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Southpaw Grammar (2009 Expanded Edition) Import, Original recording remastered

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Editorial Reviews

Originally released in 1995, Southpaw Grammar was Morrissey s fifth solo album, charted at No.4 in the UK charts on release, and featured the fans favourite singles Dagenham Dave and Boy Racer . This re-issue has become a very personal project to Morrissey, who wanted to re-sequence the tracklisting, adding in four previously unreleased tracks, and give it completely new artwork. The album features new design by Anthony Lui, and previously unseen photographs by Linder Sterling.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Boy Racer
  2. Do Your Best And Don't Worry
  3. Reader Meet Author
  4. Honey, You Know Where To Find Me - New Recording
  5. Dagenham Dave
  6. Southpaw
  7. Best Friend On The Payroll
  8. Fantastic Bird - New Recording
  9. The Operation
  10. The Teachers Are Afraid Of The Pupils
  11. You Should Have Been Nice To Me - New Recording
  12. Nobody Loves Us - New Recording


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B001P5VT4U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album has been unfairly slagged and I'm not sure why, but I'm glad to see some fans on this forum are sticking up for it. SOUTHPAW GRAMMAR is one of Morrissey's most rockin' albums and it's musically ambitious with two songs breaking the 10-minute mark. "The Operation," my favorite one here, is nearly 7 minutes long. I noticed that everyone has different favorites and least favs, so that right there should tell you that the objections people have to this album are really just a matter of taste. The music itself is great and Moz retains his title as the master of mope, encompassing both bleak despair and biting humor.

VAUXHALL & I might deserve its reputation as Morrisey's best solo record, but overall SOUTHPAW GRAMMAR is my favorite; I like it even more than that other rockin fan fav YOUR ARSENAL. Of course, anyone just getting into Moz needs to start with the band that launched his career, the legendary Smiths (any studio album of theirs will do nicely but THE QUEEN IS DEAD is typically considered to be their best).

Here are some personal impressions of SOUTHPAW GRAMMAR from an actual southpaw:

"The Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils" - orchestrated with sweeping strings and brooding atmospherics including a squalling guitar in the background, the opener clocks in at 11:15. All-out rocking ensues midway through. This song is about the misery a typical school teacher must endure these days. "Say the wrong words to our children/ We'll have you arrested." *****

"Reader Meet Author" - a rather average Morrissey pop song, made all the more average for following "Teachers," but it's agreeable enough and it does rock along nicely. Also has some nice orchestral flourishes.
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^That's what basically all negative reviewers are bitter about. This album is excellent. Seriously. The instrument work is the finest I've heard on any Morrissey album ever. I'd advise you to actually sit down and pay attention to the instrumentation and it's simply amazing. Great songs by a genuine artist. DO NOT pay attention to any of these negative reviews.
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This album might be a few years old, but snap it up. Only three left
at Amazon!
Before Morrissey was ever the Ringleader of the Tormentors, he was alot
of other things. Such as the tormented man who wore a Union Jack Flag
around him to protest against something or another. And then what about
the rock and roll quiffs?
Anyway, Southpaw Grammer stands out for its 11 minute intro song, and
it's 8 minute outro. Your ears are treated to intelligent lyrics and
tons of arrangements by the guitarist Alain Whyte. Who really does
know his F# from his Gb.
As always there is plenty of sarcasm, tongue in cheek lyrics, humour and
so forth. Once again something to think about on the way to work. Or take
the week off, buy all of this man's albums and see if going to work
again really has any significance.
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For a number of reasons, 1995's Southpaw Grammar isn't Morrissey's most wildly popular or highly regarded. When a rep at his label later confessed they buried the album because they knew he wouldn't extend his contract, Morrissey dead pans in the liner notes, "How very,very lovely".

True, the original was hit and miss but this 2009 edition is a knock out. Expanded and re-sequenced by Morrissey, his wittily self-deprecating liner notes also shed light on why this album never landed the way it should. I suppose it all could be summed up in Reader Meet Author when it begs the question, "have you ever escaped from a shipwrecked life" ?

Southpaw was never intended to be accessible anymore than it was a self-indulgent vanity project. It's aim was to take risks and give the band a chance to stretch their muscles. But if Teachers overwhelmed as opening track, here Boy Racer greets you, kicking things off on more concise, if deceptively chipper note. Placed near the end, Teachers acts as climax where it served as oppressor before. Same can be said for placing the brooding 10 minute epic, Southpaw in the middle. Elsewhere Reader Meet Author and Dangenham Dave are highlights as they were then. And if the rousing but schizophrenic Operation seemed disjointed before, now it lands with a punch.

Beyond the re-sequencing what sends this into 5 star Morrissey territory are the inclusion of some very choice but essential unreleased tracks. Lord knows why they never made the original. Among them Fantastic Bird lives up its name. You Should Have Been Nice To Me comes in after Teachers and lends both much more poignancy. As for the sweeping ballad Nobody Loves Us, its up there with the likes of I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday. One of his finest love songs.
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The songs on this album were a necessary departure for the time when it came out in 1995,it was after Vauxhall and I people!!-the softest of his albums- this is Morrissey at his hardest. I only wish that they would have included the two b-sides that came out with the Dagenham Dave single: you must please remember & nobody loves us. I have enjoyed it over the years and like it equally to You are the Quarry even though it isnt as melodious as the latter.
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