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Posted: 06 Dec 04, 22:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was just looking for this on Amazon, and it had this written:

Amazon.com wrote:

1997 reissue of this rare pre-Queen 1969 album for Mercury, digitally remastered from the original master tapes with both sides of the 1976 Warner Brothers 7in for 'The Man FromManhattan' (Original & Back Again) by Eddie Howell with Brian May & Freddie Mercury added as bonus tracks. Eight tracks total. The group Smile features Queen's Brian May andRoger Taylor. A Pseudonym release.


Is the sound quality good, Or is this 'remaster' bull? Either way, I'd love to hear the Smile songs again (I don't have them anymore due to a computer crash) even if they aren't great quality.


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Posted: 06 Dec 04, 22:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh, I don't know....
I really want that though.
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Posted: 06 Dec 04, 23:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The quality IS good.. I was impressed.. If you can't afford to purchase the original Gettin' Smile LP then this is the way to go.. and from what I remember there are no real noticable Vinyl pops... but don't quote me on that.


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Posted: 07 Dec 04, 02:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have both the original Gettin Smile LP and Ghost of a Smile CD and they both have great sound quality. But, as you know you do get the 2 Eddie Howell tracks on the CD so that might be the one to go for. But then again why not treat yourself to both!


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Posted: 07 Dec 04, 08:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Some of Smile tracks are in stereo and quality is fine, the rest is in mono, but they sounds good as well.

Howell's tracks is in good quality. And besides it contains very good sleeve with some rare Smile photos, note by Tim Staffel, discography of Smile and article from Record Collector.

Very good!

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Posted: 07 Dec 04, 09:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Great CD!!
The sound is fantastic.
I love Man from Manhattan, it's very Freddie.


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Posted: 07 Dec 04, 12:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have a vinyl copy of Gettin'Smile.
How much is the value of it?
Does anyone know?


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Posted: 07 Dec 04, 14:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

if it's the real thing. there are lots of bootlegs of that.

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Posted: 07 Dec 04, 14:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What do you mean: The real thing?
I bought it in the eighties in a normal recordstore.
What's the difference between real / bootleg?
Mine has the jap. inlay and jap.paperband around it.


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Posted: 07 Dec 04, 14:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ghost Of A Smile was taken from the original master tapes so yes, this is the best possible album with all the Smile songs. Not recorded from vinyl, nor recorded from a second copy but straight from the master tapes.


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Posted: 07 Dec 04, 15:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for the help all! Looks like I'll have to search this out afterall! :D


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Posted: 07 Dec 04, 15:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ron is correct.

The master tapes were owned by Mercury Records - NOT QP. It was Mercury that licensed the tracks - which were digitally remastered from the existing materials.

This is the fullest - and best there is - get it!

(BTW: Did you notice the acknowledgement to yours truley?)


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Posted: 07 Dec 04, 15:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I did! What exactly did you do (if you don't mind my asking)?


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Posted: 07 Dec 04, 22:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Okay... I can't find it... :'(

Can anyone help to point ol' Danno in the right direction? I'm sure SOMEONE here knows where I can get it... ;)


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Posted: 08 Dec 04, 00:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John S Stuart wrote:


(BTW: Did you notice the acknowledgement to yours truley?)


yes I did when I typed all the info from booklet for my site
you probably gave them pics of the Smile acetate? or some discography info?


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Posted: 08 Dec 04, 08:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, there is a photo in the booklet of RECORD COLLECTOR article about SMILE researched (written?) by John S Stuart...

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Posted: 08 Dec 04, 11:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I did quite a lot actually, but I kind of mediated between Mercury and Double Dutch, provided some photographs.


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Posted: 08 Dec 04, 12:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Cool! :D


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