The Smiths feel the parameters in "Miserable Lie."

Recognizing the genius of other albums, The Smiths stills slays in an altogether differnt way.


Blogger Joseph said...

That first album is so brilliant despite the lackluster production quality, or because of it. The songs are so strong it doesn't matter. You know, there's a bootleg version of the first album in its initial incarnation -- produced by Troy Tate -- before the band decided to go with another producer. This bootleg version, called The Troy Tate Demos, is better than the actual album in my opinion. Such a raw, almost live sound. I should burn a copy for you. "Miserable Lie" never sounded more urgent.


4:10 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

You can find the Troy Tate recordings here:


Go to DOWNLOAD, scroll the bottom, third or second from the bottom --

Anyway, worth a listen if you're able to download (I forget whether or not you have broadband).

4:18 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

No broadband in the boondocks. But yeah, listening to this last night brought to light exactly what you say, it is brilliant because of the lackluster production. If you would burn a copy, I'll send you another pair of socks.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Aaron Tieger said...

This is my favorite album of theirs. "Reel Around the Fountain" and "Still Ill" are probably my two favorite Smiths songs.

Just listened to the Troy Tate tracks; interesting. They're pretty cool in some ways but there's a good reason the band chose to rerecord, I think.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

The tracks aren't mastered. If they were, they would trump the versions we've all come to know and love... in my opinion, anyway.

8:33 PM  
Blogger andy mr. said...

Hatfull of Hollow is the best, IMO. The production on the first album is so bad... But the songs are still great.

11:39 AM  
Blogger belgianwaffle said...

Why Morrisey? Go to the SOURCE: - not The Smiths - check out Mark E. Smith & The Fall. (Try 'Hex Enduction Hour' for an ear rinse). True Brit grit!

3:15 PM  

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