Complete (The Smiths album)

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Box set by The Smiths
Released 26 September 2011
Recorded 1983–1987
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop
Length 404:38
Label Rhino Entertainment
Producer Various
The Smiths chronology
The Smiths Singles Box
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media8.1/10[4]
The Independent4/5 stars[5]

Complete is a box set released by British band The Smiths on 26 September 2011. Standard versions contain their four studio albums (The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways, Here We Come), a live album (Rank) and three compilations (Hatful of Hollow, The World Won't Listen and Louder Than Bombs) over 8 CDs or 8 LPs. A deluxe version contains the albums on both CD and LP formats as well as 25 7" vinyl singles and a DVD.

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 I wanted to get them sounding right and remove any processing so that they now sound as they did when they were originally made.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)

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Morrissey and Johnny Marr except:

  • "Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty" from The Queen Is Dead (Intro) (A.J. Mills, Fred Godfrey, Bennett Scott)
  • "Money Changes Everything" from The World Won't Listen and "The Draize Train" from Rank (Johnny Marr)
  • "Golden Lights" from Louder Than Bombs (Twinkle)
  • "His Latest Flame" from Rank (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman)
  • "Work Is a Four-Letter Word" from Girlfriend in a Coma (Guy Woolfenden, Don Black, Cilla Black)