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  • Audio CD (Nov. 9 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002MIF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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1. William, It Was Really Nothing
2. What Difference Does It Make?
3. These Things Take Time
4. This Charming Man
5. How Soon Is Now?
6. Handsome Devil
7. Hand In Glove
8. Still Ill
9. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
10. This Night Has Opened My Eyes
11. You've Got Everything Now
12. Accept Yourself
13. Girl Afraid
14. Back To The Old House
15. Reel Around The Fountain
16. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

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Digitally remastered edition of this 1984 compilation from the legendary British quartet. Several months after releasing their first album, The Smiths issued this collection of singles and rarities, several of which are BBC versions of songs from their debut. The Smiths treated singles as individual entities, not just ways to promote an album, and therefore many of their finest songs were never issued on their studio albums. As if this wasn't enough, this compilation contains the first appearance of what may be the band's finest moment. "How Soon Is Now" captures encapsulates everything good about the Smiths; Morrissey's mocking lyrics, Marr's stunning vibrato guitar and a rhythm section you could set your watch to.

The Smiths tend to be thought of as a band one grows out of--music you listened to as a depressed adolescent and then abandoned when you overcame it all. Such a notion denies them their place in the rock pantheon, not only as an inspiration to countless indie-rock outfits but also as the band that challenged the received wisdom of rock & roll machismo. Fronted by the fey, sexually ambiguous Steven Patrick Morrissey, who married painfully honest lyrics--almost embarrassing in their self-effacement--with arch humor and a melancholic delivery, the British band was quite an anomaly to an America still emerging from the bloated-rock tyranny of the likes of Journey and REO Speedwagon. Hatful of Hollow, released as an import in 1984 and domestically in 1993, is a collection of singles, many recorded live for various radio shows. More-muscular versions of most of the tracks here can be found on the collection Louder Than Bombs, but Hatful has a vitality to it that the studio-bound, somewhat antiseptic Bombs lacks. Check out Johnny Marr's delicate acoustic guitar on the aching "Back to the Old House" or the band's looser workouts of such now-classics as "This Charming Man" and "Still Ill." Two songs not found on other albums make this a must for fans: "Handsome Devil" and "Accept Yourself," a bouncy, jangly number on which Morrissey croons convincingly, "Others conquered love, but I ran / I sat in my room and I drew up a plan." Perfect music for your awkward inner child. --Steve Landau

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad Stewart on May 30 2004
Format: Audio CD
Several months after releasing their first album, the Smiths
issued the singles and rarities collection Hatful of Hollow,
establishing a tradition of repackaging their material as many
times and as quickly as possible. While several cuts on Hatful
of Hollow are BBC versions of songs from "The Smiths", the
versions on the compilation are nervy and raw -- and they're
also not the selling point of the record. The Smiths treated
singles as individual entities, not just ways to promote an album,
and many of their finest songs were never issued on their studio
albums. Hatful of Hollow contains many of these classics,
including the sweet rush of "William, It Was Really Nothing,"
and the sardonic "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," the tongue-in-cheek lament of "Please,
Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want," the wistful "Back to the Old House," "Girl Afraid," and
the pulsating, tremolo-laced masterpiece "How Soon Is Now?" With such strong material forming
the core of the album, it's little wonder that Hatful of Hollow is as consistent as "The Smiths" and
arguably captures the excitement surrounding the band even better.
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By P. D. Laffey on Dec 7 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's a testimony to the outstanding songwriting talents of Morrissey and Marr that this hastily compiled collection of radio sessions , b-sides , and the odd single , is now rightly regarded as one of the seminal albums of the Eighties .
Perhaps it's the unbelievable vitality of the band , it might even be the black humour , and profundity of Morrissey's lyrics , or Johnny Marr's incredibly inventive guitar playing on such tracks as - William It Was Really Nothing , - Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now , and the awesome - How Soon Is Now ? It might be the sublime melodic qualities found on gems like the heartbreaking but beautiful - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want , ( without doubt the greatest sub-2 minute song that these music-drenched ears have heard ) , or it could be that these subversive , unorthodox " rock " songs are just so stunningly vibrant , but it's probably a combination of all these things plus the less tangible that elevates this collection of songs from merely very good material to great material imbued with real genius !
Very few bands have been blessed with the elusive qualities to achieve greatness , but The Smiths had these qualities in abundance as this collection proves . A rare talent indeed .
The Smiths Is Dead - Long Live The Smiths !
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Format: Audio CD
"Hatful of Hollow," released just months following the Smiths' towering debut, is a revered favorite among fans of this influential Manchester group. And it's easy to see why. On this disc, we get a handful of rare tracks and early recordings of songs pulled from their debut album. The production may be a bit raw, but none of the potency is lost on these stellar Morrissey/Marr compositions. The single "How Soon Is Now" captured the essence of detachment probably unlike any other song in the post-Joy Division 1980s, and its warped guitar intro by Johnny Marr is unmistakably original. There's also the playful S&M bite of "Handsome Devil," the self-pity of "Accept Yourself" and "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," as well as the disc's closer, the excellent "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want." Singer Morrissey moans through these tracks in his usual trademark monotone, while guitarist Johnny Marr provides crisp and inspired guitar-fueled melodies. This album holds a very special place in my collection of CDs, and it's simply a vital purchase for anyone looking to start a collection of work from this legendary group.
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...and *definitely* not Strangeways...THIS is the Smiths' most dynamic and comprehensive disk. The Smiths actually kind of 'rock out' on some of these songs, in contrast to the typical pop-rock style their other releases were done in. Even though most of these tracks are contained somewhere on the 20 or so other albums and cash-in compilations that make up the bulk of the Smiths' catalogue, this album is definitely worth having for anyone who doesn't hate the band.
This album is better because the songs were recorded during different sessions and the production sounds 'grittier' and less doctored (think Steve Albini producing PJ Harvey or Nirvana). The HOH versions sound like rock songs, whereas the LTB versions sound like pop-rock. The most obvious example is "These Things Take Time" - the LTB version sounds like a watered-down radio single, but the HOH version really kicks, especially with Mike Joyce's skillful and rocking drum style and Andy Rourke not being swallowed by the voice and guitar as they usually are. The version of "What Difference Does It Make?" is also much better on this album. You can practically picture these guys rocking out in some Manchester garage, it's pretty cool! As another reviewer commented, listeing to this album on vinyl is probably the ultimate Smiths experience.
Besides Morrissey's witty lyrics and Marr's obvious talent and skill, it's usually overlooked that the Smiths had a fantastic drummer and bass player as well. It's too bad more Smiths albums weren't done in this style.
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