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Editors’ Notes

While this box set isn't entirely complete, it does sound as fresh and alive as the days of vinyl, courtesy of Johnny Marr's remastering efforts. The Smiths were one of the most essential bands of the '80s, reeling off a string of singles unrivaled in their intelligence, indelible hooks, and originality. Each of The Smiths' four studio albums is present here, along with their live album Rank, various singles compilations, videos for several tunes, and a short Derek Jarman film for "The Queen Is Dead." While the sheer quantity available here is clearly aimed at Smiths fanatics, it also saves anyone looking to immerse themselves in the group the hassle of picking things up piecemeal. It's safe to say that if you love one Smiths tune, you'll want them all; such was the quality of their work. Morrissey's lyrics are poignant, humorous, and wildly adventurous, while Johnny Marr plays guitar with a similar lyricism. No serious collection of late 20th-century music should be without "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," "These Things Take Time," and another two dozen of the tunes here.

Customer Reviews

The Smiths & Morrissey!

The Smiths are one of the best bands of all-time. I definitely recommend this collection to any music lover. Wow!

perks of being a wallflower anyone?

loved the book & movie and this song is great!

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the smiths amazing

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Manchester, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

The Smiths were the definitive British indie rock band of the '80s, marking the end of synth-driven new wave and the beginning of the guitar rock that dominated English rock into the '90s. Sonically, the group was indebted to the British Invasion, crafting ringing, melodic three-minute pop singles, even for their album tracks. But their scope was far broader than that of a revivalist band. The group's core members, vocalist Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, were obsessive rock fans inspired by...
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