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The Smiths - The Very Best Of...
16 June 2001 | 0:00:00 GMT/UTC

'The Very Best Of The Smiths'It was nineteen years ago when Steven Morrissey and Johhny Marr began writing together. They signed to Rough Trade and released their first single.

For a few years they were the biggest band around, they had some of the most passionate fans in rock history, yet hardly a Top Ten hit to show for it.

Five years later The Smiths released their last studio album and split up.

Since then we've had the The Best Of (note: this is The VERY Best Of...), the Singles collection and each studio album has been re-released.

This time we've got twenty-three tracks including What Difference Does It Make?, How Soon Is Now?, Bigmouth Strikes Again, This Charming Man, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now...

No rare/unreleased/remixed tracks but this is fantastic music from a fantastic band.


The Smiths - The Very Best Of...

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