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  • Audio CD (6 Nov. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005R1QH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get
  2. Suedehead
  3. Everyday Is Like Sunday
  4. Glamorous Glue
  5. Do Your Best and Don't Worry
  6. November Spawned a Monster
  7. Last of the Famous International Playboys
  8. Sing Your Life
  9. Hairdresser on Fire
  10. Interesting Drug
  11. We Hat It When Our Friends Become Successful
  12. Certain People I Know
  13. Now My Heart Is Full
  14. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
  15. Sunny
  16. Alma Matters
  17. Hold on to Your Friends
  18. Sister I'm a Poet
  19. Disappointed
  20. Tomorrow
  21. Lost

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By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
'Best of Morrissey' may be viewed as just another Morrissey compilation with the same songs that have previously appeared on his other compilation cd's.While that may be true,the diehard Morrissey fan should get this anyway.The songs cover the early,middle,& more recent years of his solo career.'Everyday Is Like Sunday'has always been a highlight of his career,reminding fans that he could still write brilliant & beautiful songs as a solo artist.'Suedehead',his first solo single that was released is still amazing after nearly 14 years.Morrissey fans will notice that this cd contains only ONE song from his 'Kill Uncle' album('Sing Your Life').There were other good songs from that album which this cd doesn't include(such as 'Our Frank')But that's no reason to be entirely 'Disappointed' with this compilation,as it contains five songs from the album that reinvented Morrissey('Your Arsenal')'Tomorrow' still sounds AMAZING no matter how old it is.
It would be cool to have every single amazing Morrissey song on one cd but this will be good enough for the time being.
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HASH(0x94936558) out of 5 stars The ultimate collection 28 Nov. 2001
By Erica Anderson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I am not all that familiar with Morrissey's music except for hearing an occasional song on the radio but not knowing the title of the song. I thought I would get myself a little more acquainted with his music by picking up this album. Needless to say it didn't require much for me to fall in love with his wonderfully witty and sarcastic lyrics, and the addictively infectious pop/rock melodies. All the songs amazingly catchy. I automatically fell in love with Morrissey's crooning. His voice is reminds me a bit of Chris Isaak, Elvis Presley and Raul Maolo (the ex-lead singer of The Mavericks). For once I can't say what songs are my favorites because all of them are incredibly melodic with some of the most superb songwriting skills ever. Picking a particular favorite song out of this excellent collection of some of Morrissey's best work is like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Some of my favorite songs include "Certain people I Know", "Hairdresser On Fire", and "Suedehead". After hearing this album I definitely know for sure that I need to start checking out Morrissey's other albums like "Viva Hate" and "Your Arsenal". "The Best of!" for me was a just a sample of the greatness that is Morrissey.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x949365ac) out of 5 stars Make No Mistake, My Friend...A Great Collection 26 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Morrissey seems to have a hard time pleasing anyone: fanatics are upset because this is not new material or doesn't include all their favourites; Smiths fans are upset because the music doesn't come up to Johnny Marr's best moments (as poor Morrissey sings knowingly on "Do Your Best and Don't Worry": "Compare the best of their days / With the worst of your days / You won't win"). Personally I'm somewhere in between, so this compilation suits me perfectly. The music is infectious and often quite inventive ("Suedehead"? "November Spawned a Monster"?
"Interesting Drug"?), the lyrics are quirky, funny, touching, and often insightful, the voice unique and (if it happens to capture you) addictive. Don't believe those who say that all Morrissey sounds alike, either, there's a lot of musical variety
here, from the trademark Smiths jingle-jangle guitars to bizarre dance music ("November Spawned a Monster"), glam rock ("Glamorous Glue"), some funky moments ("Sister I'm a Poet," "Interesting Drug"), 50s sock-hop pop ("Sing Your Life"), and torch ("I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"). Also don't believe those who say he's "miserable"--these tunes are upbeat and the lyrics by and large hopeful and uplifting, though always wittily realistic. Right for Morrissey fans who are less than fanatics and as an introduction to the King of Alternative Rock.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94c3c00c) out of 5 stars Outstanding for a First Time Listener 22 May 2003
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This is an incredible compilation of great songs for anyone not exposed much to Morrissey's solo work or great career with the Smiths. I can honestly say that "Interesting Drug" is one of the best songs I've ever heard, and every song on this greatest hits sounds amazing. I HIGHLY suggest grabbing this CD if you want to be exposed to a truly great musician both as a vocalist and lyricist - Morrissey.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94c5bb40) out of 5 stars Fine for what it is. 7 Mar. 2002
By The Groove - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Morrissey has released as many compilations as he has proper albums, and this one covers his entire work from 1988's "Viva Hate" through 1997's "Maladusted." The familiar tunes are here, including "Suedehead," "November Spawned..," "The More You Ignore Me..," and "The Last of the Famous..." But some other key songs are also missing. I'd gladly trade in "Do Your Best and Don't Worry" for the excellent "Will Never Marry" or "I Can Have Both." Plus, I'd be happy to see "The Loop" or "Pregnant for the Last Time" in exchange for the album track "Glamorous Glue." Most notable of all, "Ouija Board" is not present on this disc, proving that Morrissey has since grown truly embarrassed by this song. Nevertheless, this is an overall fine collection of tunes from one of the UK's last great poets.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x949369b4) out of 5 stars "Everybody's Lost, But Pretending They Are Not" 19 Oct. 2006
By General Breadbasket - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"The Best of Morrissey" is the Morrissey greatest hits collection for the American market. In Britain, and here in Australia, we get "Suedehead: The Best of". This version covers the first ten years of his solo career (1988-1997), and contains 21 tracks.

I remember when I first heard Morrissey's music. It was the last year of high school, and I was studying Oscar Wilde in literature. To help me study, I went on the net and searched the P2Ps for "Oscar Wilde", in case there was a reading or performance of one of his works I could download (I don't use that sort of thing these days, mind you). Nothing much came up except for something by a "Morrissey". I downloaded it, and there was a smooth voiced man speaking passionately on it about how incredibly quotable Oscar Wilde is, and how he thought that the upcoming "Importance of Being Earnest Film" was hopefully going to be really big. At the end of the track, there was a snippet of a song sung by Morrissey, singing his heart out. I found out much later the track was "Alma Matters", a kind of an appropriate song lyrically for the last year of high school. At the time, I had no idea, but I wanted to hear more, so I ended up getting a couple of compilations, one from his old band The Smiths, and the other from his solo career. Catchy tunes, witty lyrics, great voice, I quickly became a fan.

A lot of rock listeners prefer The Smiths to Morrissey's solo stuff. Though the quantity of classic tracks is a fair bit higher of a Smiths record than a Morrissey solo CD, I do prefer a good Morrissey solo song to a good Smiths one. The production is brighter, playful and colorful. The band toys with a lot more styles than The Smiths did. Morrissey sounds more like himself too, free to explore his interests more fully in his lyrics, be they "the romance of crime", boxing matches, or the music industry, along with his usual themes of unrequited love, boredom and the struggles of youth. It's a little deeper in its Britishness that the Smiths too (if that makes sense). He's a brilliant lyricist, and in this part of his career it's just as good as it was when he started.

If you're getting into Morrissey, I've got to warn you. Choose the compilation you get carefully. If you like what you hear and want to get more, you will end up with overlap, as Morrissey has rereleased and repackaged his songs in so many different ways. For that reason, I prefer the "Suedehead" compilation, as there are rare tracks there you won't find on any other full length CD.

Here's a rundown of how many of the songs on "The Best of!" you'll find on Morrissey's other full length discs:

3 are on "Viva Hate" (1988)

7 are on "Bona Drag" (1990, compilation)

1 is on "Kill Uncle" (1991)

5 are on "Your Arsenal" (1992)

3 are on "Vauxhall and I" (1994)

2 are on "World of Morrissey" (1995, compilation)

10 are on "Suedehead: The Best of" (1995, compilation)

1 is on "Southpaw Grammar" (1995)

1 is on "Maladjusted" (1997)

1 is on "My Early Burglary Years" (1998, compilation)

1 is on "Rare Tracks" (1998, compilation)

The "rare track" is Lost, a B-side originally from the "Roy's Keen" single. I would have preferred the B-side "I Can Have Both" (one of my favorites, and one Morrissey used to do live often), but "Lost" has grown on me. It's a mid-tempo song with lush production about a skywriter, a pilot of one of those planes that writes things with the smoke. It's well sung, and has some touching lyrics. "Everybody's lost, but pretending they are not." I know what he means...

This compilation comes with a nice thick booklet, which I always like. It contains full lyrics, a few pictures of Morrissey, a lengthy foreword of sorts by Michael Bracewell, speaking very highly of the music and its singer. I think he overanalyses a bit in it, but no matter. Where each song charted in both the UK and US is also listed, which is interesting. ("Lost" peaked at #671 in the UK. Hehe!). I also just notice that Morrissey himself recommends some albums for the listener to check out in the back page of the booklet. (Jobriath, Phil Ochs, The Ramones, Nancy Sinatra and Burt Bacharach). Interesting choices...

If you're looking for a one disc overview of Morrissey, this is probably the best one to get. If you think you may become a fan, (and if you like this, you probably will do) you might want to pick up another compilation (like "Bona Drag" or "Suedehead") to avoid a bit of overlap later.
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