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Your Arsenal [CD]

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 (27 July 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000025OIY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side (2014 - Remaster) 3:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Glamorous Glue (2014 - Remaster) 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. The National Front Disco (2014 - Remaster) 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful (2014 - Remaster) 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. You're The One For Me, Fatty (2014 - Remaster) 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Seasick, Yet Still Docked (2014 - Remaster) 5:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday (2014 - Remaster) 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tomorrow (2014 - Remaster) 4:170.99  Buy MP3 

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His fourth and finest solo album is, as the cover shot suggests, Morrisey's idea of hard rock. There's a gritty, glam feel to Mick Ronson's production (check the Ziggy Stardust cop on "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"), while the loud'n'rude riffs of new guitarist Boz Boorer banish memories of the Smiths. Best news: for once the songs focus on adult life, not the man's well-documented adolescence. --Jeff Bateman

BBC Review

Whilst his sophomore solo outing, Viva Hate, was indeed a strong calling card full of Northern promise, the following material, particularly the oddly unengaged Kill Uncle failed to delight to the same degree.

The shadow cast by the long list of The Smiths' unerring, and perhaps for Morrissey himself unnerving, drop-dead classics meant that anything less than the very best from this particular singer would be consigned to unenviable comparisons of those former glories.

Commonly regarded as return to form, Your Arsenal, was also something of an artistic retreat from the sparse pointillistic rockabilly experimentalism of its predecessor; to a surer delivery of hook-laden pop. Its reputation as a serious contender is due in no small measure to the deadly double-whammy of the opening 'You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side' and 'Glamorous Glue.'

The first is as dizzying as a fairground waltzer, with cavernous growls swirling about as wide-boy twang-bars move menacingly closer, bending your ear the whole time. It's no coincidence that ex-Spider From Mars, Mick Ronson, was at the helm for this release. The second track shows the muse had decisively moved from 1960s kitchen-sink noir, to plug directly into a harder-edged 70s glam-rock glower power source.

Of course, the decade that launched a thousand ill-considered droopy moustaches wasn't all crap tank-tops and Magpie at tea-time. Odious skinheads stomped a brutish path through the cultural milieu as the controversy-courting 'National Front Disco' makes clear. Allegations that he was in sympathy with flag-waving yobbos were further stoked as he started unfurling the Union Jack during gigs. Yet the song is clearly and legitimately documenting a social and political phenomenon and who else should be there to chart the ambiguities of class and race if not one of the sharpest wordsmiths this nation has produced?

If proof were ever needed of this last claim then even a cursory listening to 'We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful' will dispel any doubts. A deliciously spiteful gem that could've easily graced the incomparable The Queen Is Dead, it's quality songs like this that enabled Morrissey to continue his irresistible rise. --Sid Smith

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! He finally got a re-issue right! 27 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD
If you're a fan of Morrissey, you know he usually botches his re-issues quite badly. You have deleted tracks, parts of songs edited out, wrong-era photographs for the artwork, illogical tracklistings, and flimsy packaging. When I first heard that "Your Arsenal" was to be remastered and re-issued, I braced for the worst. You see, it's not only my favorite Morrissey album, but it's his finest solo effort in general. All around strong, showcasing the finest artistic quality of any of his work. What if he would have deleted "Seasick.." or "You're the one for me, Fatty"? I was worried.

Like the sheep that I am, I placed my pre-order for the CD and for the vinyl editions in early December. There was no way I was passing up getting even most of these songs remastered!

Days after I place the pre-order, it's revealed on his website that this re-issue would come with a bonus DVD of the live show from Halloween 1991. Particularly special for me as it was my very first ever Morrissey live show! Spectacular memories of a great halloween just a few minutes from my house. I was just 21 and I'd never seen anything like it. Example: Girls loved Dave Gahan on the Violator tour the year prior, but no one ever tried to storm the stage and hug him. The Morrissey experience was one of a kind, and the DVD was a welcomed bonus. However, I must warn you that it's just a coverted video sourced from a VHS recording so the picture quality isn't the best, but the sound is great, his band is very tight, and you're immersed in the experience I got to witness live.

The CD, thankfully, is presented in tact with its original song sequence. There are rumblings from fans that he tinkered too much when he decided to present the slightly longer and more powerful U.S.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have Morrissey 14 July 2005
Format:Audio CD
Have just got into Morrissey and the Smiths, (I can't belive it has took me 20 odd years, what was I thinking of?) Have only recently bought this in quick sucession with VIVA Hate and Vauxhaul, but this is THE one to have. The whole heavy guitar feel,and weird wailings etc and full on production is fantastic. I think this kind of production really suits Morrissey style and just adds extra emotion. Not a dull track on here, 10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars His Master's Voice, nearly 10 years on 28 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
A somewhat up-tempo, exciting collection of songs from Moz, and the first I heard by him, including his work with The Smiths. Only the misjudged 1997 album 'Maladjusted' is more blatantly rock; this album takes you by the scruff of the neck and flings you against stone. Not a poor track is in evidence and the lyrical couplets will never leave your bonce. Songs like 'National Front Disco' are almost singalong but with a wry wit as always to the fore, allying Moz unwillingly? with the xenophobic skinhead contingent. You're The One For Me Fatty, Glamorous Glue and Certain People I Know are simply glorious fun, the latter taking a satirical standpoint on being your own person: 'I take the cue from certain people I know/I use the cue and then hand it on to you'. The album ends with two fabulous pieces whose contrast rounds the album off nicely: 'I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday' (which was quite reassuring to hear during my teen years) and 'Tomorrow' which may be the best Morrissey song ever, full of optimism and pained glory. This organised noise flails at the the listener, just like the man himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music, 2 for the packaging 1 Mar 2014
By Stephen Lloyd VINE VOICE
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Make no mistake this is a superb album. His first 'gang' album since 'Strangeways' and what a gang! Four tattooed, sexy, bequiffed, rough arsed rockabilly types who looked like they would either shag you up against a wall or knuckle duster you to the floor dependent upon whether they had ran out of woodbines!

Mick Ronson’s role in this work cannot be underestimated. Injecting muscle and glam savvy into the production. Something sorely lacking in the previous years ‘Kill Uncle’.

The sound on this remaster is marvelous and most definitely worth the price. The packaging, yet again, is a disappointment. Only the original front cover remains intact. No longer do we have the original back cover photograph or the gorgeous sepia tinted inner picture of Charlie Richardson and daughter. Flimsy cardboard gatefold with no additions. Still, at least he hasn’t tampered with the tracks or track listing on this release.

It’s always problematic being a seasoned Morrissey follower. Punching the air in jubilation at the publication of the brilliant autobiography last year. Hiding under tables in shame at the announcement of shows with the odious Tom Jones and Cliff Richard this summer (both of whom, I’m pretty sure, will not be averse to a rump steak or a Royal handshake).

C’mon Mozz you make it increasingly difficult to defend you with any real conviction in a barroom fight these days!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So this is what I've been missing 4 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Wander into historic Salt Mills, near Bradford, and the chances are that you'll be greeted by the sound of Morrissey over the PA system. In charge of the music is a guy who says he's the world's number one Morrissey fan. A visit led to my buying this, my first Morrissey album. How come I missed Morrissey? This really is an intriguing, entrancing work, kicking off with a couple of pleasant enough rockers, which lead to a succession of songs whose melodies, lyrics and production emphatically achieve greatness.
Fantastic guitar work complements an album that just gets played and played again. Don't wait till you're 58, as I did, before getting hooked!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant cd.
If you like Morrissey you shouldn't be without this great album, produced by the late, great Mick Ronson, who's solo albums are also well worth checking out
Published 13 days ago by islington66
5.0 out of 5 stars same again
just great songs and most have ended up as single 6 in all
moz at his beat ever music age looks everything
Published 1 month ago by steven barlow
1.0 out of 5 stars REISSUE REPACKAGE
Published 1 month ago by Darren Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars What's the point?
I Can assure you that the five star rating is purely for how good the album is. If buying this album for the first time, go for this version. But don't otherwise. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joanne lee-hart
4.0 out of 5 stars The best solo record of his career.
The now rehabilitated Pope Of Mope, Morrissey – whose shockingly cavalier business plan for the past five years has been to reissue old albums and singles in new, lesser sleeves,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. A. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album Filled With Morrissey Classics
The reason that Your Arsenal stands among Morrissey's best records is because there is not one single dull track on here. Read more
Published 21 months ago by JJKelsall
5.0 out of 5 stars The (real) comeback after "Kill Uncle"...
I like Morrissey but I found some of his earlier work lacked a consistent standard(even some of his Smiths work). i didn't really like 'Kill Uncle' that much. Read more
Published 24 months ago by DPVC
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant
I am about the same age as Morrissey and obviously like the same music he did/does. Whilst he has his own distinctive sound there are so many influences here that are right up my... Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by Amazonas
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
His finest hour!
This album, along with 'Vauxhall and I', represent Morrissey at his best; No question.
Highly recommended.
Published on 11 Jan 2010 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey on top form
A perenially misunderstood album on its release, listening back now it rates as one of the finest works of all Morrissey's career. Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2009 by VanDusen
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