Rhino Records UK Presents… The Smiths: Complete. The Ultimate Smiths Collection. Fully Remastered by Johnny Marr.
All eight albums by The Smiths lovingly reworked from original tape sources and packaged together for the first time - The Ultimate The Smiths Collection. Presented here on CD in Vinyl Replica sleeves the collection includes all four of the band's studio albums, their solo live album as well as their three compilation albums.
The collection includes all four of the band's studio albums – ‘The Smiths’ (1984), ‘Meat Is Murder’ (1985), ‘The Queen Is Dead’ (1986), ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ (1987) and their sole live album ‘Rank’ (1988) as well as firm fan favourite compilations ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ (1984), ‘The World Won’t Listen’ (1987) and ‘Louder Than Bombs’ (1987).
If The Smiths had called it a day after Meat Is Murder, and never released The Queen Is Dead, they would surely still be seen as one of the finest British bands ever - a perpetual legacy was assured soon after their second album. But on June 16th 1986, when the band released their third record proper, they entered an exclusive league that grants new membership once a decade at best. This DVD is a visual review of this groundbreaking record, it's writing, recording, production, release and legacy.
The deluxe edition of THE SOUND OF THE SMITHS appends the standard version with a bonus disc of rarities, deeper album cuts, and live tracks, providing an even more in-depth overview of the beloved 1980s British rock act. Highlights of the second disc include an energetic concert performance of "Handsome Devil," an alternate version of "Pretty Girls Make Graves," and "The Queen Is Dead," a searing song lifted from the esteemed album of the same name.
A clamshell card box containing the first ten UK-issued Smiths singles in original picture sleeves, featuring the original 12" single tracklistings, apart from the first single 'Hand In Glove', which appears in it's mega-rare "negative" sleeve. Two singles are exclusive to this box set; The rare Francois Kevorkian-mixed "New York" 12" version of "This Charming Man" which had a limited issue in December 1983 and the German import-only 12" version of "Barbarism Begins At Home" from 1985. The box is completed with a poster featuring the single artworks.