Freddie Mercury - Never Boring
(3CD + DVD + Blu-ray Box Set)
Mr. Bad Guy (Special Edition)
Barcelona (Special Edition)
Never Boring (Blu-ray / DVD)
New 3CD + DVD + Blu-ray Box Set Celebrating Freddie Mercury's Solo Career Compiled and Produced by Queen's Longtime Sound Team Justin Shirley-Smith, Kris Fredriksson & Joshua J Macrae!
Featuring New 12-track Compilation of Greatest Solo Performances; Newly Mixed 11-Track Special Edition of Mr Bad Guy; 9-Track 2012 Special Edition of Barcelona w/ Full Orchestra; Blu-ray/DVD w/ 13 Promo Videos and Interview; and 120-page 10" x 10" Hardback Book
Iconic. Incomparable. Irreplaceable. But never, ever boring. Freddie Mercury's spirit is every bit as central to the fabric of popular music today as it was during his unforgettable lifetime. The spectacular global success of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, with global box office takings now close to one billion US dollars, was a powerful testament to Freddie's presence as the ultimate rock frontman with Queen. But now comes a unique release to showcase the full range of his musical talents and passions, and their indelible imprint on the worlds of pop, opera and far beyond. The Never Boring box set brings together for the first time a specially-curated selection of Freddie Mercury's music, visuals and written and spoken words. It is a collection to jog the memory of fans, old and new, as to why Freddie remains such a beloved figure, nearly 30 years after his death. The set reminds us that Freddie was an exceptional singer, songwriter, performer and human being whose special kind of magic is captured in this exceptional collection of his solo work.
The package is meticulously compiled and produced by Queen's longtime sound team Justin Shirley-Smith, Kris Fredriksson and Joshua J Macrae who also co-produced the Bohemian Rhapsody film official soundtrack album which became one of the biggest selling albums of 2018/2019. The album has remained high the UK charts since its release in November 2018 and in the US became Queen's biggest selling album in 38 years. Taken from the very best original source material available, the full Never Boring collection contains three CDs with 32 tracks; a Blu-ray and DVD featuring 13 promo videos and interview; a 120-page 10"x10" hardback book full photos, many of them rare and unpublished, as well as thoughts and choice quotes from Freddie himself, and an introduction from Rami Malek, who earned an Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie in Bohemian Rhapsody. Specially created insert packaging includes a double-sided postercontaining an image of Freddie and an original work from synesthetic artist Jack Coulter inspired by the song "Mr Bad Guy."
The three CDs include a new 12-track compilation of many of Freddie's greatest solo performances; a newly mixed 11-track special edition of Mr Bad Guy; and the nine-track 2012 special edition of Barcelona featuring full orchestra. The Blu-ray and DVD of Freddie's promos and his stage performances with Montserrat Caballé include eight that have been painstakingly reassembled from the original 35mm film rushes to give them the best-ever visual and sound quality. Much of the music and the promo videos featured in the Never Boring collection date from the period from late 1984, when Mr Bad Guy was recorded in Munich through to Freddie's last ever on stage performance, at a special festival on the steps of Montjuïc in Barcelona on October 8 1988. It was a festival specially staged in the presence of the King and Queen of Spain to welcome the Olympic flag to Barcelona. The set also includes the recently discovered track "Time Waits For No One" produced by Dave Clark which has recently taken the internet by storm and a haunting little known track "Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow" immortalized in a new animated video by award winning duo Beth David and Esteban Bravo.
For all the 2019 ‘special edition' tracks on Never Boring and the Mr Bad Guy album, sound team Justin Shirley-Smith, Joshua J Macrae and Kris Fredriksson have taken the very best original source material available. They went back not to previously remastered and mixed tapes, but to the original source multi-track tapes, so that they could build a new mix true to Freddie's original versions, now taking advantage of the time, resources and technology that Freddie may not have originally had available to him in the 1980s. All offer ultimate quality, first generation vocals showing off Freddie's incredible vocal range.
The same painstaking care in rebuilding the audio tracks has been used to bring all of Freddie's original video promos to life again. To recreate the new promos from Freddie's original storyboards, eight of the promos have been totally reassembled from the original 35mm film rushes to give them the best resolution and sound quality possible. This required the team to go through all the film rushes to find those that exactly matched the footage originally chosen and used by Freddie, and then to recreate any special effects used at the time. Some of the promos have needed substantial restoration, with artists manually restoring frames that were damaged or missing. Bonus videos include the first performance of "Barcelona" by Freddie and Montserrat Caballé in front of a live audience at the Ku Klub (now Privilege Ibiza) in May 1987; the extended version of "The Great Pretender," which includes backstage footage of Freddie's very special backing singers preparing, they being Roger Taylor, Peter Straker and Freddie in drag; and a rare "Time" interview with Freddie and Dave Clark.
The entire Never Boring package reflects Freddie's eclectic tastes and love for life. And as the man said himself, "You can do anything with my work, but never make me boring!"
• 3CD + DVD + Blu-ray Box Set
• Compiled and produced by Queen's longtime sound team Justin Shirley-Smith, Kris Fredriksson and Joshua J Macrae
• Three CDs with 32 tracks including: new 12-track compilation of many of Freddie's greatest solo performances; a newly mixed 11-track special edition of Mr Bad Guy; and the nine-track 2012 special edition of Barcelona featuring full orchestra
• Blu-ray and DVD featuring 13 promo videos and interview
• 120-page 10" x 10" hardback book full photos, many of them rare and unpublished, as well as thoughts and choice quotes from Freddie himself
• Double-sided poster and an original work from synesthetic artist Jack Coulter