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Queen - In Nuce - CD -

Price per Unit (stuk): €16.95

In most listings, In Nuce is referred to as a bootleg, meaning it isn't an official Queen release. Proof of that is the fact that amoung the "Smile" songs compiled here from their first EP, the song "Doin' Alright" is missing, mostly because it IS an official Queen song as well, and a huge lawsuit would result. So on with the review, there are two songs here that were released under the name "Larry Lurex" originally, as a take-off on Garry Glitter;tracks 1 & 2 in this package, "Goin' Back" and "I can Hear Music", and both feature Freddy Mercury and friends. The songs themselves are a good example of the vocal range of Freddie at this point in time, and offer an interesting glimpse into his pre-Queen tastes in music and performance, however, in this package, the songs sound like they have been transferred to the CD directly from a vinyl source, most likely a copy of the original vinyl 45 single; further proof that this entire package is somewhat jaded in its origin. Also in this package is the Queen song "Mad the Swine, which is available as a bonus track in much better form on the Hollywood records re-release of their debut self-titled album "Queen", so it seems a bit unneccessary here. The rest of this package is the pre-Queen songs from the group "Smile" which was Brian May. Roger Tatlor, and Tim Staffel. The songs featured here are from their self titled EP. All of them are here except the afore-mentioned "Doin' Alright" which was left out for legal reasons, I'm sure. Well, the songs themselves are a delightful look at the musical direction and development of the band at this point, and the songs, "Earth, April Lady, Polar Bear, Step on me, and Blag" all sound very much like the material they later recorded for their DeLane Lea sessions, or even moreso like the material recorded for the BBC sessions. If you listen closely to "Blag" you may recognize the guitar solo, its almost the same as the one Brian plays on the BBC version of "Son and Daughter" which later found a home in "Sheer Heart Attack"'s "Brighton Rock". However there is a collection available that contains all these songs in much better form, called "Ghost of a Smile", and I reccomend it if you are only seeking out those songs. Overall, I can only half-heartedly reccomend this recording, as the sound quality for the most part is simply terrible. However it does offer some insight into the development of the band just before they became Queen.

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