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Louder Than Bombs [Best of]

the Smiths Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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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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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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Exclusive Japanese limited edition reissue of their 1987 compilation album, packaged in a miniature gatefold LP sleeve. Originally a U.S.-only release, this album features tracks from the UK compilations Hatful Of Hollow and World Won't Listen that were not available on the band's regular albums. Features 'Is It Really So Strange?', 'Sheila Take A Bow', 'Sweet And Tender Hooligan', 'London' and more. Warner. 2006.

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5.0 out of 5 stars And if you have five seconds to spare... June 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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By meccano
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, but lacks at points Feb. 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Every track is quality! Jan. 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 - and of course the great musical backing of Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce.
These tracks are collected from various points in the Smiths career, singles, B-sides, and album tracks. You won't notice, as the production of the tracks is very similar, so they blend well.
You get to hear the Smiths try everything, from punk (London), to rockabilly (Shakespeare's Sister), to even the reggae tinged Rubber Ring.
There are a lot of rare tracks here too, all just as good as the hits. Highlights include "You Just Haven't Earned it Yet Baby", "Half a Person" and "Asleep". You'll also get the Smiths only instrumental "Oscillate Wildly", the original single version of "Hand in Glove", and the effects filled "Golden Lights", the Smith's most campy recording. Quite a selection!
For new fans, this album is a great start. It shows everything the Smiths can do, and lots of it. Plus, getting Louder than Bombs it will save you getting the albums "Hatful of Hollow" and "The World Won't Listen", as it has nearly all the material from both.
If you are casual fan, and just want the hits you remember, maybe it might be better to get the CD Singles or the Very Best of the Smiths, as this collection isn't exactly focused on the singles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most elegant and accomplished pop music of the 1980s? Probably
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. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jeffrey Hamacher
5.0 out of 5 stars best of their various greatest hits packages
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 more
Published on Aug. 2 2009 by Brian Maitland
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
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 more
Published on June 8 2004 by aloverofgreysilentdays
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Original!!
What an original sound...great party music.
Looks like Morrisey started something!
Published on June 8 2004 by J. McAndrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
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 more
Published on March 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars
This is a classic record that rivals the Queen is Dead, not as a cohesive album, but for sheer listening enjoyment.
Fabulous. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by SRS
3.0 out of 5 stars only for the casual fan on a budget
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 more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by Keith T. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This disc has opened my eyes.
"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 more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by H3@+h
5.0 out of 5 stars Louder than bombs, larger than life
This album came out the year I graduated college, and while I knew NOTHING about The Smiths at the time, I knew that "Louder Than Bombs" was almost scarily beautiful. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by Lee H
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