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Editors’ Notes

While The Smiths were one of the most important bands of the '80s, their album catalog is a complex mess. While the band issued four official studio albums, many of their finest tracks were originally released as singles and then assembled onto collections much like this one. Here, a few excellent album tracks (“There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side”) are accompanied by indispensable singles and b-sides such as “Panic,” “Ask,” “Half a Person” and “Shoplifters of the World Unite.” It makes for a headache when trying to complete their catalog. The group recorded few missteps. “Oscillate Wildly” is an instrumental that begs for a Morrissey vocal, but it also makes for a perfect karaoke performance for anyone with ambition to score their own lyrical theme over Johnny Marr’s jangly guitar purr. Yet there’s no arguing with the band chemistry on “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby” or “Stretch Out and Wait.” In four short years, The Smiths accomplished a decade’s worth of first-rate material.

Customer Reviews

Great album.

This album is great....half a person is by far my favorite smiths song.


These songs just sound good in this sequence. Maybe because I am used to hearing them this way.


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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