Remastered, Box Set
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Limited eight CD box set containing digitally remastered editions of all eight Smiths albums. This box includes all four of the band's studio albums: The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead (1986), and Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) plus their sole live album Rank (1988) as well as the compilations Hatful Of Hollow (1984), The World Won't Listen (1987) and Louder Than Bombs (1987). Rhino. 2011.
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This was the beginning for Morrissey and Marr and it's obvious that they are young and enjoying what they are doing. They were learning about life and laying it down and really connected with their audience. I always liked the "English" sound of the Smiths. The steady beat and the chiming and ringing guitars and unique Morrissey vocals that was their signature still sounds great and wears well. In other words it's not boring. Love to see Marr and Morrissey get back at it but it's not gonna happen. They've grown up and grown apart.
We have this set....it will have to do.
....also, got this for half price last year through Amazon by ordering it new from the UK....($41..plus shipping) that price still stands. (actually less now) Over and out....
Has pretty much every song.
Gave 4 stars in hopes that someone from Amazon or the record label will notice and maybe correct.
While called "Complete" it is missing one song, "Wonderful Woman", which has been remastered and is available on the deluxe Sounds of The Smiths. Could easily replace one of 'Shakespeare's Sister" which is the same track twice.
If they do that easily 5 stars.
There are only two downsides to this set, and they are negligible: the first being that you will need a magnifying glass to read the lyrics printed on the mini-lp replica sleeves. The second is that the track "Bigmouth Strikes Again" on The Queen Is Dead has a few minor sound malfunctions which will probably go unnoticed by all but the astute audiophile.
The bottom line is that, while not a solid 100/100, this collection gets a very respectable 97. The only difference I would make if I could (aside from the sound issues with "Bigmouth") would be to actually make this set the "complete" collection with the inclusion of a new standalone disc of single versions and their b-sides.