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The Smiths – Best… I (1992)

The Smiths – Best… I (1992)

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  • This Charming Man
  • William, It Was Really Nothing
  • What Difference Does It Make?
  • Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
  • Girlfriend In A Coma
  • Half A Person
  • Rubber Ring
  • How Soon Is Now?
  • Hand In Glove
  • Shoplifters Of The World Unite
  • Sheila Take A Bow
  • Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
  • Panic
  • Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want

Best… I is a compilation album by The Smiths. It was released in August, 1992 by the new owner of their back catalogue, WEA (Sire Records in the United States). Its highest British chart position was #1; it reached #139 on the U.S. charts.

WEA (now the Warner Music Group) had acquired the entire Smiths back catalogue in early 1992. Along with the re-release of all original albums and compilations, they immediately set to work compiling a ‘best of’ collection in two volumes. It was the first time a regular best of compilation had ever been made of The Smiths’ material and the album effortlessly reached the top of the British charts. The British press had doubts about sell-out and low track selection coherence.

The material is more or less picked and sequenced at random, and consists of both singles and album cuts. It was followed later the same year by its sibling,…Best II. The first spin-off single, a re-release of “This Charming Man”, reached #8 in the singles chart, the highest position a Smiths single had ever reached. A second single promoting Best… I, an edited re-release of “How Soon Is Now?”, got to #16 (the uncut version is featured on the compilation).

The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. Critics have called them one of the most important bands to emerge from more...

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