(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: The Queen is dead
Year released: 1986
Year reissued: 2011
Details: Remastered, gatefold sleeve, part of box set that includes booklet and poster
The skinny: There was a brief difference of opinions between two commenters on last week’s post and I stepped in to say that I always found The Smiths’ singles preferable to their proper studio albums. Our friend at Aphoristic Album Reviews agreed, but commented that this third album by The Smiths, “The Queen is dead”, was ‘very good though’. And I’m with him. This one was my favourite of their studio albums. So many great tracks like “Frankly Mr. Shankly”, “There is a light that never goes out”, “Cemetry gates”, “The boy with the thorn in his side”, and the one below, “Bigmouth strikes again”. In fact, it’s near impossible to point out a weak link here. I defy you to try.
Standout track: “Bigmouth strikes again”