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Louder Than Bombs Best of

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  • Audio CD (June 4 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002LBH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,234 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Is It Really So Strange?
2. Sheila Take A Bow
3. Shoplifters Of The World Unite
4. Sweet & Tender Hooligan
5. Half A Person
6. London
7. Panic
8. Girl Afraid
9. Shakespeare's Sister
10. William, It Was Really Nothing
11. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby
12. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
13. Ask
14. Golden Lights
15. Oscillate Wildly
16. These Things Take Time
17. Rubber Ring
18. Back To The Old House
19. Hand In Glove
20. Stretch Out & Wait
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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 didn't really pay attention to the music of The Smiths until rather later in their career but by the time I tuned in, I was amazed. You could make endless jokes about the perennially pessimistic frontman Morrissey and his moods but you could never dismiss his clever and sarcastic lyrical turns, nor could you ever ignore the astounding musicianship of Pete Joyce, Andy Rourke, and especially Johnny Marr. Some may never enjoy the style of their output but it is some of the best pop music to come out of the 1980s and maybe even beyond.

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.
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take a listen and you will be hooked on this great collection of singles and b-sides from one of the most influential bands of the 1980's: the Smiths. Of course, the Smiths aren't for everyone and of course they were never meant to be.
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"
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There are things in life that will always defy explanation to those who have not experienced them. I can try to tell you what it is like having a son or falling in love, but will you really understand until it happens to you? The Smiths are one of those things that I could TRY to explain to you, but alas my feeble attempt to verbally express the impact The Smiths had on my left would never be properly conveyed. During my 20th summer on this planet, LOUNDER THAN BOMBS played nonstop on my 1984 Dodge Charger's Blaupunkt stereo as I drive from my part time job at the movie theatre in West LA to summer classes downtown at USC. From "Is It Really So Strange?" to the last song "Asleep" and back again I had BOMBS playing endlessly. For that moment in time it became as important to me as air and blood. I don't listen to LOUDER THAN BOMBS over and over again anymore, but I don't really have to as the changes it affected in me have already been done (for better or worse). Like REM's first studio album Murmur, or losing my virginity, I think about LOUNDER THAN BOMBS and smile with a mix of pain, happiness and regret. The songs are timeless; alas it is me a mere mortal that has grown old. Feel free tender hooligans to take this for your own, for your summer of any year yet to come, and let it melt into the pores of your being.
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This release from The Smiths is very strong at points, but then turns around and drops off at others. The album opens up with "Is it Really So Strange" and runs for 13 songs and then it starts to fall off in the strength. There are songs towards the end of the album that are notable ("Asleep, "Please, Please Let Me..." and "Hand In Glove") but over all the back half is quite weak.
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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