The non-studio albums:
Album: Hatful Of Hollow - The Smiths (1984)
Thoughts: The mellower b-sides I actually think are superior to the Side A tracks on this compilation, and show a different side of the band.
Favorite tracks: This Night Has Opened My Eyes(lyrics inspired by the film A Taste of Honey (1961), Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, Accept Yourself, Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
“Oh, people see no worth in you
Oh, but I do.”
Album: Louder Than Bombs (1987)
Thoughts: Of the two compilation albums they released in 1987, this is my favorite in terms of tracks included. Consisting of A-sides and B-sides, arguably as good a record as their studio albums.
Favorite tracks: Half a Person, Shoplifters of The World Unite, Asleep, You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby, Rubber Ring, Ask,
“Is it wrong to want to live on your own?
No, it's not wrong - but I must know
How can someone so young
Sing words so sad?”
“tried living in the real world
instead of a shell
but before I began ...
I was bored before I even began”
“I don't dream about anyone - except myself!”
“But you know where you came from, you know where
You're going and you know where you belong
You said I was ill, and you were not wrong
But I can't believe you'd ever care
And this is why you will never care”
Album: The World Won't Listen – The Smiths (1987)
(Includes different versions of songs, that do not appear on Louder Than Bombs: "Money Changes Everything", "The Boy with the Thorn in His Side", "Stretch Out and Wait"(different version), "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore", and "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby"(different version).
Favorite track: Money Changes Everything (instrumental)
Readers, any thoughts on the music? Which of the Morrissey solo albums (1988-2009) would you recommend?