On September 2nd, Hollywood Records in North America and Mercury Records for the rest of the world, will release Freddie Mercury: Messenger Of The Gods The Singles. The box set will bring all 13 of Mercury’s solo singles together on individually colored vinyl.
From his debut solo single “I Can Hear Music,” released under the name Larry Lurex, through the dance floor-influenced solo anthems of the 80s and up to his collaborations with legendary Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé including the timeless Barcelona, this is a journey through the career of a unique talent.
Messenger Of The Gods is completed by two posthumous singles, “In My Defense” and “Living On My Own (No More Brothers Radio Mix),” the latter of which became Mercury’s first solo number one and was the biggest selling European single of the year in 1993.
Had he lived, it is anyone’s guess where this most restless and protean of singer’s muses would have taken him. However, Messenger Of The Gods The Singles is a towering legacy, a collection of songs which will never lose their stature of classics and will live on forever.
Freddie Mercury: Messenger Of The Gods The Singles will be released as a box set featuring 13 x 7 singles on colored vinyl with a booklet featuring photos, some of which are previously unpublished, and text. The set will also be available on 2 CD with a 20-page booklet and as a digital album.
Freddie Mercury was a man of many talents and many different sides. The songs he wrote for and with Queen filled stadiums around the globe and have rightly gone down in history, but he also embarked on a solo career that took him from the clubs of Munich and New York to the great opera houses of the world.
He was the ultimate showman, but he kept his private life away from the prying eyes of the media; a larger than life rock star who loved disco, classical music and ballet. He was a restless spirit, a true chameleon who reveled in his own contradictions.
All the different sides of this iconic musician can be found on Freddie Mercury: Messenger Of The Gods The Singles.
DISC 1 – BLUE
(A) I Can Hear Music – Larry Lurex (1973)
(B) Goin Back Larry Lurex
DISC 2 – ORANGE
(A) Love Kills (1984)
DISC 3 – YELLOW
(A) I Was Born To Love You (1985)
(B) Stop All The Fighting
DISC 4 – RED
(A) Made In Heaven [Single Remix] (1985)
(B) She Blows Hot And Cold
DISC 5 – WHITE
(A) Living On My Own [Single Edit] (1985)
(B) My Love Is Dangerous
DISC 6 – RED
(A) Love Me Like There s No Tomorrow (1985)
(B) Let s Turn It On
DISC 7 – CYAN
(A) Time (1986)
(B) Time [Instrumental]
DISC 8 – ORANGE
(A) The Great Pretender (1987)
(B) Exercises In Free Love [Freddie s Vocal]
DISC 9 – CLEAR
(A) Barcelona [Single Version] (1987)
(B) Exercises In Free Love [Montserrat s Vocal]
DISC 10 – GOLD
(A) The Golden Boy [Single Edit] (1988)
(B) The Fallen Priest [B-Side Edit]
DISC 11 – GREEN
(A) How Can I Go On [Single Version] (1989)
(B) Overture Piccante
DISC 12 – NEON PINK
(A) In My Defence (1992)
(B) Love Kills [Wolf Euro Mix]
DISC 13 – YELLOW
(A) Living On My Own [No More Brothers Radio Mix] (1993)
(B) Living On My Own [Julian Raymond Album Mix]
Author: Buddy Iahn
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