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Albums released by The Smiths in the UK between 1984 & 2001
The Smiths
Release Date:  February 1984
Produced By:   John Porter
Music Label:     Rough Trade Records
Current issue:  February 1995 (WEA)

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This was the first album which was recorded on a 20000 budget. Original producer Troy Tate was devatsed to learn that his efforts were not deemed worthy of release and the entire project was to be be handed over to John Porter.
Hatful of Hollow
Release Date:  November 1984
Produced By:   John Porter
Music Label:     Rough Trade Records
Current issue:  February 1995 (WEA)

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This compilation contained many tracks from the first album, as well as B sides and takes from BBC radio sessions. The release of this album was partly due to fan pressure, and gave them the opportunity to hear The Smiths in their primitive glory.
Meat is Murder
Release Date:  February 1985
Produced By:   The Smiths
Music Label:     Rough Trade Records
Current issue:  February 1995 (WEA)

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meat is murder album cover Review
Some would suggest that this is the greatest of all The Smiths albums. The contents offers pop, rock, rockabilly, psychedelia, flashes of funk and even some heavy metal. This album was commercially very successful.
The Queen is Dead
Release Date:  June 1986
Produced By:   Morrissey/Marr
Music Label:     Rough Trade Records
Current issue:  February 1995 (WEA)

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the queen is dead album cover Review
Prior to the release of this album The Smiths were going through some problematic times. So much so, that the release of The Queen is Dead was delayed by about 8 months. Nevertheless the album received great reviews and was a huge success.
The World Won't Listen
Release Date:  March 1987
Produced By:   Various
Music Label:     Rough Trade Records
Current issue:  February 1995 (WEA)

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the world won't listen album cover Review
Much like Hatful of Hollow, this album contained many B sides and takes from radio sessions. This album appealed more to the causal listener probably beacuse of its affordable price.
Louder Than Bombs
Release Date:  April 1987
Produced By:   Various
Music Label:     Rough Trade Records
Current issue:  February 1995 (WEA)

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louder than bombs album cover Review
This compilation was released only one month after the release of The World Wont Listen. It contained 24 tracks, 20 of which had appeared on previous albums. Great value again for the casual listener, but daylight robbery for the hard core fan.
Strangeways
Release Date:  September 1987
Produced By:   Stephen Street
Music Label:     Rough Trade Records
Current issue:  February 1995 (WEA)

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strangeways album cover Review
This was to be The Smiths last album before the split in 1987. Although not recognised as the best Smiths album, Strangeways Here We Come did show that the band was in transition. But what this could have led to we will never know.
Rank
Release Date:  September 1988
Produced By:   Pete Dauncey
Music Label:     Rough Trade Records
Current issue:  February 1995 (WEA)

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rank album cover Review
Rank was released one year after Strangeways, and it appears that it is simply the mandatory Live album. This one is only for the die hards.
Best I
Release Date:  September 1992
Produced By:   Various
Music Label:     Warner Music
Current issue:  Same

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best 1 album cover Review
Now that WEA had acquired The Smiths catalogue, this was hardly a surprising release. But what was surprising was its commercial success. This album reached No.1 in the UK charts, so what next ?
Best II
Release Date:  November 1992
Produced By:   Various
Music Label:     Warner Music
Current issue:  Same

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best 2 album cover Review
Best II would seem to taking things a little too far, but nevertheless this inevitable release had some success, but not enough for a Best III. Thank God !
Singles
Release Date:  May 1995
Produced By:   Various
Music Label:     Warner Music
Current issue:  Same

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singles album cover Review
This album, somewhat surprisingly, was a popular release, even though it contained nothing new and made Best I & II redundant. It was considered a 'neccessary addition to the Smiths catalogue'.
The Very Best Of
Release Date:  Sept 2001
Produced By:   Various
Music Label:     Warner Music
Current issue:  Same

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