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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 (March 25, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0013VSYR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. First Of The Gang To Die
2. In The Future when Alls Well
3. I Just Want To See The Boy Happy
4. Irish Blood, English Heart
5. You Have Killed Me
6. That's How People Grow Up [NEW]
7. Everyday Is Like Sunday
8. Redondo Beach
9. SuedeHead
10. The Youngest Was The Most Loved
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Disc: 2
1. The Last of the Famous International Playboys
2. The National Front Disco
3. Let Me Kiss You
4. Irish Blood, English Heart
5. I Will See You in Far-off Places
6. First of the Gang to Die
7. I Just Want to See the Boy Happy
8. Life is a Pigsty
9. That's How People Grow Up (U.S. EXCLUSIVE)

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The GREATEST HITS recording will be released in three versions; This version is the deluxe limited edition version. Disc 1 has 15 tracks plus an additional eight live songs on a second disc! The GREATEST HITS is the ultimate solo career retrospective spanning the years 1988 to the present day, a period where Morrissey hit his commercial and artistic peak. The album features many classic Morrissey tracks such as Every Day Is Like Sunday, the more recent Irish Blood, English Heart and the addition of two brand new songs That s How People Grow Up and All You Need Is Me.

Review

" 'That's How People Grow Up', already familiar from the Mozzer's triumphant U.S. tour, is one of two fab new songs from his upcoming greatest-hits collection" -- Rolling Stone, January 24, 2008

" Morrissey isn't just any singer: he has become one of the defining rock stars of the past few decades by virtue of his grand voice, his grander songs, and his charming habit of playing with melodrama" -- New York Times, July 25, 2007

" Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has achieved in his lifetime." -- The Independent, February 18, 2008

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tois on March 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Supposedly presenting the finest moments of his solo career, it consists primarily of songs from his last two albums. There's no room for "November Spawned A Monster", "Piccadilly Palare" or "Boxers", while a ropey live version of Patti Smith's "Redondo Beach" does make the cut. And yet, strictly speaking, commercially, "Greatest Hits" does almost exactly what it says on the tin: collect all his Top 10 (and thereabouts) singles of the past two decades.
Twenty one years after splitting with The Smiths to pursue a solo career, Morrissey releases a 2CD compilation that's sure to have the fans queuing to buy it - but which also demonstrates why the singer has occasionally struggled to remain as influential as he was as the figurehead of that band.
Maybe this is all a way of demonstrating to his new label (Decca) that, far from trading on former glories, as he approaches 50, Morrissey is more popular than ever.
Morrissey has somehow contrived a solo career technically more successful than that of his former band.
How on earth has he managed it?
While his solo career has spawned seven studio albums, running from 1988's "Viva Hate" through to "Ringleader of the Tormentor" of 2006, his back catalogue now includes no less than five compilations, pulling together everything from singles to album tracks to B-sides, with a "Best Of" having turned up in 2001.
While this admittedly means it did not include anything from Morrissey's latter two albums of rejuvenation, the release of a new collection - under the reliable but often misleading old moniker of "Greatest Hits" - still seems a little unnecessary, not really something the world has been desperately crying out for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L on January 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
i dont like that people judge morrisseys carreer like they do. most of them have not been a fan since the smiths, so they dont understand, driving miles to a record store, and the feeling of discovering something that stays with you for ever. thats how i discovered the queen is dead.
and through the years in a small town in mississippi, i saved my money and begged my way to the big city of jackson, went to all 3 record stores, 2 retail, one a trade. so you have to understand, only rich people just went out and purchased entire librarys of an artist, and the single with the extra tracks, was just the bees knees. between myself and my friends, we had most of it, and we traded, and sometimes stole. many of the bsides have been sought for years by the likes of me, and it was fun. b sides were often my favorite tracks, and anything live by moz is gold to me, scratchy bootleg lp, or on a new collection, yes even in 2008. besides not everyone has live at the bowl yet, i certainly didnt, and there is an very amusing suprise inside that finally explains the title, yourarsenal. futhermore, im not sure morrissey ever could have made it mainstream, for you would have to appeal to radio listeners, and the radio has become corrupt. above all, he never sold out, going to smaller independant labels, and always revealing himself in his shows.
very few of the artist of the brit pop, alternative, rock, whatever it is, none did their thing their way, and thats the only way morrissey has ever been. if you like this man, you should at least be kind, and understand most of us think he is still in his peak, his last three records are absolute masterpeices, an you look at all the bands from 120 minutes, they are wearin suits, teaching high school, and appearing on reality tv shows. this is what he does.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Frame on March 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Morrissey's Greatest Hits is an extremely well arranged album which sounds very impressive as a complete unit. It's a thoroughly enjoyable journey right through to "I Have Forgiven Jesus" which perfectly sets up "The First Of the Gang To Die" - so the strong temptation is to just leave the CD on repeat (as my car stereo does by default).

The two new tracks are certainly of the same calibre as the other 13 and are right at home here. I couldn't imagine anyone doing a better job of collating and arranging a representative selection to celebrate Morrissey's 20 solo years.

It is important to be aware that the tracks from before the worldwide "loudness wars" which are "Everyday Is Like Sunday" (1988), "Suedehead" (1988), "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" (1989) and "The More You Ignore Me The Closer I Get" (1994) - all have been doubled from their orignal volume (and equalised) in order to compete with the loudness of the 21st century tracks. That huge volume increase comes at a cost - making them sound significantly muffled (especially "Everyday Is Like Sunday") when you compare them to the original CD versions.

I'm quite happy to live with that compromise in order to have the whole album sound as good, and as powerful, as it does. The main point is that even if you already owned all of these tracks on CD, you wouldn't be able to re-create the sound of this compilation without a great deal of trouble (and skill).

Morrissey's Greatest Hits is a valuable addition to any Morrissey collection - and the bonus live disc is just icing on the 20th anniversary cake.
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yes there are too many best-ofs for Morrisey and The Smiths each. but how do you know "Suedhead" will be on this one as once again no track listings are available? I know the disc hasn't been released yet, but the songs on the disc certainly can't be a mystery at this point. however,... Read More
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