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Digitally remastered edition of this live album from the legendary British quartet. Recorded live at the National Ballroom, London, in October of 1986, roughly six months before they disbanded altogether, these 14 songs capture the Smiths performing in full-on rock-star mode. Here the band's performance is suitably epic, hit-packed, and engrossing. Morrissey is in fine form providing plenty of banter and personality. Similarly, Marr's distinctive manic jangle demands much attention, especially on his solo creation "The Draize Train."
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Live records are, as John Lydon put it, "record company stuff." You get the hits, just sloppier. I can remember only a handful of live CDs that offered something more. (PiL's "Paris in Spring", Throbbing Gristle's total reworkings, Ani DiFranco's "Living in Clip", John Cale's "Fragments of a Rainy Season" stand out.) I file this Smiths CD in the just-ok/humdrum bin. I play it sometimes, but in the space of years, not days.
Most of this Kilburn UK 10/23/'86 show consists of songs from "The Queen is Dead" or recent singles of that period. Performances here don't touch the studio mastery of that truly wonderful record. The tempo of most songs is sped up, not always a good thing. And then there's Morrissey, who sounds crankier than usual. This works well for "Bigmouth Strikes Again" which sounds like a thrilling riot, not so well for other tracks.
Legalities prevent me from recommending bootlegs that are far stronger, but I can safely say the great live Smiths were recorded - the material is out there - and this CD falls short. "Rank" is a live Smiths document, little more. It might have made a better video, however. Morrissey's fade-in/fade-out vocals suggest this was a rambunctious physical show, where he was swamped by fans. Reissue/Repackage anyone?
-It's the Smiths, it must be good. (and it is)
-Good sound quality. Far superior to the bootlegs I have heard.
-Some of the songs are featured in great live versions. This recording of The Queen is dead really opened my eyes, I mean ears, to this song. The studio version of the song had never really appealed to me. Until this one.
-The Draze Train. Amazing intrumental tune. Awesome performance by Marr (as always).
-Less than great song selections. Vicar in a tutu, Ask, Rushholme ruffians and London have never been among my favourite Smiths-songs, though this version of Vicar is in my opinion far superior to the studio one.
-Less than great live versions of some of the songs. I much prefer the regular album versions of What she said, I know it's over and Bigmouth.
-Though backed by secondary guitarist Carig Gannon, Marr doesn't achieve the amazing guitar-tracks as he does when layering guitars on the studio-album. Still, Marr allways performs well, and this is no exception.Read more ›
I think the setlist is a bit spotty, but there are several songs here that I didn't like the studio versions of that much, but which shine on this live recording. Examples would be Vicar In A Tutu, Still Ill, or even The Boy With The Thorn In His Side. A particularly annoying thing about this album is that it's not the full concert and great songs like Frankly Mr. Shankly, Never Had No One Ever, and I Want The One I Can't Have (among others) were performed but not included on the CD.
The band and Morrissey sound good here and all in all it's not a bad investment. It's just that the motives behind releasing it make it a bit of a dubious record.
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I already had the cassette. I love the spontaneous feel of everything. I love these versions more than the originals!!!!Published on May 20 2010 by Lisa
And you will too when you listen the this CD. Not that it's that bad, it's just a let down, a big let down. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by DMK
I think this albus is awesome!!!
I'd only complain about the setlist... all the songs here are just great!! but where is There is a light that never goes out? Read more
This album was my introduction to The Smiths, and when I finally heard the original recordings I never felt the band's studio sound measured up to the raw quality of Rank. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by Tim
I am on of the biggest Smiths fans there is. And yes, you must get this if you are a fan. But, you can't help but wonder why (especially on cd) why Morrissey (apparently, he... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Patrick Lafontaine
This album contains my favorite song "I know it's over" The recording quality is first rate. Read morePublished on June 16 1998 by Mlakotish@aol.com