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UK, Aus, Fra, Ger, Hol, Jpn, Spa, Swe LP Italy LP CD (except Autralia, Taiwan) Australia CD Taiwan CD 10" reissue UK, Eur, Isr, Jpn, Spa cassette France cassette Australia cassette Argentina cassette Brazil cassette Yugoslavia cassette inside cd LP inner sleeve inside gatefold Australia double-LP UK LP back Australia double LP back UK cd back Taiwan cd back
"The World Won't Listen"|
UK CD [Rough Trade ROUGHCD101]
** "Money Changes Everything" and "Golden Lights" are included as bonus tracks on both Japan-Victor cd editions and on all WEA/Warner cd and cassette reissues from 1993-2006. They are also included on the LP and compact disc editions of the album included in the "Complete" box set.
*** The second Australian LP and cassette (450978-1/4) come as a double set and include all songs (28 tracks) from "The World Won't Listen" and "Louder Than Bombs", bar "These Things Take Time". Also, "Money Changes Everything" is replaced by a different instrumental, "The Draize Train". The first LP and cassette have the regular track listing while the bonus LP and cassette contain all the added material. Here's a rundown of the songs in the order they appear: "Panic" / "Ask" / "London" / "Bigmouth Strikes Again" / "Shakespeare's Sister" / "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" / "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" / "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (single version) // Asleep" / "Unloveable" / "Half A Person" / "Stretch Out And Wait" (alternate version) / "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" (edited) / "Oscillate Wildly" / "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby" / "Rubber Ring // "Is It Really So Strange?" / "Sheila Take A Bow" / "Sweet And Tender Hooligan" / "Girl Afraid" / "William, It Was Really Nothing" / "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" // "Golden Lights" / "The Draize Train" / "Back To The Old House" / "Hand In Glove" / "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" / "This Night Has Opened My Eyes".
The 2006 Japanese cd reissue is slipped inside a mini-replica of the original Victor Japan LP sleeve. Even the inner sleeve, obi and label are replicas of the ones with the original LP pressing. For this reason, bonus tracks "Money Changes Everything" and "Golden Lights" are not mentioned on the sleeve or within the lyrics even though they are featured on this edition.
The track listing on the unlicensed Indonesia cassette is scrambled and includes bonus tracks "Pretty Girls Make Graves" and "Reel Around The Fountain" from the debut LP.
The unlicensed Singapore cassette includes bonus tracks "Girl Afraid" and "Suffer Little Children".
The 2012 UK/Europe Rhino reissues on compact disc and LP are identical to the editions found inside the 2011 "Complete" box set.
Another photo from the same book, this time of 4 girls, was used for the back of the album. It was chosen by Morrissey because the 4 girls look strangely like the Smiths. An untinted version is also found inside the cd booklet. View original.
The 'inside photo' (same source; view left) appears raw in the cd booklet and faded on each side of the LP's inner sleeve. View original.
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Argentina: White label copies of the album very likely served promotional purposes.
Australia: The single edition of the LP was promoted with copies with a "sample record not for sale" sticker on the back. The double edition was stamped on the back of the sleeve with a promo warning.
Brazil: Brazil promo LPs were possibly stamped in ink on the labels and stamped in gold on the back on the sleeve. A 4-track promo EP in a pink and red sleeve (WEA #18, 1.118) as well as a 5-track promo EP (200.4001) both featured "Ask" from the album.
France: Copies of the original LP edition were stamped with the promo warning "Disque gratuit interdit à la vente", the words forming an embossed circle in the top right corner of the sleeve.
Germany: A very limited number of white label copies of this LP paired with a press release were used for promotion.
Israel: Promo LPs have a record company sticker affixed on the back.
Italy: Stock copies of the original LP edition were made into promos by being pin-stamped with the words "Campione gratuito" in one corner of the sleeve. "Ask" was included on a 4-track various artists sampler 12" titled "Discoinverno '86/'87 For Dee Jays Only" (CGD INT15276). "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" was included on a 3-track various artists sampler 12" titled "Disco mix 12" Only For Dee Jays" (CGD INT15290).
Japan: Promotion of the original release was done via promo LPs and promo CDS. The former have a red promo sticker on the sleeve and the usual extra 3-character promo text printed on the label while the latter, just like the 1990, 1993 and 1995 reissues, have a promo sticker on the case or obi, and promo text on the cds' inner ring. The promo cds for the 2006 reissue in LP-replica sleeve have a white and red promo sticker on the back of the obi and 'sample loaned' etched on the cd's inner ring.
About the album's artwork, to website True To You in early 2006: "The design that I thought best exemplified The Smiths was the LP version of The World Won't Listen, and I was horrified when it was mauled and chopped for the cassette and CD versions which cropped the image to only show the boy with the puffy cheeks. I couldn't understand why the full image wasn't reproduced, and since then it's always been reprinted as the boy with the puffy cheeks."