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Under the Influence: Morrissey

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All Music Guide - John Bush
It's clear an era has passed when the man who trilled "hang the DJ" is helming his own mix album. But Morrissey has a three-decade history of serious record-buying and rock criticism behind him, so if his mixing skills don't compare favorably to DJ Skribble, his selector abilities are far superior to 99 percent of the turntable-owning public. DMC, the organization that crowns the best DJs in the world during annual mixing championships, continued branching out beyond hip-hop and dance music with a new series, Under the Influence, which presented famous artists letting fans get a peek at their record collection. Very few devout Morrissey listeners there aren't many other sorts...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
It's clear an era has passed when the man who trilled "hang the DJ" is helming his own mix album. But Morrissey has a three-decade history of serious record-buying and rock criticism behind him, so if his mixing skills don't compare favorably to DJ Skribble, his selector abilities are far superior to 99 percent of the turntable-owning public. DMC, the organization that crowns the best DJs in the world during annual mixing championships, continued branching out beyond hip-hop and dance music with a new series, Under the Influence, which presented famous artists letting fans get a peek at their record collection. Very few devout Morrissey listeners there aren't many other sorts left will be surprised by the majority of the inclusions: overwhelmingly punk- and N.Y.C.-based, with the New York Dolls, Nico, Patti Smith, the Ramones, and the heavily Morrissey-boosted Klaus Nomi all getting slotted for tracks. He also tweaks the noses of trainspotters with some seriously obscure cuts, many in the mode of the faded, inwardly obsessed performer that Smiths fans will recognize as Morrissey characters. Unfortunately, the disparate styles are far less easy to reconcile than the thematic tug. Complicating the mix especially are tracks from rockabilly eccentric Charlie Feathers, '60s rocksteady unknowns the Cats, British film playgirl and breathy pop vocalist Diana Dors, and Manchester new wave act Ludus. Suffice it to say that the mix is scattershot and the inclusions not quite revelatory, just a series of songs that Morrissey can safely claim as his own and so illustrate how his influences have informed his performing career. One transition series that works: Nico's "All That Is My Own" into Patti Smith's "Hey Joe" into Klaus Nomi's "Death" to end the disc in typically overwrought fashion.
Entertainment Weekly - Jim Farber
Like the man choosing the songs, these rate as rare, tortured, and worth a furtive listen. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5029418025011
  • Catalog Number: 844133
  • Sales rank: 104,933

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Morrissey Primary Artist
The Cats Track Performer
Nat Couty Track Performer
Technical Credits
Henry Purcell Composer
John Cale Producer
Charlie Feathers Composer
David Johansen Composer
Nico Composer
The Ramones Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Sylvain Sylvain Composer
Marc Bolan Composer
Hal David Composer
Dave Formula Composer
Darrell Higginbotham Composer
Ron Mael Composer, Producer
Russell Mael Composer, Producer
Earle Mankey Producer
B.J. Ben Mason Composer
Morrissey Liner Notes
Patti Smith Composer
Tony Visconti Producer
Clyde Beavers Composer
Les Reed Composer
Jody Chastain Composer
Ian Devine Composer
Linder Sterling Composer
David Rundgren Producer
Jerry Huffman Composer
Billy Roberts Composer
Nat Couty Composer
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