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Hatful of Hollow [Best of]

the Smiths Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 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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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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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ALL-TIME ESSENTIAL ALBUM June 25 2004
By Coleen
Format:Audio CD
One of the greatest albums of all-time...extra appealing because most of it is lo-fi, but beautifully lo-fi. Every song is a masterpiece of intelligent vulnerable British pop music. The music, written by Johnny Marr, is brilliantly melodic. The words are worthy of Oscar Wilde, one of lyricist Morrissey's major influences, along with early 60's black and white British working class films like Taste of Honey (snatches of dialogue from this film can be found in the lyrics to This Night Has Opened My Eyes, an extremely powerful song). This album is the greatest Smiths album, and that's saying a LOT, since every Smiths album was BRILLIANT. The Smiths recording career lasted from 1984-1987, but they were extremely prolific. This was their second release, technically a collection of radio recordings and singles, but it works perfectly as an album with its own theme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD June 23 2008
By Wariner
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent CD and I am not a fan of this band until now. Also to have the lyrics to "How soon is now?" is a bonus. Great singing and guitar playing.
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Format:Audio CD
Is it just me, or does this band band have WAY TOO MANY "Best Of" compilations?? The versions of many of the Smith's best known songs are here presented in ( for the most part ) alternate versions, a few Peel sessions ( where they sound heavier, meatier, more lean'n'mean as a Band than on some of their frankly anemic and fey studio recordings) , and a 12" single or two. This is what brought my attention to the Smiths back in the eighties. I had the album on import, as it was available only in that form for years, until I found the cd in the Virgin mega-store. I still listen to it. Very Highly Recommended. Better, in my opinion, than any single Smiths album or any of the compilations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A legendary band May 17 2004
By Reza
Format:Audio CD
Although I'm a particulary big fan of british indie, The Smiths are an exception to the rule. The music is very R.E.M. like in it's jangle-pop, indie-ish way. But for me it's Morrissey who is the master here. A fine fine vocalist with great lyrics that concentrate mainly on relationships and broken hearts. An inspiration to a 1000 future emo bands. I highly reccomend this album, it contains all their classics, 'This Charming Man', 'How soon is now', 'Still Ill', and my personal favourite the controversial 'Reel around the fountain'. A superb band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear perfect energy May 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Still Ill gets the honor of being my favorite songs of all time... no doubt about it. The live version on this album is even better than the debut album version. Brilliant along with the rest of the album. The album gives us the full energy of the band during the early days and still stands as strong today - many years later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars smiths Feb. 28 2004
By DirtyRL
Format:Audio CD
the version of reel around the fountain is worth buying alone. on the self titled debut it sounds great, yet here it's raw, and sounds grand. If you own any of they're greatest hits albums and need to go further, buy the debut, then this. Buy 'em both. I hope I never run out of my smith's phase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best Smiths albums ever Sept. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
Every Smiths compilation has it's highs, my personal favorite is World Won't Listen but there are songs on here you won't get on that one or on Louder than Bombs. Some of their best work, actually, earlier raw versions of some fantastic songs. Must have.
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