Monday, November 24, 2008

Pop: "The Sound of The Smiths"

It seems strange, but the new compilation, The Sound of the Smiths, handles its place in the over-compiled oeuvre of a band without voluminous output nicely. I think, however, that Rhino needs to do for The Smiths what it did for Joy Division. That is, put out all the studio albums -- reasonably remastered (The Sound is loud, i.e., compressed, but it doesn't sound too bad, better than most, in fact) -- coupled with rare live performances or singles. I don't know that compilations, "Rank," or the like really need to be redone. A singles box and a rarities box wouldn't hurt the U.S. market, either.

We'll see, though.