Pre-Queen Albums Discography


Gettin' Smile
Ghost Of A Smile

Queen In Nuce

The two bootleg albums listed here are definitely bootlegs but have somehow found their way into reputable shops such as HMV, Virgin and Amazon. They feature mostly poor quality recordings, and inaccurate liner notes, referring to 'The Queen', 'The Smile' and 'Freddy Mercury'. Overall, the best of the bootlegs is the 1995 edition of 'Queen In Nuce', but the above 'Ghost Of A Smile' album and the 'Freddie Mercury: Solo' boxed sets cover the more interesting tracks in far better quality anyway.


Gettin' Smile


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23 September 1982. Released in Japan only.

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A1. Doing Alright
A2. Blag
A3. April Lady
B1. Polar Bear
B2. Earth
B3. Step On Me

Japan LP (18PP-1 (M))

Ghost Of A Smile

(Smile plus Eddie Howell)

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1997. Released in the Netherlands only. This may or may not be a bootleg, but it does have liner notes by Tim Staffell and the tracks are in the best quality of any other releases.

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01. Earth
02. Step On Me
03. Doing Alright
04. April Lady
05. Polar Bear
06. Blag
07. The Man From Manhattan (original version)
08. The Man From Manhattan (Back Again)

Netherlands CD (CDP 1049 DD)

Queen In Nuce

(Smile, Larry Lurex & Queen)

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This bootleg has been issued at least twice, as an 8 track picture disc and CD in 1995, and nine track CD in 1999. Ironically most of the tracks on the 1999 issue are vastly inferior to the 1995 issue.

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01. Going Back (Larry Lurex)
02. I Can Hear Music (Larry Lurex)
03. Mad The Swine (Queen)
04. Earth (Smile)
05. April Lady (Smile)
06. Polar Bear (Smile)
07. Step On Me (Smile)
08. Blag (Smile)

1995 Bootleg LP Picture Disc
1995 Bootleg CD (CD/MS 1001)

01. Going Back (Larry Lurex)
02. Polar Bear (Smile)
03. Mad The Swine (Queen)
04. April Lady (Smile)
05. I Can Hear Music (Larry Lurex)
06. Earth (Smile)
07. Step On Me (Smile)
08. Blag (Smile)
09. Going Back (remix) (Larry Lurex)

1999 Bootleg CD (CD/MS 1001)


(Smile, Larry Lurex, Queen & Peter Straker)

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Unknown release date. The majority of the tracks on this release are in very poor quality, in particular those by Smile and Larry Lurex, which are obviously the most interesting.


01. I Can Hear Music (Larry Lurex)
02. Heart Be Still (Peter Straker)
03. The Day The Talkies Came (Peter Straker)
04. Going Back (Larry Lurex)
05. I've Been To Hell And Back (Peter Straker)
06. Tear Down The Walls (Peter Straker; no Queen involvement)
07. Vamp (Peter Straker)
08. April Lady (Smile)
09. Black Swan (Peter Straker; no Queen involvement)
10. Mad The Swine (Queen)
11. Earth (Smile)
12. Step On Me (Smile)
13. Polar Bear (Smile)
14. Blag (Smile)

Bootleg CD (FLCD 7500)