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The Sound of the Smiths [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: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B001ECE6CQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hand In Glove (2008 Remastered Version)
2. This Charming Man (2008 Remastered Version)
3. What Difference Does It Make? [Peel Session - BBC] (2008 Remastered BBC Version)
4. Still Ill (2008 Remastered Version)
5. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (2008 Remastered Version)
6. "William, It Was Really Nothing (2008 Remastered Version)"
7. How Soon Is Now? (2008 Remastered Version)
8. Nowhere Fast (2008 Remastered Version)
9. Shakespeare's Sister (2008 Remastered Version)
10. "Barbarism Begins At Home (2008 Remastered 7"" Version)"
11. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (2008 Remastered Version)
12. The Headmaster Ritual (2008 Remastered Version)
13. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (2008 Remastered Version)
14. Bigmouth Strikes Again (2008 Remastered Version)
15. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (2008 Remastered Version)
16. Panic (2008 Remastered Version)
17. Ask (2008 Remastered Version)
18. "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (2008 Remastered Version)"
19. Shoplifters Of The World Unite (2008 Remastered Version)
20. Sheila Take A Bow (2008 Remastered Version)
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"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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound of the Smiths Sounds Great! 16 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
The music is excellent. It defined an era and is catchy, sincere, interesting and wryly bleak but melodic and jangly at the same time. If you've never heard 'The Smiths' before buy this and see if you like them. I would never have bought any of the original albums if I hadn't come across this so ignore the somewhat elitist and pretentious negative reviews because the music itself rocks.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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Let's just start by addressing some of the gripes in the other reviews:

Morrissey and Marr are NOT "working together"... Marr oversaw the remastering of the original tapes for this compilation - and the tracks really do sound better than ever. Morrissey simply provided a perfunctory title (if Warners press releases are to be believed...). A statement on Morrissey's (semi)official website confirms that he does not endorse this "slapdash" compilation and asks his fans to spend their money elsewhere.

The reason why there is no "proper", "comprehensive", "in depth" (call it what you like) issuing of Smiths out-takes, rarities, etc, whether as stand-alone discs or incorporated into expanded editions of the original studio albums, is really very simple indeed: Morrissey has made it abundantly clear that he will NEVER agree to anything that will financially benefit Mike Joyce, the Smiths' drummer who took Morrissey & Marr to Court. So Warners/Rhino will always be limited to simply reissuing only the material they have and in formats that do not require permissions from Morrissey and Marr. This new compilation is about Warners/Rhino wanting to make more money, not Morrissey being "down to his last eight million" as someone has stupidly commented.

So let's stop reviewing the Smiths legacy and dwelling on all the irrelevant "What if?"s and concentrate on the disc in hand... the sound is phenomenally good. The one-disc edition is a superb introduction to The Smiths for newcomers - the two-disc edition is more for die-hard fans (who will probably resent not being able to buy the second "rarities and extras" disc on its own).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last night I dreamt . . . 7 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
For those of us who started their teenage years in the mid eighties and were perhaps on the sensitive or alternative side of life, this CD may evoke many mixed memories. Those of you who were "dressers" might in fact prefer a reminiscence album from 5 star though! It's a good album with fair representation of all the most important Smiths tracks there, but it's more likely to make you cry into your beer over your lost teenage years and loves than to make you full of glee. Sing along for the best experience if you can remember the words!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!! 1 Feb 2014
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An absolute must have for any Smiths fan!!!! Brings back so many memories every time I listen to it. Smiths this!!!!!
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A great way to become acquainted with one of the most iconic of all British bands and reasonably priced, too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album 20 Dec 2013
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
For any Smiths fan, or somebody looking to be introduced to the Smiths, this album is excellent. The Smiths sound today feels as current as I imagine it would have during the 80s, and their music has lasted the test of time, perhaps having more of a following today than back in the 80s.

I'd given this album 4 stars however because despite the music being fantastic, there are only 22 songs (which sounds a lot) but there are many excellent songs missed out. Nevertheless, the album price represents fantastic value for money.

If you want a physical album with (nearly) all the songs of the Smiths, I'd go for 'Complete'
Smiths Complete

However, 'Complete' is significantly more expensive and so I might recommend buying this album, and separately downloading the remaining songs from amazon/iTunes as you may make a saving this way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic songs from a classic band 9 Nov 2013
By Bill
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Whats not to like here, the ideal introduction to one of the best bands of the 80's. Single disc version is probably fine for the average fan, the second disc is less interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Knows I love This! 1 Nov 2013
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Morrisey shirt "akimbo" with Daffodils drooping from his jean back pocket remains firmly in my visual memory but more importantly it is the music and poetry of the Smiths repertoire that will remain with me forever. Morrisey exposes his own insecurities and observations on the world around him brilliantly via the medium that is the Smiths. Each crafted sociological "sonnet" takes you across a tumultuous sea of industrial emotion. Even in the darkest moments you have to love the wonderful ebony darkness that exudes from within this compilation representing the best of the Smiths." I would go out tonight but I haven't got a stitch to wear" is such a casual screaming commentary of the insecure that we can all draw comfort from.Typical Morrisey exposing all our wonderful insecurities a National Treasure and everybody are The Smiths.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Would definitely recommend for someone just getting into The Smiths. Great selection of songs, so glad to have bought it.
Published 6 months ago by Gemma Holgate
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great sound, not quite the one I was looking for, but loads of great hits if you are a smiths fan you won't be disapointed
Published 7 months ago by marc
4.0 out of 5 stars All the hits
Not a great Smith's fan but do like their singles and selected album tracks. This the cheapest and best way to get all their singles plus "best of" the album tracks. Read more
Published 10 months ago by NOTiFY
4.0 out of 5 stars Passed nme by at the time
I really enjoyed this CD, I keep hearing and enjoying songs on the radio so sent for this and am now a confirmed Smith's fan
Published 12 months ago by Elaine
4.0 out of 5 stars Something new to try
I'm completely new to the smiths, I also received morrisey's hits the 2008 edition as a gift. I found a couple of the songs seemed to have a amusing tongue in cheek message. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Oh My Gaskarth!
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This arrived quickly and I have enjoyed listening to some old favourites and my daughter has at last been able to hear the sounds of my youth
Published 15 months ago by Melissa
5.0 out of 5 stars gotta love the smiths
great album, great songs, and the item came quickly and well packed. My favorite smiths album, but im sure others will have their own favorites.
Published 16 months ago by Rodney
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did I wait so long
Having existed on two cassettes recorded using friends Smiths records from way back when, finally got round to buying this CD and glad I did.
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by Bennyboy
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