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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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B000002LDQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
24 years after it came out, Morrissey's spectacular but flawed debut gets a sad and unhappy reworking.

Originally, EMI wanted to release a deluxe, unsurpassable 3 disc set of this : the album as is, remastered. The six b-sides, 10 circulating demos, and extra, unreleased material on the other. And, on a DVD, finally, Morrissey's first ever solo live performance, and his last with Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce, and Craig Gannon. (Also perhaps, notable for being the first time a band performed a show where the singer was being sued by every other member of the band, individually, at the same time).

Morrissey had a better idea. Re-release the album. Change the covers. Delete one song, and replace it with a poor, unfinished demo. And slice off the beginning and end of "Late Night. Maudlin Street", just for effect.

And frankly, it stinks.

Why does an artist feel the need to revise and butcher his existing work? Why would he? What possible motive is there? You can't airbrush out history. You cannot pretend these songs do not exist. And when you replace the beautiful, and immaculately constructed "The Ordinary Boys", with the forgotten for 20 years, and forgettable, "Treat Me Like A Human Being", I wonder, does this make this record better? Of course not.

From the off, "Viva Hate" is a flawed record. The song selection omits some of the better songs and relegates them to b-sides : "Hairdresser on Fire", "Sister I'm A Poet", "Will Never Marry", "Disappointed", easily the equal of anything on the album itself, all absent. In their place, the moribund, and dirgelike "Bengali In Platforms", the tired and delicate "Dial-A-Cliche", or the frankly histronic "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why meddle with a masterpiece? 15 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
I idolise him and adore this sublime debut album, but... why, oh why, Morrissey?

Why hack at the original? Why have cotton when you can have silk? Why have Value Brown Sauce when you can have HP?

I was on the verge of ordering this but then I discovered the act of senseless butchery in removing The Ordinary Boys and replacing it with, well, crap. Stephen Street is perfectly entitled to complain - it's simply an act of senseless spite.

Wrong and unforgiveable. Morrissey, have you lost your mind?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars LOUDER is not better 10 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
Leaving aside the butchery of the original which others have covered, this album re-release follows the current trend by record companies in simply making the album louder. Louder is better right? No, the opposite actually. It's true that the louder you play a decently balanced recording it seems fuller, wider soundstage, more detail etc etc. But by boosting the loudness of the recording while you may fool many of the iTunes generation into believing the sound quality is better, on a decent equipment you lose the full dynamic range of the original, peaks are clipped off, the whole thing is flatter.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Butchered by your OWN hands! 13 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD
What a disappointment to have such a classic debut album to be butchered by the artist himself! Whether it was done to prevent former associates from getting paid, that's not event the question. If only Moz had allowed EMI's original idea of a 3 Disc release to be so. One can't keep bitching about not charting high on such releases when one is the main reason such things don't happen by putting one's fans off with such mediocre release! It's quite sad, to say the least. I do hope EMI gets to release its original concept down the road. And for heaven's sake Morrissey, stop butchering your own albums!
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3.0 out of 5 stars what could have been if.... 6 July 2014
By lee way
Format:Audio CD
is it too difficult to realise these would have made the ultimate viva hate that everyone really wanted.....
1 Alsatian cousin
2 little man what now!
3 everyday is like sunday
4 will never marry
5 angel angel down we go together
6 late night maudlin st
7 suedehead
8 hairdresser on fire
9 break up the family
10 dial a cliché
11 disappointed
12 Margaret on a guilotine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Morrissey 5 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Had the original cassette and was a bit disappointed about changed track, but all in all, I'm just so happy to have this fabulous album on CD now - I can hear it again after a very long time. FABULOUS!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the rabid reviews put you off... 25 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, there's a good chance the existing reviews came from those who were alive when this album was first released, so I don't have that experience and perspective under my belt-- but I can say the remastering is impressive, done by John Davis and none other than Stephen Street himself. The tracks seem truly revitalised as if new life has been breathed into them, if the best sound is what you want this is the version to get.

As for the 'replaced' track, I can understand why people are upset about 'The Ordinary Boys' being omitted and replaced with an unrefined track from the Viva Hate recording sessions-- but for me, the track lends itself much better to the mood of the album (and it's far more 'Mozzy' than 'The Ordinary Boys'). It is a shame Treat Me Like A Human Being didn't originally get the spot it has now, and that it wasn't developed beyond its current state. You could make the argument that removing the track tampers with a masterpiece, but if it is the original you want it is readily available.

The only 'unfair' complaint I could make is that it lacks something 'extra' to celebrate itself, much like how the 'Your Arsenal' and 'Vauxhall And I' remasters both included a live DVD/CD respectively-- I feel that is where this and the 'Kill Uncle' remasters (especially 'Kill Uncle') miss the mark. But as far as the CD itself goes I can't really fault it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, so few illustrations...
Morrissey’s début, ’Viva Hate’, released hot on the heels of The Smiths' swan song, is nearly a masterpiece. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MJF
2.0 out of 5 stars REISSUE, REPACKAGE, REPACKAGE...!! Morrissey, you could have said NO!
Why try to fix something that aint broken? Viva Hate (the original version) is an excellent album. Why no 'Ordinary Boys'? I personally really like that song. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2012 by S. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the 2012 remaster
'Viva Hate' is Morrissey's début solo album. Remarkably, it was released only six months after The Smiths' final L.P., Strangeways, Here We Come. Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by Alan the Kaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to Morrissey's solo career
This was Morrissey's first solo album, released in the aftermath of the Smiths' split. In these pre-internet days of 1988 I was somewhat taken aback that he had regrouped so... Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by klaher
4.0 out of 5 stars Ninteen eighty-hate.
Viva Hate was Morrissey's debut solo album, The Smiths split in the autumn of 1987 and this excellent first offering from Mozzer followed 6 months later. Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by L. M. Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Hate = 1988
I've read some of the reviews on Amazon and it's safe to say that most Smiths fans seem divided regarding Viva Hate. You either love it or you don't. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2003 by Dl Fairey
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