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1.0 out of 5 stars Enough is enough!!, 27 April 2011
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Never thought the day would come when I awarded 1 star to a Morrissey release but here it is!

I feel fully qualified to disrespect this CD having followed the man religiously since the release of `This charming man'. I was there at the `Queen is Dead' concerts, there for his solo debut tour in 91, there in the half empty halls for the `Maladjusted' gigs and there, paying ridiculous amounts of eBay monies, to secure tickets for the `Quarry' and `Ringleader' tours when he became popular once more.

I have bought every release with commitment, tolerating compilation after compilation but this is unspeakably bad and, although I'm loathe to admit it, smacks very clearly of greed. If you think greed and Morrissey are unlikely bedfellows then question why `Glamorous glue' was released in 4 formats requiring the collector to purchase all 4 in order to acquire the `unreleased' material. Shocking!

It's not that the music on this CD is bad, It is certainly not (though I defy anyone to argue successfully that `Ouija board', `Moon river', `Interlude' et al constitute the `very best' of Morrissey) but the fact that he yet again bleeds his following with a smattering of remastered tracks is abhorrent. The packaging is flimsy, no booklet (the `rare photographs' blurb surely constitutes enquiries under the trade description act!) and the release suggests little thought, care or incentive for the potential buyer.

We want the albums re-released and remasterd Morrissey but we want them as whole unedited pieces and with relevant `extras'. I point you towards the forthcoming Suede reissues for guidance on how to approach such releases. We also want the Smiths albums remastered and re-released but I'm praying that Johnny is given the majority oversight and control when this day eventually comes.

Please! No more poor product such as this. There is no defense for the way you are treating your audience presently and this makes me very sad indeed!
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Initial post: 28 Apr 2011 06:42:44 BDT
H Filty says:
There are several musicians who unfortunately fall into the same category. The moment you hear that they are releasing yet another Greatest Hits album, you want to weep pitifully into your beer. If Gary Numan releases Cars one more time, it makes you want to make him swallow every single copy. Morrissey, the same. I know in another review for this album says that this is one of the few that Morrissey himself has had involvement with... it doesn't make it any better for the fans.

Given the recent Front Row interview Morrissey gave to Radio 4, the problem Morrissey has is the same one David Bowie has... the legacy. Bowie will milk his back catalogue for all its worth and has made him a near billionaire off the back of it - admittedly, until his heart scare 7 years ago, it may have been the bait to get record companies to release his new material ie. give them the rights to reissue and reissue ad nauseum his classic albums and release new best ofs. Morrissey seems to be in the same boat - he can only get a record company to release new music from someone who notoriously independent and hard to sell by offering yet more compilations to a "will-buy-anything you release" fan base.

And the weird thing is that Bowie always seems to end up back on EMI (went to Virgin who got bought out by... EMI). Who are releasing this album? EMI! Who apparently are desperate for any money they can get just now.

Quad Erat Demunstrandum!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2011 19:03:08 BDT
J. M. Wilson says:
People seem to think that it's the artist that release Cds, when it's the record companies.The artist very rarely gets a say in the matter.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2011 21:01:52 BDT
well said - stop moaning about the artist !!!! record companies will forever milk the serious buyers of all music forever - or haven't you noticed ?!

Posted on 4 Oct 2012 13:50:03 BDT
A. J. Gray says:
record companys i doubt steven was even consulted

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 20:18:22 GMT
Are you serious? Morrissey is a notorious control freak. It is common knowledge that he had signifcnt input with regard to this release. Certainly the tracklisting and art work!
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