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"Best"...1 Import

4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (5 Jan. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000025SIE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. This Charming Man (original 7" version)
  2. William, It Was Really Nothing
  3. What Difference Does It Make?
  4. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
  5. Girlfriend In A Coma
  6. Half A Person
  7. Rubber Ring
  8. How Soon Is Now?
  9. Hand In Glove
  10. Shoplifters Of The World Unite
  11. Sheila Take A Bow
  12. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
  13. Panic
  14. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

Product Description

THE SMITHS Best I (1992 German 14-track compilation CD album including This Charming Man What Difference Does It Make Girlfriend In A Coma Sheila Take A Bow and Panic picture sleeve)

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By A Customer on 12 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a simply amazing compilation album, and an excellent introduction to the work of probably Britain's greatest ever band.
Fourteen songs, and not one of them bad. Opening with the lively "This Charming Man" and uplifting "William, It Was Really Nothing", progressing to the light-hearted "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" and "Girlfriend In A Coma", and with such tracks as "Hand In Glove", "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others", "Sheila Take A Bow" and "Panic", this collection should go some way towards dispelling the popular myth of the Smiths as a depressing band.
The more melancholic listener will doubtless enjoy the classic "How Soon Is Now?", the wonderful and witty "Half A Person" and the touching "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (featuring perhaps Morrissey's best vocal performance of this CD).
With Marr's brilliant tunesmanship and Moz's lyrical wit evident throughout, picking a few stand-out tracks is virtually impossible. The better known songs - "This Charming Man" and "How Soon Is Now?", for instance - may draw newcomers to the compilation, but they will quickly find new favourites among the less famous, but equally superb, album tracks.
Don't deprive your music collection of such wonderful company.
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This is gem of album. Every track is genius, effortlessly combining morriseys tongue in cheek lyrics with deft musicianship.
A joy to listen to from start to finish, this is also most accessible album for those that never 'got' the smiths.
It's the breadth and scope of songwriting here that never fails to impress, from the self deprecatory 'rubber ring' with its myriad guitar overdubs to the exhilarating bombast of 'Sheila take a bow', it's gripping stuff indeed.
Well worth the money.
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By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2004
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This album is superb only for the fact that it is the Smiths. If any other band brought out 4 albums that are virtually the same i wouldv'e cringed, but as it's Moz and Co, i'll let the right one slip. They brought out The Very Best Of, The Best Of Part One, The Best Of Part Two And The Singles album which are all basically the same. The Best Of Parts 1 & 2 are better left to the hardcore Smiths fans like myself. A newcomer is better buying The Very Best Of if they want a record industry cash in of the smiths. The Highlights of this album are evident by readin the track listing. There is the painfully beautiful "please please please let me get what i want", which as someone said before is by far Morrisseys best vocal on the album. "This Charming Man" is another highlight providing a comfortable jolly sort of feel to the album. The best song is by far "Some Girls Are Bigger Than others". As i said before this album is not for the new Smiths fan.
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I love this cd - if you liked the Smith's in the 80's this album is obviously for you. It has the ever popular "How Soon is Now" as well as a number of songs that evoke memories of those days. The funny thing about some of these songs is that by the title, you may not realize that you already know the songs quite well. But the cd is worth a listen even if it sounds unfamiliar to you, because you will find yourself pleasantly surprised. The only album that gives this one a run for it's money is "The Smiths...The Best II".
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Having bought a lot of The Smiths on vinyl first time around - albums now with my son - I decided to get a compilation CD for my car. I never tire of listening to music that was stunningly fresh when it was new and has stood the test of time. Lyrics that make me think and music that keeps me interested because of its composition and performance are key components for me. The Smiths never let me down. So, 14 tracks of magic would be good value for me at a much higher price than I paid. I chose the import version because of the Morrissey/James Dean sleeve. We all know the connection and here we see Jimmy's hand reaching out to the scowling Richard Davalos in 'East of Eden'. A real bonus for me. Too long a story!
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This is an absolutely superb album with only one bad track ('Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others'). Having only discovered The Smiths in the last six months (only being 17), I cannot believe that they are as good as they are, truley the best band of all time. The best tracks are 'Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before', 'Panic'-including the stunning line "Hang The Blessed DJ, because the music that they play say's nothing about my life". Morrissey's lyrics reach unchallenged heights, and are enhanced by Marr's brilliant guitar playing.
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I have heard some friends rave about The Smiths so I thought I'd give this album a try. To me the songs seem to whine on and on - never quite resolving any melody. I remain somewhat mystified as to why this group ever made it to the top.
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As it's only one of their 'Best Of' albums I think it's pretty good, got some of the best tracks on and works well as an album.
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