The New Freddie Mercury Box Set ‘Never Boring’ Celebrates the Late Queen Singer’s Expansive Solo Career (Preview)

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As an entertainer, Freddie Mercury truly was “never boring.” On Oct. 11, a special box set will be released celebrating his unique place in music history and his undeniable dynamism as  a vocalist, whether with Queen or as an accomplished solo artist. It will be available as a limited-edition CD/Blu-ray set (pre-order here), as well as digitally.

The box set, titled Never Boring and announced on Thursday as part of the festivities honoring Mercury on what would have been his 73rd birthday, brings together a curated collection of music from his solo career into one detailed assortment of songs. Preview it with a video for “Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow” below:

Mercury’s whole existence was larger-than-life, as captured brilliantly in last year’s box office phenomenon Bohemian Rhapsody — and that’s all celebrated on this box set. Via the news release;

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and DVD featuring 13 promo videos and interview; a 120-page 10”x10” hardback book full photos, many of them rare and unpublished, as well as thoughts and choice quotes from Freddie Mercury himself, and an introduction from Rami Malek, who earned an Oscar for his portrayal of Freddie in Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation’s Bohemian Rhapsody.  Specially created insert packaging includes a double-sided poster containing an image of Mercury 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 Mercury’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.

The set includes the song “Time Waits for No One,” which made its way online back in June and was a snapshot of Freddie Mercury’s impeccable talents:

This quote from Mercury featured in the news release announcing the box set captures his frame of mind with the music he made outside Queen:

“I had a lot of ideas bursting to get out,” Mercury once explained, “and there were a lot of musical territories I wanted to explore which I really couldn’t do within Queen. I wanted to cover such things as reggae rhythms and I did a couple of tracks with an orchestra.”

Actor Rami Malek, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, also furnished a quote;

“’Never Boring’ brings to your life a piece of Freddie. I hope you’re able to sit with this collection and let the music, images and excerpts of Freddie Mercury’s life inspire you, like it did me.

“I hope you remember that your uniqueness is a gift, and what you do with it is your gift to the world. I hope like Freddie, you’re able to smile in the eye of a storm, focus on life’s silver linings, live boldly, and most importantly, live a life which is Never Boring.”

Here’s the track listing for Never Boring:

‘The Great Pretender’
‘I Was Born To Love You’
‘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)
‘La Japonaise’
‘The Fallen Priest’
‘The Golden Boy’
‘Guide Me Home’
‘How Can I Go On’
‘Exercises In Free Love’
‘Overture Piccante’

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