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Follow-up to 'Hatful of Hollow' best of that features tracks left off that retrospective. Includes alternate version 'Stretch Out and Wait' with different lyrics.

1. Panic
2. Ask
3. London
4. Bigmouth Strikes Again
5. Shakespeare's Sister
6. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
7. Shoplifters Of The World Unite
8. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
9. Money Changes Everything
10. Asleep
11. Unloveable
12. Half A Person
13. Stretch Out And Wait
14. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
15. Oscillate Wildly
16. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
17. Rubber Ring
18. Golden Lights

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B0000073X4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By SandmanVI on October 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's true that The Smiths' work has gotten the "reissue, repackage, repackage... extra track and a tacky badge" treatment in recent years. However that isn't really a valid criticism of this particular compilation. A reviewer below, with whom many of you seem to agree, actually makes a horribly illogical argument. He contends that you are better of buying the "actual albums" citing that most of these tracks can be had on "Louder Than Bombs". Well my friend, "Louder Than Bombs" was a compilation of early singles just like this one. LTB and TWWL were essentially the same exact album released for the same exact purpose. In fact, LTB is just TWWL released in the US as opposed to the UK intended to be basically a simultaneous release on opposite sides of the Pond. In reality "World..." slightly predates "Louder..." by several months; TWWL was released in the UK in February of 1987 while LTB was released in the US in May of the same year. So "Louder..." was NOT an "actual" album and it didn't come first.

Another reviewer says he hates the redundancy of Smiths' releases. I do too, but that is also germane only to later comps and not to this release. As noted before this and LTB are really just the same album intended for different populations... no one ever expected you to buy both. People in America were supposed to buy LTB while fans in the UK were supposed to buy TWWL... period. Having only the studio albums would cheat you out of many, many of the band's best songs. The simple truth is that every fan needs EITHER LTB or TWWL but not both. As for the posthumously released hits collections, I think they are redundant and I don't own them. The only argument that one can really make is that this is somewhat redundant with "Hatful of Hollow".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By whoopycat on October 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a great starting point to the world of the Smiths. You get all of the best tracks from The Queen Is Dead and Louder Than Bombs. You could conceivably pick up this disc and Hatful Of Hollow and have a pretty comprehensive Smiths collection. Whatever you do, avoid the poorly sequenced best-of's and singles collections out there.
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46 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Katie on January 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Most of these songs are available elsewhere:
1. Panic.......Louder Than Bombs

2. Ask.......Louder Than Bombs
3. London.......Louder Than Bombs
4. Bigmouth Strikes Again.......The Queen Is Dead
5. Shakespeare's Sister.......Louder Than Bombs
6. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.......The Queen Is Dead
7. Shoplifters of the World Unite.......Louder Than Bombs
8. Boy With the Thorn in His Side.......The Queen Is Dead
9. Money Changes Everything
10. Asleep
11. Unloveable.......Louder Than Bombs
12. Half a Person.......Louder Than Bombs
13. Stretch Out and Wait.......Louder Than Bombs
14. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore.......Meat Is Murder
15. Oscillate Wildly.......Louder Than Bombs
16. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby.......Louder Than Bombs
17. Rubber Ring.......Louder Than Bombs
18. Golden Lights.......Louder Than Bombs
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Whitcher on March 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There are only two songs on this collection that can be considered "rarities". The first, "Money Changes Everything" is an instrumental which would later serve as the backing track for Bryan Ferry's song "The Right Stuff" from his Bete Noire album (which, incidentally, Johnny Marr plays on). The second is a different vocal track (which a slight change in lyrics) for "Stretch Out And Wait". Apart from that there is nothing new here that isnt available on The Smiths U.S catalog. But hey, no Smiths is bad Smiths.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sakos on April 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
For the America Smiths fan, it's totally not worth paying the money to buy an import copy of this. All of the songs can be found on albums here except for Money Changes Everything, which is an instrumental and you can live without. The alternate vocal version of Stretch Out and Wait is on here as well, but unless you're a hardcore Smiths fan, it's not worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Locci on June 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you value quality of quantity then The World Won't Listen is for you (over Louder than Bombs). Aside from just a compilation of various tracks from their canon; this Smiths album is a wonderfully thought out collection of songs. It's a arrangement that flows wonderfully together, from one song to the next. For me, that's a crucial aspect of any album or compilation. And this collection fits that role perfectly.

It's also worth mentioning that this album's version of Stretch Out and Wait is lovely and that the inclusion of Marr's two instrumental masterpeieces (Money Changes Everything and Oscillate Wildly) works well as interludes between the standard songs - it's something I always do when I create playlists for myself and something I appreciate here as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tick tock on September 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If aging has made me anything it's less apologetic for the things I love. Having heard the Smiths mercilessly berated over the years - usually by individuals so emotionally closed and sarcastic it's heartbreaking - I can only turn away from the criticism leveled at what is perhaps the most lyrical and musically influential band of the eighties.

It's easy to see that deep down Morrissey scares certain people, usually those who have never worn their hearts anywhere near their sleeves. He only evokes mockery from individuals too fearful to be real. Because let's face it, that's what the Smiths represent: a stepping out; an emotional release; one so courageous and embarrassingly stark that only those who have walked through the flames of self-expression can really understand it. And as for their critics... well, I don't see a need for those kinds of people anyway.

Many have dubbed this album "Hatful of Hollow Mark II," and I suppose that's just what it is. "Panic" and "Ask" were high watermarks for the group, glorious in their imploring invitations, open defiance, and unexpected honesty, but there is somber, subtle beauty to be found in such songs as "Asleep" and "Stretch Out and Wait."

Differences between the Warner version of The World Won't Listen and the original Rough Trade release are noticeable, with Warner having added "Money Changes Everything," the instrumental version of what would later become Brian Ferry's comeback anthem, "The Right Stuff," and "Golden Lights," a cover of a sixties track that originally appeared as a b-side and then on the American release Louder Than Bombs.
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