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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 (10 Nov. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B001ECE4D2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. What Difference Does It Make? [Peel Session - BBC] 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Shakespeare's Sister 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Barbarism Begins At Home [7" Version] 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Headmaster Ritual 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen15. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Panic 2:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Ask 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Shoplifters Of The World Unite 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Sheila Take A Bow 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Girlfriend In A Coma 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. I Started Something I Couldn't Finish 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Jeane 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Handsome Devil [Live at Manchester Hacienda 4/2/83] 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. This Charming Man [New York Vocal] 5:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Wonderful Woman 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Back To The Old House 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen29. These Things Take Time 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Girl Afraid 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Stretch Out And Wait 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Oscillate Wildly [Instrumental] 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Meat Is Murder [Live at Oxford Apollo 18/3/85] 5:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen36. Money Changes Everything 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen37. The Queen Is Dead / Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty [Medley] 6:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen39. Cemetry Gates (2008 Remastered Version) 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen40. Half A Person 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen41. Sweet And Tender Hooligan [BBC Version] 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen42. Pretty Girls Make Graves [Troy Tate Version] 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen43. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen44. What's The World? [Live in Glasgow 1985] 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen45. London [Live at National Ballroom, Kilburn, London 23/10/86] 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

"THE SOUND OF THE SMITHS" is brand new compilation of the definitive British independent band of the eighties - Produced with the full co-operation of Morrissey and Johnny Marr: Morrissey provided the title and Johnny Marr personally supervised the mastering, their joint invlovement ensuring that this is the most impactful look back at the Smiths' extraordinary career to date.

The Sound Of The Smiths is available as either a single disc or two disc collection. Disc one comprises 23 tracks and presents all the Smiths' memorable single releases, reinstating singles that were scheduled though eventually unreleased in that form ("Still Ill" and "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby") plus European only singles including "Barbarism Begins At Home" and "The Headmaster Ritual". The core of disc one, however, is that matchless run of singles from their first Rough Trade 7 inch "Hand In Glove" to the posthumous "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me". The collection includes genuine classic hits such as "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now", "How Soon Is Now", "Panic" and "Girlfriend in A Coma" which marked the pinnacle of that unique creative collaboration between vocalist Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. Indeed, Morrissey's eloquence and proselytising was always matched by the compelling musicianship of Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.

The two disc format adds a further 22 tracks including rare b-sides, tracks that were exclusive to 12 inch releases and selected live recordings. Among the rarities are the Troy Tate produced "Pretty Girls Make Graves", "What's The World", a cover of a track from the fellow Manchester band James, recorded live at Barrowlands, Glasgow, originally released only on a cassette single and the live "Meat Is Murder" from the vinyl 12 inch single version of "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore".

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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A. Walker on 2 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's really serious. The Smiths probably have the messiest catalogue there is. Around two thirds of their songs appear on the four studio albums while the remaining third are scattered across several compilations and rare CD-singles. Warner, unlikeEMI, have never been interested in milking a catalogue (or creating coherent and necessary reissues).

Looking through the dozen or so titles down your local retailer, the racks are clogged up with no less than four "greatest hits" collections and three rarities sets. These really need to be consigned to the bargain bin so they can be replaced with more streamlined compilations that would supplement the albums with at least some degree of logic: all the non-album songs (with a vocal) would fill a CD. Add to that a second disc of instrumentals, alternative versions, and live b-sides and you have a superlative two-disc set. A CD of BBC sessions is also required.

And so to the Rhino 45-track "The Sound Of The Smiths": judging by the title and cover photo of the group themselves, this was not sanctioned by Morrissey and Marr. The first disc is a chronological run-through their "greatest hits" with a couple of slightly different versions thoughtfully substituted. But the perfectly titled andartworked "Singles" from 1995 was the definitive best-of for all time, comprising every A-side in chronological order.

The second disc presents an alternative view of The Smiths career, digging deeper and throwing up some rarities in the process: the live version of "Handsome Devil" and the Troy Tate produced version of "Pretty Girls Make Graves" appear on CD for the very first time; while "Jeane", "Wonderful Woman" and the live James cover "What's The World?" have at last been compiled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. T on 8 Sept. 2011
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Buy it for CD2. From the original Hand in Glove live b-side of Handsome Devil to the ropey but loveable James cover-version (previously only available to me on my friend's much-coveted cassette single). Both CD1 and CD2 combine to remind that Morrissey and Marr were never so subversive and beautiful as they were when they were writing and performing together. As an ageing ardent fan who bought the singles as they came out, but who isn't a completist, this compilation has been a joy, pulling together all the famous tracks, but more importantly, the b-sides and oddities so beautifully. CD2 is my most played Smiths 'thing', which means I can finally give the singles a well earned rest. Don't bother with the overpriced deluxe about to be released, go for the underpriced delight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a.m.hardwick on 22 Jun. 2011
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On of the best Smiths compilations and remastered - better than Jap pressings.

pity no Draize train track or sandie shaw A-side as well.

Dirt cheap considering low-fi mp3 file alternatives.

Thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dizzy on 28 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have most of The Smiths albums (sadly most of the older ones on tape, gosh how old am I?) and bought this as it included a remastered live version of Meat is Murder.
The original recording was played on Radio 1 I think and mine was a copy of a copy of a copy so very poor quality. The whole album is worth it for that one track (and the revisiting of my youth) alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Storey on 16 Sept. 2011
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fantastic best of remastered incl album tracks and singles and rarities, great value. already have the studio albums and this is a great addition as the tracks are remastered.

not sure whether it is worth buying the new complete set which is all remastered??
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frequency95 on 2 Dec. 2011
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I recieved this album as a present and am really glad I did!!! Introduced me to the beautiful music of the Smiths with a lot of songs for the money, also including the John Peel sessions for a few songs and live versions (Meat is Murder live is amazing).
After listening to this to death I am planning on buying their other albums now, I am truly a converted Smiths fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ida Henman on 1 Jun. 2011
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I previously owned The Best of the Smiths.I found it pretty much impossible to listen to, way too compressed and brittle.I was sceptical about this latest offering.My fears were unfounded,the sound is excellent.Both CDs sound smooth,but with plenty of clarity.The big plus for me is that "How Soon is Now",as well as"This Charming Man",are both the 12" versions.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Graham Corless on 6 Nov. 2008
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Completely agree with most of the above comments - what was needed was a release like The Beatles "Past Masters" discs, mopping up the non-album tracks be they A-sides, B-sides or 12" versions etc.

They really missed a chance to do that here - as well as the aforementioned "Draize Train", "I Keep Mine Hidden" and "Work Is A Four Letter Word" omissions, I'd like to add that it appears that the non-BBC version of "Accept Yourself" is still unavailable on CD except on hard to get "This Charming Man" CD maxi singles. This also had Jeanne and Wonderful Woman (included here at last), but I think the alternative "Manchester" (or was it "London") version of This Charming Man was only ever on 12" vinyl (may be wrong there). And the original B-side of "Stretch Out And Wait" had a couple of different lyrics to the one used later on compilations - has that one ever been on CD? Maybe that's the version included here. Also, a missed chance to put out the original 12" B-side crossfaded segue of Rubber Ring/Asleep. Annoying!

Apparently Morrissey and Johnny Marr had some input - perhaps they've deliberatley missed off some stuff they didn't like? Still, I think that as one of the greatest bands of all times (SECOND best band of the 80's did someone say?!? Yeah, right, like there was anyone better), all their official releases should be available for posterity. Or better still, why didn't someone just go through "The Songs That Saved Your Life" and put every single thing in there into a box set! Including the whole Troy Tate album, please (my copy is rather rubbish quality)!

Still, 4 stars for what IS on it, one withheld for the omissions.
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