Rhino Records UK is proud to present ‘Complete’, eight albums by The Smiths lovingly reworked by Johnny Marr and Rhino UK and packaged together for the first time – the ultimate The Smiths collection.
The collection includes all four of the band’s studio albums – ‘The Smiths’ (1984), ‘Meat Is Murder’ (1985), ‘The Queen Is Dead’ (1986), ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ (1987) and their sole live album ‘Rank’ (1988) as well as firm fan favourite compilations ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ (1984), ‘The World Won’t Listen’ (1987) and ‘Louder Than Bombs’ (1987). Each has been taken back to original tape sources and remastered by master-engineer Frank Arkwright, assisted by Johnny Marr at the world famous Metropolis Studios in London.
Speaking of the releases, Johnny Marr goes on to say… “I’m very happy that the remastered versions of The Smiths albums are finally coming out. I wanted to get them sounding right and remove any processing so that they now sound as they did when they were originally made. I’m pleased with the results.”
All eight albums will be available on both CD and 12” format. The CD version will consist of all the albums 12” artwork (including gatefolds and inner bags where relevant) shrunk down and housed in an elegant clamshell box. The vinyl format will represent the original albums in all their 12” glory with beautifully refreshed artwork.
The albums will also feature in a super-deluxe version, a must have for any super-fan of The Smiths. Individually numbered and strictly limited to 3000 copies only, the super-deluxe version will include all eight albums on both CD and 12”, accompanied by 25 of The Smiths 7” singles, including rare and deleted artwork, alongside fresh liner notes by renowned journalist Lois Wilson. The package will also include ‘The Complete Picture’ DVD of the band’s music videos and eight high quality 12” prints of the album sleeves as well as a large poster.