The Smiths
...Best


4.0
excellent

Review

by Divaman USER (163 Reviews)
April 1st, 2020 | 9 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A nice collection from one of the greatest pop rock bands ever

Last week I reviewed the companion piece to this compilation album, Best... I. To briefly reiterate, The Smiths as a band released quite a bit of material that was never included on any of their studio albums. There are some other good Smiths comps out there, including Hatful of Hollow (1984) and Louder Than Bombs (1987) to help you catch up with some of these tracks. However, I've always been partial to this two-album set, which was released by Warner in 1992 right after they bought the rights to the band's back catalog.

Like Best... I, there are 14 tracks on this album. Five of them are in that category of Never Released on a Studio Album, while the other nine include some The Smiths' best and most famous songs.

The five non-studio-album tracks comprise three A-sides and two B-sides. The A-sides include two of their very best, "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now", which hit # 10 on the UK Singles Chart, and "Ask", which hit # 14. The third, "Shakespeare's Sister", only got as high as # 26. The B-sides include a really tasty (and atypical) instrumental number, "Oscillate Wildly", and "Girl Afraid", which was the B-side for "Heaven Knows...".

As for the previously released album tracks, they include a smorgasbord of Smiths treats, including "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out", "Bigmouth Strikes Again" and "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side", plus "The Headmaster Ritual" (from Meat Is Murder), "Reel Around the Fountain" (from The Smiths), and "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" (from Strangeways, Here We Come).

I doubt we'll ever see The Smiths get back together again. Even thirty years later, the acrimony between the various band members (especially the two songwriters, singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr) still seems to be too intense. Which is all the more reason to treasure the full discography (and not just the studio albums) of this great pop rock band.




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Divaman
April 1st 2020


5742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OK, so now I've reviewed both comps of this set. Yay me.

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ResidentNihilist
April 1st 2020


1478 Comments


morrissey

oltnabrick
April 1st 2020


39574 Comments


A nice collection from one of the greatest pop rock bands ever

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zakalwe
April 1st 2020


31245 Comments


“Last week I reviewed the companion piece to this compilation album, Best... I. To briefly reiterate, The Smiths as a band released quite a bit of material that was never included on any of their studio albums.”

The most unpretentious opening gambit on sput. Diva you are class.

As for this compilation, it’s home to one of my fave tracks by the band ‘The Headmaster Ritual’ takes me right back to the school field and my absolute arsehole of a P.E teacher.

bloc
April 1st 2020


61866 Comments


Dude on the cover looks like a cross between Brandon Flowers and George Michael

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e210013
April 1st 2020


2960 Comments


You promised and you did it. Short, but concise as a review of a compilation must be. Pos.

Divaman
April 2nd 2020


5742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, guys. I actually the prefer the American covers for these two albums, bloc. But these are the ones that are up on Sput, so you go with what you've got.

bloc
April 2nd 2020


61866 Comments


That's the one with the orange cover also with a face right? I recognize that one too

Divaman
April 2nd 2020


5742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No, the orange cover is Louder Than Bombs. The ones I mean are:



https://www.discogs.com/The-Smiths-Best-I/release/4237125



and



https://www.discogs.com/The-Smiths-Best-II/release/8290168



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