(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: Strangeways, here we come
Year released: 1987
Year reissued: 2011
Details: Remastered, part of box set that includes booklet and poster
The skinny: How do you follow an album like “The Queen is dead”? Apparently, you break up your relatively short-lived but beloved band and months later, release your final album. “Strangeways, here we come” is considered by some, including both Morrissey and Johnny Marr, as The Smiths’ best album. I’m not sure I’m completely on board with this but it definitely counts a couple of my favourites in its track listing, tracks like “Unhappy birthday” and the one I’ve highlighted below. Perhaps I’ll throw this one over to Geoff at 1001albumsin10years, who I know is a big fan of these Manchester legends but has yet to chime in on his favourite of the studio releases. How about it Geoff?
Standout track: “Girlfriend in a coma”