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.
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