...Best II

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...Best II
Cover to the standard edition of the album
Greatest hits album by The Smiths
Released November 2, 1992
Recorded 1983–1987
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop
Length 52:24
Label WEA
Producer Various (see main text)
The Smiths compilations chronology
Best...I
(1992)
...Best II
(1992)
Singles
(1995)
Alternative cover
U.S. cover of ...Best II
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

...Best II is a compilation album by The Smiths. It was released in November, 1992 by the new owner of their back catalogue, WEA (Sire Records in the United States). Its highest British chart position was #29; it did not chart in the U.S.

About the album[edit]

WEA (now the Warner Music Group) had acquired the entire Smiths back catalogue in early 1992 (sister label Sire Records already had the North American rights). Along with the re-release of all original albums and compilations, they immediately set to work compiling a 'best of' collection in two volumes. It was the first time a regular best of compilation had ever been made of The Smiths' material and the first volume effortlessly reached the top of the British charts. This, the second volume, fared considerably worse. The British press continued to groan about sell-out and low track selection coherence.

The material is more or less picked and sequenced at random, and consists of both singles and album cuts. As with the first volume, in the UK a spin-off single was released: "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" (which had originally been earmarked as a single back in 1986 but was ultimately passed over in favour of "Bigmouth Strikes Again"). The single was released ahead of the compilation album and reached #25.

Cover[edit]

The UK and European release of the record featured the right half of a 1960s biker couple photograph by Dennis Hopper on its sleeve, with Best...I completing the picture; the U.S. sleeve was designed by singer Morrissey and once again features Richard Davalos, co-star of East of Eden (other shots of Davalos grace the covers of Strangeways, Here We Come and the U.S. edition of Best...I).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr (including "Oscillate Wildly"[2]).

  1. "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side" (album version) (Single A-side) – 3:16
  2. "The Headmaster Ritual" (From Meat Is Murder) – 4:52
  3. "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" (Single A-side) – 3:34
  4. "Ask" (album version) (Single A-side) – 3:15
  5. "Oscillate Wildly" (B-side of "How Soon Is Now?") – 3:26
  6. "Nowhere Fast" (From Meat is Murder) – 2:35
  7. "Still Ill" (From The Smiths) – 3:20
  8. "Bigmouth Strikes Again" (Single A-side) – 3:14
  9. "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" (album version) (Single A-side) – 4:57
  10. "Shakespeare's Sister" (Single A-side) – 2:08
  11. "Girl Afraid" (B-side of "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now") – 2:46
  12. "Reel Around the Fountain" (From The Smiths) – 5:56
  13. "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" (album version) (Single A-side) – 5:02
  14. "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" (Single A-side) – 4:02

Personnel[edit]

The band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

  • John Porter – producer (A2, A5-A6, B2-B3)
  • The Smiths – producers (A3-A4, A7, B4-B5)
  • Morrissey and Marr – producers (A1, B1, B7)
  • Johnny Marr, Morrissey and Stephen Street – producers (B6)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ BMI database [1], retrieved February 27, 2006