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Warner Records will issue a four-disc deluxe edition of The Smiths‘ 1986 album “The Queen Is Dead” this week.
The album is generally considered to be the band’s best work (although “Strangeways, Here We Come” gives it a good run for its money) and the album features the classic “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (only a single in France at the time, fact fans). This reissue represents the first time that The Smiths’ back catalogue has been revisited in such a way. The album features several of the band’s finest moments including the title track and ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’, as well as the iconic singles ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’ and ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’.

There are three physical formats for this release – which as you will note has updated artwork – a 3CD+DVD deluxe includes the remastered album, a bonus CD of demos, alternates and b-sides, a further CD: Live In Boston (recorded at the Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts on August 5th, 1986) and a DVD featuring the 2017 master of the album in 96kHz / 24-bit PCM stereo. The DVD also includes The Queen Is Dead – A Film By Derek Jarman.

A five-LP box set includes all the audio listed above, and a two-CD edition pairs the remaster with the bonus disc of demos etc.

LIMITED EDITION BOXSET WITH ADDITIONAL LIVE RECORDINGS! Widely considered to be both The Smiths‘ finest work and one of the greatest albums ever made, The Queen Is Dead has cast a significant influence over subsequent generations since it was first released in the summer of 1986. This five LP boxset contains a newly mastered and expanded version of the album, including the “Live In Boston” recording. “You cannot continue to record and simply hope that your audience will approve, or that average critics will approve, or that radio will approve,” says Morrissey. “You progress only when you wonder if an abnormally scientific genius would approve – and this is the leap The Smiths took with The Queen Is Dead.” Johnny Marr adds, “The Queen Is Dead was epic to make and epic to live.”

All formats of this The Queen Is Dead reissue will be released on 20th October 2017.

Released 31 years to the day before this release. “The Queen Is Dead” appears here for the first time on a single, and is a rare edit which omits the sing-along intro (a sample of “Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty” from 1962 film The L-Shaped Room). We don’t have much info on the extent to which Morrissey and Marr were involved in this, but it contains all the trappings of a typical Smiths release.

Gorgeous portrait nicked from a film still on the front (in this case, Margherita Caruso portraying the Virgin Mary in 1964’s Il Vangelo Secondo Matteo), poly inner sleeve, cut nice and loud at 45rpm in classic Smiths styled vinyl 12” style. Even the font on the center label looks an awful lot like the original Rough Trade styled label . The b-side contains The Smiths only three instrumental tracks ever recorded , all of which have appeared as b-sides on original Smiths singles but never before on the same record, until now. Also available as a 7″ picture disc with “I Keep Mine Hidden” on the b-side. Both are extremely limited and essential for any Smiths completist.