Brett Smiley – Breathlessly Brett

As detailed in Uncut (see Strange Days, Take 76), this 1974 debut from the super-effete Smiley has been rotting in obscurity for nearly 30 years. Unashamedly over-produced by Loog Oldham (who saw Brett as "the British Jobriath" rather than a pale Bowie), it's clear on the glam-baroque of "Queen Of Hearts" alone that Smiley had superstar potential. Just listen to his angelic cover of Neil Sedaka's "Solitaire" and mourn the career that might have been.

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As detailed in Uncut (see Strange Days, Take 76), this 1974 debut from the super-effete Smiley has been rotting in obscurity for nearly 30 years. Unashamedly over-produced by Loog Oldham (who saw Brett as “the British Jobriath” rather than a pale Bowie), it’s clear on the glam-baroque of “Queen Of Hearts” alone that Smiley had superstar potential. Just listen to his angelic cover of Neil Sedaka’s “Solitaire” and mourn the career that might have been.

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