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Greatest Hits 2CD [Deluxe Edition]

Morrissey Audio CD
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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey, is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the UK but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom on ten occasions. ... Read more in Amazon's Morrissey Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0011NVAI6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,138 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. First Of The Gang To Die
2. In The Future When All's Well
3. I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
4. Irish Blood, English Heart
5. You Have Killed Me
6. That's How People Grow Up
7. Everyday Is Like Sunday
8. Redondo Beach
9. Suedehead
10. The Youngest Was The Most Loved
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Last of the Famous International Playboys
2. The National Front Disco
3. Let Me Kiss You
4. Irish Blood, English Heart
5. I Will See You in Far-off Places
6. First of the Gang to Die
7. I Just Want to See the Boy Happy
8. Life is a Pigsty

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MORRISSEY Greatest Hits (2008 UK Special Edition 2-CD set - This collection spans Morrisseys stellar 20-year career as a true original; comprising a 15-track CD album including First Of The Gang To Die Everyday Is Like Sunday Suedehead The Last Of The Famous International Playboys a live version of Redondo Beach recorded at Londons Earls Court and 2 new recordings: Thats How People Grow Up & All You Need Is Me plus Bonus Live At The Hollywood Bowl CD featuring 8 tracks recorded live in California on 8th June 2007 housed in a hard-card gatefold picture sleeve)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Such a missed opportunity .... 11 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
As well as the 6 or 7 bona fide classics on this 'Greatest Hits' album, most of the songs here are at least tinged with Morrissey's genius but it's hard to know where to lay the blame for the sheer redundancy of the track listing of this record. Do we blame Decca for keeping the EMI songs to a minimum, or EMI for not playing ball (only 4 of the 15 are from the 1987 to 1994 era when Morrissey did his best work) or Morrissey himself for arrogantly thinking that his recent work (11 tracks are from the past 4 years) constitutes his 'greatest' period.

This just seems a real missed opportunity to put together Moz's best singles or songs, and including some fairly middling singles like 'Let Me Kiss You' and 'I Just Want to See the Boy Happy' is depressing when classics like 'November Spawned A Monster' and 'Boxers' haven't made the cut.

That said, Moz has always been rotten at compiling albums and track listings generally: most of his singles shouldn't be singles, his B-Sides should have been singles, his album tracks should be B-sides and the songs that never even get released but appear years later leaked on the internet are sometimes better than some tracks on this so-called 'hits' package! He really is a contrary and frustrating so'n'so and this album only reiterates that!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Now My Heart Is Half Empty 17 Feb 2008
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Mozzer, you remain predictably difficult to read. Whilst this 'Greatest Hits' package is full of some great stuff, (all those top 20 hits, as the publicity machine unerringly claims) it misses the point. Chart placings and sales figures are irrelevances when it comes to addressing the highlights of the Mozfather's ouevre. El Moz could release a gabba version of 'The Birdie Song' and its first week sales would still guarantee it a Top 20 placing once all those diehard greaseballs and bequiffed bucktoothed girls from Salford have gone down to Woolworth's and snapped up a copy of each format. Then again, I suppose that this compilation is not aimed at them. The fairweather fan is a tougher nut to crack though. I would rather they were smacked round the chops with 'November Spawned A Monster' or 'Now My Heart Is Full' than some of the 'Ringleaders' stuff. While songs such as 'The Youngest Was The Most Loved' have their place in the Moz canon, the ill-conceived tracklisting fails to satisfy either the loyal fanbase or the fly-by-night indie goons. Still, nice cover photo.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Despite being his sixth official compilation, the simply titled "Greatest Hits" marks Morrissey's first proper Greatest Hits collection. Although it stretches all the way back to Morrissey's debut solo single from 1988, "Suedehead" right up to 2006's "I Just Want to See the Boy Happy", this collection still manages to feel somewhat incomplete. And that's because it is...

While it features most of his highest performing singles, some key essentials have been criminally omitted. Most notably, this includes the seminal masterpiece "November Spawned a Monster", which peaked at #12 on the U.K. charts and is one of Morrissey's personally favourite tracks, and the lovely "Alma Matters" which peaked at #16. There are only a couple of other genuine Morrissey `hits' that have been left out, but the inclusion of these two songs in particular would have helped a great deal in making this collection more worthwhile. This is due to the fact that most of Morrissey's hit singles were from his last two albums, and so just over 50% of this collection is compromised of songs from those two albums alone. There simply isn't enough variation here to make this the Morrissey compilation worth buying for most people. This is particularly disappointing because Morrissey has such a rich and varied back-catalogue, and so this could have been an excellent collection.

The songs on this album are, however, fantastic for the most part. "Suedehead" and "Everyday is Like Sunday" are just as sublime as they ever were; and the newer songs, such as the exhilarating "First of the Gang to Die", show that Morrissey can still deliver excellent songs twenty years on. The two brand new songs, "That's How People Grow Up" and "All You Need is Me" are very good too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One star for the album cover 21 Feb 2008
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Basically this record is aimed at people who just like to dip into Morrissey rather than his die-hard fans who will have all his solo albums anyway and will therefore see this as a cynical way of making money. True his earlier albums don't seem to get much of a look in, but all the favourites from the last two are there, including 2 new tracks. 'Thats How People Grow Up' is not particularly memorable but strangely catchy whilst 'All You Need is Me' fits in well with this compilation and I think is a better song. Not sure about the Redondo Beach cover though.
The live CD which comes with the deluxe version (you can just hear the marketing men discussing how to tempt the real Moz nuts to buy a 'greatest hits'!) is worth listening to, but it pales in comparison to actually going to see the man himself live in person.

I don't consider myself to be a fanatical Morrissey fan. I do have his last few albums and I still bought this and liked it much better than I thought I would.

I also think the person who took the album cover photo deserves a medal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Excellent album glad I brought it my husband as a present would recommend to all morrisey fans good songs for all occasions.
Published 6 months ago by Tina
1.0 out of 5 stars Silliest Morrissey album ever...
Imagine a recording artist with a large back catalogue whose most prolific recordings are 10-15 years ago. Doesn't matter who; just imagine one. Read more
Published on 22 May 2009 by R. C. Irwin
2.0 out of 5 stars A different approach...
Well, this is a departure from his classic 'Return of the Mack' which ushered in a new era of UK Hip-Op Oo-ar'n'B. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2008 by Ramsey Tupper - Raven's Foot
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars may be harsh but...
...I pass judgement here based on Morrissey's' usual high standards: I, unlike many of Morrissey fans it would seem, actually quite like the new single and it is always nice to get... Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2008 by John Arundell
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing? Nothing from Vauxhall and I?
Alright, so - this is not going to be a review, as many others have summed everything up very eloquently and succinctly (unsurprising for erudite Morrissey fans). Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2008 by ED
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars to that super stellar pic!
Morrissey's stellar pic on this double identifying flying object just deserves to buy it: yes or yes! Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2008 by HELENE RAMOS
4.0 out of 5 stars Thankyou
...as a casual Morrissey listener (not fanatic), this will sit comfortably in my CD collection. Thankyou
Published on 7 Feb 2008 by Mr. James W. Bolton
3.0 out of 5 stars Paints a vulgar picture
Mr Moz wrote his own review, many moons ago...

Re-issue ! re-package ! re-package !
Re-evaluate the songs
Double-pack with a photograph
Extra track (and a... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2008 by Gromit
1.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey's Playlist perhaps?. stop me if you think you've heard this...
As much as I love the new single this is a diabolical release such a silly waste, people should perhaps buy `Bona drag' instead. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2008 by Robinson Crusoe
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