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The Sound of the Smiths: Deluxe Edition [2CD] [Original recording remastered]

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 (10 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B001ECE4D2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Hand In Glove 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. This Charming Man 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. What Difference Does It Make? [Peel Session - BBC] 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Still Ill 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. William, It Was Really Nothing 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. How Soon Is Now? 6:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nowhere Fast 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
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 
Listen13. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Bigmouth Strikes Again 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
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 
Listen35. Asleep 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
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 
Listen38. Vicar In A Tutu 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
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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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I Keep Mine Hidden" 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this collection! 28 Jan 2009
By Dizzy
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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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BEST OF REMASTERED 16 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars smiths - 2CD set remastered 22 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars to all smiths fans 20 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this album features all the smiths greatest hits the second disc features all rare material and what difference does it make is on there the john peel session
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound of the Smiths 29 Feb 2012
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Just a great collection of Smiths songs, if your like me and liked the Smiths but never got round to buying the albums this is a must, its got all the best tracks on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BUY NOW 2 Dec 2011
Format:MP3 Download
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
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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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This album gives total V.F.M. 45 tracks .this is a must for all smiths fans.
Published 1 month ago by John Sincock
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
It's amazing how difficult it is to find a good, complete Smiths compilation. This one is the closest you'll get to it.
Published 2 months ago by Almudena Díaz
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Published 2 months ago by Angeleyes
4.0 out of 5 stars very promt on service
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Published 2 months ago by mrmarkaharding
5.0 out of 5 stars hubby prezzy 38yr old lolx
bought for hubby while ago,think took a while to come,but he loves it,always on in his van,just crazy funny feel good,didhe raly say that music,easy listening
Published 3 months ago by stoneage
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection.
A collection of the best songs by an amazing band. You can't go wrong. It has all my classic favourites on it.
Published 3 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
have been a huge Smiths fan for years and already have most of their albums. but this one is fantastic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. McGAFFIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Yup
If you are new to the Smiths or an old fan, this is a must.
The re-masters mean that on todays great quality systems the sound is rich as the lyrics!
Published 9 months ago by seekew
5.0 out of 5 stars what`s not to like?
I own most of the back catalogue on precious original vinyl

This is 45 tracks with most of the best loved tracks and a stack of rare b sides that are hard to find... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dr. Michael J. Johnson
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