Vinyl love: The Smiths “Meat is murder”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: The Smiths
Album Title: Meat is murder
Year released: 1985
Year reissued: 2011
Details: Remastered, part of box set that includes booklet and poster

The skinny: If you missed last week’s post for this series, I’ll once again forewarn you that I am in the midst of a Smiths bender. This here’s the second post in a series that will take me through the entire “Complete” box set that Rhino Records UK put out a number of years ago. “Meat is murder” is the second proper full length by the Manchester quartet and was their highest charting record in the UK. As I mentioned last week, all the records in the set follow the original track listing so you won’t find “How soon is now” here. However, the album did see Morrissey climb up on the vegetarian soapbox with the title track and also a belt out a few other humdinging tracks, like the one below.

Standout track: “That joke isn’t funny anymore”

13 Replies to “Vinyl love: The Smiths “Meat is murder””

  1. i love this album, although my sister and I used to laugh at how morose Morrissey was…”that flesh that you fancily fry, it is murderrrr.” We’ve grown up a lot since those days, lol. I’d love a vinyl copy of this.

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    1. I think I’ve seen a few copies of this out in the wild recently so it shouldn’t be an impossible find. This isn’t my favourite of The Smiths’ albums but it definitely has some great tracks. And you and your sister weren’t wrong.

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      1. I’m with you. Some good stuff here but probably my least favourite of their albums. And really I thought their singles, many of which don’t appear on their proper albums, were their best work.

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