Mr Bad Guy’: “A Shot In The Arm”

‘Mr Bad Guy’: Why Freddie Mercury’s Solo Album Was “A Shot In The Arm” - Taking a step away from his work with Queen, Freddie Mercury’s solo album, ‘Mr Bad Guy’, found him exploring new avenues in his music.

“I had a lot of ideas bursting to get out and there were a lot of musical territories I wanted to explore which I really couldn’t do within Queen,” said Freddie Mercury, explaining his decision to release his solo studio album, Mr Bad Guy, in 1985.

The album was a labour of love. Work on Mr Bad Guy began in 1983 and it took the perfectionist Mercury nearly two years to complete. He wrote all 11 songs on the album, sang the vocals, played piano and synthesiser, arranged the orchestration and worked painstakingly with the sound engineers to obtain the sound he wanted during the recording sessions at Musicland in Munich. He also co-produced the album with Reinhold Mack.

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'Mr Bad Guy - Special Edition' is out now on vinyl, CD and digitally.