The Sound of the Smiths Complete

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  1. Thesmithsmorrissey

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    I was wondering what the lot of you -- who care to discuss this sort of thing -- felt about 'The Smiths Complete' and 'The Sound of the Smiths' sets

    particularily, the sound of both sets, in lieu of Marr and Arkwright's remastering job.

    I have heard a lot of banter over the years regarding 'The Sound of the Smiths' sounding brickwalled-to-shit and sounding "too modern", but I couldn't find a whole lot of discussion in the Solo archives

    I haven't heard much outside of good things regarding the sound of the 'Smiths Complete' remastering job, and I attest to this

    the packaging of 'Complete'...not so much. Some serious errors in the super-deluxe box set which are inexcusable

    but I'm interested to hear what you all think because I haven't heard much of any discussion on the matter of either...
     
  2. Worm

    Worm Taste the diffidence

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    The remasters are excellent. Are they necessary? No.

    My recommendation, to anyone with some cash to burn, is to buy the least expensive format available, because the remasters do sound better. For those who either cannot or do not want to buy the same songs over again, the remasters are nothing a fan can't live without.
     
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    I think the original Rough Trade CDs sound much better. I bought both "The Sound Of The Smiths" and "Complete" and listened to them once, and then got back to my old CDs.
     
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    Hi Thesmithsmorrissey,

    I don't think a lot of the board members are too concerned about sound, so don't expect too many replies. Here is an interesting discussion regarding the remasters vs old CDs from people who are more familiar with that sort of stuff:
    http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/showthread.php?t=266650

    Even if Marr and Arkwright kept all the levels at the same volume of the original CDs, the improvements in D/A technology alone would have provided a tremendous improvement. I even quite like the 2001 The Very Best of the Smiths compilation. Looks like the vinyl is still the way to go. Hope this helps somewhat.
     
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    I've asked this question many times, but never got an answer: What happened to the remasters that Stephen Street had been working on according to his website?
     
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    I wasn't aware Streety was working on any Smiths remasters...
     
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    also...

    That's over 14 pages of audiophile zealots harping about the greatest band ever

    will definitely be kicking back and reading it in its entirety when I have a few extra minutes.
     
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    You stole my avatar!!!
     
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    Yep, it goes Orig RT> Orig SIRE > New Remasters, IMO.
     
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    A few years ago he talked about it on his website, at the same time he published the Viva Hate songbook.
     
  11. Thesmithsmorrissey

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    we can share, can't we?
     
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    gperkins151 Call me George

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    Yes, We Can Both Have it. (pun intended)
     
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    Was hoping you'd say "I won't share it"

    but fair enough and thanks!
     
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    Guess the Perrier had gone straight to my head.
     
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    You were happy in the haze of a drunken hour
     
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    speaking of Complete...

    During the TOTP performance clip of What Difference Does It Make? from the Complete Picture

    at the beginning of the video, just before Mozzer starts singing, there's this goofy black dude in the audience who starts doing this funky robot dance for a few seconds, and then just sort of slides to the right out of frame, and there are two girls in front of him who look back and start laughing hysterically.

    That shit is hilarious and sometimes when watching the Complete Picture I'll watch that guy dance multiple times before going any further into the video
     
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