180 Gram Vinyl Record
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180-gram double LP
Features "The Queen is Dead" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again"
Digitally remastered edition of this live album from the legendary British quartet. Recorded live at the National Ballroom, London, in October of 1986, roughly six months before they disbanded altogether, these 14 songs capture The Smiths performing in full-on rock-star mode.
The only official live album of The Smiths' career, Rank emerged in the wake of Morrissey's debut solo album, Viva Hate, and it features a portion of the band's October 23, 1986 performance at London's National Ballroom. Its contents were distilled from the full show by Morrissey himself, leaving a surprising number of the band's signature tracks on the cutting room floor, including "There Is a Light that Never Goes Out" and "How Soon Is Now?" Still, there's plenty here to show that the band could really tear it up live. It's just a shame more Americans didn't get the opportunity to see them do so before they called it a day.
Here the band's performance is suitably epic, hit-packed, and engrossing. Morrissey is in fine form providing plenty of banter and personality. Similarly, Marr's distinctive manic jangle demands much attention, especially on his solo creation "The Draize Train."
|Side 1||The Queen Is Dead||Panic||Vicar In A Tutu||Ask||
|His Latest Flame/ Rusholme Ruffians (Medley)||The Boy With The Thorn In His Side||What She Said||Is It Really So Strange?||
|Cemetry Gates||London||I Know Its Over||
|The Draize Train||Still Ill||Bigmouth Strikes Again|