105 Songs, 6 Hours 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While this box set isn't entirely complete, it does sound as fresh and alive as the days of vinyl, courtesy of Johnny Marr's remastering efforts. The Smiths were one of the most essential bands of the '80s, reeling off a string of singles unrivaled in their intelligence, indelible hooks, and originality. Each of The Smiths' four studio albums is present here, along with their live album Rank and various singles compilations. While the sheer quantity available here is clearly aimed at Smiths fanatics, it also saves anyone looking to immerse themselves in the group the hassle of picking things up piecemeal. It's safe to say that if you love one Smiths tune, you'll want them all; such was the quality of their work. Morrissey's lyrics are poignant, humorous, and wildly adventurous, while Johnny Marr plays guitar with a similar lyricism. No serious collection of late 20th-century music should be without "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," "These Things Take Time," and another two dozen of the tunes here.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

While this box set isn't entirely complete, it does sound as fresh and alive as the days of vinyl, courtesy of Johnny Marr's remastering efforts. The Smiths were one of the most essential bands of the '80s, reeling off a string of singles unrivaled in their intelligence, indelible hooks, and originality. Each of The Smiths' four studio albums is present here, along with their live album Rank and various singles compilations. While the sheer quantity available here is clearly aimed at Smiths fanatics, it also saves anyone looking to immerse themselves in the group the hassle of picking things up piecemeal. It's safe to say that if you love one Smiths tune, you'll want them all; such was the quality of their work. Morrissey's lyrics are poignant, humorous, and wildly adventurous, while Johnny Marr plays guitar with a similar lyricism. No serious collection of late 20th-century music should be without "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," "These Things Take Time," and another two dozen of the tunes here.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

JUN ! "SUPERSTAR" ! ,

The Smiths & Morrissey!

The Smiths are one of the best bands of all-time. I definitely recommend this collection to any music lover. Wow!

force263 ,

missing a track?

anyone notice that on iTunes, the “original” John Peel version of Handsome Devil is not present? It is present on other sites, without naming, but you can see it on the number of tracks on Hatful of Hollow - 15 (on Complete) instead of 16. Id like to get the iTunes version (although they’re probably identical recordings), but don’t like getting screwed out of a track…I know it’s only another $1.29 to just buy it a la carte, but why can’t they get it right?

Snoutston Hornbark ,

happiness is a sad song

There is definitely a Smiths (& a Morrissey) song to describe every miserable moment in life. Thats the silver lining to it all.

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