The Sound of the Smiths

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Depending on your count, The Sound of the Smiths is the third or fourth posthumous Smiths compilation -- a number that may be a bit excessive considering the group's rather concise catalog, containing just four studio albums and singles rounded up on three singles compilations and two of those covered the same essential territory, too. That's a lot of repetition but whether it's taken in either its single-disc or double-disc deluxe editions, The Sound of the Smiths is the best of these posthumous overviews. The single-disc -- which is the first disc of the deluxe set -- is the hits disc, containing every cut from the 18-track 1995 compilation Singles and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Depending on your count, The Sound of the Smiths is the third or fourth posthumous Smiths compilation -- a number that may be a bit excessive considering the group's rather concise catalog, containing just four studio albums and singles rounded up on three singles compilations and two of those covered the same essential territory, too. That's a lot of repetition but whether it's taken in either its single-disc or double-disc deluxe editions, The Sound of the Smiths is the best of these posthumous overviews. The single-disc -- which is the first disc of the deluxe set -- is the hits disc, containing every cut from the 18-track 1995 compilation Singles and expanding it with five cuts all dating from the mid-'80s: "Still Ill," "Nowhere Fast," "Barbarism Begins at Home," "The Headmaster Ritual" and "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby." As a Smiths-basics goes, it's first-rate, an introduction and summary that's compulsively listenable. The second disc on the deluxe The Sound of the Smiths splits the difference between a rarities compilation and a "more of the best" collection of album tracks, rounding up non-LP singles and B-sides like "Jeane," "Wonderful Woman," "Money Changes Everything," and the New York Vocal version of "This Charming Man," live versions of "Handsome Devil," "Meat is Murder," "What's the World?" and "London," the Troy Tate demo of "Pretty Girls make Graves," and a bunch of great Smiths songs including a hefty chunk of The Queen Is Dead. It falls short of being the long-awaited collection of Smiths rarities, the absence of which remains a mystery, but it's the best stab at one to date and a pretty entertaining listen in its own right.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227988890
  • Catalog Number: 516016
  • Sales rank: 30,984

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hand in Glove (3:16)
  2. 2 This Charming Man (2:43)
  3. 3 What Difference Does It Make? [Peel Sessions Versi (3:13)
  4. 4 Still Ill (3:22)
  5. 5 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (3:36)
  6. 6 William, It Was Really Nothing (2:11)
  7. 7 How Soon Is Now? (6:46)
  8. 8 Nowhere Fast (2:39)
  9. 9 Shakespeare's Sister (2:09)
  10. 10 Barbarism Begins at Home (3:51)
  11. 11 That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (3:52)
  12. 12 The Headmaster Ritual (4:54)
  13. 13 The Boy with the Thorn in His Side (3:18)
  14. 14 Bigmouth Strikes Again (3:14)
  15. 15 There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (4:05)
  16. 16 Panic (2:21)
  17. 17 Ask (3:16)
  18. 18 You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (3:34)
  19. 19 Shoplifters of the World Unite (2:58)
  20. 20 Sheila Take a Bow (2:42)
  21. 21 Girlfriend in a Coma (2:03)
  22. 22 I Started Something I Couldn't Finish (3:48)
  23. 23 Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (3:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Jeane (3:06)
  2. 2 Handsome Devil (2:56)
  3. 3 This Charming Man (5:36)
  4. 4 Wonderful Woman (3:10)
  5. 5 Back to the Old House (3:05)
  6. 6 These Things Take Time (2:23)
  7. 7 Girl Afraid (2:46)
  8. 8 Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (1:52)
  9. 9 Stretch out and Wait (2:45)
  10. 10 Oscillate Wildly (3:28)
  11. 11 Meat Is Murder (5:39)
  12. 12 Asleep (4:10)
  13. 13 Money Changes Everything (4:41)
  14. 14 Medley: The Queen Is Dead/Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty (6:26)
  15. 15 Vicar in a Tutu (2:24)
  16. 16 Cemetry Gates (2:40)
  17. 17 Half a Person (3:36)
  18. 18 Sweet and Tender Hooligan (3:35)
  19. 19 Pretty Girls Make Graves (3:35)
  20. 20 Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before (3:33)
  21. 21 What's the World? (2:05)
  22. 22 London (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Smiths Primary Artist
Audrey Riley Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Fran├žois Kevorkian Remixing
Johnny Marr Composer, Producer
Morrissey Composer
John Porter Producer
Grant Showbiz Producer
Stephen Street Producer
Troy Tate Producer
Roger Pusey Producer
Frank Arkwright Mastering, Remastering
Tom Sheehan Cover Photo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    review: The Sound of The Smiths: treblezine.com

    I know what you're thinking, because I, myself, had these same infuriated thoughts: another Smiths compilation? Before you start quoting me the lyrics to that infamous song, track 8 to be precise, from Strangeways Here We Come, there's a reason for hearing out this collection dubbed <i>The Sound of The Smiths</i>. Johnny Marr supervised the mastering of the 45 tracks on this deluxe edition.<BR/><BR/>The Sound of The Smiths is like hearing my favorite Manchester band with new ears. The Smiths as nature intended. It takes me back to first time I ever heard The Smiths¿some of you may remember I have written about it many times for Treble, in the back of mi hermano's car, as he was playing a cassette version of The Queen is Dead. The song was "There is a Light that Never Goes Out." And from the opening notes and lyrics of "Take me out tonight¿" my life changed. It seems like every year since that moment, my connection to my beloved The Smiths grows more deeply and devotedly. They were the ones¿Morrissey, Marr, Rourke and Joyce¿whose music was there for me when I was a recluse alone in my room with only their songs as my only friend. Their songs are still the soundtrack to my younger days. Those times, although filled with days and nights of melancholy and longing, will always be a part of me.<BR/><BR/>As I have grown, The Smiths' music remains a constant in my ever changing blissful life. The Sound of the Smiths is exempt from my usual lambasting of compilations released by successful bands. It's the songs and the sound of these songs that save The Sound of The Smiths from being just another repackaged album. This remastering is something that needed to be done to the canon of one of my favorite bands. With The Beatles reissues looming around the horizon, The Smiths are equally as worthy of remastering, perhaps even more so. Being a product of their time, the '80s was an era of disillusionment, which The Smiths reflected in such songs as "Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved Me" and "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore." The Smiths were our saviors from our sadness and static lives. Through Morrissey's lyrical dreams, The Smiths gave us hope through these songs that still remain as vibrant and timeless, more so than when we first laid ears to them many years before.<BR/><BR/>So what songs did Morrissey and Marr select for The Sound of The Smiths, you ask? It's every song from the magnificent Singles CD that came out in 1995 plus "Still Ill," "Nowhere Fast," " Barbarism Begins at Home," "The Headmaster Ritual" and "You Just Haven't Earned it Yet Baby" round up disc one. Disc two has some rarities, including a cover of James' "What's the World," as well as The title track from my favorite Smiths album "The Queen is Dead" sounds more powerfully poetic than ever before. You will hear the difference in: Morrissey's wailing vocals on "Hand in Glove" and "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side," Johnny Marr's echoing guitar greatness on "How Soon is Now," Andy Rourke's funked out bass lines in "Barbarism Begins at Home" and Mike Joyce's signature backbeat on the Peel Session version of "What Difference Does it Make?", all restored to their original sonic brilliance.<BR/><BR/>Adrian Ernesto Cepeda<BR/>11.12.2008<BR/>http://treblezine.com/reviews/2918-The_Smiths_The_Sound_of_the_Smiths.html

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