The Very Best of The Smiths Original recording remastered
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THE SMITHS The Very Best Of The Smiths (2001 UK 23-track digitally remastered CD album - The Smiths were the definitive British independent band of the eighties this compilation includes the classic tracks This Charming Man Heaven Knows ImMiserable Now Bigmouth Strike Again Girlfriend In A Coma Hand In Glove and many more; with a Charles Hawtrey picture sleeve)
It's a shame that the people responsible for The Very Best of The Smiths were neither shameless nor honest enough to include "Paint a Vulgar Picture" on this compilation. Morrissey's awesomely prescient analysis of record company rapacity ("Re-package! Re-package! Re-evaluate the songs/ Double-pack with a photograph/Extra track and a tacky badge") would have been a suitable introduction: The Smiths are already one of the most collected, compiled and anthologised bands in rock history (we've been here already with Best. . . 1, Best. . . 2, The World Won't Listen, Louder Than Bombs and Singles, and there's nothing new on The Very Best Of bar a claim that it is "Digitally Remastered", as if anyone can tell). However, it could reasonably be argued that The Very Best Of is not entirely redundant: it appears at a time when the British indie tradition that The Smiths raised to heights still unequalled is now in the hands of people who never knew these songs, who were still in short pants when The Smiths split in 1988. It might be hoped, therefore, that this collection will serve two purposes: one, to inspire today's crop in pursuit of the heights scaled here; two, to remind an increasingly unfussy audience of just how dull, timid and witless the likes of Travis, Coldplay and Stereophonics sound alongside "This Charming Man", "The Boy With The Thorn in His Side" and "How Soon Is Now?". --Andrew Mueller
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But the casual listener will get all their UK and US released singles plus a few other gems so in that sense it beats The Singles or any other single-volume compilation out there.
Any fan could list at least another 20 or 30 "essential" songs missing from this album but you could never get them all on.
Except for the omission of the album version's intro on Stop Me If You Think... (which would have spoiled the flow of the album had it been included) these are the full 12" versions; thankfully they've not used the shortened 7" single versions of That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore or How Soon Is Now.
Now the big moans on here seem to be that:
1) there are already lots of compilations; fair enough if you own them don't buy this.
2) the packaging is bad. Well i've seen better but Charles Hawtrey is in keeping with the general theme of Smiths cover designs.
3) the songs have been spoiled by remastering. Now i have several of their albums on vinyl as well as CD and trust me that the original albums don't sound as good on CD as they did on vinyl as they weren't digitally recorded.
The remastering is barely noticeable on most tracks BUT i don't like the way This Charming Man sounds on this album. As one of their greatest songs that's quite a big thing but the casual listener probably won't notice the difference.
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