The Smiths haven’t had a deep history of digging into their back catalog since their acrimonious split in 1987. That’ll change on October 20th, however, when the band releases a deluxe reissue of their classic The Queen is Dead through Warner Bros. Records.
In addition to the remastered original album, the collection will include demos and early takes of most of the tracks, as well as a selection of newly mastered B-sides like “Unloveable”, “Money Changes Everything”, and “Asleep”. Many of the early recordings are previously unreleased, though the “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side” demo was available on a Record Store Day 7-inch with another included B-side, “Rubber Ring”.
“You cannot continue to record and simply hope that your audience will approve, or that average critics will approve, or that radio will approve,” Morrissey said 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.”
To coincide with the announcement, a newly unearthed early take on “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” has been shared online. Take a listen below.
The Queen is Dead will be available as a double-CD, a deluxe boxed set with three CDs and a DVD, and a five-LP box. While all versions will include the newly remastered album and the additional recordings, the DVD and LP sets will also house a never before heard live album called Live in Boston. It comprises 13 songs recorded at the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts on August 5th, 1986. The DVD will also feature The Queen Is Dead on 96kHz/24-bit PCM stereo and Derek Jarman’s The Queen is Dead film.
Find the complete tracklisting for the deluxe version below.
The Queen is Dead Artwork:
The Queen is Dead Deluxe Reissue Tracklist:
01. The Queen is Dead (2017 Master)
02. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (2017 Master)
03. I know it’s Over (2017 Master)
04. Never Had No One Ever (2017 Master)
05. Cemetery Gates (2017 Master)
06. Bigmouth Strikes Again (2017 Master)
07. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side (2017 Master)
08. Vicar in a Tutu (2017 Master)
09. There is a Light That Never Goes Out (2017 Master)
10. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (2017 Master)
01. The Queen is Dead (Full Version)
02. Frankly, Mr. Shankly (Demo)
03. I know it’s Over (Demo)
04. Never Had No One Ever (Demo)
05. Cemetery Gates (Demo)
06. Bigmouth Strikes Again (Demo)
07. Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (Demo)
08. The Boy With the Thorn in His Side (Demo Mix)
09. 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
01. How Soon Is Now?
02. Hand In Glove
03. I Want The One I Cant Have
04. Never Had No One Ever
05. Stretch Out And Wait
06. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
07. Cemetery Gates
08. Rubber Ring/What She Said/Rubber Ring
09. 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