Phranc & Open
I've known no war
Do you think later producers did him and his band more justice?Nah.
Steve Lillywhite was absolutely the right choice for Vauxhall and I, but Morrissey should have moved onto another producer by this point (as he's acknowledged himself).
I'd like to still be the age I was in 1997 too, but in some ways the fact that Morrissey was only 38 was one of the tragedies of that era. For him to be considered entirely redundant at such a young age cast a shadow over things and it was no surprise that he ended up without a record deal for so long. The only surprise is that he came back so strong in 2004.
Lillywhite did 3 different albums and altough Vauxhall stands out, the other are closer to my heart than anything Chiccarelli, Visconti or Fynn (RIP) did with him.
The fact that Morrissey himself writes in the liner notes to the Southpaw reissue that he would have liked to have been 37 forever is proof, that he was at least not quite as dissatisfied back then as we like to assume today. No longer young but the physicality still in full bloom.