. Buyer beware, most of this CD are remixed versions, however, I feel it is still worth owning and any Freddie Mercury fan will still want it for their collection. The five stars are for Freddie and his music.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
It amazes me that they even tried to release a GH for Freddie. He only released two albums and a handful of singles. However, it's a pretty good collection for Freddie fans, but it is marred by too many remixes. I would suggest the following tracks:

I Can Hear Music

Goin' Back

Made in Heaven (I prefer the version done with Queen)

I Was Born to Love You (same as above)

Foolin' Around (Original version)

Your Kind of Lover

Mr. Bad Guy (the version from "The Great Pretender")

There Must Be More to Life Than This

Living on my Own (ORIGINAL version)

Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow

Barcelona

Guide Me Home

How Can I Go On

Excercises in Free Love

New York (demo)

The Great Pretender (the guitar version from "The Great Pretender")

Time ("The Great Pretender" version)

In My Defence

Guide Me Home (performed by Thierry Lang)

That's just my opinion, though.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2010
Love Freddie's pipes, but find only a few of these songs as pleasing as when he sang with rest of Queen. I bought it, but doesn't add as much to my collection as I'd hoped. Still go back to Radio GaGa, Who wants to live forever, Barcelona, Bohemian Rhapsody, etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Freddie Mercury was one of the greatest male singers of the twentieth century and this CD showcases his excellent repertoire of music. Plus Amazon sold it at a great price.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
there's nothing even remotely resembling a question about it: Queen are one of rock & roll's all-time artistic powerhouses. if you ask me, they are the second greatest act in the history of all music. (just behind The Beatles, as if you really had to ask.) no small thanks to "Mr. Fahrenheit" himself, Freddie Mercury, although he was hardly the only band member to contribute to the band's sound. it is, alas, all too easy for audiences to assume that a band is basically a puppeteer and his puppets rather than an artistic collaboriation, and there are, alas, those egos in the business who are willing to let the assumption stand. i admire Freddie for the fact that he never claimed that Queen was basically The Freddie Mercury Show, and that he always did what he could to quash other people's assumptions to that effect, no less than i admire him for his for his musical and/or showmanship abilities.
still, even if Freddie wasn't the sole brain of Queen he was it's face and voice. so it's logical that, even though all four parts of the monarchy did solo work, the predominant interest would for better or worse be in that of the larger-than-life Mr. Boulsara.
that's where this compilation comes in, and there's some worthy stuff here. certainly his most successful solo release, his cover of The Platters' "The Great Pretender," deserves to be heard. "In My Defence," "Time," and "There Must Be More To Life Than This" are searing, soaring pleas for a better, kinder world, displaying that the man's heart was as massive as his talent. conversely, the sardonic "Mr. Bad Guy" is a fabulously tongue-in-cheek "celebration" of evil on a par with, say, "No More Mr. Nice Guy" by Alice Cooper or "Mr. Bad Example" by Warren Zevon. "Foolin' Around," "Living On My Own," and the original non-Queen version of "Made In Heaven" ain't bad, either.
one interesting historical curiosity is "I Can Hear Music"/"Goin' Back," a covers single he cut (around the same time as Queen's first album) under the name "Larry Lurex" as a parody of Gary Glitter.
[note to Americans: Gary Glitter was a sizeable phenomenon in England in the early '70s. here in The States he's best known as the one-hit wonder behind "Rock & Roll Part 2," the song that goes "da-da-daaaaaaaaa-da, HEY!!" either that or his arrest on child pornography charges around the turn of the century.]
and of course there's a few of the songs, most significantly "Barcelona," from his collaboration with opera star Montserrat Caballe'. these i was less enamored with. they're well written songs, but being anything but an opera lover, i have a rather limited tolerance for Miss Caballe's performance style. but even so, Freddie is unquestionably in his element and there's a juicy helping of Mercury-ness therein.
there's also a bit more "techno" than is to my personal taste.
either way, i take issue not so much with the music as the compilation. i have no problem with the 2-cd set concept per se - i have many in my collection - but in this case it's pur extravagance. the complilation is more than 50% "alternate takes." why exactly do we need six - count 'em, SIX!! - versions of "Love Kills"? your guess is as good as mine.
not many of them are alternate enough to justify the bother. and frankly, when they do differ it's usually for the worse, resulting in meandering extended versions or monotonous techno loops.
in short, there's some pretty good music herein, but at times the way it is presented leaves something to be desired. i've never understood the trend of entire CDs worth of alternate takes, and i don't suppose i ever will see the point. if Freddie's ghost wants to haunt me tonight and plead the case for it, i'm willing to listen, but somehow i doubt even he can sway me on the issue.

[NOTE: exciting news: in the year or so since i wrote this review it's come to my attention that i got the "bonus" edition. the needless redundancies i bitched about are largely confined to the second disc. it turns out there's a single disc edition available as well. that one i give a solid four stars, and that's the one i recommend.
what may seem the logical course - delete this review and rewrite it for the single-disc edition - i was unable to do because i couldn't find it listed in Amazon's inventory. oh well.
nonetheless i repeat, that's the one to seek out. if this your only alternative, go ahead and throw away the redundant disc. i guarantee you won't be missing anything.]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2006
A very good compilation album featuring a selection of the best of Freddie Mercury's solo work.
Mercury came out with a fair amount of solo work during the 1980's.
What results here is a must for fans of Mercury , and a good example of some of his musical genius.
My personal favouries here include:
the majestic and inspiring Made In Heaven , the hi tech Love Kills , the contemplative There Must Be More To Life Than This and Living On My Own , the offbeat Foolin' Around and Living On My Own , the smooth I Was Born To Love You , theatrical Mr Bad Guy and the magnifficent remake of The Platters hit The Great Pretender.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2011
Being a queen fan for the past 40 years, there is little I have not already heard by the band and the solo efforts by its members. This collection of Freddie Mercury tunes represents the best he had to offer from his many solo projects away from the band. While most of this material has already been available on previous releases, it is very nice to have it all together on one disc. My main complaint is with the remixes. While some of the remixes are interesting, others are downright lousy. Why tamper with Mercury's musical perfection? How many different ways can you change "Love Kills", which is a masterpiece in its original form? The remixes is what prevented this collection from achieving a five star rating. Still, if you want the best of the best from Mr. Mercury and his career away from Queen this is the collection to have. His operatic ventures will prove a pleasant surprise to many if you have not already heard them on his "Barcelona" release! They demonstrate the magnitude of his vocal prowess!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2007
Bought this for my Fiance as a gift. BIG QUEEN and Freddie Mercury fan so this was a sure hit...he said there are a few songs that are the same and remixed, but overall the album is played 24/7 at my house. Great buy for the Queen and Freddie Mercury fan in your life. Also could not find this album at all not even Best Buy! Great price too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2010
I love the CDs the music is great however the second CD has the same song in a slower mode, good but get repetitive afte while. I still recomend it the song are classics great great great music!!! ;-)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2008
What can I say, if your a Freddie Mercury fan this is a must have. The playful part of his personality really comes out in these videos. It proves that Freddie could sing a wide range of music. A great talent lost too soon.
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