There are many boxed sets that bring you a handful of albums by an artist. Sadly the selection of albums in these sets is usually arbitrary. One often reads of Bowie's Berlin trilogy but you can't pick them up easily in a nice box set or even find them in the shop.
This set is a breath of fresh air, featuring as it does the last four zeniths from the greatest group in popular music. Though ignoring the "white" album (a double and certainly where to go to next), this is the perfect place to start on the real albums for those that only have compilations.
This set also includes many famous songs that were left off the red and blue albums: 'Here There & Everywhere', 'Got… Read more
Like most fans in the UK, I bought the original 'Maladjusted' album on day of release back in 1997 only to then read some two-star reviews that revealed the foreign version had the additional song 'Sorrow Will Come In The End'.
This new reissue does feature that track plus all the b-sides from the 'Maladjusted' sessions but, bizarrely, two songs from the original album have been removed. And while this edition of perhaps the lesser of Morrissey's albums may be a superior one for a newcomer, for a fan it seems strange to hear such familiar material jumbled-up for no apparent reason.
The artwork, on the other hand, is infinitely superior, and not just because the… Read more
It's really serious. The Smiths probably have the messiest catalogue there is. Around two thirds of their songs appear on the four studio albums while the remaining third are scattered across several compilations and rare CD-singles. Warner, unlikeEMI, have never been interested in milking a catalogue (or creating coherent and necessary reissues).
Looking through the dozen or so titles down your local retailer, the racks are clogged up with no less than four "greatest hits" collections and three rarities sets. These really need to be consigned to the bargain bin so they can be replaced with more streamlined compilations that would supplement the albums with at least some degree… Read more