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Viva Hate [Extra tracks, Special Edition]

Morrissey Audio CD
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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey, is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the UK but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom on ten occasions. ... Read more in Amazon's Morrissey Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Feb 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Special Edition
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000072D0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Alsatian Cousin
2. Little Man, What Now?
3. Everyday Is Like Sunday
4. Bengali In Platforms
5. Angel Angel Down We Go Together
6. Late Night, Maudlin Street
7. Suedehead
8. Break Up The Family
9. The Ordinary Boys
10. I Don't Mind If You Forget Me
11. Dial A Cliche
12. Margaret On The Guillotine
13. Let The Right One Slip In
14. Pashernate Love
15. At Amber
16. Disappointed
17. Girl Least Likely To
18. I'd Love To
19. Michael's Bones
20. I've Changed My Plea To Guilty

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album let down by bonus tracks 28 Nov 2003
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Viva Hate stands up as Morrissey's best solo work to date. At this early stage in his solo career, Morrissey still retained his dry, arch, sense of humour and his sense of Englishness. Sadly his relocation to LA and obsession with America has greatly marred his writing in recent years.
The album hangs well together, with Steven Street proving a good song-writing partner (the best he has had since the split from the inimitable Johnny Marr). Vinni Reilly's guitar work is tremendous.
However this album has been let down by bonus tracks. For the most part they are utterly forgettable and date from later in his career. Even the inclusion of the splendid Disappointed is a mistake as the live version chosen is so ropy.
Everything about this version smacks of, "Re-issue! Re-package! Re-package! / Re-evaluate the songs / double-pack with a photograph / Extra Track (and a tacky badge)" as Morrissey himself complained on The Smiths Paint a Vulgar Picture. Shame on EMI for this abomination. And why mess with original cover art, which was atmospheric and in keeping with the mood of the album? The new cover is vile.
If you can get hold of the original release, without the extraneous nonsense then do so. If not, then, like me, you'll probably stop the CD after track 12.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Released in 1988 - and immediately written off by the newly baggy loving critics as an attempt by Morrissey to ape the style and sound of the recently defunct Smiths - Viva Hate has retained something of an unjust, negative reputation as illustrating the singer's initial career false-start and, is undeservedly considered to be a weaker effort than later joys, Your Arsenal, Vauxhall & I, and the recent, You Are the Quarry. But why is this? Viva Hate remains one of my favourite albums of the 80's, and is still - as far as I'm concerned - the perfect introduction to the wonders of Morrissey-solo.
The original 12 track album opens with the sublime Alsatian Cousin, which finds Morrissey in a rare, hard-edged mode, as electric guitars wail away, wracked with distortion (this was the era of My Bloody Valentine, the Jesus and Mary Chain and the Pixies after all) as those heart-wrenching opening lyrics ("were you and he lovers, and if you were then say that you were") ably set up the sense of emotional over-kill that the singer was going for. It's an intense moment, brining to mind the musical ferocity of a song like The Queen is Dead, but complementing it with the kind of ambiguous emotional narratives found in tracks like I Know it's Over, I Won't Share You and Last Night I Dreamt... It also points the way to later wayward formula-experiments in both style and attitude scattered throughout the remainder of this record.
From here we press on through the nice throwaway, Little Man What Now?, into that utterly classic single, Everyday is Like Sunday -- the only song I can think of that truly encapsulates the boredom and malaise of everyday life ("trudging slowly over wet sand, back to the bench where your clothes were stolen").
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great... but lessened by the 'extra' tracks 20 Jan 2002
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(insert a quote from any part of Paint A Vulgar Picture by The Smiths here)

And so the fleecing of the faithful continues without pause. Adrift in a commercial wasteland, without contract and with millions in the bank, Morrissey further cheapened his reputation with his sixth compilation in a row. Seventh, if you include the shameful "Very Best Of The Smiths".

So after "Suedehead - The Best Of", "My Early Burglary Years - The B-Sides", "The Best Of Morrissey", "Singles 88-91" and "Singles 91-95" box sets, comes this entirely superflous 20 track reissue version of "Viva Hate" with new artwork and photos taken from 5 years after the album originally came out, thrown together with eight extra b-sides from 1989 to 1994. At best it sounds like a random compilation CD someone put together for no reason whatsoever. You can't polish a turd and to all intents and purposes that is exactly what this is.

In case you haven't got the gist I strongly recommend you avoid buying this cheap and tacky ripoff.

And now to go back in time. Musically speaking this is to be treasured, because not only is it from the era when Morrissey actually made records and left the house, but most of it represents the era before Morrissey "lost it" in dated nostalgia and diminishing returns. There's three distinct things that needs to be reviewed.

a) "Viva Hate"

In a rare decision I agree with, this album regarded by Morrissey as hastily-put together without the best choice of songs. Overall the impression the album gives is that of sterility, and adrift from his former musical partners in The Smiths, he sounds lost but defiant.
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Because of the iconic reputation that The Smiths had, it was obvious that whatever Morrissey did next he would be slated for it. However, Viva Hate resembles a fresh sound and a change in direction for Morrissey. As I mentioned in a review of Strangeways, Here We Come, The Smiths always had the same sort of sound, which they then refined from album to album. With The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways, The Smiths had reached their creative peak and I don't think they could have refined their work into anything new. However, the break-up of the band lead Morrissey to create his own sound that is somewhat similar, but entirely different from The Smiths.

The opening track Alsation Cousin contains some great guitar work and Morrissey's voice and lyrics are still strong. Little Man, What Now is a good track, and a nice transition into the epic Every Day Is Like Sunday. That song should really have been a bigger hit than it was, for Morrissey's voice really soars and the inclusion of strings was a clear change from his previous sound. In addition, the song was incredibly lush and sent shivers down my spine when I heard it.

Bengali In Platforms, while slated for being racist, I always found was a compassionate number addressing the difficulties that immigrants face. The whole "life is hard enough when you belong here" racist thing is a joke. It is a blunt, yet truthful statement and of course somebody who has an entirely different way of life and culture doesn't belong in a completely opposing culture. That is common sense. I really liked the song anyway.

The strings return into the drmatically short, cinematic ballad, Angel, Down We Go Together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars 24 years on, I still hate Viva Hate.
I've always been ambivalent about Morrissey, I really liked The Smiths Greatest Hits CD, but since they split up he's been crap basically; and a complete parody of angst. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Philip Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars He only want's to embrace your culture!!
Viva Hate was Morrissey's debut solo album, The Smiths split in the autumn of 1987 and this excellent first offering from Mozzer followed 6 months later. Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by L. M. Stanley
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Morrissey album
I'm still listening to this album 20 years after first buying it. I agree with other reviewers who say the extra tracks shouldn't have been added/cover shouldn't have been changed. Read more
Published on 28 July 2007 by J HURST
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Arise, Sir Mozzer!'
His first solo effort since the break up of The Smiths, 'Viva Hate' had a lot to live up to. Thankfully, as lead single and instant Moz classic, 'Suedehead' was to prove Stephen... Read more
Published on 11 May 2007 by Antony May
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant. Twists and turns. A great listen.
I bought this when I heard 'Suedehead' on VH2 and I thought it was fantastic. I soon found out, there's more where that came from. Probably the best tracks are... well... Read more
Published on 4 April 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Viva-Hate...Morrissey at his most experimental
A Morrissey fan for the best part of a decade now, I still rate this piece of work as one of his finest. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2006 by Mr. S. A. Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Mozza's unusual solo debut
Hard to describe Morrissey's much-maligned solo debut album. Generally well-received on it's first release, "Viva Hate" has since been met with a slightly less warm response. Read more
Published on 17 July 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey's mediocre debut album.
'Viva Hate' is reissued again- with the same extra tracks as before and the odd live track. The big problem with the extra tracks is they stem from a later period of Moz's work-... Read more
Published on 19 April 2002 by Jason Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars An even better version of Viva Hate
Even though I've already heard most of the extra tracks,this cd is worth getting because these songs are rare & were recorded during Morrissey's early years. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2002
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