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MorrisseyAudio CD
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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey, is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the UK but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom on ten occasions. ... Read more in Amazon's Morrissey Store

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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005R1QH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
2. Suedehead
3. Everyday Is Like Sunday
4. Glamorous Glue
5. Do Your Best And Don't Worry
6. November Spawned A Monster
7. The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
8. Sing Your Life
9. Hairdresser On Fire
10. Interesting Drug
11. We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
12. Certain People I Know
13. Now My Heart Is Full
14. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday
15. Sunny
16. Alma Matters
17. Hold On To Your Friends
18. Sister I'm A Poet
19. Disappointed
20. Tomorrow
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Morrissey hasn't released a new album in several years, but that hasn't put a damper on the willful eccentricity of his discography. "Best," in this instance, means not most popular but most characteristic. This American greatest-hits set is very different from its British equivalent, Suedehead, omitting half of his U.K. chart singles in favor of a curious lineup of high-aesthetic album tracks and B-sides, reportedly picked by the Moz himself. The original idea of Morrissey's solo career was to reach beyond the stylistic confines of the Smiths, but these songs are in basically the same line of work, with first Stephen Street and later Alain Whyte and others playing the Johnny Marr role of guitarist and musical foil. Generally, they're overmatched: "Interesting Drug" and "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" still have a wry buzz to them, but a lot of these songs are little more than vehicles for the star's lyrics and unstoppable vocal presence. --Douglas Wolk

Product Description

After becoming something close to a god on the alternative rock scene with the Smiths, Morrissey went solo in 1988 and reeled off eight albums for Sire/Reprise, the best of which are collected here. Rarely has rock been so literate, sensitive or complex; favorites here include Suedehead; The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get; Everyday Is Like Sunday; Interesting Drug , and The Last of the Famous International Playboys , while two rare singles comprise the collector enticement.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate collection November 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I am not all that familiar with Morrissey's music except for hearing an occasional song on the radio but not knowing the title of the song. I thought I would get myself a little more acquainted with his music by picking up this album. Needless to say it didn't require much for me to fall in love with his wonderfully witty and sarcastic lyrics, and the addictively infectious pop/rock melodies. All the songs amazingly catchy. I automatically fell in love with Morrissey's crooning. His voice is reminds me a bit of Chris Isaak, Elvis Presley and Raul Maolo (the ex-lead singer of The Mavericks). For once I can't say what songs are my favorites because all of them are incredibly melodic with some of the most superb songwriting skills ever. Picking a particular favorite song out of this excellent collection of some of Morrissey's best work is like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Some of my favorite songs include "Certain people I Know", "Hairdresser On Fire", and "Suedehead". After hearing this album I definitely know for sure that I need to start checking out Morrissey's other albums like "Viva Hate" and "Your Arsenal". "The Best of!" for me was a just a sample of the greatness that is Morrissey.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Make No Mistake, My Friend...A Great Collection May 26, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Morrissey seems to have a hard time pleasing anyone: fanatics are upset because this is not new material or doesn't include all their favourites; Smiths fans are upset because the music doesn't come up to Johnny Marr's best moments (as poor Morrissey sings knowingly on "Do Your Best and Don't Worry": "Compare the best of their days / With the worst of your days / You won't win"). Personally I'm somewhere in between, so this compilation suits me perfectly. The music is infectious and often quite inventive ("Suedehead"? "November Spawned a Monster"?
"Interesting Drug"?), the lyrics are quirky, funny, touching, and often insightful, the voice unique and (if it happens to capture you) addictive. Don't believe those who say that all Morrissey sounds alike, either, there's a lot of musical variety
here, from the trademark Smiths jingle-jangle guitars to bizarre dance music ("November Spawned a Monster"), glam rock ("Glamorous Glue"), some funky moments ("Sister I'm a Poet," "Interesting Drug"), 50s sock-hop pop ("Sing Your Life"), and torch ("I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday"). Also don't believe those who say he's "miserable"--these tunes are upbeat and the lyrics by and large hopeful and uplifting, though always wittily realistic. Right for Morrissey fans who are less than fanatics and as an introduction to the King of Alternative Rock.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding for a First Time Listener May 22, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an incredible compilation of great songs for anyone not exposed much to Morrissey's solo work or great career with the Smiths. I can honestly say that "Interesting Drug" is one of the best songs I've ever heard, and every song on this greatest hits sounds amazing. I HIGHLY suggest grabbing this CD if you want to be exposed to a truly great musician both as a vocalist and lyricist - Morrissey.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Everybody's Lost, But Pretending They Are Not" October 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"The Best of Morrissey" is the Morrissey greatest hits collection for the American market. In Britain, and here in Australia, we get "Suedehead: The Best of". This version covers the first ten years of his solo career (1988-1997), and contains 21 tracks.

I remember when I first heard Morrissey's music. It was the last year of high school, and I was studying Oscar Wilde in literature. To help me study, I went on the net and searched the P2Ps for "Oscar Wilde", in case there was a reading or performance of one of his works I could download (I don't use that sort of thing these days, mind you). Nothing much came up except for something by a "Morrissey". I downloaded it, and there was a smooth voiced man speaking passionately on it about how incredibly quotable Oscar Wilde is, and how he thought that the upcoming "Importance of Being Earnest Film" was hopefully going to be really big. At the end of the track, there was a snippet of a song sung by Morrissey, singing his heart out. I found out much later the track was "Alma Matters", a kind of an appropriate song lyrically for the last year of high school. At the time, I had no idea, but I wanted to hear more, so I ended up getting a couple of compilations, one from his old band The Smiths, and the other from his solo career. Catchy tunes, witty lyrics, great voice, I quickly became a fan.

A lot of rock listeners prefer The Smiths to Morrissey's solo stuff. Though the quantity of classic tracks is a fair bit higher of a Smiths record than a Morrissey solo CD, I do prefer a good Morrissey solo song to a good Smiths one. The production is brighter, playful and colorful. The band toys with a lot more styles than The Smiths did.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine for what it is. March 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Morrissey has released as many compilations as he has proper albums, and this one covers his entire work from 1988's "Viva Hate" through 1997's "Maladusted." The familiar tunes are here, including "Suedehead," "November Spawned..," "The More You Ignore Me..," and "The Last of the Famous..." But some other key songs are also missing. I'd gladly trade in "Do Your Best and Don't Worry" for the excellent "Will Never Marry" or "I Can Have Both." Plus, I'd be happy to see "The Loop" or "Pregnant for the Last Time" in exchange for the album track "Glamorous Glue." Most notable of all, "Ouija Board" is not present on this disc, proving that Morrissey has since grown truly embarrassed by this song. Nevertheless, this is an overall fine collection of tunes from one of the UK's last great poets.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey rocks
This album is awesome if you're into morrissey, the cd was in perfect conditions and it was spotless. Rock on.
Published 8 months ago by Santiago Erazo
5.0 out of 5 stars Moz
What can you say? Moz is Brilliant. famous, outstanding, celebrated, distinguished, eminent, excellent, exceptional, glorious, illustrious, magnificent, prominent, splendid, superb... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pop corn
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey after "The Smiths".
Front man for and Vocalist for many years with the English Band "The Smiths"...
Love it too bits.
Kevin from New Zealand.
Published 12 months ago by Kevin Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars morrissey - greatest hits review
This is a great CD if you like the Smiths / Morrissey, but don't want to buy every album. This one has a good sampling of the better Morrissey songs. Read more
Published on August 29, 2012 by hotpepper
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Happy
Some songs do not play, they skip. I knew this cd was used but since it was categorized as Very Good, it would work, just like the others I've ordered.
Published on October 4, 2011 by ShanShan
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't know MOZ...
... then you have lived under a rock, but it is not too late to try and be hip. A great starter cd for nerds and shut ins!
Published on February 15, 2008 by Darreth A. Wheeler Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey Review from Baltimore,Maryland
I purchased this cd for my husband as a stocking stuffer...He loves it ! It has a varity of Morrissey's songs and get to sing to it takes us back to when we were 10 years old.
Published on January 2, 2008 by Karen D. Dapp
4.0 out of 5 stars It's tough to be the voice of a generation
When Morrissey decided he was done with The Smiths, it was the usual comments about wanting to grow beyond the confines of the band. Read more
Published on February 10, 2007 by Tim Brough
3.0 out of 5 stars Personally half the album is not good
my advice is to download the songs you like from i-tunes
Published on November 3, 2006 by T. Keshmeshian
3.0 out of 5 stars a nice surprise!
I recently saw a video by morissey called tomorrow on VH1 Classic and thought the song was cool. So I decided to check this release out. Read more
Published on June 3, 2006 by B. Drexler
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