23 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Over four years, from 1983 to 1987, the Smiths produced an enduring catalog that included four studio albums and a slew of singles and b-sides often collected on a variety of compilation albums. This 2008 collection, overseen by Morrissey and Johnny Marr, collects 23 tracks in its “single-disc” edition and an additional 22 tracks, including B-sides, exclusive 12-inch releases and live recordings (for the “two-disc” expanded version). Taken either way, it’s an embarrassment of riches, as Johnny Marr’s lyrical guitar riffs supply the empathetic poetry necessary to support Morrissey’s emotionally charged lyrical concerns. From shameless self-pity to rampant narcissism, unrelieved sorrow to bursts of temporary joy, the Smiths took adolescence and channeled its hormonal wildness into gorgeous pop songs. The two-minute nightclub apocalypse of “Panic”, the wallflower ennui of “Ask,” and the sublime damp futures of “William, It Was Really Nothing” and “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” highlight the flow of The Smiths’ unrelenting single releases, while the majesty of such b-sides as “Half A Person,” “Girl Afraid,” and the live versions of “Meat is Murder” and “London,” attest to the group’s fully formed strengths.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Over four years, from 1983 to 1987, the Smiths produced an enduring catalog that included four studio albums and a slew of singles and b-sides often collected on a variety of compilation albums. This 2008 collection, overseen by Morrissey and Johnny Marr, collects 23 tracks in its “single-disc” edition and an additional 22 tracks, including B-sides, exclusive 12-inch releases and live recordings (for the “two-disc” expanded version). Taken either way, it’s an embarrassment of riches, as Johnny Marr’s lyrical guitar riffs supply the empathetic poetry necessary to support Morrissey’s emotionally charged lyrical concerns. From shameless self-pity to rampant narcissism, unrelieved sorrow to bursts of temporary joy, the Smiths took adolescence and channeled its hormonal wildness into gorgeous pop songs. The two-minute nightclub apocalypse of “Panic”, the wallflower ennui of “Ask,” and the sublime damp futures of “William, It Was Really Nothing” and “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” highlight the flow of The Smiths’ unrelenting single releases, while the majesty of such b-sides as “Half A Person,” “Girl Afraid,” and the live versions of “Meat is Murder” and “London,” attest to the group’s fully formed strengths.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
51 Ratings
51 Ratings
xcliff ,

Riches in Excess

Gathering together the best of Morrissey and Johnny Marr's work as the Smiths - this is a tour d'force of great rock. Melodious, brilliant and true Brit rock - try it - you'll like it!

Cap'n Kirch ,

There's better places to start, but this isn't terrible

Honestly, I gave this five stars because it contains some of the best music the 80's produced, but this isn't the best place to start with the Smiths. Start with Hatful of Hollow, The Queen Is Dead, and Louder Than Bombs, and then round out your introductory selections with this. It contains all the essential singles and some other decent tracks as well, though you will by now have noticed there is a ton of overlap in the songs that are on each album. That's alright, because if you truly enjoy the Smiths you won't mind hearing those songs as they are the creme de la creme of Smiths songs.

Superjin213 ,

Amazing album

This album is absolutely amazing

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