Exclusive Japanese limited edition reissue of their 1987 compilation album, packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. 16 non-album single A and B-sides plus some key album tracks including 'Panic', 'Ask', 'Shakespeare's Sister', ... more »'Shoplifters Of The World' and more. Warner. 2006.« less
Exclusive Japanese limited edition reissue of their 1987 compilation album, packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. 16 non-album single A and B-sides plus some key album tracks including 'Panic', 'Ask', 'Shakespeare's Sister', 'Shoplifters Of The World' and more. Warner. 2006.
Unnecessary but excellent if you don't have "Louder Than Bom
SandmanVI | Glen Allen, VA United States | 10/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's true that The Smiths' work has gotten the "reissue, repackage, repackage... extra track and a tacky badge" treatment in recent years. However that isn't really a valid criticism of this particular compilation. A reviewer below, with whom many of you seem to agree, actually makes a horribly illogical argument. He contends that you are better of buying the "actual albums" citing that most of these tracks can be had on "Louder Than Bombs". Well my friend, "Louder Than Bombs" was a compilation of early singles just like this one. LTB and TWWL were essentially the same exact album released for the same exact purpose. In fact, LTB is just TWWL released in the US as opposed to the UK intended to be basically a simultaneous release on opposite sides of the Pond. In reality "World..." slightly predates "Louder..." by several months; TWWL was released in the UK in February of 1987 while LTB was released in the US in May of the same year. So "Louder..." was NOT an "actual" album and it didn't come first.
Another reviewer says he hates the redundancy of Smiths' releases. I do too, but that is also germane only to later comps and not to this release. As noted before this and LTB are really just the same album intended for different populations... no one ever expected you to buy both. People in America were supposed to buy LTB while fans in the UK were supposed to buy TWWL... period. Having only the studio albums would cheat you out of many, many of the band's best songs. The simple truth is that every fan needs EITHER LTB or TWWL but not both. As for the posthumously released hits collections, I think they are redundant and I don't own them. The only argument that one can really make is that this is somewhat redundant with "Hatful of Hollow". However "Hatful" was never meant to be a proper release of the singles, rather it was released (very early in their career in 1984 I might add) to answer demand from fans for recordings of the band's Radio One John Peel Sessions; they added in a number of b-sides that many fans did not have to add value... so this was actually an attempt to help the fan out not to milk the redundancy cow. The versions at times are considerably different than the official versions and there are a couple of tracks hard to find elsewhere.
OK enough griping but I really hate inaccuracy and false arguments if you can't tell.
Having said the above, I personally slightly prefer "Louder Than Bombs" to "The World Won't Listen" simply because it is domestic and therefore cheaper, otherwise they are essentially the same. The only thing offered here that is truly rare is the instrumental "Money Changes Everything", later used as the music for Bryan ferry's hit "The Right Stuff" from 'Bete Noire'... a great song that Marr actually played on. Obviously the music is great as you already know."
Sakos | United States | 04/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For the America Smiths fan, it's totally not worth paying the money to buy an import copy of this. All of the songs can be found on albums here except for Money Changes Everything, which is an instrumental and you can live without. The alternate vocal version of Stretch Out and Wait is on here as well, but unless you're a hardcore Smiths fan, it's not worth it."
Louder Than Bombs vs The World Won't Listen
Stephen Burgess | 10/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Louder Than Bombs was my first Smiths album, and it took me a while to really get into it. I pushed my way through the songs, discovering the songs toward the end of the album much later. In short, it didn't flow for me. I bought The World Won't Listen unaware that it had most of the same songs as LTB, but as I listened, even though I was familiar with most of the songs, the album captivated my attention in a way LTB never did. If you want to have a solid collection, if you want a cheaper price, then go for LTB. However, if you want an album that works as an ALBUM, then get The World Won't Listen."
Listen, this album is better than Louder than Bombs.
K. J. Locci | San Francisco, CA | 06/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you value quality of quantity then The World Won't Listen is for you (over Louder than Bombs). Aside from just a compilation of various tracks from their canon; this Smiths album is a wonderfully thought out collection of songs. It's a arrangement that flows wonderfully together, from one song to the next. For me, that's a crucial aspect of any album or compilation. And this collection fits that role perfectly.
It's also worth mentioning that this album's version of Stretch Out and Wait is lovely and that the inclusion of Marr's two instrumental masterpeieces (Money Changes Everything and Oscillate Wildly) works well as interludes between the standard songs - it's something I always do when I create playlists for myself and something I appreciate here as well."