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Double vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remastered edition of this 1987 collection from the legendary British quartet. Another compilation of singles, B-sides, album tracks, and BBC sessions, this time assembled for the American market, Louder Than Bombs is a sizeable collection that boasts a wealth of brilliant material. It includes hits such as the irresistible "Ask," the bouncing pop of "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" and the sad "Unlovable." With a solid collection of singles and a number of tracks virtually unavailable elsewhere, Louder Than Bombs is a necessary purchase for any Smiths fan.
This 1987 collection of Smiths album tracks, B-sides, and singles (and roughly half of Hatful of Hollow) is a worthy essential Smiths due to its scope and size. Twenty-four tracks in all, it includes hits such as the irresistible and bouncy "Ask," the Smiths prototype "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," "William, It Was Really Nothing," "Panic," and "Hand in Glove." Lesser-known tracks like the lovely, piano-driven instrumental "Oscillate Wildly," the dark "Rubber Ring," and the weary "Half a Person" are strong enough to stand without the benefit of support from the hits. There are a few misses here, but they're hardly noticeable when surrounded by all the great tracks. Plus, a number of must-haves ("You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby," "Stretch Out and Wait," "Half a Person") are virtually unavailable elsewhere. --Lorry Fleming
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I don't know how many hundreds of times I played my old cassette copy of this (purchased barely after it was released in 1987) and I was glad to get it on CD so that I could keep on enjoying these old favourites. It's not an exhaustive collection of their tunes (and a good number of them appear on the earlier release "Hatful of Hollow") but if you only wanted to buy one Smiths recording, this would be a great starting point. If it piques your interest, you could check out full album releases such as "Meat is Murder" or "The Queen is Dead" for more classics.
Of all the great great bands to come out of Manchester the Smiths are certainly one of the best, as tracks such as "panic", "half a person", "william it was really nothing", heaven knows i'm miserable now" and "ask" certainly attests.
In addition to the unforgettably smooth voice of Morrissey, the guitar accompaniment of Johnny Marr helped elevate the Smiths from a great band to, perhaps, one of the best ever. Listening to the tracks on this album one is struck by the seamless way that Morrissey's voice merges with and into the music of Marr, Rourke and Joyce, all complimenting each other beautifully as the music meanders through subtle and at times dramatic shifts in rhythm, melody and tone. Combine this mastery of harmony with lyrics that are often intense, provocative and always impassioned one can see why the music of the Smiths was so appealing to so many disaffected by the culture of alienation and isolation that has become one of most recognizable hallmarks of the 80's.
While many mainstrem bands and performers were mindlessly celebrating the escapist world of sex, drugs and rock n' roll, the Smiths were providing a voice for all those who could see that such excess was simply a symptom of a cultural milieu awash in greed and blind conformity. If you think Van Halen is "cool" or think that owning a porsche makes you a somehow "better" or more "complete," then this is probably not the music for you, however if you are one of those people who loves music with depth, passion and more than a tinge of melancholy, well this IS for you. "Yes, we may be hidden by rags, but we have something they'll never have, and if people stare, then, the people stare, I really don't know, and I really don't care"
Stand out tracks would be "Ask" "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" and the melodic "Panic", each song having both strong music from Marr et al. and then wonderfully, meaningful lyrics credited to Morrissey.
Although a terrific album, this may not be the one for new-found Smiths listeners. A better place to start would be "The Queen is Dead" and "Meat is Murder." Once again, not taking anything away from this album, it is one that starts off quite promising but could possibly leave individuals who are not die hard Smiths fans disappointed and with a sour taste in the mouth.
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Although this album takes you only up through 1987 (so no songs from the Strangeways LP) it is about a great a collection of songs as any band's greatest hits. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2009 by Brian Maitland
If you don't own this album you really ought to get with it - a majority of the songs on this singles collection are absolutely essential, and most all of the songs are... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by aloverofgreysilentdays
What an original sound...great party music.
Looks like Morrisey started something!
I just bought this cd yesterday at a local music store and i have listened to the whole thing twice already. This is a classic. Read morePublished on March 20 2004
This is a classic record that rivals the Queen is Dead, not as a cohesive album, but for sheer listening enjoyment.
Fabulous. Read more
With 24 tracks, Louder than Bombs is the best value Smiths CD. Every track is quality. You'll get Morrissey's wit, his compassion, his keen observations, his emotion, his misery -... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by Matt Poole
This is the only album released during the lifespan of the Smiths that I cannot recommend. 'Hatful of Hollow' and 'The World Won't Listen'--I found both of them new for $15... Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Keith T. Johnson
"Singles" may seem like the obvious choice for someone wanting just one "Smiths" cd, but if you can deal without "How Soon Is Now" and "There Is... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by H3@+h