The Smiths release deluxe reissue of ‘The Queen Is Dead’ with b-sides and rarities

The Smiths have reissued their highly celebrated The Queen Is Dead just a year after the record celebrated its 30th birthday.

The fully restored version of the album comes with a number of b-sides and rarities like ‘Rubber Ring’ and an early version of ‘There is a Light That Never Goes Out’. The reissue also comes with a previously unreleased live album, recorded in Boston in August 1986 and a DVD featuring Derek Jarman’s The Queen Is Dead film.

“You cannot continue to record and simply hope that your audience will approve, or that average critics will approve, or that radio will approve,” said frontman Morrissey in a press release. “You progress only when you wonder if an abnormally scientific genius would approve – and this is the leap The Smiths took with The Queen Is Dead.

Full tracklist
Disc 1
1 The Queen is Dead (2017 Master)
2 Frankly, Mr. Shankly (2017 Master)
3 I know it’s Over (2017 Master)
4 Never Had No One Ever (2017 Master)
5 Cemetery Gates (2017 Master)
6 Bigmouth Strikes Again (2017 Master)
7 The Boy With the Thorn in His Side (2017 Master)
8 Vicar in a Tutu (2017 Master)
9 There is a Light That Never Goes Out (2017 Master)
10 Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (2017 Master)

Disc 2
1 The Queen is Dead (Full Version)
2 Frankly, Mr. Shankly (Demo)
3 I know it’s Over (Demo)
4 Never Had No One Ever (Demo)
5 Cemetery Gates (Demo)
6 Bigmouth Strikes Again (Demo)
7 Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (Demo)
8 The Boy With the Thorn in His Side (Demo Mix)
9 There is a Light That Never Goes Out (Take 1)
10 Rubber Ring (Single B-Side) [2017 Master] 11 Asleep (Single B-Side) [2017 Master] 12 Money Changes Everything (Single B-Side) [2017 Master] 13 Unloveable (Single B-Side) [2017 Master]

Disc 3 — Live in Boston
1 How Soon Is Now?
2 Hand In Glove
3 I Want The One I Cant Have
4 Never Had No One Ever
5 Stretch Out And Wait
6 The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
7 Cemetry Gates
8 Rubber Ring/What She Said/Rubber Ring
9 Is It Really So Strange?
10 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
11 That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
12 The Queen Is Dead
13 I Know It’s Over

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