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The Sound Of The Smiths: The Very Best Of The Smiths

The SmithsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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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 (November 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • ASIN: B001ED7C5S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hand in Glove
2. This Charming Man
3. What Difference Does It Make? [Peel Sessions Version]
4. Still Ill
5. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
6. William, It Was Really Nothing
7. How Soon Is Now? [12" Version]
8. Nowhere Fast
9. Shakespeare's Sister
10. Barbarism Begins at Home [7" Version]
11. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
12. The Headmaster Ritual
13. The Boy with the Thorn in His Side
14. Bigmouth Strikes Again
15. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
16. Panic
17. Ask
18. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
19. Shoplifters of the World Unite
20. Sheila Take a Bow
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Editorial Reviews

The Smiths formed in Manchester in 1982 and quickly rose to become the quintessential British indie rock band of their day. Powered by the collaboration between lead singer and lyricist Morrissey and lead guitarist and co-songwriter Johnny Marr, their sound had a literary and musical depth that was complex, emotional and often controversial-at the same time, it rang with The Smiths' unique twist on timeless melodic pop sensibilities. On Rhino's new compilation, the group's biggest hits and most important tracks are represented.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half A Collection January 3, 2009
Format:Audio CD
A great first CD of an excellent 2-CD remastered set. are you even looking at this page? Go find the "2 CD Deluxe Edition". Please. Buying this CD is like buying half of a boxed set.

The second disk contains more of the rarities in addition to more can't-miss standout tracks. Overall, this collection is a true remastered set, overseen by Johnny Marr, and offers a lot of new and original material, not like those tired record label releases we've seen over the past years.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Smiths... June 16, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Gripe all you want... Yes, there is a 2 disc version of this... I have this edition, and wanted the two disc one, but thought about it. I have all the individual albums. Why spend another 30 bucks on the same songs. I only got this for a concise collection to play for friends and otherwise. As an introduction to an amazing band, this 23 track career spanning single disc collection is a revelation. To say the least. The band didn't make an amazing storm ride up the charts in America, but American fans have garnered an amazing following. The songs are incredibly tuneful, fun, smart, and full of messages. Starting with the prolific Hand in Glove, the album dips from early to legendary with ease and knowledge. The reward in these songs is really how well they stand up in the 2010's as if they were a new band with new ideas. Seriously, the songs in general just speak volumes to listeners. This Charming Man - A short sweet jumpy tune that just makes you smile - "I Would go out tonight, but I haven't got a stitch to wear...." - Is that not what people do when trying to be charming? One of personal favorites - Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now... What to say besides it blew me away the first time I heard it. The chord changes, the vocal acrobatics, the ease of the groove... Incredible. That bass work alone is worth hearing the song. William It Was Really Nothing is a fast paced song of apology and How Soon Is Now is easily put as Sex on Record. Amazingly effective. Shoplifters Of The World Unite is also an invigorating tour de force and another highlight outright. There are no duds here speaking volumes for the group as they really did make amazing music throughout their tenure as a band. The fact that you can listen to 23 tracks without stopping really does say alot about The Smiths. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic February 23, 2013
By eric
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Great compilation, best of album, of some classic Smiths music and for the price sold at. A must have for your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah the Smiths. February 4, 2013
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I had never owned an album of the Smiths before and I am glad I started with this one. Great songs that I can listen to for hours. Awesome! Great songs I can listen to for hours after transferring them to my iTunes. Even better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smithy Sounding August 29, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Morrissey and Johnny Marr composed the most idiosyncratic duos of the 80's as the core of The Smiths. Morrissey of the complex and quintessentially droll gay Brit lyrical sensibility, Marr of the melodic yet jangular guitar mixture. Despite the dichotomy (and the friction that ultimately broke the band apart), when the two men clicked, they created brilliant bits of hit single obtuseness. "The Sound of The Smiths" captures that perfectly.

The finest examples are songs like "How Soon is Now," where the unbearably devious guitar riff anchors the song, dragging you into the Morrissey's usual tale of desperate relationships with a sickening thud. Then there's the jangling tease of "This Charming Man," about a piece of insecure street trade being solicited by a man of class. And who can resist the sardonic call of "Panic's" "Hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hand the DJ"?

While it is hard for me not to recommend any single Smiths album or the many compilations, I can also safely say that any of their four proper albums (especially the debut) is likely a better buy than their multiple best ofs. But if all you're really looking for is the brilliant decade of genre defining singles, "The Sound of The Smiths" is invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 13, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great best of album May 18, 2014
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Several years ago I grabbed the Meat is Murder album. Just recently I scored the Queen is Dead album and best of. Love the feel of this band, great music. Well packaged with prompt delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the smiths April 17, 2014
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AWSOME cd. Great condition. Timing was slow but that's what you pay for right? Overall I was satisfied. IDE but more CDs from here no problem!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I had all their cassette tapes
I rarely buy CD's but I had to have this. Reminded me of my college days.....the songs take on new meaning to me now that I am older but I know all the words and sing them I am... Read more
Published 5 months ago by wenbeauty
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic album!
Exactly what you need to bring you down from anything remotely exciting that May happen in your day, week or life!
Published 7 months ago by Michael Enriquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
and every song on it!! I love the Smiths, even thought they are 25 years before my time, and this is my favorite album of theirs, including my favorite song "How Soon is... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Emmy Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Smiths!
You can't go wrong with the Smiths & Morissey...flashback of a great period/time in music. Songs are perfect for pondering different moods!
Published 8 months ago by lcf
5.0 out of 5 stars bonus!
great collection from a great era and a great band. and the fact that I got the free download to amazon cloud ws a great bonus.
Published 10 months ago by leboit
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start for any new fan of The Smiths
If you're not a huge fan of The Smiths then this is a very good cd to purchase! All the more commercial stuff ( i.e.; Panic, How Soon Is Now? Read more
Published 11 months ago by ShoGunslinger
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love The Smiths
Mind boggling that I Just discovered The Smiths, but I just love their music. This song is one of my favorites and is now my ring tone. Read more
Published 12 months ago by LanaH
4.0 out of 5 stars Smiths Forever
Yeah, I like the Smiths. I would have liked some of my other fave Smiths songs though. The CD is fine.
Published 13 months ago by Priscila Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Love it!
Awesome! Love it! I recommend this to everyone because it is awesome! It is a very cool item to have.
Published 16 months ago by Reuben Gregorian
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of tunes by the Smiths
The Sounds of the Smiths is a very good collection of some of my very favorite Smiths tunes. Though it lacks some of the more standout tunes it still is pretty good. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Daniel Reilly
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