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First off, no, this box set doesn’t contain the Complete Smiths, not even in its super-deluxe edition containing vinyl replicas of the group’s singles and LPs. Stray B-sides don’t appear here, nor do the scrapped sessions for the first album and a few other heavily bootlegged numbers, but what is here are sterling remasters -- allegedly supervised by Johnny Marr -- of the band’s four albums, three compilations, and lone live album, all released during the band’s exceedingly brief lifespan. What matters is that the remastering is exceptional, the best comparison being the Beatles 2009 remasters, where layers of grime seemed to be removed from familiar recordings, so the songs sounded vibrant and alive, yet didn’t sound tweaked, buttressed, or burnished for a new millennium. That is what makes The Complete Smiths essential: no surprises in terms of material, but the presentation is exquisite, sounding familiar and fresh, a stunning re-presentation of records that were teetering on the edge of over-familiarity. Guitars and vocals pop equally, the original mixes simply brightened, a task harder to achieve than it is to imagine, the music sounding part of its time yet easily transcending it. Far from a vulgar picture, this is what Smiths fans have been waiting years for.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Reel Around the Fountain 2011 Remastered Version
00:05:59

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Paul Carrack, Organ, Piano - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Neil King, Engineer - Phil Bush, Engineer - Mike Joyce, Drums - Annalisa Jablonska, Backing Vocals

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

2
You've Got Everything Now 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:59

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Paul Carrack, Organ, Piano - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Neil King, Engineer - Phil Bush, Engineer - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

3
Miserable Lie 2011 Remastered Version
00:04:27

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Neil King, Engineer - Phil Bush, Engineer - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

4
Pretty Girls Make Graves 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:43

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Neil King, Engineer - Phil Bush, Engineer - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

5
The Hand That Rocks The Cradle 2011 Remastered Version
00:04:37

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Neil King, Engineer - Phil Bush, Engineer - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

6
This Charming Man 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:42

Johnny Marr, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Tim Young, Masterer - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

7
Still Ill 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:21

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Neil King, Engineer - Phil Bush, Engineer - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

8
Hand In Glove 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:22

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Neil King, Engineer - Phil Bush, Engineer - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

9
What Difference Does It Make? 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:49

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Neil King, Engineer - Phil Bush, Engineer - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

10
I Don't Owe You Anything 2011 Remastered Version
00:04:04

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Paul Carrack, Organ, Piano - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Neil King, Engineer - Phil Bush, Engineer - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

11
Suffer Little Children 2011 Remastered Version
00:05:30

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Neil King, Engineer - Phil Bush, Engineer - Mike Joyce, Drums - Annalisa Jablonska, Backing Vocals

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1984 Warner Music UK Ltd.

12
The Headmaster Ritual 2011 Remastered Version
00:04:55

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Piano, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, Producer, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Frank Arkwright, Remastering Engineer - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

13
Rusholme Ruffians 2011 Remastered Version
00:04:20

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Piano, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, Producer, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

14
I Want The One I Can't Have 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:13

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Piano, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, Producer, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

15
What She Said 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:42

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Piano, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, Producer, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

16
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore 2011 Remastered Version
00:04:57

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Piano, Writer - STEPHEN STREET, Engineer - The Smiths, Producer, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

17
Nowhere Fast 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:37

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Piano, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Engineer - The Smiths, Producer, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

18
Well I Wonder 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:59

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Piano, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Engineer - The Smiths, Producer, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

19
Barbarism Begins At Home 2011 Remastered Version
00:06:53

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Piano, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Engineer - The Smiths, Producer, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

20
Meat Is Murder 2011 Remastered Version
00:06:13

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Piano, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Engineer - The Smiths, Producer, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.

21
The Queen Is Dead 2011 Remastered Version
00:06:27

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar - STEPHEN STREET, Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Frank Arkwright, Masterer - Bennett Scott, Writer - Allan James Mills, Writer - Fred Godfrey, Writer - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

22
Frankly, Mr. Shankly 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:18

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

23
I Know It's Over 2011 Remastered Version
00:05:49

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

24
Never Had No One Ever 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:38

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer, Harmonium - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

25
Cemetary Gates 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:40

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

26
Bigmouth Strikes Again 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:13

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums - Ann Coates, Backing Vocals

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

27
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:16

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums - The Hated Salford Ensemble, Orchestra

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

28
Vicar In A Tutu 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:24

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

29
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out 2011 Remastered Version
00:04:04

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd.

30
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:17

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1986 Warner Music UK Ltd. (LC: 04281)

31
A Rush And A Push And The Land Is Ours 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:03

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Remastering Engineer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd.

32
I Started Something I Couldn't Finish 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:47

Johnny Marr, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Drum Programmer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd.

33
Death Of A Disco Dancer 2011 Remastered Version
00:05:26

Johnny Marr, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums - Orchestrazia Ardwick, Orchestra

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd.

34
Girlfriend In A Coma 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:02

Johnny Marr, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, String Arranger - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd.

35
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:35

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums, Percussion

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd.

36
Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me 2011 Remastered Version
00:05:05

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Sound Effects (SFX) - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd.

37
Unhappy Birthday 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:45

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer, Harmonium - STEPHEN STREET, Producer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd.

38
Paint A Vulgar Picture 2011 Remastered Version
00:05:36

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer, Hand Clap - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Programmer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer, Hand Clap - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar, Hand Clap - Mike Joyce, Drums, Percussion, Hand Clap

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd.

39
Death At One's Elbow 2011 Remastered Version
00:01:59

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Additional Vocals, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer, Programmer, Sound Effects (SFX) - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd.

40
I Won't Share You 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:53

Johnny Marr, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Remastering Engineer - STEPHEN STREET, Producer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Producer, Vocals, Writer - Andy Rourke, Bass Guitar - Mike Joyce, Drums

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1987 Warner Music UK Ltd.

41
The Queen Is Dead (Live in London, 1986) 2011 Remastered Version
00:04:17

The Smiths, MainArtist - Bennett Scott, Writer - Allan James Mills, Writer - Fred Godfrey, Writer

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 BBC Enterprises Ltd.

42
Panic (Live in London, 1986) 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:07

Johnny Marr, Writer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Writer

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 BBC Enterprises Ltd.

43
Vicar in a Tutu (Live in London, 1986) 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:32

Johnny Marr, Writer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Writer

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 BBC Enterprises Ltd.

44
Ask (Live in London, 1986) 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:22

Johnny Marr, Writer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Writer

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 BBC Enterprises Ltd.

45
His Latest Flame / Rusholme Ruffians (Live in London, 1986) [Medley] 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:56

Johnny Marr, Writer - Doc Pomus, Composer - Mort Shuman, Composer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Writer - D. Pomus, M. Shuman, Composer, Writer - Shuman Pomus, Composer, Writer

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 BBC Enterprises Ltd.

46
The Boy with the Thorn in His Side (Live in London, 1986) 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:48

Johnny Marr, Writer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Writer

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 BBC Enterprises Ltd.

47
Rubber Ring / What She Said (Live in London, 1986) 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:50

Johnny Marr, Writer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Writer

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 BBC Enterprises Ltd.

48
Is It Really so Strange? (Live in London, 1986) 2011 Remastered Version
00:03:36

Johnny Marr, Writer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Writer

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 BBC Enterprises Ltd.

49
Cemetry Gates (Live in London, 1986) 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:51

Johnny Marr, Writer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Writer

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 BBC Enterprises Ltd.

50
London (Live in London, 1986) 2011 Remastered Version
00:02:38

Johnny Marr, Writer - The Smiths, MainArtist - MORRISSEY, Writer

© 2011 Rhino UK, a division of Warner Music UK Ltd. ℗ 1988 BBC Enterprises Ltd.

Album Description

First off, no, this box set doesn’t contain the Complete Smiths, not even in its super-deluxe edition containing vinyl replicas of the group’s singles and LPs. Stray B-sides don’t appear here, nor do the scrapped sessions for the first album and a few other heavily bootlegged numbers, but what is here are sterling remasters -- allegedly supervised by Johnny Marr -- of the band’s four albums, three compilations, and lone live album, all released during the band’s exceedingly brief lifespan. What matters is that the remastering is exceptional, the best comparison being the Beatles 2009 remasters, where layers of grime seemed to be removed from familiar recordings, so the songs sounded vibrant and alive, yet didn’t sound tweaked, buttressed, or burnished for a new millennium. That is what makes The Complete Smiths essential: no surprises in terms of material, but the presentation is exquisite, sounding familiar and fresh, a stunning re-presentation of records that were teetering on the edge of over-familiarity. Guitars and vocals pop equally, the original mixes simply brightened, a task harder to achieve than it is to imagine, the music sounding part of its time yet easily transcending it. Far from a vulgar picture, this is what Smiths fans have been waiting years for.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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