Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Smiths individual remasters due out in U.S.

A quarter century after The Smiths’ final studio album, the band has become one of Britain’s most influential groups.

Thanks to the dynamic of Johnny Marr’s musical genius, Morrissey’s lyricism, Andy Rourke's bass and Mike Joyce's drum work, the band is often cited as the key precursor to the Britpop movement.

Last fall, The Smiths’ entire catalog, recently remastered by Marr, was released in the boxed set Complete.

On April 3, each individual album from that set will be released on CD from Rhino Records, including all four studio albums – The Smiths (1984), Meat Is Murder (1985), The Queen Is Dead (1986), Strangeways, Here We Come (1987) – their sole live album, Rank (1988) – and three fan-favorite compilations: Hatful Of Hollow (1984), The World Won’t Listen (1987) and Louder Than Bombs (1987).

Johnny Marr and engineer Frank Arkwright remastered all eight albums using the original tape sources. Each album, several of which were previously out-of-print, will be available at physical retail outlets.

This marks the first time that The World Won’t Listen will be released on CD in the U.S.

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