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Released in the UK in 1987 as a 7", 7" shaped picture disc (UK only) and 12" single.
Uncut test pressings exist of the shaped picture disc.
The shaped picture disc was released with an unfolded plint.
The UK has a 10" DJ (promo) copy in a plain black sleeve.
Japan has a different 7" sleeve.
Argentina has a unique Spanish 12" sleeve with a black and white back sleeve.
South Africa has a 7" wrap sleeve with a different back sleeve.
Korea has a 12" issue with a unique blue and white insert with a nice photo and lyrics.
Hong Kong has a 12" issue with the Pet Shop Boys on the B-side. The 12" was available on clear and black vinyl. Both come without a sleeve.

  

above: the front and back sleeves of the German 7" single issue

  

above: the A and B-sides of the UK 7" shaped picture disc

  

above: the front and back sleeves of the Japanese 7" single issue



above: the A-side of the Philippian 7" single issue

  

above: the front and back sleeves of the South African 7" single issue

  

above: the A-side and a close up of the label of the one-sided UK 10" acetate test pressing issue

  

above: the front and back sleeves of the UK 12" single issue

  

above: the front and back sleeves of the Argentinian 12" single issue

     

above: the front and back sleeves plus the insert of the Korean 12" single issue



above: the front sleeve of the Argentinian cassette single issue

Single info
7" single
  Side One:
  1. The Great Pretender (Ram)
  Side Two:
  2. Exercises In Free Love (Mercury/Moran)

7" shaped picture disc
  Side One:
  1. The Great Pretender (Ram)
  Side Two:
  2. Exercises In Free Love (Mercury/Moran)

12" single
  Side One:
  1. The Great Pretender (Extended Version) (Ram)
  Side Two:
  2. The Great Pretender (Ram)
  3. Exercises In Free Love (Mercury/Moran)

Hong Kong 12" single
  Side One:
  1. The Great Pretender (Extended Version) (Ram)
  Side Two:
  2. It's A Sin (Disco Mix) (by The Petshop Boys)

Argentinian cassette single
  Side One:
  1. The Great Pretender (Extended Version) (Ram)
  Side Two:
  2. The Great Pretender (Ram)
  3. Exercises In Free Love (Mercury/Moran)

Other notes
Please note that Exercises In Free Love was sung by Freddie and not by Montserrat Caballé.
Thanks to Gustavo Holub for the 7" Japanese sleeve.

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