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Contrived by Johnny Marr, The Smiths evolved when Marr unearthed Morrissey and insisted upon a collaboration. The idea was to produce songs which were always instantaneous and listenable whilst also provoking deep thought; emeshing Morrissey’s words with Marr’s music in a sound which, above all, would stand apart without being inaccessible or esoteric. The ... Read more in Amazon's The Smiths Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Nov. 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000024973
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,268 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Queen Is Dead (Live In London, 1986) 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. London (Live In London, 1986) 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Know It's Over (Live In London, 1986) (Extended Mix) 7:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Draize Train (Live In London, 1986) 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
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THE SMITHS Rank (German issue 14-track live CD arguably one of the finest live Indie/Alternative rock albums recorded and the bands only live record to be officially released! Picture sleeve booklet featuring classic artwork - highly recommended!)

BBC Review

It’s highly unlikely that Rank is anyone’s favourite Smiths record. Neither is it eulogised as one of rock’n’roll’s live greats. For starters, it resembled a wake more than a triumph. Released as a contractual obligation a year after the band had split, the October 1986 show at Kilburn’s National Ballroom showcased the nascent and frankly (Mr. Shankly) unrefined five-piece Smiths, with Andy Rourke’s temporary replacement, bassist Craig Gannon, shunted over to rhythm guitar. In other words, it wasn’t even The Smiths at their most adored.

But it was the band’s newfound machismo that makes Rank such a fascinating, thrilling document. Seconds after the intro tape (buried in the background) and faint drum clatters, Morrissey bellows “HAAALLLLO!!” before Johnny Marr’s wah-wah-meets-feedback smeared riff and Mike Joyce’s drum tattoo introduced The Queen Is Dead’s title-track. The album had been out four months, and the band was high on fire. (Morrissey’s original – and rejected – title The Smiths in Heat says as much). The feverish audience reaction was also given its voice in the mix, and the atmosphere was combustible.

Panic follows, as self-contained as The Queen Is Dead was sprawling, with Marr throwing in the (T. Rex’s) Metal Guru riff that inspired the single. Similarly, Rusholm Ruffians began with its original blueprint, (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame, made famous by Elvis; the transition between the two should still make the heart of Smiths fans beat much faster. The slow, striptease-jazzy intro to a full-pelt What She Said is another gleeful addition. Played totally straight, London is super-charged and I Know It’s Over offers a rare moment to catch breath and sway.

Seven tracks had to be hacked off the set list order to make a (14-track) single album, but why I Know It’s Over and the instrumental The Draize Train (whereby Moz gets his traditional backstage breather in preparation for the encores) survive but heart-rending versions of There Is a Light That Never Goes Out and How Soon Is Now? don’t is a mystery. Maybe Moz chose to downplay The Smith’s anthemic qualities but their absence adds to the reason why Rank isn’t the rousing full stop – in effect, a ‘Greatest Bits’ – that The Smiths deserved. Even so, encores of Still Ill and Bigmouth Strikes Again are put to the sword in an exhilarated, exhausted manner, and the crowd react wildly. With anti-Coalition fervour being stoked by students and Morrissey and Marr combined, there is no more perfect time to revisit its molten drama.

--Martin Aston

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Colin Grantham on 25 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Recorded live by the BBC at the National Ballroom, Kilburn, England on 23rd October 1986 during The Smiths' "The Queen Is Dead" tour, "Rank", the only officially released live concert, has many drawbacks, most of which could have been avoided. But first, the plus points:
There's a nice mix of songs, albeit predominately from their later years. There's the catchy ones, such as "Panic", "Ask", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side", as well as those which reward perseverance, such as "Rusholme Ruffians" and "I Know It's Over".
The Smiths were often bootlegged, but the sound quality on "Rank", despite sounding a bit tinny and confined, is better than you will find on almost all of them, probably only with the exception of their performance at The Apollo Theatre, Oxford, England on 18th March 1985 (also recorded by the BBC, and has been broadcast on radio in the past, so watch out for it).
Now the negative points:
This is not the complete concert! "I Want The One I Can't Have", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out", "Shakespeare's Sister", "Frankly, Mr. Shankly", "Never Had No One Ever", "Meat Is Murder" and "How Soon Is Now?" were all played at this concert, so why oh why aren't they here?
Morrissey's harmless comments during the show have also been cut. These would add nicely to the atmosphere, so once again, why aren't they here?
Finally, I expect any officially released live concert to have a seamless changing between tracks (even if a concert has been edited, it's still do-able). For the most part, the track changes are pretty seamless, but, in the middle of the CD, there's a fade-out then a fade-in between tracks, which really destroys the continuation - was this really necessary?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kostas on 9 May 2013
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The only official live Smiths album is somewhat of a disappointment. Too few songs (cd is only half-full) and a curious mix of hits and less celebrated pieces. The performances are a bit rougher (and rockier) than the album versions and generally good. Smiths fans will love it anyway but IMO they deserve better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Oirishsteve on 20 Jan. 2010
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I own just about every bootleg and official CD and DVD of the Smiths and Morrissey catalogue...blah blah...and I bought this at the beginning of the nineties!!!, yet this contains the finest version of 'I know it's over' I've ever heard, a long sprawling track with blistering guitar work, the guitar work is sublime and the quality of the sound is just amazing, the atmosphere of the whole CD just can't be beaten.....for all it's faults (several tracks short of the bootleg version etc) buy it...I played this and still do so many times and I never get sick of hearing it.....took me through some testing times as well...now there's a story!!!
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By Domino on 22 Mar. 2014
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I bought this for the live version of "I know its over", which is, in my opinion, the greatest live performance the Smiths have ever given.
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By lozmaps on 24 Jun. 2013
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had this on tape, my brother asked for it back! I'm chuffed to bits to have it again.Brilliant live set, wish I had been there
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By Twenty Benson on 16 Jun. 2013
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This album is beyond amazing. There is so much talent on show and everyone earns their credit here. Morrissey is phenomenal of course, but the playing, particularly the bass, is awe-inspiring. The set is perfectly chosen and it flows unbelievable smoothly despite the vastly different song styles featured. The Draize Train is one of the best instrumentals I've ever heard and I could listen to it for hours. Simply brilliant, a live album as it should be!
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I've always been a fan of Live Albums, especially live albums of bands and singers that it is impossible to see live for whatever reason. The only negative to this album is that there are certain parts of it that were cut, such as the on stage banter and certain songs that were performed at the concert that were not included here for whatever reason. However, those set backs don't detrect from the fact that the sound quality of this album is great. I have several bootlegs of The Smiths live and the quality of this albums surpasses those by far.
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