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The Smiths – The Very Best of The Smiths (2001)

The Smiths – The Very Best of The Smiths (2001)

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  • Panic
  • The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
  • Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
  • Ask
  • Bigmouth Strikes Again
  • How Soon Is Now?
  • This Charming Man
  • What Difference Does It Make?
  • William, It Was Really Nothing
  • Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
  • Girlfriend In A Coma
  • Hand In Glove
  • There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
  • Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
  • That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
  • I Know It's Over
  • Sheila Take A Bow
  • I Started Something I Couldn't Finish
  • Still Ill
  • Shakespeare's Sister
  • Shoplifters Of The World Unite
  • Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
  • Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before

The Very Best of The Smiths is a compilation album by English rock band The Smiths. It was released in June 2001 by WEA in Europe, without consent or input from the band. It reached number 30 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was not released in the United States.

After Singles (1995), the previous Smiths compilation album that WEA (now the Warner Music Group) had issued, went out of print in Europe, Australia and Taiwan, the record company decided to revamp the package slightly and release it under the name The Very Best of The Smiths. WEA scrambled the running order and added five tracks, and enticed the record buyers with the incentive of digital remastering.

The album was widely criticised by the British music press, who, after stopping to praise the actual music, went on to condemn what they saw as a money grabbing exercise. They were quickly joined by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr, who distanced themselves from the album, stating they had had no input whatsoever and that it should be ignored by fans. Both ridiculed the cover design and Marr additionally denounced the sound quality.

In the tradition of other Smiths compilations which largely overlapped except for a few songs, this album does contain two versions not available on any other of The Smiths’ albums: a new edit of “Ask”and the original 7″version of “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me”. The Singles compilation used the album versions of these songs.

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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