Exclusive Japanese limited edition reissue of their 1985 sophomore album, packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. 10 tracks including 'Headmaster Ritual', 'I Want The One I Can't Have', 'Barbarism Begins At Home', 'How Soon Is Now' and more. Warner. 2006.
Singer Morrissey's brittle wit and guitarist Johnny Marr's incisive guitar helped make the Smiths create both an entranced cult following and pop music of the highest order. The U.S. edition of the band's second album includes the bonus single "How Soon Is Now?" and while it's a welcome addition, the rest of the tracks stand ably on their own. The militant vegetarianism is heavy-handed, but the sly humor of "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" and "I Want the One I Can't Have" present proof of the band's scope, as do the anthemic "The Headmaster Ritual" and "Rusholme Ruffians." --Rob O'Connor