(2008) The Sound Of The Smiths

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...

01:23′:43″ 26 Songs

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The Smiths
Hand In Glove (2008 Remaster)
3:17
2
The Smiths
This Charming Man (2008 Remaster)
2:41
3
The Smiths
What Difference Does It Make? (Peel Session - Bbc) [2008 Remaster Bbc Version] (Peel Session - Bbc; 2008 Remaster Bbc Version)
3:12
4
The Smiths
Still Ill (2008 Remaster)
3:20
5
The Smiths
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (2008 Remaster)
3:36
6
The Smiths
William, It Was Really Nothing (2008 Remaster)
2:10
7
The Smiths
Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (2008 Remaster)
1:52
8
The Smiths
How Soon Is Now? (2008 Remaster)
6:43
9
The Smiths
Nowhere Fast (2008 Remaster)
2:36
10
The Smiths
Shakespeare's Sister (2008 Remaster)
2:10
11
The Smiths
What She Said (2008 Remaster)
2:40
12
The Smiths
Barbarism Begins At Home (7" Version) [2008 Remaster] (7" Version; 2008 Remaster)
3:48
13
The Smiths
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (2008 Remaster)
3:52
14
The Smiths
The Headmaster Ritual (2008 Remaster)
4:51
15
The Smiths
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (2008 Remaster)
3:17
16
The Smiths
Bigmouth Strikes Again (2008 Remaster)
3:12
17
The Smiths
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (2008 Remaster)
4:05
18
The Smiths
Panic (2008 Remaster)
2:19
19
The Smiths
Ask (2008 Remaster)
3:16
20
The Smiths
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby (2008 Remaster)
3:21
21
The Smiths
Shoplifters Of The World Unite (2008 Remaster)
2:56
22
The Smiths
Sheila Take A Bow (2008 Remaster)
2:41
23
The Smiths
Girlfriend In A Coma (2008 Remaster)
2:02
24
The Smiths
I Started Something I Couldn't Finish (2008 Remaster)
3:47
25
The Smiths
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (2008 Remaster)
3:09
26
The Smiths
Hand In Glove (Live At Brixton Academy 29/06/83)
2:50
Released 10 November 2008, 2008 Warner Music UK Ltd.

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