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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.

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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Product Details

  • 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 (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Neil Laslett on January 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
A great first CD of an excellent 2-CD remastered set. So..um...why 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 By Adam J. Byrne on June 16, 2010
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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 By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 29, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shawntay on 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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For a band that has released several greatest hits albums and never quite gotten it right with them, its good to finally say they released a greatest hits album that actually does the job well. All of the classic songs are here and each song has its own punch to it. The only songs that I felt like were missing are available on the 2-disc deluxe edition, which I recommend if you are able pay a few more dollars. Still, for what is on the single disc is still a great selection of songs. I really recommend songs like "This Charming Man" "How Soon Is Now?" "Panic" "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and "Girlfriend In A Coma" It's good to know that Morrissey and Johnny Marr (who selected the track listing) know what fans want despite the fact they are tired of being asked about their times in the band. Alternative Rock wouldn't be the same without The Smiths and I encourage everyone to give this band a chance. If you can get only one album by The Smiths then this is it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eric on February 23, 2013
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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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By Scott Sheridan on December 14, 2012
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I came to like The Smiths long after they weren't together anymore. But now hardly a day goes by that I don't listen to either The Smiths or Morrissey. I'm not going to comment on a song by song basis because so many others already have and I'm sure other listeners will probably comment on songs that are not on this compilation that should be or songs that they wish were not included here. You know, you just can't please everyone. I think I paid $5.00. That is a real bargain. Even though Morrissey is flamboyantly gay and this is reflected in his lyrics, as a heterosexual male, I still love listening to him sing. He was supposed to be performing in Chicago recently, but his show was cancelled. I don't recall the reason. They rescheduled for later in 2013. Might be the last time anyone from around here gets to see him perform live.
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