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The Very Best Of ...

All about The Smiths' music, gigs, stories, anything.

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Postby Cracked Pleasures » Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:58 pm

Definitely a good album for those who want a first introduction to The Smiths, and that's what "best of" albums are for after all. So it definitely succeeds in its goal. I wouldn't say all songs on it are amongst their best ones, but their best ones are all on it though. Apart from one: Rubber Ring, that one is very much missing. But I guess the record company wanted the songs to all sound very familiar somehow, and wanted to avoid the lesser known ones...

The cover is a disaster though. You can see the band wasn't involved in choosing the picture. A shame, as "Best I", "Best II" and "Singles" all have good sleeve pics (especially the one with a sad looking girl in a pub holding a cigarette, has something very melancholic)
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Postby elko » Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:20 pm

I'm struggling to imagine a bad Smiths compilation to be honest - the only thing that would make this one worse than any other is that it came out later and is therefore completely superfluous. I don't have it... but it seems alright to me. The cover is rubbish, though.
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Postby Grim O'Grady » Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:48 am

I think the angst against the cd was that it was just ripping off fans after best 1 then best 2 then singles. Of course for the completeists it had to be bought (holds up hand).
Cover artist is Charles Hawtrey star of many Carry On films, so I guess whoever though it up was running out of ideas or just couldn't be arsed about it!

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Postby HandsomeDevil » Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:17 am

Shamedly, The Very best Of... was the first Smiths CD I owned, and is how I first discovered songs other than HSIN?, This Charming Man and Panic etc.
I do think its a good package of songs, but yes it does have its flaws, and when band members encourage fans not to buy this, it makes you feel somewhat guilty if you already have....
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Postby helmoz » Sun Sep 03, 2006 12:08 pm

twas my first smiths cd too, so i have a soft spot for it!




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