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Ghost of a Smile [Import]

SmileAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import [Generic]
  • ASIN: B000007VVS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Earth
2. Step On Me
3. Doin' Allright
4. April Lady
5. Blag
6. Polar Bear
7. The Man From Manhattan (Original) (Bonus Track)
8. The Man From Manhattan (Back Again) (Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

A Must for all Queen Fans!!. the Rare Pre-Queen Album Digitally Remastered from the Original Mastertapes, Recorded in 1969. Smile Consisted of Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Tim Staffel. the Disc features Two Bonus Tracks by Eddie Howell with Brian.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent piece of Queen history! June 24, 1999
Format:Audio CD
It's amazing to hear that Brian May was an awesome guitarist even before Queen was born. The lead singer Tim Staffel didn't have nearly the vocal talent that Freddie had, but I can see where he carved the path for Mr. Mercury. I love "The Man from Manhatten." What ever happened to Eddie Howell?? He had an excellent voice. Of course Freddie's voice in the background made the song extra special. I recommend this album to anyone who is a TRUE fan of Queen and appreciates their fine musicianship.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY OFFICIAL Smile album on CD November 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Smile were; Tim Staffell (lead vocals / bass), Brian May (lead guitar) and Roger Taylor (drums)Originally released years ago, this collection of pre-Queen material was released (officially) onto C.D.Not much here unless you are a major Queen fan and want to hear the "Queen sound" at it's inception.I never cared much for Staffell's voice...sounds far too close to Robert Smith of The Cure for my liking.The late 60's sci-fi themed "Earth" was Smile's only single but it failed to chart. My favorite is "April Lady" with it's immediately catchy chorus "Goodbye April Lady, it's been good to have you around."Several very cool anecdotes to share...this little known band opened for Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Yes and the original Genesis. In fact, at the Genesis gig, Peter Gabriel had offered Roger to join his band as the new drummer. Imagine life without Phil Collins! Oh well, we can dream can't we?"The Man From Manhattan" are not Smile songs but instead were recorded by (then and still) unknown Eddie Howell. He had asked Freddie to produce the song but ended up with not only that but backing vocals from Mercury and lead guitar from Brian May! I always felt it was a sequel to Queen's hit "Killer Queen".A good buy for Queen fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarcely known Gem November 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This collection of 1969 songs is a scarcely known gem is a definite must for all Queen fans, and an amazing piece of music in it's own right. It showcases the talent of Brian May, Roger Taylor and Tim Staffel, and because of the presence of the first too Smile a pre-Queen band, together with and while they never gained fame in their time, this album is a great collection of progressive rock.
Includes the magnificent Ballad Earth, the prog rock/hard rock pieces of music like Blag (this one is must listen for those studying the roots of Queen's music because of the guitar midriff later seen in Brighton Rock) and Step on M. the beautiful April Lady and the Man from Manhattan which includes back up vocals from none other than Freddie Mercury. An unknown gem which must be added to the collection of all queen fans and fans of late 60s and early 70s progressive rock.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life before Queen December 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Smile were the forerunners of Queen. "Man from Manhattan" also appears on the 10 CD/2 DVD box set "Freddie Mercury Solo Collection". Five of the Smile tracks also appearon the Italian bootleg, "Queen In Nuce". "Doing All Right" was redone for the debut, "Queen". It wasn't on the other bootleg, but it sounds almost the same.
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