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Widely considered to be both The Smiths’ finest work and one of the greatest albums ever made, ‘The Queen Is Dead’ has cast a significant influence over subsequent generations since it was first released in the summer of 1986.

This reissue represents the first time that The Smiths’ back catalogue has been revisited in such a way. The album features several of the band’s finest moments including the title track and ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’, as well as the iconic singles ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’ and ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’.

‘The Queen Is Dead’ will be released on digital and streaming formats as well as the following physical formats – all of which feature the 2017 master of the original album:

5LP box – featuring the 2017 master of the album, additional recordings and the ‘Live In Boston’ recording. Housed in lift-off box with 2 double gatefolds and 1 single sleeve pressed on 180g heavy weight vinyl.

Deluxe 3CD / 1 DVD box set – features the 2017 master of the album; additional recordings featuring demos, b-sides and alternative versions; the ‘Live In Boston’ album recorded at the Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts on 5th August 1986; and a DVD featuring the 2017 master of album in 96kHz / 24-bit PCM stereo and ‘The Queen Is Dead – A Film By Derek Jarman’.

2CD – features the 2017 master of the album; additional recordings featuring demos, b-sides and alternative versions.


FORMAT INFORMATION

2xCD Info: 2CD Digi-Pack.

5xLP Box Set Info: 5LP 180g in Lift-off Box.

4xCD Box Set Info: 3CD/1DVD Lift-top Box & 12 page Booklet.

American Laundromat Records has enlisted a herd of indie-rock luminaries - including The Wedding Present, Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch, Throwing Muses co-founder Tanya Donelly, Telekinesis and William Fitzsimmons to contribute covers of 20 classic songs by The Smiths for this new tribute CD.

In a fitting touch, the label - which previously has released the compilations Just Like Heaven: A Tribute to The Cure and Dig for Fire: A Tribute to the Pixies - was able to secure a photo of ’60s U.K. pop star Sandie Shaw for the cover art; Shaw, of course, was a favourite of both Morrissey and Johnny Marr who, in 1984, covered The Smiths’ "Hand in Glove." It's an outstanding tribute to The Smiths and highly recommended.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xColoured LP Info: On vinyl for the first time ever!!! Remastered collector’s edition. Exclusive one-time run on Powder Blue vinyl

2xLP Info: On vinyl for the first time ever!!! Remastered collector’s edition. Exclusive one-time run on Powder Blue vinyl.

There was so much excitement and expectation around The Smiths' debut in early 1984. They were only two singles in but had already made a massive media splash with Morrissey's hilariously arrogant interviews. There'd been BBC Sessions and fans already knew all the words, riotously passionate gigs and much talk of the band coming to SAVE POP MUSIC from plastic, vacuous Eighties glitz; an Us and Them climate where you were either a disciple or not! In the midst of all this the actual record got lost somewhat, but three quarters of it is still outstanding. Nowhere else will you find "Miserable Lie", "I Don't Owe You Anything", "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" or "Suffer Little Children", but in "Reel Around the Fountain", "Hand in Glove", "Still Ill" and "What Difference does it Make" the band crafted classics that would last forever.

FORMAT INFORMATION

LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

The Smiths

Rank - Remastered

    This was a live album recorded in London on "The Queen Is Dead" tour, around the time that the "Ask" single was released in the autumn of 1986. The rockier version of that song here makes amends for the jangle-lite softness of the original. Elsewhere, Elvis's "His Latest Flame" segues into "Rusholme Ruffians" and "What She Said" spills into the outro of "Rubber Ring". Oddities aside, this album captures The Smiths during the 6 months when Craig Gannon was in the band as an extra guitarist. This allowed Johnny Marr to rock out and relax: something you wouldn't really associate The Smiths with. But here's the proof. Live, they were an explosion, a raucous celebration, and certainly (whisper it: FUN!) There was very little time for navel-gazing at a Smiths gig. This album captures that. With some aplomb. Rock on!

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: Their one and only live album.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

    Only a year after their debut, 1985's follow-up was a huge leap forward for The Smiths. Soundwise, definitely: tighter, louder, clearer, more rocking, and in opener "The Headmaster Ritual", and weepie "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" they had two more top draw classics to add to their canon. There were different types of song on display here, whether it's the Elvis-cribbing, super atmospheric, cyclical scene setter of "Rusholme Ruffians", the rock overloaded hurtle of "What She Said" or the churning, jarring horror of the title track, here was a completely unique band expanding their template.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

    The Smiths

    The World Won't Listen - Remastered

      This is 1987's sibling to 84's "Hatful Of Hollow" with 14 tracks from non-album singles compiled with one brand new song. "You just Haven't Earnt It Yet, Baby" was another sparkling jangler that was pressed as a single then pulled, whilst the other 2 curios are a new and superior version of "Stretch Out And Wait" and the original, foggier mix of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" which has much more charm (recorded in Chorlton!) than the "Queen Is Dead" version. Album singles are still featured on this comp. though, and that diluted its impact somewhat rendering "TWWL" not quite as pure an artistic statement as its sister record. Hey: still superb though!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

      Whilst nearly all of The Smiths themselves cite this as their favourite album, in reality it couldn't quite match the splendour and indeed songs, of "The Queen Is Dead". It has a subdued, more mysterious and rock-classicist flavour and again introduces song types not to be found elsewhere: they seldom repeated themselves The Smiths. The enormo anthem here is the heartrending, absolutely beautiful "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me", but the whole record flows in an utterly compelling way. There's only one weakish track ("Death At One's Elbow" is intentionally daft and trashy) and when that's followed by the gorgeous "I Won't Share You" well you'd be a fool to complain. This was their final album together. The spell was broken. The dream was over!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

      The Smiths

      Hatful Of Hollow - Remastered

        You'll know that The Smiths were prolific: all 4 of their proper albums were released in successive calendar years. But one thing that might have got lost with time is just how many non-album singles (with brand new b-sides too) they released. A mere month after each of their first 3 albums came out, there was a one-off single already heralding the new! With "Hatful Of Hollow" (Autumn 1984) there had been 2 twelve-inches (5 brand new tracks) since the debut album in March and the idea was to put these and the much loved BBC Sessions songs on one cheaply priced record. As some fans (and Morrissey too) had misgivings about the production of the debut, this was a good way to let people hear what many consider to be better versions. One of these songs was the incredible "This Night Has Opened My Eyes" which was never properly recorded by the band and is only available on this disc.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: The dream has gone but the music is real!!

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

        The Smiths

        Louder Than Bombs - Remastered

          This was initially an America-only release, combining all the non-album singles The Smiths had released up until that point. It's "Hatful Of Hollow" (without the BBC stuff) and "The World Won't Listen" combined and beautifully sequenced onto what was originally a lovely double album. There was one new 3 track twelve-inch released after "World" in England though: "Sheila Take A Bow" and its superior b-sides "Is It Really So Strange?" and "Sweet And Tender Hooligan" are on "Louder Than Bombs", as is an ever so slightly different mix of "You Just Haven't Earnt It Yet, Baby". U.K fans didn't need this record, but we all bought it anyway, for the sleeve and the sequencing. Sad but true!

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Andy says: The sun shines out of their behinds!

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          2xLP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

          One of the greatest albums of all time, but then you don't need me to tell you that! Again there were surprises: the sprawling power of the title track, the vaudevillian jokiness and throwaway lightness of "Frankly Mr. Shankly" and "Vicar In a Tutu" respectively, the swaying poise and drama of "I Know It's Over" and the murky psychedelia of "Never Had No-one Never". These tunes rung the changes but the remaining 5 were world classics: "Bigmouth Strikes Again", "Cemetry Gates", "The Boy with the Thorn in his Side", "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" and, of course "There is a Light That Never Goes Out". The whole thing was perfectly sequenced to take you on a proper musical journey. A truly beautiful record.

          FORMAT INFORMATION

          LP Info: 180 gram vinyl.

          The Smiths

          Morrissey And Marr Postcard

            One of a pair of postcards featuring classic Smiths photographs by Stephen Wright, produced to coincide with the mini exhibition of his Smiths photos on show in the shop right now.

            The Smiths

            Salford Lads Club Postcard

              One of a pair of postcards featuring classic Smiths photographs by Stephen Wright, produced to coincide with the mini exhibition of his Smiths photos on show in the shop right now.

              Visit Stephen's website to see more of his iconic Smiths photos.


              The Smiths were the definitive British independent band of the eighties, releasing a remarkable series of singles and albums between 1983 and 1987 that were both commercially and critically successful and which laid down a marker for guitar pop-rock that remains unsurpassed. Disc 1 of "The Sound Of The Smiths" comprises 23 tracks and presents all the Smiths' single releases, reinstating singles that were scheduled though eventually unreleased ("Still Ill" and "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby") plus European only singles such as "Barbarism Begins At Home" and "The Headmaster Ritual". The core of disc one, however, is that matchless run of singles from their first Rough Trade 7" single "Hand In Glove" through to "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me". The second disc features a further 22 tracks including rare B-sides, tracks that were exclusive to 12" releases and selected live recordings. Among the rarities are the Troy Tate produced "Pretty Girls Make Graves" and "What's The World", a cover of a track from the fellow Manchester band James, recorded live at Barrowlands, Glasgow.

              TRACKLISTING:
              CD1
              1 Hand In Glove
              2 This Charming Man
              3 What Difference Does It Make? (BBC Peel Session Version)
              4 Still Ill
              5 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
              6 William It Was Really Nothing
              7 How Soon Is Now?
              8 Nowhere Fast
              9 Shakespeare's Sister
              10 Barbarism Begins At Home (7" Version)
              11 That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
              12 The Headmaster Ritual
              13 The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
              14 Bigmouth Strikes Again
              15 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
              16 Panic
              17 Ask
              18 You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby (World Won't Listen Version)
              19 Shoplifters Of The World Unite
              20 Sheila Take A Bow
              21 Girlfriend in A Coma
              22 I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
              23 Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me

              CD2
              1 Jeane
              2 Handsome Devil (Live at Manchester Hacienda 04/02/83)
              3 This Charming Man (New York Vocal),
              4 Wonderful Woman
              5 Back To The Old House
              6 These Things Take Time
              7 Girl Afraid,
              8 Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
              9 Stretch Out And Wait
              10 Oscillate Wildly (Instrumental)
              11 Meat Is Murder (Live at Oxford Apollo 18/03/85)
              12 Asleep
              13 Money Changes Everything
              14 The Queen Is Dead,
              15 Vicar In A Tutu
              16 Cemetery Gates
              17 Half A Person
              18 Sweet And Tender Hooligan
              19 Pretty Girls Make Graves (Troy Tate Version)
              20 Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
              21 What's The World? (Live at Barrowlands Glasgow 25/09/85)
              22 London (Live at National Ballroom Kilburn London 23/10/86)


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