48 Songs, 2 Hours 54 Minutes

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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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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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

TheMartinator ,

This album rocks!

I'm a big fan of Morrissey when he was with The Smiths and when he was solo. How Soon is Now? is my favorite track from the album, and I like others, too! I'm 20 years old, and 80's music is my favorite music, and I like some modern bands, too! This album deserves five stars!

Moz Army ,

Absolutely amazing album!!!

What a great compilation of songs!!! The Smiths still hold up today.

Drooser ,

Of All The Compilations, This One Is Best

Of all the Smiths (over-released) "Best-Of"'s, this deluxe, double CD is actually the one to get. If you are new to the Smiths, get "Hatful Of Hollow" and Truly taste the band as they were MEANT to sound. Otherwise...this compilation is a pretty decent introduction to the True sound of the Smiths. Understand that The Smiths ONLY released a grand total of 88 songs in their entire catalogue; meaning if you get this, you're procuring a full THIRD of their output utterly in one full scoop, barring live performances and stuff. Above all else...if you are such a person as to not be certain as to whether yu are a fan or not....just move on entirely. Because with The Smiths, either you're ALL IN, or ALL OUT; there is no "Yeah, I just kind of like them". No. Not with this band. No Sir. You either LOVE THEM or utterly HATE THEM with every fibre of your being. Go ahead. Take a taste test: see if I'm right.

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