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The Smiths Audio CD
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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
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00002496V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Reel Around The Fountain 5:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. You've Got Everything Now (2011 Remastered Version) 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Miserable Lie (2011 Remastered Version) 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pretty Girls Make Graves (2011 Remastered Version) 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (2011 Remastered Version) 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. This Charming Man (2011 Remastered Version) 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Still Ill (2011 Remastered Version) 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hand In Glove (2011 Remastered Version) 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. What Difference Does It Make? (2011 Remastered Version) 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Don't Owe You Anything (2011 Remastered Version) 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Suffer Little Children (2011 Remastered Version) 5:310.99  Buy MP3 

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It is difficult to describe just how different The Smiths sounded when it was released in early 1984. In an era of overproduced crash, bang and very often, wallop, this album defined northern British pop in a manner not unlike the Beatles had two decades earlier. Vocalist and lyricist Steven Patrick Morrissey cut a very singular swathe with lyrics that quoted freely from kitchen sink dramas, great literary heritage, and, in doing so, gave awkward youth its new (and enduring) hero.

After the group crashed on to the scene with their debut single, “This Charming Man”, in summer 1983, The Smiths was initially recorded with ex-Teardrop Explodes guitarist Troy Tate as producer, before abandoning it and getting ex-Roxy Music producer and bassist, John Porter, in to re-record. The sound – playing to Johnny Marr’s obsession with 60s guitar supported by Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke’s economical rhythm section – created a music, that like its accompanying lyrics, was completely out of step with the times, yet has come to define them as much as any Frankie Goes To Hollywood track.

Morrissey's utter disdain for playing pop's game, combined with the group's control over their artwork and being part of Rough Trade mapped out a new stage of indie music; blending classic, focussed melodies with this witty intensity, tackling taboo subjects such as child abuse (“Reel Around The Fountain”), the Moors Murders (“Suffer Little Children” with its infamous “Manchester, so much to answer for” line) and sexual politics, dressed in pretty, northern music. Although it’s not their greatest work, The Smiths remains an incredible statement of intent. --Daryl Easlea

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THE SMITHS The Smiths (German issue 11-track CD includes the amazing tracks This Charming Man and Hand In Glove and so many more classics! picture sleeve booklet with lyrics and black and white photos)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated album is one of their best. 25 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
Whilst seen as a major disappointment by some music critics, who slammed it's production as "leaden and uninspired", the album has an exciting, raw feel to it which the polished later albums lack. Certainly there are lesser songs present here, but the classics outweigh the fillers. The standouts? 'You've Got Everything Now' is an absolutely marvellous track and 'Reel Around The Fountain' justly classic, whilst 'Still Ill' is an absolute joy to behold- superb lyrics and an excellent vocal by Morrissey. So, ignore those blasted ignorant critics and purchase this record. You really won't regret it- and will be writing a similarly gushing review within days- guaranteed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original recording 14 July 2009
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Just a warning this is a remastering of the original version , which did not include' This Charming Man'. It was a single and added to later versions of the album. Still a great album without it .
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smiths at their most raw. 2 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
Upon first listen I dismissed The Smiths as a distinctly average album by their standards and in comparison to the heights of The Queen is Dead. However, this album above all others has been the biggest grower on me over the course of say a year, and songs that once seemed a little tuneless and overly meandering (Still Ill, Reel Around the Fountain) and hardly up to the pop catchiness of later albums are somehow now more powerful and beautiful than those songs I'd be singing along to as soon as I stuck The Queen is Dead on, or Strangeways Here We Come.
The Smiths is an album that takes a touch of perseverence - perhaps due in part to the legendary under-production, done on only 20,000 after a less than satisfactory effort by Troy Tate. As much as the production is murky and often leaden, it has a charm which lends itself to the sheer darkness and gravity of many of the songs' subjects and lyrics - Morrissey here is exploring child abuse (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle), serial child murder (Suffer Little Children), homosexuality (Hand in Glove) and raw sexuality in general (Reel Around the Fountain). And he handles them with the subtelty only a master poet, backed up by Marr's mesmerising guitarwork, could.
Highlights of the album include "Still Ill", a nostalgic look back at Morrissey's experiences growing up in Manchester, filled with disolution and that wonderful despairing lyric "Am I Still Ill" with the grave feeling of prelongued sickness a terrifying thought when used as an analogy of life. "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" is a mesmeric lullaby with a hideous implication of child abuse mixed with terrifying images of shadows looming eerily over a child's bed - the feeling amplified no end by Johnny Marr's subtle and hypnotic guitar hooks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy Masterpiece 1 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As far as debuts go, this could not be labelled as explosive, but maybe this is because morrissey and marr dare to explore more mature topics than other bands of the time. From the first track (Reel Around The Fountain) the listener can tell how important this album would have been at the time, but also now. The relevance of 'Suffer Little Children' and 'The Hand That Rocks The Cradle' will never diminish and by listeneing to the lyrics, the listener will appreciate this fact. Morrissey explores a number of topics including dis-satisfaction in relationships (Pretty Girls Make Graves) jealousy (You've Got Everything Now) and sexuality (This Charming Man) With such a wealth of important topics, this album easily makes my top 10.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated Smiths album 25 July 2006
By Darthy
Format:Audio CD
It might lack the impact of later albums, but I would agree with several other reviewers that "The Smiths" is the second-best Smiths album, after "The Queen is Dead". Perhaps its lack of recognition in regard to later albums is partly due to the slightly leaden production, partly the "atypical" nature of some of the songs, but for me "The Smiths" contains some of the band's most beautiful, haunting and memorable work.

The obvious early Smiths classics are all there. "This Charming Man" remains as catchy and whimsical as ever, and is perhaps the greatest early example of a perfect combination between Marr's composition and Morrissey's lyrics. "Hand in Glove", the group's first single, is still one of the most romantic songs ever written - Morrissey's observations on the experience of being in love are remarkably astute. "Still Ill" is a stunning nostalgic tale, and "What Difference Does It Make?", while not quite achieving the impact of the three tracks already mentioned, sits comfortably among the group's best work.

Despite these songs, some of the most beautiful work on the album is found on the slower ballads. The opening track "Reel Around the Fountain" is a wistful yet strangely relaxing tune of contradictions - though at first it sounds like a beautiful love song, closer attention to the lyrics reveals that it is about nothing more than sexual desire. "Pretty Girls Make Graves" is a clever and memorable song about confused sexuality, and "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" is surely one of the group's most underrated songs. Full of haunting imagery and with a subtly unsettling edge, it deserves recognition as one of The Smiths' greatest ever songs, and features one of Morrissey's best lyrics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a bunch of miseries
I bought this album in an attempt to win over a young lady I was interested in, first time round I mean, and she stole that copy before chucking me over for another young chap,... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Richard Shillam
5.0 out of 5 stars The best!
Briillant. Lying on the beach in Cala D'or in Majorca in 1984 listening to this on cassette
Several Gremans approached me and asked me what I was listening to. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jackarmy1071
4.0 out of 5 stars Again a fairly iconic and game changeing album at the time
And any serious music afficionado has to have it in the rack
Which is why I bought it. And I think the tracks still stand up well
Published 2 months ago by Ginola14
5.0 out of 5 stars The best band of their time
You recognized them immediately: this wonderful texts, this poetry on music as I call it, and than this whirling voice of Morrissey. Beautiful !!!!!
Published 10 months ago by Pierre Brewee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bard of Barking Billy Bragg Says......
Barking singer/songwriter Billy Bragg was asked about some of his favourite records in the April 2013 edition of the retro music magazine Uncut. Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This was bought for a friend who totally loves The Smiths. The cd was in excellent condition and he loves it. Well packaged, fast delivery too.
Published 13 months ago by sam1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut album!
The songs that make me love this album are those that were not included in any other records the band would release later: "Miserable Lie", "Pretty Girl Make... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marlo Davidson de Sousa
5.0 out of 5 stars A Five Star Debut!
I've found that a lot of people aren't keen on this album because of the production and I will admit that it could have been done better. Read more
Published 21 months ago by JJKelsall
2.0 out of 5 stars the smiths - debut album CD
for my money this debut album is the weakest of all their o/s albums.

absolutely no bonus cuts on the remastered CD in 2012. Read more
Published on 11 April 2012 by a.m.hardwick
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smiths
Being a Smiths fan of course I'm happy with this purchase. Third time I've bought this CD for various reasons...!
Published on 20 April 2011 by J. Stinson
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