Released nearly a year to the day after Freddie's death, The Freddie Mercury Album was a specially commissioned compilation by Queen Productions that collected a handful of remixes of Freddie's songs, done by various producers (much like the remixes on the 1991 Hollywood Records reissues). Instead of presenting a straightforward compilation of Freddie's best-regarded solo material, which probably would have been the ideal solution, the remixes were an attempt to update the sound and techniques that Freddie had first used. Considering he was always a big fan of dance music, the remixes have a heavier emphasis on the rhythm and the beat, though some of the songs are also given a heavier rock mix ( Mr. Bad Guy, for instance).
Apart from Barcelona, which is the original 1987 recording, the compilation didn't touch anything from Freddie's collaboration with Montserrat Caballé, which is probably a good thing: considering that album was Freddie's grand opus, to have applied a dance beat to any of those songs would have been seen as sacrilege. As it was, fans were mostly cool to the album; but because Mr. Bad Guy had been out of print for years, this was the only way that fans were going to be able to hear that material. The album reached #4 in the UK, while a resulting single, the No More Brothers remix of Living On My Own, became Freddie's first (and, to date, only) #1 single.