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Hatful of Hollow

The SmithsAudio CD
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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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 ... Read more in Amazon's The Smiths Store

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  • Audio CD (November 9, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002MIF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. William, It Was Really Nothing
2. What Difference Does It Make?
3. These Things Take Time
4. This Charming Man
5. How Soon Is Now?
6. Handsome Devil
7. Hand In Glove
8. Still Ill
9. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
10. This Night Has Opened My Eyes
11. You've Got Everything Now
12. Accept Yourself
13. Girl Afraid
14. Back To The Old House
15. Reel Around The Fountain
16. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

Editorial Reviews

The Smiths tend to be thought of as a band one grows out of--music you listened to as a depressed adolescent and then abandoned when you overcame it all. Such a notion denies them their place in the rock pantheon, not only as an inspiration to countless indie-rock outfits but also as the band that challenged the received wisdom of rock & roll machismo. Fronted by the fey, sexually ambiguous Steven Patrick Morrissey, who married painfully honest lyrics--almost embarrassing in their self-effacement--with arch humor and a melancholic delivery, the British band was quite an anomaly to an America still emerging from the bloated-rock tyranny of the likes of Journey and REO Speedwagon. Hatful of Hollow, released as an import in 1984 and domestically in 1993, is a collection of singles, many recorded live for various radio shows. More-muscular versions of most of the tracks here can be found on the collection Louder Than Bombs, but Hatful has a vitality to it that the studio-bound, somewhat antiseptic Bombs lacks. Check out Johnny Marr's delicate acoustic guitar on the aching "Back to the Old House" or the band's looser workouts of such now-classics as "This Charming Man" and "Still Ill." Two songs not found on other albums make this a must for fans: "Handsome Devil" and "Accept Yourself," a bouncy, jangly number on which Morrissey croons convincingly, "Others conquered love, but I ran / I sat in my room and I drew up a plan." Perfect music for your awkward inner child. --Steve Landau

Product Description

Album Notes HATFUL OF HOLLOW includes songs recorded live for BBC Radio 1.The Smiths: Morrissey (vocals); Johnny Marr (guitar, mandolin, harmonica); Andy Rourke (bass); Mike Joyce (drums).Producers: John Porter, The Smiths, Roger Pusey, Dale Griffin.A composite of radio sessions and sundry early singles, HATFUL OF HOLLOW provides an alternative snapshot of the Smiths' early career. Compiled in the wake of their debut album, it exhibited all of their considerable strengths, in particular Johnny Marr's ringing, expressive guitarwork. The riff he creates on 'How Soon Is Now' is thoroughly captivating. Vocalist Morrissey's distinctive croon and solipsistic lyrics are already unique and give the group its originality. At times ironic, at others wistful (as on 'Back To The Old House'), he takes the Smiths into new areas of expression and his contrasting visions are fully expressed herein.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark for eighties music December 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Much of what the Smiths represent has already been addressed in these reviews, so I will share only a few other things in addition to personal recollections of the band.

The Smiths were all too brief a force in music, but what they lacked in time, they made up for in fecundous output. Few groups recorded as much or as brilliantly as the Smiths did in their four year tenure as kings of british pop. Musically, no one even came close to the sheer beauty of what Johnny Marr created. Any guitarist worth his salt will admit as much, but music was only half of the equation. Morrissey is, like Robert Smith and Ian McCullough, a wordsmith of the highest order, creating rarely seen literary parallels between himself and the writers he so often championed.

As for the man's sexuality.... well, for all of the press it has received over the years, it was simply irrelevant to his craft, and he only underscored that notion by remaining aloof and deliberately ambiguous on the subject. For those who actually remember the Smiths while they were together, Morrissey was a declared celibate throughout his partnership with Marr, Joyce and Rourke, having given himself over to his art to such a degree that, when Johnny split, the man was literally bedridden.

The Smiths. Where would I have been without them? Some like to talk of this group as depressing but they got me through some very bad times indeed. Rarely had I heard anyone speak so honestly about his feelings... and those lyrics often reminded me that I was not the only one out there suffering. As unbelievable as it may sound, I think this band may have actually saved my life, and it's hard to speak objectively of such an influence... but anyone who has been desperate and heard the optimism in 'please, please, please...' will understand.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smiths: Hatful Of Hollow August 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Smiths released their second album, Hatful Of Hollow, in November of 1984. The album is basically a compilation, consisting of two BBC sessions (John Peel, 9/21/83 and 4/7/83),

as well as singles released from the previous album and unreleased tracks. The album is worth it simply because of guitarist Johnny Marr's stunning guitar work alone.

1. William, It Was Really Nothing: The album kicks off with one of The Smiths' new singles. A short and upbeat song, it contains the funny "fat girl" verse.

2. What Difference Does It Make (BBC): This song doesn't differ too much of the album version, but it is still a great song.

3. These Things Take Time (BBC): A song that was left off of the debut album in favour of Still Ill, it is a fast song with tight lyrics.

4. This Charming Man (BBC): The BBC version of this single is fantastic. Everything runs well in this song, it is one of the best of this album.

5. How Soon Is Now?: Arguably The Smiths most famous song, this is what gave the band the push they needed during their early years, proving that the band were no one-hit wonders. A long single with a unique sound that only The Smiths can provide.

6. Handsome Devil (BBC): An underrated song which was on the Troy Tate version of the debut album. Morrissey again faces controversy with the lyrics of the song. Is it controversial? You decide.

7. Hand In Glove: The Hatful Of Hollow version of this song was the original single used. In the beginning it fades in, surely a limp start to such a great, hard-rocking track. It was remixed by producer John Porter for the The Smiths debut album.

8. Still Ill (BBC): This version includes a harmonica both at the beginning and the end of the song.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ALL-TIME ESSENTIAL ALBUM June 25, 2004
By Coleen
Format:Audio CD
One of the greatest albums of all-time...extra appealing because most of it is lo-fi, but beautifully lo-fi. Every song is a masterpiece of intelligent vulnerable British pop music. The music, written by Johnny Marr, is brilliantly melodic. The words are worthy of Oscar Wilde, one of lyricist Morrissey's major influences, along with early 60's black and white British working class films like Taste of Honey (snatches of dialogue from this film can be found in the lyrics to This Night Has Opened My Eyes, an extremely powerful song). This album is the greatest Smiths album, and that's saying a LOT, since every Smiths album was BRILLIANT. The Smiths recording career lasted from 1984-1987, but they were extremely prolific. This was their second release, technically a collection of radio recordings and singles, but it works perfectly as an album with its own theme.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Ignorant Some of the New Listeners Are... October 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's obvious that people who will say The Smiths as a band for gay people just goes to show how ignorant these new emo kids are to yesterday's music.These emo kids were prolly in their primary school when The Smiths came out of the British scene in the 80s. I should know because I was in High School back in the 80s when The Smiths first hit the NME charts with their first album. I'm a straight guy, along with five of my buddies who are into The Smiths long before these EMO kids learned to pop a CD in a sound system. Anyways...I just get a bit upset when people begin judging a band simply because the singer represented a specific community. Hey I like This Charming Man because it does have some of the best lyrics. This Night Has Opened My Eyes is another.

This is a good album. It's probably the best album they ever made. They have a Peel Session version of "Still Ill", has an interesting harmonica intro. Other songs are "How Soon is Now" and "Girl Afraid." This is an album that you should definitely buy if you want to listen The Smith's best years. Take note of Johnny Marr's guitar-playing here and Rourke's bass playing. Fantastic. Spend your money on this. By the way, I still have my vinyl version of this album. Mint condition. To new listeners who are just discovering the music of MY generation, get this album. You will cherish it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Awesome album new for a good price.
Published 1 month ago by Kelsey Lowry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
Brand new, still in plastic. Excellent album, got it when I was supposed to. Would be happy to buy here again.
Published 6 months ago by Danielle Cramberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I personally think this collection of their early live recordings sounds way better than their studio album versions. This is a must have for any Smith's fan!
Published 7 months ago by Luis Preciado
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect product, perfect shipping!
The perfect gift! I got this as a Christmas gift and it is the BEST! Frustration free packaging, it arrived in perfect condition. Couldn't recommend it more. ^-^
Published 7 months ago by natalia arellano
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst bands ever formed
So I guess "The Smiths" used to be a popular "jangle-pop" band. Apparently "jangle-pop" is not Iggy Pop's failed mentally challenged brother, but rather, some sort of "music genre"... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A Dinosaur-Shaped Car
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely love it!
from start to finish, amazing music. one of my favorite cd's of all time. hear it over and over, cant get enought of it
Published 8 months ago by lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever
Very simply put, this is one of the best albums by The Smiths, and it's quite awesome to have the vinyl version of it, not that plebian 320kbps .mp3 copy amazon gives you.
Published 9 months ago by beardedno
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Smiths Fans
The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow (1984 - eventually released in America on Sire in 1993)

This is a stellar collection of BBC recording sessions, singles and B-sides. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rich Latta
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic
Arrived on time in perfect condition. Classic and worth every penny! This is a must have for every collection and vinyl makes it even more special.
Published 11 months ago by Dana Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice compilation of Smiths tunes....
I think that what makes this album cool is that the Smiths chose their favorites for Hatful of Hollow. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nanodelle
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