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The Queen is Dead

The Smiths Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
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1. The Queen Is Dead/Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty (Medly)
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3. I Know It's Over
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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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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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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 1 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very happy with my purchase!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars at $7.99, it is criminal not to purchase it April 6 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I once read that the opening feedback in the title song was an accident. JM placed his guitar down and it was feeding back...they (the band) all looked at each other and said "That's staying in". But, there are no accident. The Smiths was synchronicity at its best. There never was and never will be another Smiths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 140th review and what can I offer "new" to this? Aug. 2 2009
By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Well, I'll tell you a few things that maybe have not been touched on.[...]

The "Mr. Shankly" in "Frankly, Mr. Shankly" has to be referring to the famous Liverpool soccer (football in Britglish) club manager Bill Shankly who is most known for his quote: "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."

Given the Smiths were Manchester United supporters, the song could be a dig at their main rivals, Liverpool, even though it is a bit obtuse.

As far as the album, no point in me adding any more raves than you've read here before other than I'll say it's their most complete album from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best deal on HMV site... Dec 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Here is an album that never goes out Sept. 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
Being too young to understand the smiths the frist time (I was about 4 when this album came out), I made my way back into some of the greatest Alteravite rock bands. This Album is amazing. At frist only a few songs stood out the frist time I heard it, but after a week I fell in love with this whole CD. "There is a light that never goes out" is my favourite and let me tell you, it is the ultimate love song ever... in a sad yet loving way. I could go on about everything that is so good but I've already read some reviews that say everything thats needs to be said. Anyone looking for something new should buy this album, it's a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Smiths Album! June 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Everything came together for The Smiths on this album.
The Smiths were one of the most original bands to come out of the 1980s. It's amazing that The Smiths could achieve popularity in an era where synthetic pop was king. They were in a league of their own in both words and music. The lyrics were poetry. They could hit just as hard read cold off the page as they could sung to music. The music was succinct- tightly constructed, subtle, but powerful. Johnny Marr didn't waste his time, or yours, with gratuitous soloing.
If you haven't experienced The Smiths before, this album with dazzle you with their brilliance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis WHO? Bring on Morrissey! June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Smiths - Morrissey: let me give you the conclusion that took me 18 years to arrive at. Besides the song Meat is Murder, Morrissey doesn't have a bad song is his catalog. I used to think "Kill Uncle" (by Morrissey) was a lame album and that "Maladjusted" was worse. I traded in both cd's only to buy them back years later. It is a disservice to judge The Smiths and Morrissey album by album, this one is more sorrowful, this one has the right mix of angst, self-indulgence, wit, blah, blah, blah. Stick all the songs on MP3 format and press random: it is sonic Heaven and Hell. Morrissey IS the Mozart of our time, he will die as a blip on the musical scene with most people drawing a blank stare at the mention of "How Soon is Now." Oh wait, didn't he write the theme song for "Charmed."
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