Editors’ Notes Over four years, from 1983 to 1987, the Smiths produced an enduring catalog that included four studio albums and a slew of singles and b-sides often collected on a variety of compilation albums. This 2008 collection, overseen by Morrissey and Johnny Marr, collects 23 tracks in its “single-disc” edition and an additional 22 tracks, including B-sides, exclusive 12-inch releases and live recordings (for the “two-disc” expanded version). Taken either way, it’s an embarrassment of riches, as Johnny Marr’s lyrical guitar riffs supply the empathetic poetry necessary to support Morrissey’s emotionally charged lyrical concerns. From shameless self-pity to rampant narcissism, unrelieved sorrow to bursts of temporary joy, the Smiths took adolescence and channeled its hormonal wildness into gorgeous pop songs. The two-minute nightclub apocalypse of “Panic”, the wallflower ennui of “Ask,” and the sublime damp futures of “William, It Was Really Nothing” and “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” highlight the flow of The Smiths’ unrelenting single releases, while the majesty of such b-sides as “Half A Person,” “Girl Afraid,” and the live versions of “Meat is Murder” and “London,” attest to the group’s fully formed strengths.

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Hand In Glove
1
3:17
 
This Charming Man
2
2:43
 
What Difference Does It Make? (Peel Session - BBC)
3
3:13
 
Still Ill
4
3:22
 
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
5
3:35
 
William, It Was Really Nothing
6
2:12
 
How Soon Is Now?
7
6:47
 
Nowhere Fast
8
2:38
 
Shakespeare's Sister
9
2:09
 
Barbarism Begins At Home (7" Version)
10
3:51
 
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
11
3:52
 
The Headmaster Ritual
12
4:54
 
The Boy With the Thorn In His Side
13
3:18
 
Rubber Ring
14
3:48
 
Bigmouth Strikes Again
15
3:14
 
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
16
4:05
 
Panic
17
2:20
 
The Draize Train
18
5:09
 
Ask
19
3:17
 
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
20
3:34
 
Shoplifters of the World Unite
21
2:58
 
Sheila Take a Bow
22
2:42
 
Girlfriend in a Coma
23
2:03
 
I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
24
3:48
 
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
25
3:11
 
Jeane
26
3:06
 
Handsome Devil (Live at Manchester Hacienda 4/2/83)
27
2:56
 
This Charming Man (New York Vocal)
28
5:36
 
Wonderful Woman
29
3:10
 
Back to the Old House
30
3:05
 
These Things Take Time
31
2:23
 
Girl Afraid
32
2:46
 
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
33
1:52
 
Stretch Out and Wait
34
2:45
 
Oscillate Wildly (Instrumental)
35
3:28
 
Meat Is Murder (Live at Oxford Apollo 18/3/85)
36
5:39
 
Asleep
37
4:10
 
Money Changes Everything
38
4:41
 
The Queen Is Dead / Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty (Medley)
39
6:26
 
Vicar in a Tutu
40
2:24
 
Cemetry Gates
41
2:40
 
Half a Person
42
3:36
 
Sweet and Tender Hooligan (BBC Version)
43
3:35
 
Pretty Girls Make Graves (Troy Tate Version)
44
3:35
 
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This Once Before
45
3:33
 
What's the World? (Live in Glasgow 1985)
46
2:05
 
London (Live at National Ballroom, Kilburn, London 23/10/86)
47
2:38
 
The Queen Is Dead (A Film By Derek Jarman)
48
 

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