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the end of their wonderful mid-period when the extraordinary "The Queen is Dead" album ...
on 11 September 2015
The Smiths' one live album, recorded at the end of 1986 but released after the group split in 1987. This is a moment in time, the end of their wonderful mid-period when the extraordinary "The Queen is Dead" album had been quickly followed up by the singles "Panic" and "Ask". The album leaves out some of the rawer, harsher early material that might have been expected, presenting instead a relentless, aggressive tour-De-force of songs which had been warmer and a little less frightening in their studio-incarnations. The concert here is clearly edited, but although some songs have been removed from that playlist, what remains is utterly compelling.