Editors’ Notes Originally issued in the U.S. market in 1987 as a compilation of singles, b-sides, BBC sessions, and random album tracks, Louder Than Bombs proved to be the band's defining release for many stateside Smiths fans. The group's studio albums stretched out their approach, while the singles were guitarist Johnny Marr's métier. The band has since issued far too many collections of singles and greatest hits. As great as those are, Louder Than Bombs has an artistic sweep that's irresistible. Morrissey's lyrical acumen is never better targeted than during "Shoplifters of the World Unite," "Half a Person," "Panic," "William, It Was Really Nothing," "Ask," and the powerfully compact "These Things Take Time." The band's brilliance can't be overstated, and the pacing throughout is superb. The Smiths' ability to rock, reflect, and ache is second to none. This album is an embarrassment of riches, really, and along with Hatful of Hollow and the band's debut album ranks as a perfect look at the best rock 'n' roll band of the '80s.

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Is it Really So Strange? (John Peel session, 12/2/86)
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3:06
 
Sheila Take a Bow
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2:42
 
Shoplifters of the World Unite
3
2:57
 
Sweet and Tender Hooligan (John Peel session, 12/2/86)
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3:36
 
Half a Person
5
3:36
 
London
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2:07
 
Panic
7
2:21
 
Girl Afraid
8
2:46
 
Shakespeare's Sister
9
2:09
 
William, It Was Really Nothing
10
2:10
 
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (US Mix)
11
3:34
 
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
12
3:36
 
Ask
13
3:16
 
Golden Lights
14
2:41
 
Oscillate Wildly
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3:27
 
These Things Take Time
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2:23
 
Rubber Ring
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3:48
 
Back To the Old House
18
3:04
 
Hand in Glove
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3:17
 
Stretch Out and Wait
20
2:39
 
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
21
1:52
 
This Night Has Opened My Eyes
22
3:41
 
Unloveable
23
3:56
 
Asleep
24
4:10
 

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