(2001) Complete

The Smiths

... read moreFirst off, no, this box set doesn’t contain the Complete Smiths, not even in its super-deluxe edition containing vinyl replicas of the group’s singles and LPs. Stray B-sides don’t appear here, nor do the scrapped sessions for the first album and a few other heavily bootlegged numbers, but what is...

06:31′:38″ 106 Songs

1
Reel Around The Fountain (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
5:58
2
You've Got Everything Now (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:59
3
Miserable Lie (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:27
4
Pretty Girls Make Graves (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:43
5
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:37
6
This Charming Man (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:42
7
Still Ill (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:20
8
Hand In Glove (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:22
9
What Difference Does It Make? (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:49
10
I Don't Owe You Anything (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:04
11
Suffer Little Children (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
5:28
12
The Headmaster Ritual (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:54
13
Rusholme Ruffians (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:20
14
I Want The One I Can't Have (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:13
15
What She Said (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:42
16
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
The Smiths
4:57
17
Nowhere Fast (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:36
18
Well I Wonder (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:59
19
Barbarism Begins At Home (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
6:52
20
Meat Is Murder (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
6:10
21
The Queen Is Dead (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
6:27
22
Frankly, Mr. Shankly (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:18
23
I Know It's Over (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
5:48
24
Never Had No One Ever (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:37
25
Cemetry Gates (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:41
26
Bigmouth Strikes Again (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:13
27
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:16
28
Vicar In A Tutu (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:23
29
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:04
30
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:15
31
A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:59
32
I Started Something I Couldn't Finish (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:49
33
Death Of A Disco Dancer (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
5:25
34
Girlfriend In A Coma (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:02
35
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:36
36
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
5:04
37
Unhappy Birthday (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:43
38
Paint A Vulgar Picture (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
5:35
39
Death At One's Elbow (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
1:59
40
I Won't Share You (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:48
41
The Queen Is Dead (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
4:15
42
Panic (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
3:07
43
Vicar In A Tutu (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
2:32
44
Ask (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
3:22
45
His Latest Flame / Rusholme Ruffians (Live In London, 1986) [Medley] (Live In London, 1986; Medley)
The Smiths
3:55
46
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
3:48
47
Rubber Ring / What She Said (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
3:49
48
Is It Really So Strange? (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
3:37
49
Cemetry Gates (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
2:51
50
London (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
2:38
51
I Know It's Over (Live In London, 1986) [Extended Mix] (Live In London, 1986; Extended Mix)
The Smiths
7:46
52
The Draize Train (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
4:27
53
Still Ill (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
4:10
54
Bigmouth Strikes Again (Live In London, 1986)
The Smiths
5:54
55
William, It Was Really Nothing (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:09
56
What Difference Does It Make? (John Peel Session 5/18/83)
The Smiths
3:12
57
These Things Take Time (David Jensen Session 6/26/83)
The Smiths
2:32
58
This Charming Man (John Peel Session 9/14/83)
The Smiths
2:43
59
How Soon Is Now? (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
6:43
60
Handsome Devil (John Peel Session 5/18/83)
The Smiths
2:42
61
Hand In Glove (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:14
62
Still Ill (John Peel Session 9/14/83)
The Smiths
3:33
63
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:34
64
You've Got Everything Now (David Jensen Session 6/26/83)
The Smiths
4:11
65
Accept Yourself (David Jensen Session 8/25/83)
The Smiths
4:01
66
Girl Afraid (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:45
67
Back To The Old House (John Peel Session 9/14/83)
The Smiths
3:03
68
Reel Around The Fountain (John Peel Session 5/18/83)
The Smiths
5:51
69
Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
1:50
70
Ask (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:16
71
London (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:04
72
Shakespeare's Sister (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:10
73
Money Changes Everything (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:40
74
Asleep (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:10
75
Unloveable (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:54
76
Stretch Out And Wait (2011 Remaster Alternate Vocal Version)
The Smiths
2:37
77
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:48
78
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
The Smiths
3:21
79
Golden Lights (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:23
80
Is It Really So Strange? (John Peel Session, 12/2/86) (John Peel Session, 12/2/86)
The Smiths
3:06
81
Sheila Take A Bow (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:41
82
Shoplifters Of The World Unite (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:56
83
Sweet And Tender Hooligan (John Peel Session, 12/2/86)
The Smiths
3:35
84
Half A Person (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:35
85
Panic (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:19
86
You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
The Smiths
3:21
87
Oscillate Wildly (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:24
88
These Things Take Time (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:20
89
Rubber Ring (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:47
90
Back To The Old House (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:04
91
Stretch Out And Wait (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:37
92
This Night Has Opened My Eyes (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:40
93
Handsome Devil (Live At Manchester Hacienda 4/2/83) [2008 Remaster] (Live At Manchester Hacienda 4/2/83; 2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:53
94
Reel Around The Fountain (Troy Tate Reel) [2011 Remaster] (Troy Tate Reel; 2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
6:04
95
Jeane (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:02
96
What Difference Does It Make? (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:27
97
How Soon Is Now? (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:13
98
Barbarism Begins At Home (7" Version) [2008 Remaster] (7" Version; 2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:48
99
Shakespeare's Sister (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:10
100
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
101
The Draize Train (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
5:08
102
Work Is A Four-Letter Word (2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
2:09
103
Pretty Girls Make Graves (Troy Tate Version) [2008 Remaster] (Troy Tate Version; 2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:42
104
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (2008 Remaster)
The Smiths
3:09
105
Rusholme Ruffians (John Peel Session 9/8/84) [2011 Remaster] (John Peel Session 9/8/84; 2011 Remaster)
The Smiths
4:04
106
I Keep Mine Hidden
The Smiths
1:59
Released 26 June 2001, 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd.

Review

First off, no, this box set doesn’t contain the Complete Smiths, not even in its super-deluxe edition containing vinyl replicas of the group’s singles and LPs. Stray B-sides don’t appear here, nor do the scrapped sessions for the first album and a few other heavily bootlegged numbers, but what is here are sterling remasters -- allegedly supervised by Johnny Marr -- of the band’s four albums, three compilations, and lone live album, all released during the band’s exceedingly brief lifespan. What matters is that the remastering is exceptional, the best comparison being the Beatles 2009 remasters, where layers of grime seemed to be removed from familiar recordings, so the songs sounded vibrant and alive, yet didn’t sound tweaked, buttressed, or burnished for a new millennium. That is what makes The Complete Smiths essential: no surprises in terms of material, but the presentation is exquisite, sounding familiar and fresh, a stunning re-presentation of records that were teetering on the edge of over-familiarity. Guitars and vocals pop equally, the original mixes simply brightened, a task harder to achieve than it is to imagine, the music sounding part of its time yet easily transcending it. Far from a vulgar picture, this is what Smiths fans have been waiting years for. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine