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Louder Than Bombs

23 Sep 2011

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 26 Jun. 2001
  • Release Date: 26 Jun. 2001
  • Label: WM UK
  • Copyright: 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:13:02
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  • ASIN: B005NHVWRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,491 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By T. Miller on 1 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Since Louder than Bombs is effectively a compilation of B-sides, sessions and singles, it is astonishing just how damn good the level of the music is here.
Though LtB features much of what was released on The World Won't Listen (the UK version at the time), this is definitely the better of the two. 24 songs, with a standard typical of Morrissey and Marr.
Bar the inexplicable Golden Lights (what were they thinking?), there are numerous stand out tracks here. Many of the more up-tempo songs (Sweet and Tender Hooligan, Shakespeare's Sister, These Things Take Time) are fantastic, though London is just awesome as a furious rocker.
There are those who accuse The Smiths of being miserable, and thus miss the point of Morrissey's lyrics and Marr's clever songwriting. Such songs exist here, in the shape of Heaven Knows I'm Miserbale Now, Half A Person and This Night Has Opened My Eyes, as well as utter classic Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want.
If you're looking for a Smiths compilation, steer clear of the post-Smiths releases (Singles, Best I & II, Very Best Of). Hatful of Hollow is perhaps the definitive Smiths compilation, but you would do well to add Louder Than Bombs to your collection. Simply unmissable.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Burjiz on 22 July 2004
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In the spring of 1987, one year following the group's masterpiece "The Queen Is Dead," the Smiths released two albums. In the UK, they unleashed "The World Won't Listen." But in the United States, they released "Louder Than Bombs," a double album of singles, b-sides, and rare tracks. A compilation of this nature shouldn't work, but, amazingly, it did. "Louder Than Bombs" shows why singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr weren't just simply leaders in mope rock--they were also among the most vital and influential British songwriters of the 1980s. Morrissey exposes his utter contempt for pop music in the semi-controversial "Panic," croons though the brilliant and self-loathing "Unlovable;" shines through the potent "Rubber Ring," and is even funny in the snide "You Just Haven't Earned it Yet, Baby." But the heart of the album, I think, is the still-marvelous "Hand In Glove," the band's debut single replete with Johnny Marr's stellar guitars. But the songs I just mentioned only hint at the many riches this album has to offer. At 24 tracks, "Louder Than Bombs" is a huge platter of material, but the songs here are brisk and range from very good to brilliant. I played this to death when I first bought it, and it still gets the occasional spin in my stereo. A great album that earns its five stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Gardner on 16 April 2007
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In an ideal world, this would be remastered by now. Actually, all Smiths albums should be remastered, starting with this and 'The Queen Is Dead'. Any latecomers to the Smiths will probably opt for 'Best' or 'Very Best' instead. Do yourself a favour and take the plunge here. This album is chock full of brilliant riffs from Marr and some legendary lines from Morrissey. I lost my copy 8 years ago and recently bought a new one. Listening to this now, I'm amazed how well it holds up. When this first came out, the general consensus was that only reclusive geeks could enjoy it. Probably something to do with Morrissey sounding like a cabaret singer at granny's funeral. And yet the funny thing is that he sounds almost cheerful when you listen to him now (almost). Maybe my ears have been softened by the likes of Radiohead, MMJ and Editors etc. Seriously, if you fancy the odd Smiths album in your collection, this is a great place to start. You get a perfect overview of the Smiths at a time when they reached their creative peak. And if you can't stomach 'Golden Lights', press skip (there's plenty more to tickle your fancy). This should be first on your list together with 'The Queen is Dead'.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 July 2002
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Only The Smiths could put together a compilation of mainly b-sides and it turns out to be superb. Originally intended for the US only, there are 24 tracks on here, and bar the appalling cover "Golden Lights" which is loathed by the band themselves, there isn't a weak track.
Here you have some of the little-known songs from all through the band's career, the highlights being "Half A Person", "Girl Afraid", "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby", "Rubber Ring" and "Unloveable" - to name just a few.
This is an ideal album to buy as an introduction to the band and has proved hugely popular with fans as well. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a.m.hardwick on 11 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
marr's rickenbacker guitar is now on full throttle on this compilation album of mostly singles and b sides.

originally on vinyl(dble), cassette and early cd (poor sound quality)

sound quality of this one is sublime on par with Jap CD pressings.

instr track "Oscillate wildly" allows you to fully appreciate the full extent of remastering by j.marr esq months ago in the privacy of a post-prod studio up north.

if you just want one smiths album to taste or start with then go for this one.

features track william - 2 mins of guitar bliss.

guitar nuts will appreciate: girl afraid and panic.

no bonus tracks on it as all time (79.59) used up on CD.

my personal favourite.
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