Hatful of Hollow Best of
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Digitally remastered edition of this 1984 compilation from the legendary British quartet. Several months after releasing their first album, The Smiths issued this collection of singles and rarities, several of which are BBC versions of songs from their debut. The Smiths treated singles as individual entities, not just ways to promote an album, and therefore many of their finest songs were never issued on their studio albums. As if this wasn't enough, this compilation contains the first appearance of what may be the band's finest moment. "How Soon Is Now" captures encapsulates everything good about the Smiths; Morrissey's mocking lyrics, Marr's stunning vibrato guitar and a rhythm section you could set your watch to.
The Smiths tend to be thought of as a band one grows out of--music you listened to as a depressed adolescent and then abandoned when you overcame it all. Such a notion denies them their place in the rock pantheon, not only as an inspiration to countless indie-rock outfits but also as the band that challenged the received wisdom of rock & roll machismo. Fronted by the fey, sexually ambiguous Steven Patrick Morrissey, who married painfully honest lyrics--almost embarrassing in their self-effacement--with arch humor and a melancholic delivery, the British band was quite an anomaly to an America still emerging from the bloated-rock tyranny of the likes of Journey and REO Speedwagon. Hatful of Hollow, released as an import in 1984 and domestically in 1993, is a collection of singles, many recorded live for various radio shows. More-muscular versions of most of the tracks here can be found on the collection Louder Than Bombs, but Hatful has a vitality to it that the studio-bound, somewhat antiseptic Bombs lacks. Check out Johnny Marr's delicate acoustic guitar on the aching "Back to the Old House" or the band's looser workouts of such now-classics as "This Charming Man" and "Still Ill." Two songs not found on other albums make this a must for fans: "Handsome Devil" and "Accept Yourself," a bouncy, jangly number on which Morrissey croons convincingly, "Others conquered love, but I ran / I sat in my room and I drew up a plan." Perfect music for your awkward inner child. --Steve Landau
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issued the singles and rarities collection Hatful of Hollow,
establishing a tradition of repackaging their material as many
times and as quickly as possible. While several cuts on Hatful
of Hollow are BBC versions of songs from "The Smiths", the
versions on the compilation are nervy and raw -- and they're
also not the selling point of the record. The Smiths treated
singles as individual entities, not just ways to promote an album,
and many of their finest songs were never issued on their studio
albums. Hatful of Hollow contains many of these classics,
including the sweet rush of "William, It Was Really Nothing,"
and the sardonic "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," the tongue-in-cheek lament of "Please,
Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want," the wistful "Back to the Old House," "Girl Afraid," and
the pulsating, tremolo-laced masterpiece "How Soon Is Now?" With such strong material forming
the core of the album, it's little wonder that Hatful of Hollow is as consistent as "The Smiths" and
arguably captures the excitement surrounding the band even better.
Perhaps it's the unbelievable vitality of the band , it might even be the black humour , and profundity of Morrissey's lyrics , or Johnny Marr's incredibly inventive guitar playing on such tracks as - William It Was Really Nothing , - Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now , and the awesome - How Soon Is Now ? It might be the sublime melodic qualities found on gems like the heartbreaking but beautiful - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want , ( without doubt the greatest sub-2 minute song that these music-drenched ears have heard ) , or it could be that these subversive , unorthodox " rock " songs are just so stunningly vibrant , but it's probably a combination of all these things plus the less tangible that elevates this collection of songs from merely very good material to great material imbued with real genius !
Very few bands have been blessed with the elusive qualities to achieve greatness , but The Smiths had these qualities in abundance as this collection proves . A rare talent indeed .
The Smiths Is Dead - Long Live The Smiths !
This album is better because the songs were recorded during different sessions and the production sounds 'grittier' and less doctored (think Steve Albini producing PJ Harvey or Nirvana). The HOH versions sound like rock songs, whereas the LTB versions sound like pop-rock. The most obvious example is "These Things Take Time" - the LTB version sounds like a watered-down radio single, but the HOH version really kicks, especially with Mike Joyce's skillful and rocking drum style and Andy Rourke not being swallowed by the voice and guitar as they usually are. The version of "What Difference Does It Make?" is also much better on this album. You can practically picture these guys rocking out in some Manchester garage, it's pretty cool! As another reviewer commented, listeing to this album on vinyl is probably the ultimate Smiths experience.
Besides Morrissey's witty lyrics and Marr's obvious talent and skill, it's usually overlooked that the Smiths had a fantastic drummer and bass player as well. It's too bad more Smiths albums weren't done in this style.
Most recent customer reviews
Although this reissue is mastered wtih a relatively lower output level than usual for an LP, the sound is great. Crank it up, lots of dynamics and quiet vinyl to boot. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr.Vinyl
This is an excellent CD and I am not a fan of this band until now. Also to have the lyrics to "How soon is now?" is a bonus. Great singing and guitar playing.Published on June 23 2008 by Wariner
I like this album, a testimony of pubescent 1980's kids.....but, their version of "How Soon is Now" is nothing compared to Love Spit Love's version. Read morePublished on July 10 2004
One of the greatest albums of all-time...extra appealing because most of it is lo-fi, but beautifully lo-fi. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by Coleen
Is it just me, or does this band band have WAY TOO MANY "Best Of" compilations?? The versions of many of the Smith's best known songs are here presented in ( for the... Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by J. Brady
Although I'm a particulary big fan of british indie, The Smiths are an exception to the rule. The music is very R.E.M. like in it's jangle-pop, indie-ish way. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Reza
Still Ill gets the honor of being my favorite songs of all time... no doubt about it. The live version on this album is even better than the debut album version. Read morePublished on May 16 2004
the version of reel around the fountain is worth buying alone. on the self titled debut it sounds great, yet here it's raw, and sounds grand. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by DirtyRL