Freddie Mercury solo box set, Never Boring, due in October
Today, which would've been Freddie Mercury's 73rd birthday, plans have been announced for the release of a new multimedia box set called Never Boring that celebrates the late Queen singer's solo career.
Due out on October 11, Never Boring features three CDs; a Blu-ray and a DVD; and a 120-page hardback book filled with rare photos, archival quotes and remarks by Mercury, and an introduction by Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek.
The box set also comes with a two-sided poster featuring a photo of Freddie on one side and an original piece of art inspired by Mercury's solo song "Mr. Bad Guy" on the other.
The CDs in the box set are a new 12-track compilation showcasing Mercury's standout solo performances; a newly mixed version of his 1985 solo debut, Mr. Bad Guy; and the nine-track 2012 special edition of Barcelona, Freddie's 1988 collaboration album with opera singer Montserrat Caballé. That disc includes orchestral tracks recorded in 2012 which replaced the original album's synthesized strings and horns.
All three CDs also will be released separately on CD, vinyl and digitally.
The Blu-ray and DVD contain solo promo videos and clips of some of Mercury's stage performances with Caballé. Eight of the videos have been reassembled using the 35-millilmeter footage from the original shoots.
There's also a bonus interview with Freddie and Dave Clark discussing Clark's 1986 musical Time, and an extended video for Mercury's 1987 cover of "The Great Pretender."
In conjunction with Mercury's birthday and the announcement of Never Boring, a new animated video for Freddie's 1985 tune "Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow" has debuted online. The clip depicts the romance between two men, one of whom is battling HIV/AIDS.
Here's Never Boring box set's track list:
CD 1: Never Boring
"The Great Pretender" "I Was Born to Love You" "Barcelona" "In My Defence" "Love Kills" "How Can I Go On" (Single Version) "Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow" "Living on My Own" (Radio Mix) "The Golden Boy" (Single Edit) "Time Waits for No One" "She Blows Hot and Cold" "Made in Heaven"
CD 2: Mr. Bad Guy -- Special Edition
"Let's Turn It On" "Made in Heaven" "I Was Born to Love You" "Foolin' Around" "Your Kind of Lover" "Mr. Bad Guy" "Man Made Paradise" "There Must Be More to Life than This" "Living on My Own" "My Love Is Dangerous" "Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow"
CD 3: Barcelona -- Special Edition
"Barcelona" "La Japonaise" "The Fallen Priest" "Ensueño" "The Golden Boy" "Guide Me Home" "How Can I Go On" "Exercises in Free Love" "Overture Piccante"
Never Boring Blu-ray/DVD
"Made in Heaven" "The Great Pretender" "Living on My Own" "Barcelona" "I Was Born to Love You" "Time Waits for No One" "In My Defence" "Living On My Own" (Radio Mix) "The Golden Boy" (La Nit performance, Barcelona) "How Can I Go On" (La Nit performance, Barcelona) "Barcelona" (La Nit performance, Barcelona)
Bonus Videos Freddie Mercury & Dave Clark "Time" Interview "The Great Pretender" (Extended Version) "Barcelona" (Ku Klub performance, Ibiza)