16 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released just months after The Smiths’ debut album, this collection of non-LP B-sides and singles finds Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr brilliantly blending deceptively simple motifs with literate, trenchant lyrics. From the anthemic art-pop of “How Soon Is Now?” to the cockeyed, quasi-R&B of “This Night Has Opened My Eyes,” every song here is hummable and melancholic in equal measure. Unquenchable yearning on “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want,” the ironic narcissism of “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”—the moods and themes gel effortlessly too.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Released just months after The Smiths’ debut album, this collection of non-LP B-sides and singles finds Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr brilliantly blending deceptively simple motifs with literate, trenchant lyrics. From the anthemic art-pop of “How Soon Is Now?” to the cockeyed, quasi-R&B of “This Night Has Opened My Eyes,” every song here is hummable and melancholic in equal measure. Unquenchable yearning on “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want,” the ironic narcissism of “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”—the moods and themes gel effortlessly too.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

jay biersack ,

Love The Smiths!

Put everything down & listen to this!

quite sad ,

The best Smiths album.

The Smiths lineup solidified autumn 1982. By May of 1983 they were great, as you can tell by listening to the astonishing Peel Sessions tracks. Skip the first studio album entirely and favor this collection. These versions showcase not just the personality of the singer but the fantastic band working together brilliantly.

Simpson fanatic ,

BEST SMITHS ALBUM!

If you’ve never listened to the smiths please listen to this album and you’ll turn into a big fan.

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