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Viva Hate [VINYL] Original recording remastered


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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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  • Vinyl (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Catalogue
  • ASIN: B0079IJ0ZC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Alsatian Cousin (2011 - Remaster)
2. Little Man, What Now? (2011 - Remaster)
3. Everyday Is Like Sunday (2011 - Remaster)
4. Bengali in Platforms (2011 - Remaster)
5. Angel Angel Down We Go Together (2011 - Remaster)
6. Late Night, Maudlin Street (2011 - Remaster)
Disc: 2
1. Suedehead (2011 - Remaster)
2. Break Up the Family (2011 - Remaster)
3. Treat Me Like a Human Being (2011 - Remaster)
4. I Don't Mind If You Forget Me (2011 - Remaster)
5. Dial a Cliche (2011 - Remaster)
6. Margaret On the Guillotine (2011 - Remaster)

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BBC Review

It’s said that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. But what if you want to rewrite history? Not for the first time (see 2009’s Maladjusted and Southpaw Grammar reissues) Morrissey has got out the red pencil. For this version of his first solo album, released in March 1988 just six months after The Smiths split, he replaces The Ordinary Boys with the demo of Treat Me Like a Human Being, a track first aired as a B side to the Glamorous Glue seven-inch released to promote a Very Best of… compilation in 2011. As Morrissey’s old friend Lady Bracknell might have said as she opened a crate of ale, to tinker with imperfect Moz albums is arguably forgivable, but to tamper with what is arguably still his freshest, most innovative album is a crime; less painting a vulgar picture than desecrating it.

At least Morrissey has restored Viva Hate’s original cover, which disappeared when the album was first reissued in 1997. And there’s no doubt Treat Me Like a Human Being’s gaunt for-whom-the-bell-tolls movement and mood could have been a contender – so why wasn’t it worked up then?

For all that, Viva Hate answered those critics declaring there’d be no Morrissey without Marr. At times it’s even tempting to ask, Johnny who? Guitarist Vini Reilly, of The Durutti Column/Manchester indie mafia fame, was an inspired replacement chosen by vilified producer/songwriter Stephen Street, whose simplistic chords and judicious use of – shock horror! – programmed drums were an inspired platform for a singer responding to being abandoned not by past loves but his emotionally shattered band partner and best friend of the present day. The fresh urgency of a solo album – for both Morrissey and Street – is all over Viva Hate. The iconic singles Suedehead and Everyday Is Like Sunday, the dreamy venom of Margaret on the Guillotine, the uncanny rock gallop of I Don’t Mind If You Forget Me and the uncanny shuddering dynamic of the lengthy Late Night, Maudlin Street all escaped the pastiche tendencies of Strangeways, Here We Come.

True, The Ordinary Boys isn’t the album’s pinnacle, but it has a sublime Moz vocal and a mood that epitomises Viva Hate’s bereft and nostalgia-soaked resignation. If we’re to play the replacement game, surely Bengali in Platforms would be the first to go, but that would be a much more controversial choice. Weirdly, Treat Me Like a Human Being sounds like a postscript from Smiths days, with a hint of the lonely gait of This Night Has Opened My Eyes. A subconscious act of longing for the past, then? Vive la différence, Moz might think. But, really, there’s only one Viva Hate, and this isn’t it.

--Martin Aston

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
24 years after it came out, Morrissey's spectacular but flawed debut gets a sad and unhappy reworking.

Originally, EMI wanted to release a deluxe, unsurpassable 3 disc set of this : the album as is, remastered. The six b-sides, 10 circulating demos, and extra, unreleased material on the other. And, on a DVD, finally, Morrissey's first ever solo live performance, and his last with Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce, and Craig Gannon. (Also perhaps, notable for being the first time a band performed a show where the singer was being sued by every other member of the band, individually, at the same time).

Morrissey had a better idea. Re-release the album. Change the covers. Delete one song, and replace it with a poor, unfinished demo. And slice off the beginning and end of "Late Night. Maudlin Street", just for effect.

And frankly, it stinks.

Why does an artist feel the need to revise and butcher his existing work? Why would he? What possible motive is there? You can't airbrush out history. You cannot pretend these songs do not exist. And when you replace the beautiful, and immaculately constructed "The Ordinary Boys", with the forgotten for 20 years, and forgettable, "Treat Me Like A Human Being", I wonder, does this make this record better? Of course not.

From the off, "Viva Hate" is a flawed record. The song selection omits some of the better songs and relegates them to b-sides : "Hairdresser on Fire", "Sister I'm A Poet", "Will Never Marry", "Disappointed", easily the equal of anything on the album itself, all absent. In their place, the moribund, and dirgelike "Bengali In Platforms", the tired and delicate "Dial-A-Cliche", or the frankly histronic "Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JW Bradshaw on 10 Dec 2013
Format: Audio CD
Leaving aside the butchery of the original which others have covered, this album re-release follows the current trend by record companies in simply making the album louder. Louder is better right? No, the opposite actually. It's true that the louder you play a decently balanced recording it seems fuller, wider soundstage, more detail etc etc. But by boosting the loudness of the recording while you may fool many of the iTunes generation into believing the sound quality is better, on a decent equipment you lose the full dynamic range of the original, peaks are clipped off, the whole thing is flatter.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Bradshaw on 15 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
I idolise him and adore this sublime debut album, but... why, oh why, Morrissey?

Why hack at the original? Why have cotton when you can have silk? Why have Value Brown Sauce when you can have HP?

I was on the verge of ordering this but then I discovered the act of senseless butchery in removing The Ordinary Boys and replacing it with, well, crap. Stephen Street is perfectly entitled to complain - it's simply an act of senseless spite.

Wrong and unforgiveable. Morrissey, have you lost your mind?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A HUGE RDR Fan on 13 Aug 2012
Format: Audio CD
What a disappointment to have such a classic debut album to be butchered by the artist himself! Whether it was done to prevent former associates from getting paid, that's not event the question. If only Moz had allowed EMI's original idea of a 3 Disc release to be so. One can't keep bitching about not charting high on such releases when one is the main reason such things don't happen by putting one's fans off with such mediocre release! It's quite sad, to say the least. I do hope EMI gets to release its original concept down the road. And for heaven's sake Morrissey, stop butchering your own albums!
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Format: Audio CD
is it too difficult to realise these would have made the ultimate viva hate that everyone really wanted.....
1 Alsatian cousin
2 little man what now!
3 everyday is like sunday
4 will never marry
5 angel angel down we go together
6 late night maudlin st
7 suedehead
8 hairdresser on fire
9 break up the family
10 dial a cliché
11 disappointed
12 Margaret on a guilotine
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Stanley on 15 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
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. Viva Hate reunites Morrissey with producer Stephen Street (who produced The Smiths final studio album:- "Strangeways here we come"), and the two combine with excellent guitarist Vinni Reilly to brilliantly craft together some superb songs, notably "Suedehead", "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "Late Night, Maudlin Street" and "I Don't Mind If You Forget Me". Viva Hate gives us a hint as to what The Smiths would've sounded like if they carried on for one more album, and as with most Smiths albums there aren't any weak songs here and Morrissey is lyrically in a league of his own.

The album reached number one in the UK charts (something The Smiths only did once), and put Morrissey the solo star firmly on the map. There have been many solo albums from Mozzer since 1988, but few have reached the heights Viva Hate scaled over 20 years ago. This album really has everything, it's well-produced, features superb musicians and showcases Morrissey at his peak. Definitely recommended, especially if you've got into The Smiths recently and want to explore further with Morrissey's solo catalogue.
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