Complete (The Smiths album)

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Complete
Box set by
Released26 September 2011
Recorded1983–1987
GenreAlternative rock, indie pop
Length404:38
LabelRhino Entertainment
ProducerVarious
The Smiths chronology
The Smiths Singles Box
(2008)
Complete
(2011)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic89/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
Filter96%[3]
Pitchfork Media8.1/10[4]
The Independent4/5 stars[5]
Mojo80/100[6]
PopMatters8/10[7]

Complete is a box set released by British band The Smiths on 26 September 2011. Standard versions contain their four studio albums (The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways, Here We Come), a live album (Rank) and three compilations (Hatful of Hollow, The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs) over 8 CDs or 8 LPs. A deluxe version contains the albums on both CD and LP formats as well as 25 7" vinyl singles and a DVD.

Despite its name, this remastered compilation is not truly a complete source of Smiths recordings as several officially released songs are missing on both the standard CD and LP versions. This includes the live recording of "Handsome Devil," the studio versions of "Accept Yourself" and "Wonderful Woman", the 'London' version of "This Charming Man", the group's three Sandie Shaw collaborations ("Hand in Glove", "I Don't Owe You Anything", & "Jeane"), the live tracks from the "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" single, the single mixes of "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" and "Ask", the studio version of "The Draize Train", "Work is a Four-Letter Word", "I Keep Mine Hidden", the live cover of James' "What's the World", the 1984 Peel sessions from the "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" single, the live version of "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" and the early cello version of "Pretty Girls Make Graves". The 'deluxe version' contains several of these tracks as part of the 7" vinyl set, but is still missing several studio and live tracks.

The package claims "Each album has been taken back to original tape sources and remastered by master-engineer Frank Arkwright, assisted by Johnny Marr at the Metropolis Studios in London". The CD version is presented "in VINYL REPLICA sleeves", including the restored The World Won't Listen artwork. Due to its nature the package did not have an A&R so to speak but it was project managed by Gary Lancaster who also worked on 'Total' by Joy Division and New Order and several other Warner Music Group releases. (As is referenced in the accompanying book within the package)

Marr said of the reissues, which were released on both CD and 12" vinyl, "I'm very happy that the remastered versions of The Smiths albums are finally coming out. I wanted to get them sounding right and remove any processing so that they now sound as they did when they were originally made. I'm pleased with the results." (NME, July 28, 2011 13:33)

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Morrissey and Johnny Marr except:

  • "Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty" from The Queen Is Dead (Intro) (A.J. Mills, Fred Godfrey, Bennett Scott)
  • "Money Changes Everything" from The World Won't Listen and "The Draize Train" from Rank (Johnny Marr)
  • "Golden Lights" from Louder Than Bombs (Twinkle)
  • "His Latest Flame" from Rank (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman)
  • "Work Is a Four-Letter Word" from Girlfriend in a Coma (Guy Woolfenden, Don Black, Cilla Black)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Complete at Metacritic. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Filter review
  4. ^ Pitchfork review
  5. ^ The Independent review
  6. ^ Mojo review
  7. ^ Sawdey, Evan. "The Smiths: Complete < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  8. ^ Morrissey fan forum article
  9. ^ discogs article