Best of Morrissey

The Best of Morrissey

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There was a lot of competition, but Manchester's Smiths were arguably one of the best British bands of the 1980s (sorry, New Order). And their influence extended beyond just music: The quartet made it cool to be a bookish, cardigan-sporting smart-nerd, and it ended up passing the torch to current pop acts like Belle &…  See more details below

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There was a lot of competition, but Manchester's Smiths were arguably one of the best British bands of the 1980s (sorry, New Order). And their influence extended beyond just music: The quartet made it cool to be a bookish, cardigan-sporting smart-nerd, and it ended up passing the torch to current pop acts like Belle & Sebastian, who have been known to cover "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" in concert. Leading this revolution was the bespectacled and charismatic singer-lyricist Morrissey, an unlikely sex symbol who is worshiped like Sinatra, Michael Jackson, and Elvis, albeit on a smaller scale. Smiths fans originally objected to Morrissey sans his guitar-pal Johnny Marr but quickly came around once his solo career took off. This collection features 21 tracks Moz selected from his six albums and countless singles. There's the smart, funny gems such as "Sister I'm a Poet," "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful," and "Interesting Drug," along with songs so familiar one might mistake them for Smiths tunes: "Every Day Is like Sunday," "Sing Your Life," and "November Spawned a Monster." A nearly perfect comp in a most imperfect world.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As any Mozzer fan knows, his catalog is cluttered with compilations -- some good, some middling, many unnecessary. So, why the need for Rhino's 2001 collection The Best of Morrissey? Well, according to the press release, it's because there is no Morrissey hits collection available in the U.S., which is technically true, but compilations like Bona Drag, World of Morrissey, and My Early Burglary Years have certainly been on the American market (the catch is they're not hits compilations; actually, I have no idea what they are, since they're always album tracks, singles, and B-sides, playing like your resident Morrissey fanatic's favorite mix tape). This, however, is a genuine hits collection, attempting to gather the best of the EMI/Parlophone years and his tour of U.K. major labels (most of which were released on Sire/Warner in the U.S.). There are singles missing here, but they're by and large minor hits and personal favorites (Southpaw Grammar gets slighted, with no "Dagenham Dave" or "Boyracer"), and nearly every iconic Morrissey song is here. They might not be in chronological order, but they're present and accounted for, and it flows nicely, proving that Morrissey could always deliver gems, from "Suedehead" and "Everyday Is Like Sunday," through "Tomorrow," "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday," and "The More You Ignore Me the Closer I Get," to the brilliant, underappreciated "Alma Matters." So, this very well may be the Morrissey album for those who don't need every Morrissey album -- but since this is a Morrissey compilation, it does have one piece of bait for collectors, the final Island single, "Lost," from 1998, which I can't even remember coming out and I collect these things. And you know what -- I really wouldn't want Morrissey any other way (which is why us Morrissey fans are considered a sado-masochistic lot, I guess).
Blender - John Aizlewood
This is Morrissey’s best album, alas.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227837525
catalogNumber:
78375
Rank:
14958

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The Best of Morrissey 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Althought the headline is somewhat in jest(I would love something new from the ''Pope of Mope''), this truly is a collection that contains some beautiful music set to the most brilliant voice and lyrisist of our generation. Buy with Confidence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best of... most of... satiate the need slip them into different sleeves buy both and feel deceived...
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE FIRST TIME I HEARD MORRISSEY'S MUSIC WAS THE FIRST TIME I TOUCHED HEAVEN. HE IS THE GREATEST ARTIST IN THE WHOLE WORLD
Guest More than 1 year ago
Morrissey knows Just how to get inside the heart of fans world wide. I first heard his poetry through a friend (johnnie)that I have lost touch with over the years. I have been a fan since. Ah, the memories! Great tunes!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a Smiths/Morrisey and these are great songs, but hasn't this album already been released a few other times? Could Someone let me know what is diferent about this offering? Is this a different version or have they been remixed? He seems to release the same songs again every couple of years. Is this some kind of mistake??
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad to see that there is a more complete collection of hits coming from the Moz Man! These songs are incredible and I can't wait to hear how they sound remastered!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My greatest love and soul mate turned me on to Morrissey. Today would have been his 25th B-day.(thanks Serg)Morrissey is absolutely brilliant. As a writer, he has inspired me time and time again. His lyrics capture your heart and soul...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone familiar with the Smiths track ''Paint A Vulgar Picture'' will in no doubt get my point. The joke is on us, the obsessed fans. Though I already have all the tracks on ''Best of...,'' (with the exeption of ''Lost'')I'll still go out and buy it. And yes, I feel manipulated and used. But hey, Morrissey just has that effect on me.
Linda0907 More than 1 year ago
I love Morrissey
Anonymous More than 1 year ago