I have a friend who has a Smiths sticker on the rear window of his car. And then on the side window he has affixed a Morrissey decal. Just in case you didn’t get it the first time.
Smiths fanatics can be like this. They like to have all their bases covered. And knowing this, the good people at reissue powerhouse Rhino have obliged them with a super-deluxe box set that should delight their gloomy, broken hearts. It includes everything short of a lock of Morrissey’s hair and is dubbed appropriately enough, Complete.
There are all four of the band’s original studio albums, the live album Rank, and the collections Hatful of Hollow, The World Won’t Listen, and Louder than Bombs.
It’s hard to imagine that any Smiths fan who’d be interested in buying this wouldn’t already have all these things. However, all the tracks on every disc have been remastered by Marr, himself, and engineer Frank Arkwright using the original tape sources, and the albums come in mini-replica LP sleeves with gatefolds and the original album art and inner sleeves.
If that $78.98 CD version isn’t enough for you, there’s a $249.98 version featuring full-on vinyl of all the aforementioned. Still not satisfied? Of course not, what are you — some pimply teenager who can barely scrape together enough change to buy a “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” single? No. No, you are not.
What you need is the secret Deluxe Collector’s Edition available only from Rhino.com, which comes with, like …. oh hell, let’s just let them tell it:
Packaged in an individually numbered, trunk-style box, this version is limited to 4,000 pieces worldwide, with only 750 available in the U.S., only at Rhino.com. It contains all eight albums on CD and vinyl, accompanied by all 25 of The Smiths’ singles on 7” vinyl (including rare and deleted artwork). The set also includes: 12” art prints of all eight album sleeves; a poster featuring the artwork for the albums and singles; expanded liner notes by renowned author Lois Wilson; and “The Complete Picture” DVD of the band’s music videos. The Deluxe Collector’s Edition is available for pre-order now exclusively at Rhino.com for $499.98 and will be released on October 25.
There you have it Smiths fans. What are you waiting for? (Besides Oct. 25.)