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Bona Drag

Bona Drag

21 Sep 1992
3.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 21 Sept. 1992
  • Release Date: 4 Oct. 2010
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Total Length: 1:04:52
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  • ASIN: B0042YL9A0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,057 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Bona Drag was going to be Morrissey's second studio album as a solo artist, to be produced by Langer and Winstanley (of Maddness fame) and co written with that bloke out of Fair Ground Attraction. Somewhere along the line things went horribly wrong (perhaps it was the ghost of Kenneth Williams) and what little material existed from the Bona Drag sessions was split up over several singles. Fans had to wait another year for a proper album from the same team (the dismal Kill Uncle). Bona Drag was eventually released as a compilation album in 1990. And a very odd compilation it is too.

For the most part the tracks on Bona Drag are non album singles and b sides - nice enough if you don't have the singles themselves. But the inclusion of Suede Head and Every Day is like Sunday (the singles from Morrissey's first solo album Viva Hate) seems like a very strange choice. So Bona Drag is neither a greatest hits album or a b side collection, a very strange beast indeed.

As a collection of songs it holds up pretty well. There are some infuriating inclusions and exclusions (why they edited the wonderful Will Never Marry and dropped b sides like Michaels Bones, Girl Least Likely To or I know Very Well How I Got My Name but included the Viva Hate singles is beyond me - oh and Ouija Board is a pretty bad single). But Disappointed, Hair Dresser on Fire and Last of the Famous International Play Boys are all worth turning up loud.
So as it is Bona Drag is a curious snap shot of Morrissey's solo carrier circa 1990. I would recommend getting the 88-91 CD singles box set instead, it costs a lot more but you get all the b sides and all the original art work so your pleasure is multiplied.

BUT.... This reissue comes with bonus tracks.
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Why should an "Anniversary/Deluxe/Remastered" edition of an album be a downgrade from previous editions?

I could complain about the flimsy packaging, but I won't. I could complain about the lack of sleeve notes, information and lyrics, but I won't. I could complain about the changed cover (which has rendered the original striking image as pale and non-descript) but I won't. After all, it's the quality of the contents that are important - and that's what I do wish to complain about.

Although the remastering itself seems fine in terms of sound quality, the contents of this album have been edited and altered from the original, with no notice or reasons given. The middle of "Ouija Board" has been cut out, thereby losing the structure and integrity of the song. It's always been one of my favourite songs on the album, and now the whole payoff/punchline is inexplicably gone! This is revisionism as vandalism, and constitutes unforgivable meddling with the integrity of the original song and album. The bone-headed decision to blend the end of one song into the beginning of the next is also a serious offence, demonstrating contempt for the integrity of the original.

No number of "Bonus tracks" on a reissue will make up for losing or altering the original!

The best options here are to stick with the original CD or singles or, better still, get The HMV/Parlophone Singles 1988-1995. It's great value, and includes several relevant b-sides left off both the original Bona Drag album, and this remaster's bonus tracks. Its sound is a bit quieter than this remaster.

Don't sell me a "downgraded" version of something I already own by telling me it's an "upgrade"!
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Oh I'm sorry but Morrissey's wave of re-releases (pension top up contributions more like) are becomingly increasingly feeble. The packaging on this album is ultra flimsy (probaly the thinnest cardboard sleeve ever made, free Cds in the Sunday Mail are packaged in sturdier material)and the liner notes that accompany the few B&W photoes do not really tell us much new about how this album came to be.Remastered? Really? It sounds a bit louder than the old one but the sound doesn't in any way sound any better. No lyrics - that's not good. As for the bonus tracks - it's nice to have them on an official CD (they've been floating around on the internet forever)but a double CD of his unreleased material would have been a far fairer deal for his fans. I've been shelling out my hard earned on Steven since I first heard 'This Charming Man' on TOTP in 1983 and because I think he's bloody marvellous I still do, but I'm not particularly happy about it. OK, you cry, don't buy it then! If only it was that easy, I'm a raving OCD completist and have to do these things.
Original Bona Drag 5/5
Re-release 3/5
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lt has been a year or so' since I have been able to find time to study the music that I love so much, thus I have enjoyed 'George Harrison' a great deal as he was a big hit with my mum, people asked me if I could, take a step in time to hear George and the hits my mother liked such as ''All Things Must Pass'' and ''What Is Life''. Getting away' from George and Sir Cliff for awhile, i wanted to hear what i wanted' thus since there is a greater healing in music and for sometime Morrissey came to my attention,i think ''Bona Drag'' and 'Everyday Is Like Sunday' is a cool for my type of music being that, I am very grateful indeed for his talent. I only wish my mother was alive to enjoy such great music today.
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