New Freddie Mercury box set ‘Never Boring

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New Freddie Mercury box set ‘Never Boring’ announced  out on October 11 to mark late icon’s 73rd birthday

A new box-set of Freddie Mercury‘s solo material has been announced on the same day as what would’ve been the late music icon’s 73rd birthday. (source NME)

For the first time ever, the ‘Never Boring’ collections offers a curated selection of Mercury’s music,visuals and spoken words.

Consisting of three CDs with 32 tracks, a Blu-rau and DVD featuring 12 promo videos and a 10″x10″ hardback book, the new collection provides fans with the chance to delve into Freddie’s work outside of Queen. As well as a newly mixed 11-track special edition of ‘Mr Bad Guy’, fans can also take home a special nine-track edition of ‘Barcelona’ – featuring his iconic performances with Montserrat Cabelle.

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

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

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)

From sneaking Lady Di into a gay club to concealing his final resting place,”He was a generous man, a kind man, an impatient man, sometimes. But utterly dedicated to what he felt was important, which was making music.” (Brian May)freddie

Born Farrokh Bulsara in the British protectorate of Zanzibar, Freddie’s oversized talent was matched only by his flamboyance and exuberance. In honor of the 26th anniversary of his passing, here are some lesser-known elements of Mercury’s incredible legacy.

 

He used to call his cats while away on tour – and even wrote a song for his favorite, Delilah.

 

He dressed Lady Diana in drag and snuck her into a gay club.

 

Mercury had become a friend of Lady Diana Spencer. Diana and Mercury spent the afternoon at English comedian Kenny Everett’s home, “drinking champagne. When Diana inquired about their evening plans,

Mercury said they were planning to visit the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, one of the most iconic gay venues in London ‘What would be the headline if you were caught in a gay bar brawl?'” A disguise was essential to the plan’s success, so Everett donated the outfit he had planned to wear: an army jacket, dark aviator sunglasses and a leather cap to conceal her hair. “Scrutinizing her in the half light,” Rocos continues, “we decided that the most famous icon of the modern world might just – just – pass for a rather eccentrically dressed gay male model.”The group managed to sneak Diana into the bar undetected. The crowd, distracted by the presence of Mercury, Everett and Rocos, ignored the Princess completely, leaving her free to order drinks for herself.

He designed the band’s “royal crest” logo.
It should come as no surprise that the name Queen emerged from the mind of Freddie Mercury. The band’s short list also included Build Your Own Boat, the Grand Dance and the Rich Kids, but none of those monikers came close to matching the full scope of the singer’s vision. “The concept of Queen is to be regal and majestic,” he told British music weekly Melody Maker. “We want to be dandy. We want to shock and be outrageous.” Queen fit the bill.

 

 

He built a stage for David Bowie, and sold him a pair of vintage boots.
Bowie and Mercury famously joined forces on the worldwide smash “Under Pressure” in 1981, but their relationship actually stretched back to the late Sixties, when both were relative unknowns. Bowie had slightly more clout at the time, and was booked to play a small lunchtime set at Ealing Art College. A fascinated Mercury followed him around, offering to carry his gear. Bowie soon put him to work pushing tables together as a makeshift stage.

Mercury and Roger Taylor opened a stall at Kensington Market, where they sold vintage clothing to supplement their meager income from music. “We got into old Edwardian clothes,” Taylor told Blake. “We’d get bags of silk scarves from dodgy dealers. We’d take them, iron them, and flog them.” Brian May recalls being less impressed by the quality of clothes. “Fred would bring home these great bags of stuff, pull out some horrible strip of cloth and say, ‘Look at this beautiful garment! This is going to fetch a fortune!’ And I’d say, ‘Fred, that is a piece of rag.'”

Mair was a mutual acquaintance of Bowie’s early manager, and one day the future Starman himself wandered into their stall. “‘Space Oddity’ had been a hit, but he said he had no money,” Mair says in Is This The Real Life. “Typical music biz! I said, ‘Look, have them for free.’ Freddie fitted Bowie for the pair of boots. So there was Freddie Mercury, a shop assistant, giving pop star David Bowie a pair of boots he couldn’t afford to buy.”

He wrote “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” in the bathtub.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ took me five or 10 minutes,” he admitted to Melody Maker in 1981. “I did that on the guitar, which I can’t play for nuts, and in one way it was quite a good thing because I was restricted, knowing only a few chords. It’s a good discipline because I simply had to write within a small framework. I couldn’t work through too many chords and because of that restriction I wrote a good song, I think.”

He insisted that his final resting place remain secret, and the location is a mystery to this day.

 

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