The Smiths Best, Volume 1
Entertainment Weekly: "...The Smiths' sparkling songs about the profound misery of life are an essential pop soundtrack to the '80s..." - Rating: A-
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- Released: August 15, 1992
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Entertainment Weekly - 1/22/93, p.57"...The Smiths' sparkling songs about the profound misery of life are an essential pop soundtrack to the '80s..." - Rating: A-
Alternative Press - 12/92, p.81"..highlights the band at its peak, racing through more slabs of classic Smithery than perhaps even their fans can remember.."
- 1.This Charming Man
- 2.William, It Was Really Nothing
- 3.What Difference Does It Make
- 4.Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
- 5.Girlfriend In A Coma
- 6.Half A Person
- 7.Rubber Ring
- 8.How Soon Is Now?
- 9.Hand In Glove
- 10.Shoplifters Of The World Unite
- 11.Sheila Take A Bow
- 12.Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
- 14.Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
The Smiths: Morrissey (vocals); Johnny Marr (guitar); Andy Rourke (bass); Mike Joyce (drums).
Consisting mostly of singles and b-sides, this compilation contains 14 good-to-great Smiths tracks. Starting with the early paean to the terminally dandified, "This Charming Man," it covers the entire span of the Smiths' career.
BEST, VOLUME I contains some wonderful moments, such as the whine of "What Difference Does it Make," the knowing satire of "Girlfriend in a Coma," and the beautiful teenage angst of the acoustic "Half a Person." Also featured is what might possibly be the Smiths' finest moment, the post-modern Bo Diddley guitar-driven shuffle of "How Soon is Now." The subversive "Panic" with its pertinent "hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ" chorus is also a welcome inclusion. This is a valuable compilation, recommended to those interested in sampling some of the delights of one of the '80s most influential British bands.
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