The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

Limited Black Vinyl LP Record Reissue

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The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album by English indie rock band The Smiths, originally released in June 1986 by Rough Trade Records.

Simply put, the greatest Smiths album. With Morrissey at the peak of his game, with his players surprisingly flexible, The Queen Is Dead did not disappoint when it was finally issued after a legal dispute with Rough Trade had delayed its release from the start of the year.

From the excitement and rush of the title track, which was the Smiths' utmost combination of garage rock assault and music hall to the closing “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”, this was the Smiths working tightly as a unit, breaking new ground, with Morrissey taking his moment in the full glare of the limelight to act up accordingly, with puns ever more daring, sexual politics ever more ambivalent, his heart and his art on his sleeve. Johnny Marr obsessively worked on the sound and texture of the music. Together, it proves an irresistible combination.

It’s got hits – “Bigmouth Strikes Again”, “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side”; maudlin ruminations: “I Know It’s Over” (with the line: ‘Mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head’); “Never Had No One Ever”; witty interludes “Frankly Mr Shankly” and “Cemetry Gates”. It also contains “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”, Morrissey’s most poignant lyric, matched superbly by the deftness of the musicianship.

Biographer Johnny Rogan said that with The Queen Is Dead, Morrissey emerged as ‘the most interesting songwriter of his generation’, and it is absolutely true. Few people can switch between high- and low-brow, vulgar comedy and poignant self-doubt so convincingly and rapidly over 36 minutes.

This limited reissued LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with reproduced artwork is pressed in the EU on black vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty)

6:24

A2

Frankly, Mr. Shankly

2:17

A3

I Know It’s Over

5:48

A4

Never Had No One Ever

3:36

A5

Cemetry Gates

2:39

B1

Bigmouth Strikes Again

3:12

B2

The Boy With The Thorn In His Side

3:15

B3

Vicar In A Tutu

2:21

B4

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

4:02

B5

Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

3:14

SKU 825646658879
Record Label Rhino Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 2564665887
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 20 April 2012
Original Release Date (Year) 16 June 1986
Barcode # 825646658879
Shipping Weight 0.3500kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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