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How Soon Is Now - The Songs of the Smiths CD

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  • Audio CD (28 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sorepoint
  • ASIN: B0002CA2AE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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THE SMITHS / VARIOUS How Soon Is Now? (2004 UK 12-track CD album featuring a tribute to the timeless songs of The Smiths by great rock bands including Hundred Reasons Yourcodenameis:Milo and Million Dead. Includes the fantastic versions of Frankly Mr Shankly Girlfriend In A Coma and Death Of A Disco Dancer. With picture sleeve booklet which outlines why each artist chose to cover each track SORE008CD)

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By A Customer on 18 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Some would cry sacrilege, fans of modern rock may hail this album as a triumph. To be honest, I'm indifferent. this album offers some new and interesting variations on classic smiths tracks, although none of them come close to the originals. Walter Walter's cover of Ask and The Beautiful Mistakes's cover of cemetry gates are superb, apart from when 'Ere thrice the sun done salutation to the dawn' comes out as "Err duhhh salutation to the dawn" :P
There are better covers available for most of these tracks, Big Mouth, which is covered by Read Yellow turns my stomach, whereas Placebo covered the same song on a different covers album called 'The Smiths is Dead' which I prefer to the original.
If you like the bands performing theses tracks then buy it. If you like the Smiths then be careful, you may be left with a bitter taste in your mouth.
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By A Customer on 2 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
A brilliant compilation of old songs, but in new and, well, great ways.
Instruction and thisGIRL show they're upto the form, perhaps more than others, and Garrison really top it all off. A brilliant display of how today's up and coming talent are really paving the way for more to follow.
Essential for Smiths and rock fans in general. A good lesson to us all.
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By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2005
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As most people have siad they're are defintly good and bad songs on this CD. Million Deads 'cover' of girlfriend in a coma is awful, and if i was morrissey i would Cry more than i ever had before.
Best tracks on this Cd would have to be: Cursive, Garrison, Walter Walter, thisGirl and The Beautiful Mistake
All others are pretty much good/okay, reasonable or Murder.
But defintly a good CD to buy if you like the smiths or these bands.
respect to Walter Walter for they're little outro on ask singing Just like heaven by the cure, genius!
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I would say that this is not a bad album but neither is it great!! Most of the songs are interesting apart from "There is a light that nevere goes out"...which was murdered!!...in my opinion this album is perhaps a little un-neccessary as the originals are perfect and in my opinion can not be bettered!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars How soon is this over? 4 Dec. 2009
By Larry G. Wachsmuth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this CD by accident. At the initial listen, I thought it was terrible, but if you listen to all of it, it seems that it's so bad that it is almost quite good. Actually the band and the arrangements are very good, in my opinion. The lead singer really can't sing, but he does tongue and cheek things with the words, phrasing and timing (whether intentionally or not) that makes the whole thing rather surreal and funny. I think if this lead singer actually improves his voice a bit this band could be quite good in a sort of tongue and cheek way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really, guys? 26 Feb. 2010
By Nicholas A. Keller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well, I had the cd for awhile and thought it was rather good. Sadly, it was stolen from me by some hoodlums and now I must buy it again. I am surprised at all of the 1 star reviews that this album got. This is a fairly good way to introduce the youngin's to a great band like The Smiths. Obviously the music doesn't sound like The Smiths, and it really doesn't come close. But isn't that the point of a cover album? I say give the kids some credit and stop being so crotchety.
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1.0 out of 5 stars disaapointed 17 Aug. 2009
By Vivien Garber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
i read the description wrong so it's my fault. but these songs are not sung by the smiths. they are sung by other bands.
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! Do not buy if you're a Smiths fan. 1 Mar. 2014
By Clayton Bruce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD a while back because I like the Smiths and I thought the Roger Mayne cover was cool. What did grandpa always say? don't judge a book (CD) by it's cover. This atrocity was devised by a a mob called "Scorepoint records" who don't seem to exist anymore and have absolutely no web presence what so ever. If this is typical of their output I'm not surprised that they're gone and been expunged from history. The big problem is that the bands chosen to cover the songs are just crap. Each one takes a beautifully crafted, skillfully played and sung Smiths song and destroys it before your ears. The approach taken can be narrowed down to few clever techniques : take a song, crush the beautiful melody so it sounds like mush, make it sound like an absolute dirge or punk it up like your little brothers garage band, rip the heart of it so it leaves you flat and as uninspired as this CD or, all of the above. DO NOT PURCHASE!
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1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe they didn't even learn the words!!! 24 Jun. 2005
By Father Morrissey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is a WASTE of MONEY!!!

Don't buy it!

I cannot stress this enough!

The singer/band (The Beautiful Mistake) for the Cemetry Gates cover didn't even bother to LEARN THE WORDS to Cemetry Gates! (and it's not like he made up his own -- he didn't, he just mumbled. How disrespectful to Morrissey, the genius who created the song in the first place. It's disgusting of Beautiful Mistake to sing that song on a commercial recording without even knowing the words...

What a waste of one of the most beautiful songs Morrissey has ever written! I was so looking forward to hearing this cover, I really was, and it was horrible and disappointing.

Do yourself a favor: buy all the Morrissey and Smiths albums if you don't already have them, and don't waste your time, money, or energy buying this third-rate covers album.

Surely the people who produced this album could have found some better bands/singers for this venture. What a unneccessary waste, especially on a project that could have been so good!!!
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