Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop now
 
The Queen Is Dead

The Queen Is Dead

26 Jun 2001
4.8 out of 5 stars 140 customer reviews

Join Amazon Prime to add this album to your library for ad-free streaming
See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Now with Prime Music Prime Members
The Queen Is Dead
"Please retry"
Streaming 
Amazon Price
New from Used from
MP3 Download, 26 Jun 2001
"Please retry"
£8.99
£8.99

Buy the CD album for £5.99 and get the MP3 version for FREE. Does not apply to gift orders.
Provided by Amazon EU Sàrl. See Terms and Conditions for important information about costs that may apply for the MP3 version in case of returns and cancellations. Complete your purchase of the CD album to save the MP3 version to your Amazon music library.

Included with your Prime Membership

Listen Now
Listen with Prime
Start your 30-day free trial
Get ad-free access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists with Amazon Prime.
Or
Buy CD Album £5.99 Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
More Options
Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.co.uk (UK).

  


Product details

Get a £1 credit for movies or TV
Get £1 to spend on Amazon Video with any Music Content purchase. Offer ends at 23:59 on Monday, August 7, 2017. Terms and conditions apply

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
Here it is, The Smith's masterpiece. Is it a masterpiece? Well, probably. I certainly think so. Albums without a single bad track are rare, albums which exclusively contains songs i could happily listen to on repeat forever are rare. Albums so important and yet so funny are rare too (tracks like Frankly, Mr Shankly and Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others can have me laughing out loud if I'm in the right mood). This album really does have everything: terrific musicianship from Marr, wonderful jangling melodies; and sublime lyrics and vocals from Morrissey (absolutely sublime). Now, lots of albums can claim those two things, but few achieve the cohesion, the union of the music and vocals and lyrics, so everything just clicks and feels as if the songs exist almost naturally. The Queen is Dead does. It really does have everything you could ask for. I could listen to it forever I think.
It's got many of The Smith's best moments: Bigmouth Strikes Again, The Boy with the Thorn in His Side, Frankly, Mr Shankly, and Cemetrey Gates. And of course it has There is A Light That Never Goes Out, possibly my favourite Smith's song of all time. "And if a double-decker bus/crashes in to us/to die by your side/is such a heavenly way to die./And if a ten-ton truck/kills the both of us/to die by your side/well, the pleasure, the privilege, is mine." Only Morrissey is capable of sounding so vocally uplifting and lyrically absolutely heartbreaking at the same time. The man is a genius.
Funny, tragic, serious, cohesive, important, brilliant. No record collection is complete without The Queen is Dead (and, to be honest, all four Smiths albums really.)
1 Comment 38 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
With current bands like Coldplay and Travis(always mentioned in the same breath) the music they make always seems to wash over me, great songs, terrific songs, but not quite personal enough and soon become forgetful. Morrissey has a way of writing that draws you in and makes you really connect with the song, as if it was about you. It's really powerful stuff and anyone who listens to this album will appreciate that. Listen to "I know its over" and "No one ever" and "There is a light that never goes out". Even the song titles will have you curious enough to click this album into your basket, surely! Everyone must have had the feeling "And as i climb into an empty bed, Oh, well.... enough said". The Smiths are as powerful as fellow mancunians Joy Division and as revolutionary as Bob Dylan. The Smiths songs stay with you forever, every time i see a double decker bus for example.....
Beware, this album may change your take on life.
Just go and buy it.
1 Comment 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
Memory is a curious thing. For instance supposedly important personal events in my life , anniversaries, birthdays and the like pass me by . Yet i can remember with high resolution detail buying the Queen Is Dead. Entering the shop ( A little independent no longer around alas) buying it, getting it home and playing it for the first time. An experience akin to an epiphany...(the playing that is) but then most new releases by The Smiths were.....but this album if anything, went beyond epiphany into whatever it is that describes an experience beyond epiphany.
Released in June 1986 The Queen Is Dead is The Smiths third album and the one considered by just about everyone as their finest moment, though it,s interesting to note that Morrissey and Marr believe that their final album "Strangeways Here We Come" eclipsed it. Many of the songs for The Queen Is Dead were written while The Smiths were touring in 1985 but the album benefited hugely from the conducive collaboration in the studio between Marr and Morrissey who co-produced and engineer Stephen Street.
There are numerous elements that make The Queen Is Dead such a special album. The song-writing is of course exemplary , but there is a mixture of styles, moods, textures and nuances that take this album somewhere out of the context of a traditional pop/rock album. Add to this the peerless lyrics , full of verbose wit and spry humour and you have an album that fully deserves the moniker classic .
Opening up with the iconoclastic blast of the title track , one of Morrissey's greatest triumphs lyrically it segues into the knee popping bounce of "Frankly Mr Shankly" before the head spinning thematic swivel into the forlorn "I Know It,s Over".
Read more ›
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Came to The Smiths late 'fraid, played Meat is Murder a good bit back in the day though.
Bought this and M I M on vinyl and they are fabulous, great price and delivery as well, will buy Hatful of Hollow next on vinyl as the Rhino re-issues sound so good on my Pro-Ject Xperience record player.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I grew up with The Smiths running through my head, with visions of Morrissey waving gladiolus at the audience. For some reason recently The Queen Is Dead returned, so I had to buy this album...and I wasn't disappointed. Thank you Morrissey and chums for being such earworms. Credit must also be given to Johnny Marr's guitar ;~0
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This album confirmed the Smiths as one of the most influential bands of the modern era, both in the eyes of the music press and the general public. Frequently seen at the top of all time greatest albums lists, this is as close to perfection as any album I have heard, and in my opinion is the best Smiths album along with 'Meat is Murder (the previous album). If you are already a Smiths fan you will adore this album, if you aren't then you will be after listening to this. The album has a real mix of styles, including the excellent 'The Queen is dead' track, featuring superb guitar work from Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke, the slight but very humorous 'Frankly Mr.Shankly', the vibrant sound of 'Bigmouth strikes again', the jolly (despite its title)'Cemetry Gates', the romantic 'There is a light that never goes out'(one of the most popular Smiths songs), and the despairing but moving 'I know it's over' and 'Never had noone ever' which is my personal favourite. The lyrical genius of Morrissey reaches a peak on this album,he has the wit and sensitivity to write both amusing and genuinely moving lyrics,it is hard not to share in Morrisseys famous despair after hearing 'I know its over'. This album definitly confirmed to me that the Smiths are the greatest band that there ever was and will be,and displays the genius that Morrissey had in terms of his songwriting and that Johnny Marr had in terms of the quality and versatility of his guitar work. If you try out this album I believe you could be hooked on the Smiths for life, the sheer quality of this album bowls you over, and puts current guitar bands (such as Travis and Coldplay)to shame.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Look for similar items by category