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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 (April 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B007F5S1DQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Queen Is Dead
2. Panic
3. Vicar in a Tutu
4. Ask
5. His Latest Flame/Rusholme Ruffians (Medley)
6. The Boy With The Thorn in His Side
7. Rubber Ring/What She Said
8. Is It Really So Strange?
9. Cemetry Gates
10. London
11. I Know It's Over (Extended Mix)
12. The Draize Train
13. Still Ill
14. Bigmouth Strikes Again

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered edition of this live album from the legendary British quartet. Recorded live at the National Ballroom, London, in October of 1986, roughly six months before they disbanded altogether, these 14 songs capture the Smiths performing in full-on rock-star mode. Here the band's performance is suitably epic, hit-packed, and engrossing. Morrissey is in fine form providing plenty of banter and personality. Similarly, Marr's distinctive manic jangle demands much attention, especially on his solo creation "The Draize Train."

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I'm glad that I own it, and I encourage any Smiths fan to buy it.
Craig
I like listening to the album in its entirety, very loudly or through headphones and each time I am transported to a magical experience.
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The overall sound is very good but you can't help but feel like your being swindled here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Petersen on July 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album way back in the early 90s. At first I didn't like it, Morrissey changed some of the lyrics to some of his hit songs. After giving the tape another try, this album put its hooks into me and has not let-go since then. I believe Morrissey is 10X better live than recorded. I have seen him in concert three times and he is never a disappointment as a live act. Songs like "The Drazie Train" are not found on other albums and are a must-have for the true fan. Of all the albums, this is really not an album but a piece of Smiths history. It is a true treasure. These versions are refreshing departures from the studio-recorded songs. My advice: Buy all of the original Smiths albums and this one too. Don't waste your money on any of the "Best Of" albums.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Lafontaine on September 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am on of the biggest Smiths fans there is. And yes, you must get this if you are a fan. But, you can't help but wonder why (especially on cd) why Morrissey (apparently, he decided what songs were to go on this album) skipped out on many great tracks that the Smiths played on this night.

Songs like: "Frankly, Mr. Shankly" , "There is a light that never goes out", "I want the one I can't have", "How soon is now?" and others were sadly omitted. The overall sound is very good but you can't help but feel like your being swindled here. I hope "they" decide to release another live album to make up for "Rank".
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
First: The only reason this album did not get a five-star rating, is that this is a Smiths album, and as such, must live up to some pretty high standards. Now, the Smiths were without doubt the greatest band of the eighties (and one of my all time favourites), and had a reputation for being a huge live-attraction. Now, unfortunately, I never had a chance to catch their live acts (primarily because they split up when I was ten years old), but I do imagine that some piece of their worth as a live band were due to Morrisseys enigmatic stage performance, which isn't easily transformed to a sound recording. That said, all the band members were (are) excellant musicians, as this album is a proof of. Now, to summarize my thoughts about this album:
For:
-It's the Smiths, it must be good. (and it is)
-Good sound quality. Far superior to the bootlegs I have heard.
-Some of the songs are featured in great live versions. This recording of The Queen is dead really opened my eyes, I mean ears, to this song. The studio version of the song had never really appealed to me. Until this one.
-The Draze Train. Amazing intrumental tune. Awesome performance by Marr (as always).
Against:
-Less than great song selections. Vicar in a tutu, Ask, Rushholme ruffians and London have never been among my favourite Smiths-songs, though this version of Vicar is in my opinion far superior to the studio one.
-Less than great live versions of some of the songs. I much prefer the regular album versions of What she said, I know it's over and Bigmouth.
-Though backed by secondary guitarist Carig Gannon, Marr doesn't achieve the amazing guitar-tracks as he does when layering guitars on the studio-album. Still, Marr allways performs well, and this is no exception.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By junior on March 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
quite simply one of the best live pop albums ever. live, the smiths were very different from their records. they were a rock band. "Still Ill" and "I Know It's Over" are utterly heart-wrenching on this record. get it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Turakhia on February 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Hard to believe it's been 20 years since the release of this album, which came out after the band disbanded and just before Morrissey ventured out on his own.

This is not a "must have" but showcases some of the Smiths' best work (albeit mostly from The Queen is Dead).

Recording quality is average.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on May 2, 2011
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So great. I agree that The Smiths sound even better live and how many bands, now or then, can say that? Morrissey's voice sounds fantastic and what more can be said of the genius of Marr, Rourke and Joyce? Favorite track is "Rusholme Ruffians" with the "(Marie's The Name of)His Latest Flame" intro. Sublime. I listen to it nearly every day. "What She Said" and "Still Ill" are also amazing. Grab it!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Winthrop Harrison on June 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Once you realize this 1988 CD was quickly released by a record company facing passionate demand for a band that no longer existed, the release of this so-so CD becomes clear.
Live records are, as John Lydon put it, "record company stuff." You get the hits, just sloppier. I can remember only a handful of live CDs that offered something more. (PiL's "Paris in Spring", Throbbing Gristle's total reworkings, Ani DiFranco's "Living in Clip", John Cale's "Fragments of a Rainy Season" stand out.) I file this Smiths CD in the just-ok/humdrum bin. I play it sometimes, but in the space of years, not days.
Most of this Kilburn UK 10/23/'86 show consists of songs from "The Queen is Dead" or recent singles of that period. Performances here don't touch the studio mastery of that truly wonderful record. The tempo of most songs is sped up, not always a good thing. And then there's Morrissey, who sounds crankier than usual. This works well for "Bigmouth Strikes Again" which sounds like a thrilling riot, not so well for other tracks.
Legalities prevent me from recommending bootlegs that are far stronger, but I can safely say the great live Smiths were recorded - the material is out there - and this CD falls short. "Rank" is a live Smiths document, little more. It might have made a better video, however. Morrissey's fade-in/fade-out vocals suggest this was a rambunctious physical show, where he was swamped by fans. Reissue/Repackage anyone?
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