out this week, 10/11 & 10/18: please please please let me get what I want...the smiths box set!!!

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 21, 2011 08:00am | Post a Comment

I have been waiting for this week to arrive for a long time. The long awaited box sets by The Smiths have finally arrived. There are a lot of Smiths fans out there who have been counting down the days for these box sets to arrive. We all probably have about 4 or 5 all time favorite bands. Those bands that we love more than anything else. We collect everything we can by them. We have probably owned their albums on cassette, CD and LP. We have listened to their albums over and over again. We have watched the videos over and over again. We have read all we could about them. We have spent hours reading magazines and books about them. We then later spent years looking for articles and blogs on them online. Or spent hours and hours on message boards or chat rooms. We have seen them live in concert as much as we could afford to. Assuming the band actually toured when we could see them. These bands are usually the bands that you were really obsessed with in your late teens and early 20s. At least that is how it was for me. The bands that you discovered in junior high that you then became obsessed with in high school and college. The bands that your older siblings or cousins got you into. The bands that your friends that were cooler than you found out about first.  The bands that you can't imagine your life without. They are the soundtrack to our lives. We listened to them in our bedrooms late at night by ourselves. We later listened to them late at night with our best friends and girlfriends and boyfriends. We listened to them in the car with our parents and later with our friends. We listened to them on our first dates. We put their songs on compilations and mix tapes. We danced to their songs in our bedrooms by ourselves and later at clubs and parties and at friends houses. These are the bands that helped to create our favorite moments from our past. The songs that helped us to remember those memories.

There are probably about 50 or so bands that I love and am obsessed with. But I am talking more about the bands at the top of your list. These bands for me are Depeche Mode, The Cure, New Order, The Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie & the Banshees & The Smiths. I have probably listened to these bands collectively more than all the other bands I love added together. All these bands have put out various box sets and reissues over the years. Depeche Mode gave us the Singles box sets reissued a couple of times. We got beautiful remastered 2CD version of all the Depeche Mode albums up to Exciter in 2006 and 2007. We also got a New Order box set called Retro in 2002. The New Order catalog got reissued in deluxe 2CD packaging in 2008. We got the Join the Dots Cure box set in 2004. The Cure catalog has all been reissued up to Disintegration which finally just came out last year. I am still waiting for that Wish reissue! The remastered version of Disintegration sounds just as amazing as you remember if not better! We got a Siouxsie & the Banshees box set Downside Up in 2004. Some of the Siouxsie & the Banshees albums were remastered and reissued in 2006 and 2009 as imports. But the whole catalog never got the compete domestic reissues that they deserve. I am still holding our for that too. The Cocteau Twins had a great EP box set come out in 1991. This box set was replaced by the Lullabies to Violaine set in 2005. Some of the Cocteau Twins albums have been remastered. But I would still love a comprehensive catalog box set from them as well.

With all these reissues over the years I have still been waiting for The Smiths. I have still been hoping that one day we would get some sort of reissues and box sets from The Smiths. The band only had four studio albums. They have had many compilations over the years. But never a comprehensive box set. Things started to turn around when The Sound of The Smiths 2CD compilation came out in 2008. The Smiths singles box was also released in 2008 as an import. This included a 12CD box and a 12 7" box. Then the four studio albums got reissued and remastered on LP in 2009. And now in 2011 we finally have a proper box set by The Smiths! It is not exactly what I would have hoped for. We all hope that there is some secret 5th studio album out there. Or that there are are albums worth of unreleased songs. But I simply don't think that is the case. I am still holding out for a more comprehensive DVD and Blu-ray collection for the band. Some sort of official 2 hour documentary on the band and a all inclusive box set with every video and TV appearance and live performance. But these box sets out this week are still pretty amazing. They might not be exactly what we wanted. But still a fantastic way to enjoy one of my all time favorite bands. Out this week is a 8CD box set and an 8LP box set. The Smiths Complete is all 8 albums remastered.The CD box set includes the 8 albums all remastered and reissued for the first time. They are all beautifully packaged in mini LP replica type packaging. They are beautiful. The LP box set includes the 4 studio albums which have already been remastered on LP. But also includes the other 4 albums which are reissued and remastered on LP for the first time.

Both of these The Smiths Complete box sets include:

The 4 studio albums:
The Smiths (1984),
Meat Is Murder (1985),
The Queen is Dead (1986)
Strangeways Here We Come (1987)

hatful of hollowand these 4 compilations:
Rank (the live album from 1988)
Hatful of Hollow (the compilation released in 1984 featuring BBC Radio 1 Recordings and the singles "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," "Hand In Glove" and "William It Was Really Nothing" and their B-sides "How Soon Is Now," "Girl Afraid," and "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want."
The World Won't Listen (The UK Rough Trade compilation from 1987)
Louder Than Bombs (The US Sire Records compilation from 1987)

If you are a big fan of the band you might need to add one of these box sets to your collection. The CD box set is actually a really good deal. Eight albums all remastered and reissued on CD for the first time. They basically include almost every Smiths songs previously available.

For the super fan there is also The Smiths Complete Super Deluxe Collector's Box. It is very limited. This huge box set was released in the UK a couple of weeks ago and is limited to only 4000 copies worldwide. The Box set is packaged in a beautiful flip top box that opens from the top. It includes special compartments for the CDs, 7"s and LPs. It includes the 8CDs and 8LPs in the other two box sets out this week. But also includes all the 7"s and a poster and booklet and art prints. The box sets are numbered on the back of the 12 page booklet.

The Smiths Complete Super Deluxe box set includes the following...

All 8 Remastered CDs and LPs:
The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead, Strangeways Here We Come, Hatful of Hollow, Louder Than Bombs, The World Won't Listen, and Rank

25 7" reissues!

The Smiths Complete Picture (All Region DVD)

36" x 24" poster

12 Page LP size Booklet with awesome contributions from Seymour Stein, Stephen Street and Grant Showbiz.

Download card with code to get high quality mp3s of all the songs featured in box set.

8 Art Prints featuring album art.

This box set is really a beautiful special thing. A very large and expensive thing. But a very special gift to the fans.

It is hard to pick my favorite songs by The Smiths. There are simply too many amazing songs to choose from. They all are special to me and all make me think of different stages of my teen years and young adulthood. I love this band. And am so happy to have them in my life for all the years of my youth and all the years of my future...

The Smiths and fans of The Smiths were often made fun of because the songs were thought to be so depressing and melancholy. But these songs were probably what got me out of depressing days. I never thought of this band as depressing. These songs are still as amazing and inspiring as the they were the first day that I heard them. There are some fantastic pop songs on all of these albums. The songs were brilliantly written musically and lyrically. I really can't imagine my life without Morrissey and Johnny Marr and the brilliance of The Smiths.

Here are a couple of my favorite songs. There are really so many more that I love. Don't worry...they sound much better than this on the remastered CDs and LPs!!!...

"Unloveable" by The Smiths from the albums The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs...

"Handsome Devil" by The Smiths from the album Hatful of Hollow...

"Well I Wonder" by The Smiths from the album Meat Is Murder...

"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" by The Smiths from the album Strangeways Here We Come...

"I Know It's Over" by The Smiths from the album The Queen Is Dead...

also out 10/11...

Ashes & Fire
by Ryan Adams

by Bjork

Tomorrow's World
by Erasure

Looping State of Mind
by The Field

On the Water
by Future Islands

Dropped Pianos
by Tim Hecker

Original Colors
by High Places

TKOL RMX 1234567
by Radiohead

Creatures of An Hour
by Still Corners

also out 10/18...

He Thinks He's People
by Rob Crow

Hurry Up We're Dreaming
by M83

All Things Will Unwind
by My Brightest Diamond

Destination Ecstasy
by Pink Playground

Hazed Dream
by Psychic Ills

by Real Estate

The Smiths Complete Box
by The Smiths

Sets & Lights
by Xeno & Oaklander


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