Morrissey continues to get the headlines (for better or worse) some 30 years or so after the group formed, but very soon, you'll be able to re-discover just why he came to prominence in the first place – by grabbing The Smiths Complete Collector's Boxset on Rhino.
It's impressive. Even if you have all the original albums in your collection, you'll be tempted by this. As long as you are a Smiths fan, that is. The collection has been 'reworked' by Johnny Marr and Rhino UK, with the set including all four of the band's studio albums (The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways, Here We Come) plus live album Rank and compilations Hatful Of Hollow, The World Won’t Listen and Louder Than Bombs. Each has been taken back to original tape sources and remastered by Johnny Marr at Metropolis Studios in London.
Not only that, this limited edition (just 3,000) heavyweight trunk boxset has all eight albums on Mini LP replica style CDs in gatefold card wallets, all eight albums on 12-inch vinyl LPs (5 singles, 3 doubles), 25x 7-inch Singles (the entire The Smiths Singles collection) including specially reproduced rarities, a 36" x 24" Poster of all album and single cover artwork, The Complete Picture DVD of the band's music videos, an 8 page 12-inch booklet featuring expanded liner notes, 8x 12-inch art prints of each album cover artwork and an exclusive code to download the whole catalogue as high quality MP3s (320kbps). Wow.
Smaller CD and vinyl boxes are also available, but if you want the 'big one', you'll be looking at paying £249.99. You can pre-order now ahead of October release.