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In Nuce

Queen Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (23 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Milestone
  • ASIN: B00004SRL9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD gives a glimpse into the band that was to become Queen. Including tracks from Smile (Brian May, Roger Taylor & Tim Staffell) and Larry Lurex (Freddie Mercury) it is possible to hear the distinctive Queen sound taking shape, especially in the guitar of Brian May. The track "Mad the Swine" was originally intended for release on the first album (Queen) and later appeared as a B-side on the Headlong CD and 12inch singles. The cover of Dusty Springfield's "Going Back" was also featured in part on a remixed track, possibly on the "Made in Heaven" album (I apologise for not having the information to hand!). Customers should be aware that the order of the tracks on the CD may be different to that stated on the inlay card (at least it is on mine) but this does not ditract from the listening pleasure. Although the sound quality may not be up to modern standards (the tracks are about 30 years old) this album is an essential for all devoted Queen fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The smile songs will put a smile on your face. 13 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
As a 15 year old, it seems unlikely that someone my age would buy this album. Well, I bought it and I wasn't disappointed. The best song has got to be Mad The Swine, although on my album, a crackle on the original LP caused the start of the song to be faded in so you can't hear it. The other songs seem very good, 'Earth' being the best. Unfortunately, Blag is not as good. Freddy Mercury (or Larry Lurex) seems to singing higher than usual on Going Back and I Can Hear Music, but I think that these could be better than the originals.
Therefore, overall, it is a thouroughly good CD, albeit only if you are a hardcore Queen fan...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of Queen! 19 Jun 2005
By Stephen
Format:Audio CD
This album gives a unique insight into the early days of Freddie and the boys. Tracks by Larry Lurex and Smile give us a sound, which when joined up,transformed into the band we know today. Well worth a purchase.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dire. 13 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an extremely disappointing CD. I heard nothing that could justify issuing such a poor CD in the name of one of the all time greatest groups. Lets make some money by trading on a name! The best thing about this CD is track 10, because there is not a track 10
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Queen-In Nuce 9 Oct 2000
By Gre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Expect Much, But Worth a Listen 1 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The sound quality on the Freddie songs ("Going Back" and "I Can Hear Music") is so awful and speeded up that the Smile tracks that follow sound like state-of-the-art digital in comparison.
Pity, since "Going Back," a Dusty Springfield cover tune, has the kind of longing and melancholic timbre in the lyrics that Freddie would use to greater effect a few years later on tracks like "Nevermore" and "You Take My Breath Away," but the vocal, and perhaps the whole backing track, is ridiculously speeded up, so unless you have a karaoke pitch control on your CD player, you won't be able to appreciate the original product. Whether Freddie had anything to do with the "chipmunk" gimmick is unknown, but his voice was in fine form, so why was the track tampered with at all? The same fate holds true for the Beach Boys' cover tune, "I Can Hear Music," which sounds cavernously muddy in an overabundance of reverb and helium-like vocals caused by varispeeding.
The Smile tracks aren't too bad, and neither is "Mad the Swine," but these tracks are available on other CDs, so there was really no point including them on "In Nuce."
When will we Queen fans hear alternate versions and unreleased songs, a la the Beatles "Anthology" CDs? If it's from the late 60s or 70s, people will buy it. Wake up, record company bigwigs!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A piece of a jigsaw puzzle 22 Jun 2000
By HIROTOSHI ARAKAWA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can recommend to have this CD to add to your collection but don't expect too much. You can just enjoy this CD as one of the Queen's origin, but the recording condition is not good and sound is old fashioned. Once Brian told in the interview that "Smile" was an amateur band after all.
However, I like this CD because I can enjoy Freddie's young and fresh voice. This CD is rare and "Going back" is beautiful melody. For Queen's fans like me, this CD is like one of the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing experience!!! 30 July 2003
By Doron Erlich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely loved each and every one of the tracks!
If you love QUEEN or simply enjoy listening to their music, you would love that one!
An early time, the very begining of Queen (Smile)and still wonderfull. A Hard Rock CD (a bit like 'Queen'- the band's 1st. album).
I strongly recommend it for hard-rock and quality-music lovers!!!
An AMAZING experience!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just classic 17 Oct 2004
By kate elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been collecting Queen for about six years, and I finally completed my CD collection with Queen in Nuce (for $9 at a collectors' store in New Orleans).

Although I'm shocked this CD costs $50 online, I will say that it's definitely worth it (I would have spent the extra money, had I not found it somewhere else).

I wouldn't say that this album is "for Queen fans only", as some of the previous reviewers did. It's an interesting listen, that could be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys obscure or even "glam" rock.

Personal favorites include: "I Can Hear Music" and "Step on Me".

As the second track states... it is "sweet, sweet music".
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