Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Smiths - The Queen Is Dead - 1986
Don't get me wrong, I think - by FAR - that Strangeways is a much better album. But this one was an album that touched me when I was alone at a time when I needed people close to me. My wife and I had only been married for 4 or 5 months, and then I was on the road for 5 months straight. I think that it affected us in ways that still stay with us today. And this album was there for me (along with Monaco's first album, Radiohead's Ok Computer and D2's Medazzland.)
Of course, I've added all the time period appropriate singles with their b-sides, so we have a more complete picture of the year this came out. The single sleeve images are fantastic, and I wouldn't mind using them elsewhere, but that's for other posts and collections. I slightly augmented the color of the original cover image to give it a little more definition, not so dark.
But, you should like the arrangement here. It flows naturally, and you won't have to change your disc for a full hour! I don't know if I can handle an hour of the Smiths in one sitting. I guess unless I'm at their concert, and that sure as hell ain't happening...