Despite its name it is not truly complete, as at least three songs are missing on the standard versions: "Work Is A Four Letter Word", "I Keep Mine Hidden" and "The Draize Train" (studio version), though the live version of this instrumental is available on "Rank" and it's also available in the 7" of the deluxe edition. Other tracks missing from the Complete collection, "Jeane" and "Wonderful Woman" from the This Charming Man single are now available on the Deluxe 2CD version of the remastered 2008 compilation The Sound of The Smiths.
The package claims "Each album has been taken back to original tape sources and remastered by master-engineer Frank Arkwright, assisted by Johnny Marr at the Metropolis Studios in London". The CD version is presented "in VINYL REPLICA sleeves", including the restored The World Won't Listen artwork. Due to its nature the package did not have an A&R so to speak but it was project managed by Gary Lancaster who also worked on 'Total' by Joy Division and New Order and several other Warner Music Group releases. (As is referenced in the accompanying book within the package)
Marr said of the reissues, which were released on both CD and 12" vinyl, "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 I wanted to get them sounding right and remove any processing so that they now sound as they did when they were originally made.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." (NME, July 28, 2011 13:33)