(2008) The Sound Of The Smiths (Deluxe) [2008 Remaster]

The Smiths

... read moreDepending 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...

02:32′:13″ 45 Songs

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Hand In Glove (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:17
2
This Charming Man (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:41
3
What Difference Does It Make? (Peel Session - Bbc) [2008 Remaster Bbc Version] (Peel Session - Bbc; 2008 Remaster Bbc Version)
The Smiths
3:12
4
Still Ill (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:20
5
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:36
6
William, It Was Really Nothing (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:10
7
How Soon Is Now? (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
6:43
8
Nowhere Fast (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:36
9
Shakespeare's Sister (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:10
10
Barbarism Begins At Home (7" Version) [2008 Remaster] (7" Version; 2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:48
11
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:52
12
The Headmaster Ritual (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:51
13
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:17
14
Bigmouth Strikes Again (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:12
15
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:05
16
Panic (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:19
17
Ask (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:16
18
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:21
19
Shoplifters Of The World Unite (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:56
20
Sheila Take A Bow (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:41
21
Girlfriend In A Coma (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:02
22
I Started Something I Couldn't Finish (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:47
23
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:09
24
Jeane (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:02
25
Handsome Devil (Live At Manchester Hacienda 4/2/83) [2008 Remaster] (Live At Manchester Hacienda 4/2/83; 2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:53
26
This Charming Man (New York Vocal) [2008 Remaster] (New York Vocal; 2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
5:35
27
Wonderful Woman (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:08
28
Back To The Old House (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:04
29
These Things Take Time (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:20
30
Girl Afraid (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:48
31
Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
1:52
32
Stretch Out And Wait (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:37
33
Oscillate Wildly (Instrumental) [2008 Remaster] (Instrumental; 2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:26
34
Meat Is Murder (Live At Oxford Apollo 3/18/85) [2008 Remaster Bbc Version] (Live At Oxford Apollo 3/18/85; 2008 Remaster Bbc Version)
The Smiths
5:34
35
Asleep (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:10
36
Money Changes Everything (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:40
37
The Queen Is Dead / Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty (Medley) [2008 Remaster] (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
6:23
38
Vicar In A Tutu (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:21
39
Cemetry Gates (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:40
40
Half A Person (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:35
41
Sweet And Tender Hooligan (Bbc Version) [2008 Remaster] (Bbc Version; 2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:33
42
Pretty Girls Make Graves (Troy Tate Version) [2008 Remaster] (Troy Tate Version; 2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:42
43
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:47
44
What's The World? (Live In Glasgow 1985) [2008 Remaster] (Live In Glasgow 1985; 2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:06
45
London (Live At National Ballroom, Kilburn, London 10/23/86) [2008 Remaster Bbc Version] (Live At National Ballroom, Kilburn, London 10/23/86; 2008 Remaster Bbc Version)
The Smiths
2:36
Released 11 November 2008, 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company

Review

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine