Best... I

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Best... I
Greatest hits album by The Smiths
Released August 17, 1992
Recorded 1983–1987
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop
Length 45:09
Label WEA
Producer Various (see main text)
The Smiths compilations chronology
Stop Me
(1988)
Best... I
(1992)
...Best II
(1992)
Alternative cover
U.S. cover of Best... I
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link

Best... I is a compilation album by The Smiths. It was released in August, 1992 by the new owner of their back catalogue, WEA (Sire Records in the United States). Its highest British chart position was #1; it reached #139 on the U.S. charts.

About the album[edit]

WEA (now the Warner Music Group) had acquired the entire Smiths back catalogue in early 1992. 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 album effortlessly reached the top of the British charts. The British press had doubts 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. It was followed later the same year by its sibling, ...Best II. The first spin-off single, a re-release of "This Charming Man", reached #8 in the singles chart, the highest position a Smiths single had ever reached. A second single promoting Best... I, an edited re-release of "How Soon Is Now?", got to #16 (the uncut version is featured on the compilation).

Cover[edit]

The UK and European release of the record featured the left half of a 1960s biker couple photograph by Dennis Hopper on its sleeve, with ...Best II completing the picture; the U.S. sleeve was designed by singer Morrissey and features Richard Davalos, co-star of East of Eden.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr.

  1. "This Charming Man" (Single A-side) – 2:43
  2. "William, It Was Really Nothing" (Single A-side) – 2:09
  3. "What Difference Does It Make?" (album version) (Single A-side) – 3:51
  4. "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" (Single A-side) – 3:34
  5. "Girlfriend in a Coma" (Single A-side) – 2:02
  6. "Half a Person" (B-side of "Shoplifters of the World Unite") – 3:36
  7. "Rubber Ring" (B-side of "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side") – 3:48
  8. "How Soon Is Now?" (full version) (Single A-side) – 6:46
  9. "Hand in Glove" (album version) (Single A-side) – 3:25
  10. "Shoplifters of the World Unite" (Single A-side) – 2:58
  11. "Sheila Take a Bow" (Single A-side) – 2:42
  12. "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" (From The Queen Is Dead) – 3:18
  13. "Panic" (Single A-side) – 2:20
  14. "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" (B-side of "William, It Was Really Nothing") – 1:54

Credits[edit]

The band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

  • John Porter – producer (A1-A3, B1, B6-B7)
  • Johnny Marr, Morrissey and Street – producers (A4-A6, B4)
  • Morissey and Marr – producers (A7, B5)
  • The Smiths – producers (B2)
  • Johnny Marr – producer (B3)
Preceded by
We Can't Dance by Genesis
UK number one album
August 29, 1992 – September 4, 1992
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits by Kylie Minogue

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