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'Freddie Mercury': The Stories, Fables, Parables, and Odysseys of the Man and the Band

Nearly anyone who picks up An Illustrated Life will have a predefined idea of Freddie Mercury; Blake's book is a marvelous document of how we came to accept that idea as truth.

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Queen: Forever (take 2)

Yes, this is another Queen compilation, but it's not hard to make a good case for Forever.

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Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74

This lost live record captures one of rock’s most unassailable giants, right when it was discovering how to really belt out its “fee-fi-fo-fums”.

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He Can't Go Home Again: 'Flash Gordon: The Fall of Ming'

Speculating, extrapolating, and completely abandoning the principles of logic and physics ruled Flash’s world, especially when the world went to war.

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Did Queen Take Themselves Seriously? 'Queen: Greatest Video Hits'

Queen was never a shy band. This makes them a perfect candidate for this double DVD package of music videos.

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At the Height of Their Powers: 'Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest'

One reason Queen could play stadiums and fill them up was because they had the ability to make everyone in the audience feel like they were part of a great occasion. That was on full display in Budapest, where an estimated 80,000 fans packed Népstadion.

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'The Great Pretender' Was Also the Real Deal

Freddie Mercury's singular vocal delivery and flamboyant mannerisms evoked Broadway, Las Vegas revues, and opera.

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'Queen: Days of Our Lives' Is the Definitive Queen Documentary -- for Now

Loud guitar, astrophysics, little people, S&M clubs, positive thinking, and nude women on bicycles are all part of the Queen saga, darling.

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Queen: Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Volumes 2 & 3

Queen's last 10 albums (1977-1995) are given an exhaustive reissue treatment, replete with incredible bonus EPs for each album, but the honest-to-goodness truth is that some of those latter-day albums do not hold up as well as we hoped they would ... .

Evan Sawdey
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In the Lap of the Gods: The First Five Queen Albums

Consummate showmen and masters of the studio environment, in their first five albums the members of British rock group Queen transformed from ambitious contenders into elite practitioners of the genre.

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Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen

'Good on showmanship, but not sure about the singing,’ admitted Brian May, about the future Freddie Mercury. ‘Fred had a strange vibrato,’ chuckled Roger Taylor, ‘which some people found rather distressing.’

Mark Blake
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Brian May: The Definitive Biography by Laura Jackson

My advice is this: if you want to learn about Brian May, put on News of the World.


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