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Singles Import

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  • Audio CD (23 May 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002MZ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hand In Glove
  2. This Charming Man
  3. What Difference Does It Make?
  4. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
  5. William, It Was Really Nothing
  6. How Soon Is Now?
  7. Shakespeare's Sister
  8. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  9. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
  10. Bigmouth Strikes Again
  11. Panic
  12. Ask
  13. Shoplifters of The World Unite
  14. Sheila Take A Bow
  15. Girlfriend In A Coma
  16. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
  17. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
  18. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

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When you listen to this collection of nearly all the noteworthy singles by the Smiths, you might marvel over the fact that Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr collaborated and cowrite so many astonishing tunes only to break up a mere four years into their creative burst. The first half of Singles is a relentless parade of top-notch emotional Morrissey punches. Then just when you think you're going to catch your breath, "Bigmouth Strikes Again" breaks out and the poignancy and wit of that charming man really hits home. From the shimmering "Ask" to the dark crooner "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" to the closing hit "There is a Light That Never Goes Out," the collection leaves one feeling wistful, for these tracks will never be matched. --Lorry Fleming

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Format: Audio CD
The Smiths represent the turning point of 1980s music and, especially, indie. The particular brilliance of the first great indie guitarist, Johnnie Marr, took us from post-punk into retro guitar music and it is in a large part to him that Oasis, Blur etc owe their style (they freely acknowledge this fact). Partnered with the brilliant lyricist and perennial wierdo Morrissey the group produces some of the finest hits of the eighties. This compilation, featuring all 18 singles from 1983-1987 is the ideal introduction to the band, as well as an essential purchase for those fans owning other albums/compilations by the group. Highly recommended.
If you like this try: The Queen is Dead, the Smiths and one of pop's finest albums ever.
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The Smiths have always been a confusing band, with mixed reactions from all the general public and all ages, some who think they are musical caviar and chips, others who see them as just another whining, miserablist indie band. Perhaps they don't get the point of them. I must admit Morrissey's voice was rather grating and whiney on a lot of the singles and doesn't particularly add much as an instrument. Mind you, if it wasn't for that, it wouldn't be "him" - one of music's true, celebrated outsiders.
In an era of fun, but bloated commercial pop/rock like Duran Duran and Bon Jovi, these were a truly refreshing musical experience - Johnny Marr was possibly the best indie guitarist of the decade. (How on earth does he introduce "William, It Was Really Nothing" with a cheesy Spanish hotel bar band style-riff and still make it sound like a great art?)
"What Difference Does It Make?", "This Charming Man", "Bigmouth Strikes Again" and "Panic" were defining singles of the era and it's hard to think of many who would use lyrics like "Hang the DJ" in the era where many old-time "political" punks smartened up and softened. It's also fascinating to find how much modern indie takes its cue from this band - you can see how much Feeder, Travis, Keane, Coldplay and the (now sadly departed) James were inspired by "BSA" alone.
So, a great compilation, as long as you've got the CD skipper button at the ready. It's not perfect, but that's how great pop music should be - and when it's good, how good it is.
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after hearing 'panic' in a compilation tape, i legged it out and bought a smiths cd. i wasn't disappointed. this is simply breathtaking. morrissey's wry humour comes through clearly on many of the tracks such as 'bigmouth strikes again' and 'shoplifters of the world unite' and some of the guitar playing, such as the first few bars of 'this charming man' are incredible. each song brings something new. some of the moments in this cd seem to be completely perfect. i wish it went on forever because i can't find anything to match it.
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This is THE ultimate Smiths compilation featuring ONLY the singles in chronological order.Now the Smiths fan can go back in time & listen to the singles in their correct order & realise that with each single,Morrissey & Marr wrote better songs each time.
The highlights of the cd:'Hand in Glove','How Soon is Now','That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore'(beautiful guitar playing,beautiful lyrics!),'Shakespeare's Sister','Bigmouth Strikes Again'(check out Johnny Marr's incredible guitar playing!)
These songs continue to amaze me now.I recommend this cd to other Smiths fans,a great 80's band.
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Format: Audio CD
This Smiths compilation perfectly captures the essence of the Smiths. I love it beacuase it represents both a chronological view and stylistic view of the group as they experimented and evolved using every musical trick in the book - jangling Rickenbacker sounds of William it was really nothing and This Charming Man or Glam Rock sound of Ask and Hang the DJ. The lyrics are tremendous, Morrissey's ability to write and deliver both witty, cutting (about himself and others) and incisive lyrics is at its best here. There is not one poor track, well worth a listen even if you are not a devotee.
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Well....did the smiths take over from where 'the jam' finished? You decide as that's what most people thought at the time.
This is worth a 5/5 just for probably 'what difference does it make?' as it still is my favourite smiths single.
Heaven knows I'm miserable now and William it was really nothing are top tunes with probably their most famous 'this charming man' and 'panic' as they're prob the two most played on radio.
I didnt realise back then when the smiths split it was like having a death in the family,at the time I was still at school when the jam split in 1982 and then this man with a daffodil in his back jeans pocket appeared on TOTP and I thought who is this one hit wonder? Boy was I mistaken.
I did see morrisey support madness at finsbury park (who came on after the great Ian dury who got the biggest applause of the day)and I thought he was doing ok on stage but everyone got impatient waiting for madness and after about 3-4 songs he was booed off ( not his fault...just bad timing)
The singles is another class selection and I'm pretty sure its all of them so buy it and enjoy
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The Smiths never meant that much to me - they were a little after my time, but I always enjoyed their singles. I did try a couple of albums; `Meat Is Murder' and `Strangeways' but somehow that was just too much Smiths.

The real fan won't want this album but for the casual dipper it's perfect. I never found Morrissey particularly depressing - amusing certainly - but not depressing. Most of the time he's taking the mick isn't he? `Now I know how Joan of Arc felt', `Hang the DJ', `Girlfriend in a Coma', come on he's taking the mick and very droll it is too. What a talent that feller Marr was and, let's be honest, how disappointing his subsequent career has been.

There are some great songs on here, almost too many to mention, but a special huzzah! for `Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now' (tell me he's not taking the mick), `William It Was Really Nothing', `That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore', `Boy With The Thorn In His Side' and `There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' (a geniunely moving song); all of them terrific and a must for anyone's collection.
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