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    Main » 2010 » May » 1 » Smile - 1997 - Ghost Of A Smile
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    Smile - 1997 - Ghost Of A Smile
    Smile - 1997 - Ghost Of A Smilegenre: psych
    country: uk
    quality : lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 59'47" size: 378 mb issue: rec. '69

    Tapestry of Delights:
    From London, this band were formed in summer 1968 by Brian May and Tim Staffell, who had previously been in a band called 1984 (not the same act who issued three singles) and Roger Taylor from The Reaction. Smile opened for a lot of acts, especially in London's Imperial College, as support to Pink Floyd, Family, Yes, Tyrannosaurus Rex and in a Benefit concert Festival at the Royal Albert Hall with Free, Spooky Tooth etc...
    In April 1969, they were approched and signed for a one-off 45 by Lou Reizner, a talent scout for Mercury Records. The session took place at Trident Studios with producer John Anthony (Van Der Graaf Generator / Rare Bird). Three originals songs were recorded with Doing Alright, Earth and Step On Me, but the 45 was only released in the U.S.A. and inevitably flopped. Earth is a ballad with nice harmonies, and Step On Me a good uptempo number. The sound of the guitar is very strange and later became a trademark for Brian May.
    Following the 45, Mercury booked another session at De Lane Lea Studios in Kingsway with producer Fritz Fryer, ex guitarist of the Four Pennies. Three further tracks were recorded: the hard Blag, a gentle ballad Polar Bear and a obscure cover titled April Lady in a Beatles' style. All these tracks were included in the Japan only LP Gettin' Smile in 1982. Doing Alriqht was later re-recorded by Queen and featured on their first album.
    Disillusionned by their lack of success (in spite of some good concerts as support-act for Kippington Lodge and Mighty Baby) Smile split at the beginning of 1970. After that, Tim Staffell joined Humpy Bong, Morgan, Jonathan Kelly's Outside and Tailfeather while Roger Taylor and Brian May formed Queen with a friend of Tim called Freddie Mercury. ~ 
    (Christophe Simplex) 

    1. Earth (T. Staffell) (4:00)
    2. Step On Me (T. Staffell/B. May) (3:10)
    3. Doin' Alright (Stereo) (T. Staffell/B. May) (3:48)
    4. April Lady (S. Lucas) (2:43)
    5. Blag (R. Taylor) (3:12)
    6. Polar Bear (B. May) (3:56)

    Bonus Tracks performed by Eddie Howell (featuring Brian May and Freddie Mercury):
    7. The Man From Manhattan (E. Howell) (original) (Stereo) (3:20)
    8. The Man From Manhattan (E.Howell) (back again) (Stereo) (4:56)

     
    09. "Going back" 3:16
    10. "Mad the swine" 3:17
    11. "I can hear the music" 3:17
    12. "Emotion in motion" 4:57
    13. "Lost Opportunity" 3:49
    14. "Sou Brother" 3:29
    15. "Rock in rio blues" 4:28
    16. "No-one but you" 4:09
     
    Brian May / guitars, lead vocal (6), piano (2), backing vocals
    Tim Staffell / bass, vocals
    Roger Taylor / drums, backing vocals

     
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    1 6of1   (25.09.2011 20:46)
    avatarDoes anyone have information on tracks 12 - 16?

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