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The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (CD) - £3.99 @ HMV

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5y, 8m agoFound 5 years, 8 months ago
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.Arguably the Smiths' masterpiece, THE QUEEN IS DEAD found the band at the artistic apex of a career that knew few lows. More than any of their other albums, THE QUEEN IS DEAD represents the elegance, craftsmanship and humor for which the Smiths are remembered. Opening the album, the explosive title track is filled with vintage punk-era iconoclastic rage, wherein Morrissey tears at the very fabric of the British monarchy atop the howling feedback and swirling chords of Johnny Marr and the pounding fury of Rourke and Joyce (whose punk roots were never so apparent).
THE QUEEN IS DEAD also contains some of the band's most disarmingly beautiful work. "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" bears a lush accompaniment and utterly miserable lyric, while the chiming, heavenly atmosphere of "The Boy With A Thorn In His Side", as convincing an ode to the sensitive outcast as has ever been penned. "Bigmouth Strikes Again", the album's most recognisable tune, is a dizzying adrenaline rush. And the upbeat tunesmanship of Marr was never in sharper contrast with Morrissey's lyrical ire than on the bouncy, wistful "Cemetry Gates".
They also have 180mg vinyl £14.99
Picked cd up in store £4
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1 Like #1
Good price but I'm still waiting for the remaster of this. The vinyl was remastered in 2009 but they've never realized the CD... bizarre.
#2
And I'll meet you by the cemetary gates . . . .
1 Like #3
sat555
Good price but I'm still waiting for the remaster of this. The vinyl was remastered in 2009 but they've never realized the CD... bizarre.


Dunno, I'm usually less than impressed with most modern 'remasters'. The usual technique seems to be to just 'brickwall' the original master, compressing it far too much and losing a lot of the dynamics.

It's all part of the 'loudness' wars of music today where people assume louder = better. My only criticism of the original release of this is that it was slightly lacking in bass.
#4
Take me back to dear old blightly........................................
#5
fuzzface
sat555
Good price but I'm still waiting for the remaster of this. The vinyl was remastered in 2009 but they've never realized the CD... bizarre.


Dunno, I'm usually less than impressed with most modern 'remasters'. The usual technique seems to be to just 'brickwall' the original master, compressing it far too much and losing a lot of the dynamics.

It's all part of the 'loudness' wars of music today where people assume louder = better. My only criticism of the original release of this is that it was slightly lacking in bass.


Totally agreed, too much brickwalling going on... so the originals may be better than any future remasters done with the 'louder, more treble, more bass' method of remastering.
Mind you, the whole Smiths backcatalogue is in dire need of a GOOD remastering job... but will it ever happen?!
Anyway, for the music, a must own, but I do prefer "The Smiths", "Hatful Of Hollow" and "Meat Is Murder"...
#6
Yeah, a remastering job done properly is a magnificent thing ie taking advantage of modern day mastering techniques and equipment to reveal more detail from the original masters.

The Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon 30th anniversary remaster is a good example I can think of where the engineer has taken great care and actually understands the music.

I just hate these modern re-issues where some numpty obviously thinks that compressing the tracks to within an inch of their lives to boost volume constitutes a 'remaster'
#7
bleachershane
fuzzface
sat555
Good price but I'm still waiting for the remaster of this. The vinyl was remastered in 2009 but they've never realized the CD... bizarre.


Dunno, I'm usually less than impressed with most modern 'remasters'. The usual technique seems to be to just 'brickwall' the original master, compressing it far too much and losing a lot of the dynamics.

It's all part of the 'loudness' wars of music today where people assume louder = better. My only criticism of the original release of this is that it was slightly lacking in bass.


Totally agreed, too much brickwalling going on... so the originals may be better than any future remasters done with the 'louder, more treble, more bass' method of remastering.
Mind you, the whole Smiths backcatalogue is in dire need of a GOOD remastering job... but will it ever happen?!
Anyway, for the music, a must own, but I do prefer "The Smiths", "Hatful Of Hollow" and "Meat Is Murder"...


I agree. This is a great album, but not their best.
#8
fuzzface
sat555
Good price but I'm still waiting for the remaster of this. The vinyl was remastered in 2009 but they've never realized the CD... bizarre.


Dunno, I'm usually less than impressed with most modern 'remasters'. The usual technique seems to be to just 'brickwall' the original master, compressing it far too much and losing a lot of the dynamics.

It's all part of the 'loudness' wars of music today where people assume louder = better. My only criticism of the original release of this is that it was slightly lacking in bass.


Johnny Marr is guilty of that, the Rhino singles box and Sound of the Smiths remasters vary from sublime to ridiculous. On some tracks you can hear so much added wumph the music is lost.

For me the essential Smiths album, if you love music and don't own this you are in for a treat.
#9
i broke into the palace with a sponge and rusty spanner
she says i know and you cannot sing
i say thats nothing you should here me play the piano
#10
i swear to god i never even knew what drugs where

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