The World Won't Listen
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The World Won't Listen

26 Jun 2001

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  Song Title
Panic (2011 Remastered Version)
Ask (2011 Remastered Version)
London (2011 Remastered Version)
Bigmouth Strikes Again (2011 Remastered Version)
Shakespeare's Sister (2011 Remastered Version)
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (2011 Remastered Version)
Shoplifters Of The World Unite (2011 Remastered Version)
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (2011 Remastered Version)
Money Changes Everything (2011 Remastered Version)
Asleep (2011 Remastered Version)
Unloveable (2011 Remastered Version)
Half A Person
Stretch Out And Wait (2011 Remastered Alternate Vocal Version)
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (2011 Remastered Single Version)
Oscillate Wildly (2011 Remastered Version)
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (UK Mix)
Rubber Ring (2011 Remastered Version)
Golden Lights (2011 Remastered Version)

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  • Original Release Date: 26 Jun 2001
  • Release Date: 26 Jun 2001
  • Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd
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  • Total Length: 59:52
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  • ASIN: B005NHX9SU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,352 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picks up where Hatful of Hollow left off. 21 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
The World Won't Listen is a similar collection to the earlier Hatful of Hollow, bringing together songs from the period between Meat is Murder and The Queen is Dead, with a few songs overlapping along the way. Together with the aforementioned Hatful... it remains, perhaps, the best introduction to the music of the Smiths that anyone is likely to find, and is probably better value for money than the endless, alternate "best of..." collections, currently available.
The songs on this album are probably more familiar to the casual Smiths fan, with songs like Panic, The Boy With the Thorn In His Side and There Is A Light That Never Goes out still getting fairly regular play on channels like VH2, and occasionally crop up on the radio. The sound here had become more pop orientated than the songs on Hatful... with Johnny Marr layering a number of different jangling guitar tracks and gorgeous melodies, which were really taking a greater dominance over the more pedestrian drums and bass. Panic is a great way to start the collection, with a sound that is very much in keeping with the other highlights of this collection and has that great lyric, "hang the DJ", which, I'd imagine, is familiar to people who don't even like The Smiths. This leads seamlessly into Ask, London (the great cover-version of this by the band Cinerama is well worth checking out), Bigmouth Strikes Again and the slight rockabilly of Shakespeare's Sister, before we reach the sublime beauty of There Is A Light... which is quite often, my personal favourite Smiths' song in the world.
Two more pop classics follow, with the storming Shoplifters of the World Unite and the bouncy, The Boy With The Thorn in His Side, which again, has that trademark Smiths' sound that has yet to be recreated by anyone since (including Morrissey solo).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs that saved your life 24 April 2010
By klaher
Format:Audio CD
How to review an album I've been listening to on and off for 23 years?? This odds and sods collection of songs was most welcome in 1987. A bit like "Hatful of Hollow 2", it was a collection of non-album singles, B-sides, some album tracks and one new song.

It started off with 2 of the Smiths more commercial singles, Panic and Ask. Panic had become an unlikely hit the summer before, indeed, its Dublin reference in the lyrics had made it one of the first Smiths songs that people didn't call "depressing". It's a kind of stomping, glammy anthem which zips along in less than 2 and a half minutes. Ask, which follows is one of the Smiths' weaker singles with a fairly bog standard Morrissey tune, though it features nice jangly guitar from Johnny Marr.

London is one of Morrissey's "leaving home and heading to the big smoke" songs. Lyrically it's right on the money, with lines like "and you think they're sad because you're leaving, but did you see the jealousy in the eyes of the ones who had to stay behind." Musically it's a very fast song, which speeds up even more towards the end. Many of the songs are less than 3 minutes long, and quite fast in tempo, so the album flies along.

The rest of the first "side" of the album features mainly album and non-album singles, but the heart of the album is after this when we get to the B-sides. The Smiths' singles were always worth buying, more so than any other band of the era as some of their strongest songs were on the B-side. Asleep is a wintry ballad, which sounds as morbid as Morrissey gets, over a simple piano tune, with some studio trickery creating a howling wind. Unloveable follows, a classic Morrissey self-loathing ballad.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The major flaw with this is as a collection (mainly) of The Smiths later non-LP tracks is it doesn't have any of the "Sheila Take A Bow" EP on it.
Get "Louder Than Bombs" instead - it does, as well as lots of additional tracks, most of which are also on "Hatful Of Hollow".
The only selling point of this collection over "Louder Than Bombs" is the alternate version of "Stretch Out And Wait".
Add to that the rather poor instrumental "Money Changes Everything" which Johnny Marr gave to Bryan Ferry for the basis of his "Right Stuff" single. "The Draize Train" would have been a better choice of Smiths instrumental to include in my opinion.
Another problem with this collection is that 5 of the tracks appear on "The Queen Is Dead" and "Meat Is Murder" LPs which makes the omission of "Sheila Take A Bow", "Is It Really So Strange" and "Sweet And Tender Hooligan" even more disappointing.
The songs get 5 stars but this is the least essential original Smiths release.
(I'm ignoring The Very Best Of, Best Of I and II, and Singles)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for Stretch Out and Wait 21 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album was the last 'real' Smiths album I needed for my collection (ie. ignoring Best of I and II, The Very Best Of and Singles), so I already had Louder Than Bombs and Hatful of Hollow, and didn't technically "need" this one. At least that's what my friends thought. They don't seem to realise that The Smiths (and especially Morrissey) are not so much a band, more a religion that deserves to be courted and pursued with relentless abandon. Essentially I bought this album for Money Changes Everything, because I didn't know at the time that the Stretch Out and Wait featuring on The World... is actually different to the one on Bombs. But as I discovered, The World Won't Listen is actually worth buying just for that one track; Stretch Out and Wait has always been one of my favourite Smiths songs (making it one of my favourite songs ever), and the frission of excitement this version delivers is priceless.
The World Won't Listen is an excellent accompaniment to Hatful, this album covering The Smiths' later repertoire, and Hatful their earlier work (with Louder Than Bombs a cunning blend of the two). While they may have lost their youthful sketchiness by their later work, the lyrical and musical genius of Morrissey and Marr remains dumbfoundingly evident, especially on tracks such as the jaw-droppingly beautiful Asleep, the thumping, chugging Shakespeare's Sister and London, and the almost fully without hope (but in the most wonderfully articulated way) of Unloveable. The beauty and complexity of The Smiths is even more apparent when compared to the bland, meaningless pap produced by most pop 'stars' nowadays.
Buy it and revel in the genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy
Got this for my 16 year old son who is big into vinyls and he was thrilled with it. Loves the retro stuff.
Published 22 days ago by Ber Golden
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Vinyl of The Smiths
It is such a shame that the current generation are only just experiencing the mellow sound of vinyl music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by VB
5.0 out of 5 stars smiths a must
i have this album on vinal and thought its about time getting it on cd when i seen it for the price it was going for i couldnt say no great
Published 20 months ago by geo
4.0 out of 5 stars Not As Redundant As You Might Think
Because of Louder than bombs, this compilation seems a bit pointless, nearly all of the tracks on here are on Louder Than Bombs. Read more
Published 21 months ago by JJKelsall
4.0 out of 5 stars the smiths - world wont listen CD remastered (2012).
notable for its inclusion of b side track instru "money changes everything".

MCE was left off the 1987 CD album but was included on the cassette but not on the vinyl... Read more
Published on 11 April 2012 by a.m.hardwick
5.0 out of 5 stars World won`t is Different!!!
World won`t listen is a super collection over Louder than Bombs, It actually contains a different version of "Stretch out and Wait"', which is an excellent song. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Hang the blessed DJ, congratulate Moz
This is a very good album as it contains basically the singles and b-sides of the Queen is Dead era. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars The Smiths depressing - not likely
Morrissey has had a reputation for depressing lyrics, and used to be known as a favourite listen for the bedsit brigade. Read more
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