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
 
Bigmouth Strikes Again
14
3:14
 
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
15
4:05
 
Panic
16
2:20
 
Ask
17
3:17
 
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
18
3:34
 
Shoplifters of the World Unite
19
2:58
 
Sheila Take a Bow
20
2:42
 
Girlfriend in a Coma
21
2:03
 
I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
22
3:48
 
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
23
3:11
 

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