For some people of a certain age there was only ever one band that made any sense to their youthful vision of the world, and that band was the Smiths. The band fragmented many years ago but with each passing year new and excited listeners suddenly get what ‘life’ is all about.
The Smiths have grown to be one of Britain’s all-time most influential groups. Often borrowed from, rarely matched, 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 are often cited as the key precursors to Britpop and all that came with it, inspiring a slew of bands to form and intrinsically changing the face of British music forever.
The collection 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) as well as firm fan favourite compilations ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ (1984), ‘The World Won’t Listen’ (1987) and ‘Louder Than Bombs’ (1987). Speaking of the releases, Johnny Marr says: “I’m very happy that the re-mastered versions of The Smiths albums are finally coming out. I wanted to get them sounding right and remove any processing so that they now sound as they did when they were originally made. I’m pleased with the results.” (Taken from www.johnny-marr.com)
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