The Queen Is Dead

~ Release group by The Smiths

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Queen Is Dead CD 10 Rough Trade (pre-2000) ROUGH CD 96 5014644600965
The Queen Is Dead 12" Vinyl 10 Sire Records 9 25426-1 075992542616
The Queen Is Dead CD 10 Sire Records 9 25426-2 075992542623
The Queen Is Dead CD 10 Rough Trade (pre-2000) 32JC-162 4988008007237
The Queen Is Dead CD 10 Festival Records (Australian) D 30108
The Queen Is Dead CD 10 Sire Records CD 25426 075992542623
The Queen Is Dead CD 10 Virgin France S.A. (not for release label use!) 30259 3268440302598
The Queen Is Dead (green vinyl) 12" Vinyl 10 Rough Trade Germany RTD 36
The Queen Is Dead (Columbia House Release) CD 10 Sire Records, Rough Trade (pre-2000) W2 25426 [none]
The Queen Is Dead Cassette 10 Sire Records 9 25426-4 075992542647
The Queen Is Dead 12" Vinyl 10 Festival Records (Australian) L 30108
The Queen Is Dead CD 10 wea (has logo with just "wea" on it) 4509-91896-2 745099189624
The Queen Is Dead CD 10 wea (has logo with just "wea" on it) WPCR 12441, WPCR-12441 4943674066193
The Queen Is Dead 12" Vinyl 10 Rhino (reissue label) R1 520967 825646885619
The Queen Is Dead CD 10 Rhino UK (a division of Warner Music UK Ltd.) R2 25426 825646604852
The Queen Is Dead (2011 Remaster) Digital Media 10
The Queen Is Dead Digital Media 10 WM UK [none]
The Queen Is Dead 2×CD 10 + 13 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 0190295783365 0190295783365
The Queen Is Dead (super deluxe edition) 3×CD + DVD-Video 10 + 13 + 13 + 13 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 0190295783372 0190295783372
The Queen Is Dead (deluxe edition) 2×CD 10 + 13 Rhino (reissue label) R2 563722 190295783365
The Queen Is Dead Digital Media 10 Rhino (reissue label)

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Bigmouth Strikes Again
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
The Boy With the Thorn in His Side
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
covers: The Smiths Is Dead by Various Artists
part of: CFNY: Top 10 Albums of 1986 (number: 2)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 218)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000194895 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/20137 [info]
Wikidata: Q853308 [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/The_Smiths:The_Queen_Is_Dead_(1986) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/the_smiths/the_queen_is_dead/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/nwvr [info]

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Simply put, the greatest Smiths album. Locating Morrissey at the peak of his game, with his players surprisingly flexible, *The Queen Is Dead *did not disappoint when it was finally issued in summer 1986, after a legal dispute with Rough Trade had delayed its release from the start of the year.

From the excitement and rush of the title track, which was the Smiths' utmost combination of garage rock assault and music hall to the closing "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others", this was the Smiths working tightly as a unit, breaking new ground, with Morrissey taking his moment in the full glare of the limelight to act up accordingly, with puns ever more daring, sexual politics ever more ambivalent, his heart and his art on his sleeve. Johnny Marr obsessively worked on the sound and texture of the music. Together, it proves an irresistible combination.

It's got hits – "Bigmouth Strikes Again", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side"; maudlin ruminations: "I Know It's Over" (with the line: 'Mother, I can feel the soil falling over my head'); "Never Had No One Ever"; witty interludes "Frankly Mr Shankly" and "Cemetery Gates". It also contains "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out", Morrissey's most poignant lyric, matched superbly by the deftness of the musicianship.

Biographer Johnny Rogan said that with The Queen Is Dead, Morrissey emerged as 'the most interesting songwriter of his generation', and it is absolutely true. Few people can switch between high- and low-brow, vulgar comedy and poignant self doubt so convincingly and rapidly over 36 minutes.