Released in conjunction with The Solo Collection, Solo was designed as a more affordable summation of Freddie's career, minus the lugubrious (some might say extravagant) packaging. For those who didn't want to splash out $150 on the most extensive box set Queen Productions had produced in a while, Solo collected both of Freddie's solo albums ( Mr. Bad Guy and Barcelona) and added a bonus disc of seven tracks that were integral to the set, but not necessarily rare.
The remixes of In My Defence and Time had been done recently (as of 2000), and were exclusive to the Solo compilation, not appearing at all on The Solo Collection, a move which must have frustrated completists who had already shelled out the money for the more expansive set. However, for anyone who was curious about Freddie's solo career, or just wanted the essentials instead of digging deep into the unknown, Solo remains an excellent starting point. Unfortunately, it seems that the set has more or less run its course, and was replaced by Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs: The Very Best Of Freddie Mercury.
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