September / October 2011


The BASIC EDITION features the following 8 albums:
"The Smiths" [tracklist]
"Hatful Of Hollow" [tracklist]
"Meat Is Murder" [tracklist]
"The Queen Is Dead" [tracklist]
"The World Won't Listen" [tracklist]
"Louder Than Bombs" [tracklist]
"Strangeways, Here We Come" [tracklist]
"Rank" [tracklist]

Europe 8-CD box set [Warner UK/Rhino UK 2564-66590-7]
Europe 8-LP box set [Warner UK/Rhino UK 2564-66590-8]
Japan 8-CD box set [Warner Music Japan WPCR-14157]


The DELUXE EDITION adds 25 7" singles:
"Hand In Glove" / "Handsome Devil (live)"
"Reel Around The Fountain" (Troy Tate version) / "Jeane"
"This Charming Man" / "Jeane"
"What Difference Does It Make?" / "Back To The Old House"
"Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now" / "Suffer Little Children"
"William, It Was Really Nothing" / "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want"
"How Soon Is Now" / "Well I Wonder"
"Shakespeare’s Sister" / "What She Said"
"Barbarism Begins At Home (7" version)" / "Shakespeare's Sister"
"The Headmaster Ritual" / "Oscillate Wildly"
"That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore" / "Meat Is Murder (live)"
"The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" / "Asleep"
"Bigmouth Strikes Again" / "Money Changes Everything"
"Panic/ Vicar In A Tutu"
"Ask" / "Cemetry Gates"
"Shoplifters Of The World Unite" / "Half A Person"
"Sheila Take A Bow" / "Is It Really So Strange?"
"Girlfriend In A Coma" / "Work Is a Four Letter Word"
"I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish" / "Pretty Girls Make Graves"
"Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me" / "Rusholme Ruffians"
"Sweet And Tender Hooligan" / "I Keep Mine Hidden" (alternate version)
"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" / "Half A Person"
"Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" / "The Draize Train"
"Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before" / "Girlfriend In A Coma"
"William, It Was Really Nothing" / "How Soon Is Now"

Europe 8-CD + 8-LP + 25-7" + DVD box set [Warner UK/Rhino UK 2564-66590-6]


Additional information:
This is a box set compiling the eight albums the Smiths released on Rough Trade in one clamshell box. The music was remastered by Johnny Marr and Frank Arkwright. "The Smiths" compact disc includes occasional bonus track "This Charming Man" (not the LP however), "The World Won't Listen" on CD and LP includes both "Golden Lights" and "Money Changes Everything" but "Meat Is Murder" does not feature "How Soon Is Now?".

The cds are housed in LP-style replicas of the original artwork. The sleeves are gatefold when the original LP was (that's "Hatful Of Hollow", "The Queen Is Dead", "Louder Than Bombs" and "Rank"). The inner sleeves were modelled on the original ones and the discs modelled on the original labels. "Rank" includes a replica of the poster just like with the one that came with the original LP release. "Hatful Of Hollow", "The Queen Is Dead", "The World Won't Listen" and "Rank" have a sticker on the front of the sleeve advertising the contents, just like their original LP counterparts.

The LP boxset is limited. It includes a 12" booklet featuring expanded liner notes by Lois Wilson and a 36" x 24" poster of the cover artwork.

The DELUXE EDITION of the album includes, in a heavyweight trunk:
> all eight albums on CDs in LP-style sleeves
> all eight albums on 12” vinyl LPs (5 singles, 3 doubles)
> 25 x 7" singles (the entire singles collection plus rarities)
> a 36" x 24" poster of the cover artwork (although it was announced that the poster would be a montage all album and single cover artwork)
> "The Complete Picture" DVD
> an 8-page 12" booklet featuring expanded liner notes by Lois Wilson
> eight 12" art prints of the cover artwork for each album
> an exclusive code to download the whole catalogue in 320kbps MP3s
It is individually numbered and limited to 4000 copies worldwide (750 copies in the USA).
Pre-order from the Rhino UK website included an instant download of the album cover as a desktop wallpaper, a chance to win a Fender Special Edition Jaguar HH guitar, and a chance to win one of five framed designer proofs of the boxset cover art.
The artwork for the "Hand In Glove" 7" is the alternate blue 'negative sleeve' (info). The "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" 7" is modelled on the original French 7", not the 1992 UK reissue (info). The "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" 7" comes with the 12" artwork instead of the expected 7" one (info). "Reel Around The Fountain" is slipped inside a plain white die-cut sleeve. "The Headmaster Ritual" is found in the red 'titles' sleeve, not the 'cowboy kid' alternate (info). The second "William It Was Really Nothing" features the Billie Whitelaw artwork (info). The vinyl is clear for the "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" 7", and white for "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" and "Sweet And Tender Hooligan".
The liner notes on the 25 7" singles were written by Simon Goddard, though he is not credited for them.

The version of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" on the 7" and on "The World Won't Listen" is the album version instead of the expected single version. The version of "Reel Around The Fountain" on the 7" and download is the previously unreleased Troy Tate outtake instead of the expected Peel session. The version of "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby" on "Louder Than Bombs" is the slightly different one usually found on "The World Won't Listen". The version of "I Keep Mine Hidden" on the 7" (vinyl only, not download) is a previously unreleased alternate version.

The Japanese cd box appears to be the European version with obi-strips and Japanese introductory/lyrics sheets.

View iTunes LP advert.

In 2012, the compact discs and LPs were made available to be purchased individually.


Artwork information:
Cover photo by Jurgen Vollmer from the 1983 book "Rock'n'Roll Times". The image had originally been used on the back of the "The World Won't Listen" album. The LP box image on the right is similar but not quite the same as the final LP box artwork (real image needed).


Additional release date information:
UK CD boxset: 26 September 2011
UK LP boxset: 3 October 2011
UK deluxe boxset: 3 October 2011
Japan CD boxset: 4 October 2011
USA CD and LP boxsets: 18 october 2011
USA deluxe boxset: 25 october 2011


Chart peak information:
UK: 63


UK: The release of this box was originally promoted in the UK with a set of eight cd-rs, one per album. Each disc comes in a slipcard showing the album's artwork on the front, and the track listing and credits in black over white on the back. The set comes with an A4 press release from Rhino. A few months after the release of the boxset, the promotional campaign was extended with the help of a 16-track promo cd featuring 2 songs from each album. The promo cd comes in a card gatefold sleeve showing the cd artwork on the front and includes an original 1983 Rough Trade biography press sheet. During the Christmas season at the end of 2011 the box set was also promoted via a one-track promo cd of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", as a cover of the song by Slow Moving Millie was in the charts following its use in a John Lewis chain television advertisement. The artwork from the "William It Was Really Nothing" single was adapted for this one-track promo cd (view left).

USA: The American release was promoted via two different Sire/Rhino 12-track sampler cds. The one numbered PRCD-400213 shows the cd box set artwork on its front and features the following songs: "Hand In Glove", "This Charming Man", "William It Was Really Nothing", "How Soon Is Now?", "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out", "Sheila Take A Bow", "Panic", "Girlfriend In A Coma", "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me", "Bigmouth Strikes Again" (live). The other one is numbered PRCD-400213 and shows on its cover a black and white photo of the band in front of Salford Lads Club (view left). Its track listing is listed as being the following tracks: "How Soon Is Now?", "Bigmouth Strikes Again", "What Difference Does It Make?", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out", "London", "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before", "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", "Shoplifters Of The World Unite", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side", "The Headmaster Ritual", "Girlfriend In A Coma", "Hand In Glove". However, most copies in circulation are mispressed and actually play the following songs: "Pretty Girls Make Graves", "What Difference Does It Make?", "The Headmaster Ritual", "Barbarism Begins At Home", "Frankly Mr Shankly", "Vicar In A Tutu", "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others", "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before", "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now", "Ask", "Is It Really So Strange?", "The Draize Train" (live).