I just heard the demo.
I found it amazing, really. Does anyone know when this was recorded? Judging from Freddie's voice, it sounds like the early 70's.
Just wondering if anyone has any info about the recording.
Queen recording of the 'Smile' track, recorded in 1970 with Barry Mitchell on bass. Musically it's similar to the Smile version, but some parts are slightly different. Freddie's vocals are more powerful than Tim Staffell's, and more suited to the track. The lyrics seem more ad-libbed by Freddie, and in places don't make much sense (eg the start of the second verse), but still this performance is much better than the Smile version.
There are at least two recordings of the song; one is 3:46 in length with an immediate start and a single guitar chord at the end before an abrupt fade out, the other is 4:29 in total which has approximately 40 seconds of dialogue at the start (an argument between Roger and Brian about the speed of the track whilst Freddie tries to get on with the recording) and a slightly longer outro with more guitar chords at the end. However, the song itself is the same. In addition to this, a 1:15 excerpt of the start of the song is also available.