Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Smiths box set slated for October

Very exciting news from Rhino Records. Think I know what might go on my Xmas list...

Often imitated, rarely matched, The Smiths have grown to be one of Britain’s most influential groups.

No band since has truly captured the incredible dynamic of Johnny Marr’s musical genius and Morrissey’s lyricism. Completed by Andy Rourke on bass and Mike Joyce on drums, the band is often cited as the key precursor to the Britpop movement.

For the first time ever, Rhino presents eight albums by The Smiths, each fully remastered by Marr, in one ultimate collection.

COMPLETE 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). They are complemented by three fan-favorite compilations: Hatful Of Hollow (1984), The World Won’t Listen (1987) and Louder Than Bombs (1987). Marr and engineer Frank Arkwright remastered all eight albums using the original tape sources.

COMPLETE will be available Oct. 18 in CD and vinyl versions. The CD boxed set version features each album packaged in a mini-LP replica sleeve complete with the original artwork, including gatefolds and inner sleeves where relevant.

The vinyl boxed set version consists of the original albums – five single LPs and three doubles – pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl and presented in all their 12” glory with beautifully restored artwork. Each will be available at physical retail outlets for suggested list prices of $78.98 (CD), $249.98 (LP) and $39.99 (Digital).

A Deluxe Collector’s Edition will be offered as well, exclusively at Packaged in an individually numbered, trunk-style box, this version is limited to 4,000 pieces worldwide, with only 750 available in the U.S., only at

It contains all eight albums on CD and vinyl, accompanied by all 25 of The Smiths’ singles on 7” vinyl (including rare and deleted artwork). The set also includes: 12” art prints of all eight album sleeves; a poster featuring the artwork for the albums and singles; expanded liner notes by renowned author Lois Wilson; and “The Complete Picture” DVD of the band’s music videos. The Deluxe Collector’s Edition is available for pre-order now exclusively at for $499.98 and will be released on Oct. 25.

Nearly 25 years after The Smiths’ final studio album, the band’s legacy of instantaneous, listenable and thought provoking music has never sounded better than it does on COMPLETE.

 7” Singles – Deluxe Collector’s Edition Only

1.        “Hand In Glove” b/w “Handsome Devil” (Live)
2.        “Reel Around The Fountain” b/w “Jeane”
3.        “This Charming Man” b/w “Jeane”
4.        “What Difference Does It Make?” b/w “Back To The Old House”
5.        “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” b/w “Suffer Little Children”
6.        “William, It Was Really Nothing” b/w “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”
7.        “William, It Was Really Nothing” b/w “How Soon Is Now?”
8.        “How Soon Is Now?” b/w “Well I Wonder”
9.        “The Headmaster Ritual” b/w “Oscillate Wildly”
10.     “Shakespeare’s Sister” b/w “What She Said”
11.     “Barbarism Begins At Home” b/w “Shakespeare’s Sister”
12.     “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” b/w “Meat Is Murder” (Live)
13.     “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” b/w “Asleep”
14.     “Bigmouth Strikes Again” b/w “Money Changes Everything”
15.     “Panic” b/w “Vicar In A Tutu”
16.     “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others” b/w “The Draize Train”
17.     “Ask” b/w “Cemetry Gates”
18.     “Shoplifters Of The World Unite” b/w “Half A Person”
19.     “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” b/w “Half A Person”
20.     “Sheila Take A Bow” b/w “Is It Really So Strange?”
21.     “Girlfriend In A Coma” b/w “Work Is a Four-Letter Word”
22.     “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish” b/w “Pretty Girls Make Graves”
23.     “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” b/w “Girlfriend In A Coma”
24.     “Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me” b/w “Rusholme Ruffians”
25.     “Sweet And Tender Hooligan” b/w “I Keep Mine Hidden”

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