6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"Re-issue, re-package, re-package!" indeed...,
This review is from: The Very Best of The Smiths (Audio CD)
The Smiths are, in my opinion, the best British band ever - Morrissey's gorgeously distinctive voice fitting in perfectly with their odes to awkward teenage fumblings and confusion, and Johnny Marr must be one of the most competent guitarists of his age; again, his beautiful, but occassionally harrowing, melodies completely echo the group's ethos.
However, there are already 5 Smuiths compilations available, and the fact that Morrissey didn't assist with the production of the sleeve is painfully obvious: it lacks all the charm, meaning and depth of the original covers. Yet the songs remain as good as ever, although I agree that some of the better, but less well known songs, (Cemetry Gates, Stretch Out and Wait, Sweet and Tender Hooligan, Pretty Girls Make Graves, all the instrumentals...) are missing - this clearly isn't just a singles collection, as Please, Please, Please... is included, so why miss these absolute gems off too?
This collection stands as an excellent introduction to The Smiths and their back catalogue, but any already established fan would do well to steer clear of this one and spend their money on Hatful of Hollow or Louder than Bombs. It gets four stars based on the total superiority of the songs to the alarming majority of anything around today, but there really are much better Smiths collections out there.