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The Queen is Dead

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  • Audio CD (March 17 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002L9J
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Queen Is Dead/Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty (Medly)
2. Frankly, Mr. Shankly
3. I Know It's Over
4. Never Had No One Ever
5. Cemetry Gates
6. Bigmouth Strikes Again
7. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
8. Vicar In A Tutu
9. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

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Japanese only SHM pressing. The SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing, SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players. Warner. 2009.


This is the value of working at cross-purposes: The Smiths were Morrissey's excuse to undulate his wry, disaffected lyrics, and Johnny Marr's vehicle for his sharp, chiming, pop songs. Their favorite kind of compromise made them essentially a singles band, and The Queen Is Dead has a couple of their best (notably "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side," one of the greatest pop expressions of the Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name). But it also has some wonderful compromises of different kinds: the bizarrely romantic "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," and "Cemetry Gates," where Marr covers up for Morrissey's floridity with shimmying rockabilly. --Douglas Wolk

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Format: Audio CD
If you're reading this now thinking whether you should get this album or not, I'm telling you, get it !!! Even if you haven't heard anything by this band yet, I think it's a very good introduction. With songs as catchy and immediate as "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again", songs as comedic and entertaining as "Frankly, Mr. Shankly", "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" and "Vicar In a Tutu" and songs as melancholic and heartbreaking as "I Know It's Over" and, again, "There Is a Light..." You can't just not love this. And if you do, I suggest you check out some of their other stuff (If you're going for a compilation go for "Louder Than Bombs") and if you want to check out Morrissey's solo material, I highly recommend "Vauxhall & I", "Your Arsenal", "You Are The Quarry" and "Ringleader...". I don't want to make this any longer. I'll add 3 words though, Buy this now.
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For 6.99, you will not find a better album for the money on this site, bar none. This is my favorite Smiths album (Louder than Bombs comes close but ...), and they could charge 25.00 for this album and it would be worth every penny. I love the Smiths, always have, and probably always will. For all the reuniting that goes on today with has-been bands, I would walk over crushed glass to see Morrissey and Marr get it together again. And if they had Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce, it would make it so much better, as they were brilliant players all. Why oh why are we forced to listen to the crap that is out there today while these guys leave us with a legacy of incredible music that was obviously too short of a career? Maybe love or the bomb will bring them together????
Morrissey and Marr..if you read this, give your heads a big shake..and call each other NOW!!!! Modern music needs you to overlook your differences and make at least one more album...your solo careers will never be what the two of you were together..sorry to say.
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Meat Is Murder may have been a holding pattern, but The
Queen Is Dead is the Smiths' great leap forward, taking the
band to new musical and lyrical heights. Opening with the
storming title track, The Queen Is Dead is a harder-rocking
record than anything the Smiths had attempted before, but that's
only on a relative scale -- although the backbeat is more
pronounced, the group certainly doesn't rock in a conventional
sense. Instead, Johnny Marr has created a dense web of
guitars, alternating from the minor-key rush of "Bigmouth
Strikes Again" and the faux rockabilly of "Vicar in a Tutu" to the
bouncy acoustic pop of "Cemetry Gates" and "The Boy With
the Thorn in His Side," as well as the lovely melancholy of "I Know It's Over" and "There Is a Light
That Never Goes Out." And the rich musical bed provides Morrissey with the support for his finest
set of lyrics. Shattering the myth that he is a self-pitying sap, Morrissey delivers a devastating set of
clever, witty satires of British social mores, intellectualism, class, and even himself. He also crafts
some of his finest, most affecting songs, particularly in the wistful "The Boy With the Thorn in His
Side" and the epic "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," two masterpieces that provide the
foundation for a remarkable album.
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I'm not a huge fan of The Smiths. They do okay, I suppose. Intrumentally they seem fairly accomplished. Morrissey's a decent singer, even if he is a bit arrogant and whiny. Smiths fans...you KNOW he is! I guess it's part of the Smiths charm or something. Anyway I have a few of their albums and it's shocking to me that most fans consider this one the best. Why is "I Know It's Over" almost 6 minutes long, with the last two minutes nothing but nauseating out-of-tune repetitive Morrissey whining? Also "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" is a mediocre way to close such an "amazing landmark 80's pop album", as it were. Plus, on the whole, many of these song don't do much for me. Sure, most of them are decent, I suppose, but I don't think any of them are among the very best Smiths songs, except maybe the gorgeous "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out". Good ones like "Bigmouth Strikes Again" and "Frankly Mr. Shankly" are really well-written catchy and fun too, but Morrissey's dry sense of humor and endless sarcasm gets kinda old to be honest. There's just not very much room for sincerity there. I'd recommend Strangeways, Here We Come as the best Smiths album. Louder Than Bombs is good too, including some of their best stuff, though that album is a little patchy. But as I said, I'm not a huge fan, so at least you know this is not as biased as many of the 5 star Smiths-obsessed reviews you'll find.
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The Smiths is the coolest possible name for a band because instead of going for the weirdest, wildest name they chose the most common, ordinary name around and made it cool. Also, many could identify with the image of everyday people with common problems that the name represented for some.
I probably shouldn't let on just how much this album meant to me as a floundering teen in the 80's so I won't. I just feel vindicated that it's now commonly considered to be the best Smiths album because I used to argue with a friend about it who thought MEAT IS MURDER to be the best. (While it has some great moments, that album would be my last choice).
This band really stirs some passionate feelings in people! Morrisey is indeed the Leper Messiah for the alienated, the shy, the ordinary, the depressed, the losers, the outsiders . . . he's also wickedly funny! And, of course, Johnny Marr is a certifiable guitar hero, king of the jangly melody.
Instead of trying to describe this music to you, allow me to give you a taste of Morrisey's lyrics from each song:
"Life is very long when you're lonely" - "The Queen is Dead"
"I want to catch something that I might be ashamed of" - "Franky Mr. Shankly"
"Oh Mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head" - "I Know It's Over"
"I had a really bad dream/ It lasted 20 years, 7 months and 27 days" - "Never Had No One Ever"
"All those people all those lives, where are they now?
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