"No One Can Hold A Candle To You"|
This Raymonde cover was first recorded during the "Maladjusted" album sessions at Hook End Manor in January 1997, with producer Steve Lillywhite, but the result was shelved. Musicians on this first recording were Martin aka Boz Boorer (guitars, perhaps more), Alain Whyte (guitars, perhaps more), Jonny Bridgwood (bass) and Spencer James Cobrin (drums).
A radio version was recorded on 19 May 2004 for John Peel's programme on BBC1. One other title was recorded on the same radio session. The line-up still included Boz Boorer and Alain Whyte, but Gary Day had returned on bass, Dean Butterworth played drums and Michael Farrell played the keyboards.
The definitive released version is credited as having been recorded in Los Angeles in 2004 (probably Conway Studios in July?) with producer Jerry Finn and remixed by Boz Boorer at Right Track in New York City (in May or October?; exact information needed). The musical personnel on this second version is almost the same as above, but meanwhile Jesse Tobias had replaced Alain Whyte.
This song was only done in concert on the 2004 You Are The Quarry tour. It was played 23 times over the tour's first 24 concerts before being permanently retired.
No demos or studio outtakes of this song have leaked to the general public at this point in time.
Morrissey, in a Q&A session on True To You in June 2007: "'No One Can Hold a Candle to You' was originally written and sung by James Maker, and we've been good friends now for 30 years. He released 'Born that Way' a couple of years back and that's one of my favorite recordings of all time."