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Friday, November 14, 2008

Time's Tide Will Smother You

I did a column on Towleroad this week wherein I mentioned caving in and buying the new two-disc "Deluxe" edition Sound Of The Smiths compilation that came out on Tuesday. XOLondon has mentioned this collection a few times.

Even though I kinda/sorta told myself I wasn't going to buy it—since I already own all their stuff on CD—I caved in anyway. The tracks were remastered by Johnny Marr, plus I had never heard the B-sides "Jeane" and "Wonderful Woman" before. iTunes also has "The Draize Train" as a bonus track.

Morrissey is said to have had some input (song selection, was it?), though he's not credited inside.

Has anyone else ever lamented how poor the sound levels are on the original albums?

The 28-page booklet inside is exquisite, photo-wise, if not entirely devoid of any liner notes.

In the end, The Smiths will always be:

* 9th grade
* A series of inspired haircuts on my part
* Walking home in the spring rain
* Kim
* A multitude of broken $10 walkmans
* How I learned the art of the mix tape
* The songs that save(d) my life

Driving yesterday listening to the second disc, I was reminded how devastating "Back To The Old House" is:

When you cycled by, Here began all my dreams, The saddest thing I'd ever seen

And you never knew how much I really liked you, Because I never even told you, Oh, but I meant to

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  • At 2:25 PM, Blogger John said…

    You have mastered the art of "a little goes a long way" with that list. Instantly, I knew exactly what you meant. Thanks for sharing.

  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger xolondon said…

    The ultimate word for Smiths songs for me is longing. The lyrics tap into all that very honestly - and when you're older they DO take you right back.

    Plus, The Smiths are the most quotable band EVER.

  • At 1:18 AM, Blogger M. G. said…

    Me likey. Thanks for the b-day gift!


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