Friday, December 24, 2010
Having been a bit mean about Morrissey only a few days ago, I thought I'd redeem myself by posting this one up.
I don't normally share entire albums, but I'll make an exception for this one as it's a bootleg, so I don't feel so bad about making it available for free
Smiths bootlegs have always massively disappointed me, aside from the odd decent gig they usually tend to be really poor quality and have nothing of note to offer. At the end of the day, the band were only together for a few years and just didn't write and record THAT many songs.
After reading Simon Goddard's excellent trainspotters guide to The Smiths - Songs That Saved Your Life - it was obvious that, despite almost zero original songs remaining unreleased, there were actually a substantial amount of studio
sessions that were unheard.
I din't think I'd ever get to hear them either, as Morrissey and Marr continue to seem ambivalent towards any sort of rarities or reissue program.
However, yesterday I was sent a link to this new bootleg which contains a large proportion of the songs in question. Even better than that, the quality is pretty much A1 throughout!
I won't go into great detail as the tracklisting is pretty self-explanatory. Just believe me when I tell you it's best christmas present you could wish for
01 The Hand That Rocks The Cradle [John Porter Monitor Mix]
02 Reel Around The Fountain [Final Troy Tate Mix]
03 Rusholme Ruffians [Electric Demo Version July 84]
04 The Queen Is Dead [Full Length Version]
05 Sheila Take A Bow [John Porter Sitar Version January 1987]
06 This Night Has Opened My Eyes [Studio Version June 1984]
07 I Misses You [Marr Instrumental- Excerpt]
08 Ask [Original Pre-Remix Version]
09 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out [Monitor Mix - Alternate Vocal]
10 Is It Really So Strange? [June 1986 'Single' Version]
11 Frankly, Mr. Shankly [Trumpet Version November 1985]
12 Shoplifters Of The World Unite [Instrumental Version]
13 Girlfriend In A Coma [Monitor Mix - Alternate Vocal March 1987]
14 Death Of A Disco Dancer [Monitor Mix - Alternate Vocal March 1987]
15 Paint A Vulgar Picture [Monitor Mix - Alternate Vocal March 1987]
16 Heavy Track [Marr Instrumental - Excerpt]
The Smiths - Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals