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  • Vinyl (6 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B002C39TTQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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Vinyl LP pressing. Newly re-mastered audio by Frank Arkwright (overseen by Johnny Marr, no less) and packaged in the original sleeves with original labels and original inner bags, pressed on high-quality 180 gram vinyl! This absolutely classic album from the Manchester quartet was originally released in 1985. Though the band only lasted four years as a recording unit, their influence can still be seen, heard and felt more than two decades after they officially split up.

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Haven't listened to this album in years, but is a much better album than I remember, very pleased I revisted. Very prompt service. Pleased all round.
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bought as a present. they love it
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By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2012
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For me, the best Smiths album will always be 'Hatful Of Hollow' simply because all of the groups studio produced albums lack the rawness that makes that early compilation such an emotional heavyweight. This is not to say that The Smiths never made a great studio album, they did but it was not 'Meat Is Murder' and here is why...

Things start well with 'The Headmaster Ritual' a thought provoking song lambasting teachers and the archaic education system of Mozza's childhood. Also good is the Elvis Presley 'His Latest Flame' riffed 'Rusholme Ruffians' which features as witty and sharply observant a lyric as any of the great man's best songs. 'I Want The One I Can't Have' is where the rot starts to set in however. Not only does the song feature a horridly out-of-key vocal by Morrissey (and yes, I know he sometimes throws in a bum note deliberately but this is just bad singing!) but the song sounds totally out of place on the album. Followed by the abrupt starting, noisy and equally out of place sounding 'What She Said' the album continues to lose direction.
'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore' thus sounds a bit 'hung out to dry' in the context of the album which is a shame because it is excellent. Morose in the extreme, its exactly the kind of depressing yet full of truth song that connected 'the lonely and the lost' to Morrissey and the band in the first place...

'How Soon Is Now?' I have pretty much discounted here. It was NOT part of the original album but was rather cynically added to the U.S. version of the album back in the day purely for marketing purposes. Of course it is a classic but for me it belongs firmly to 'Hatful Of Hollow'.

'Nowhere Fast' was the first track on side two of the original album.
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It's the album that got me immediately hooked on The Smiths. Obvious highlights include 'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore' and my favourite Smiths tack of all time (as well as the most underrated) 'Well I Wonder'. Even though critics rate 'Meat Is Murder' highly I still believe it's undeniably underrated and easily as good as 'The Queen Is Dead'. If you're considering buying your first Smiths album I'd suggest buying this one - if you do, I guarantee you'll have the complete discography within a few weeks.
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I heard this five or six years ago when I was in college and I was very much under the impression that Indie music was all just "Yea yea yea I love you, aww mate I'm glad you let me feel your t*ts coz I bort you some chips and thaaaat" nonsense, like the Kooks and their ilk. I had heard SOME Smiths stuff and some other good indie bands too, but nothing ever peaked my interest enough. Then my mate sat me down one night when we'd just got back from the pub and we listened to this all the way through. Well, that was me sold from then on that indie really can be amazing.

My usual format of reviews there days is to describe the sound of each intrument, the vocals and the lyrical style... I wonder if that's really necessary with the Smiths because I feel most people probably know what they're all about, but, for the sake of keeping a pattern to my reviews (and in case any poor soul hasn't heard the Smiths) I will stick with that formula.

So, music? Johnny Marr is something of a guitar legend... not because he'll melt your face like Eddie Van Halen or punch a hole in your chest like Dimebag but because he writes amazingly delicate but catchy riffs. The guitar is a very gentle sound; clean and easy to listen to (yet deceptively intricate at times). The drums and the bass aren't anything to write home about and for the most part just keep the rhythm of the song (well, that's what they're meant to do) but that's no slurr against the respective players, they are infinitely competant it's just that the music doesn't demand complex experimental arrangements for those instruments.

Every song here demands your attention so I won't go into detail about any of them. You have likely heard a few Smiths songs so you'll know what you're in for.
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Before I heard this album, I didnt really feel that music was worth the hassle. I didn't feel that there was any particular meaning to songs, other than keeping you entertained, and any particular in depth analysis would only result in a pretentious babble not really making any particular sense.

But, when I heard the first few seconds of "The Headmaster Ritual" I was hooked. Meat Is Murder, is for me, THE perfect album. Every song is a gem, and although some are greater than others, I wouldnt purposely skip a song to get to another, because all hold a particular place in my heart. No other album does that for me, not even "The Queen Is Dead" which most people would say is the best Smiths album, but for me is a close second.

For me, however, my two favourite songs of all time are here on this album. Starting with "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" which is just so haunting and beautiful, with Morrisey's wonderful melodic voice citing "Kick Them When They Fall Down" or the increasingly powerful and intense vocal climax, coupled with Marr's simply unbeatable rhythm. Everytime I hear the song I smile, not out of some saddistic pleasure I get from hearing the obviously sad and solemn lyrics but out of knowing that music really cant get much better.

Secondly, what I feel is their most under-rated song in "Well I Wonder". Again, the two collaberators have come up with a song that not only is moving, but deeply thought provoking and well worth the listen. I really do not know how this song has not been more readily welcomed by music fans, or indeed Smith's fans, as I value it one of their best, if not right at the top.

These two songs alone made me love music.
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