The Smiths / The Queen Is Dead – new images of CD and LP box sets

The Queen Is Dead CD box – click image to enlarge

Here’s some new images which gives fans a better idea how the forthcoming reissue of The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead will look.

The image above shows the 3CD+DVD set with what looks like three gatefold card wallets and a booklet, all of which will reside in a clamshell box. I’d guess that the main album packaging will hold two discs – the remastered album and ‘additional recordings’ – while the other two (Live in Boston and the DVD with hi-res album and the Derek Jarman film) will hold one disc apiece.

The Queen Is Dead 5LP vinyl box – click image to enlarge

The vinyl box looks very much like an oversized version of the CD box and you can see an image of that above (click to enlarge).

The Queen Is Dead is reissued on 20 October 2017.

Disc One: Original Album – 2017 Remaster

1.   “The Queen Is Dead”
2.   “Frankly, Mr. Shankly”
3.   “I Know It’s Over”
4.   “Never Had No One Ever”
5.   “Cemetry Gates”
6.   “Bigmouth Strikes Again”
7.   “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side”
8.   “Vicar In A Tutu”
9.   “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”
10. “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”

Disc Two: Additional Recordings
1.   “The Queen Is Dead” (Full Version)
2.   “Frankly, Mr. Shankly” (Demo)
3.   “I Know It’s Over” (Demo)
4.   “Never Had No One Ever” (Demo)
5.   “Cemetry Gates” (Demo)
6.   “Bigmouth Strikes Again” (Demo)
7.   “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others” (Demo)
8.   “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” (Demo Mix)
9.   “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (Take 1)
10. “Rubber Ring” (B-side)
11. “Asleep” (B-side)
12. “Money Changes Everything” (B-side)
13. “Unloveable” (B-side)

Tracks 1-7 and 9 are previously unreleased.
Track 8 was released on 7″ for Record Store Day.
Tracks 10 and 11 are 2017 masters of  b-sides from The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.
Tracks 12 and 13 are 2017 masters of  b-sides from Bigmouth Strikes Again.

Disc Three: Live In Boston (Previously Unreleased)
1.   “How Soon Is Now?”
2.   “Hand In Glove”
3.   “I Want The One I Can’t Have”
4.   “Never Had No One Ever”
5.   “Stretch Out And Wait”
6.   “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side”
7.   “Cemetry Gates”
8.   “Rubber Ring/What She Said/Rubber Ring”
9.   “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”

Recorded at the Great Woods Center For The Performing Arts on August 5, 1986.


The Queen Is Dead on 96kHz / 24-bit PCM stereo
The Queen is Dead – A Film by Derek Jarman

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Down to £54 on Amazon UK now vinyl


Oddly, but not unsurprisingly, Warner Canada only brought in the 2CD edition. I guess Steve Kane thinks there aren’t enough Smiths fans in Canada for the super deluxe edition…

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Brex Tangerine

Looking forward to this release!

Gary C

Fopp in Covent Garden has half a dozen copies of the 12 inch of TQID from earlier this year if anyone missed out initially.


Never been a great smiths fan but enjoyed the performance of heaven knows I’m miserable now on this week’s top of the pops. Maybe I should investigate more.

Tim Joseph

Not offended, Gary C. Just not been glued to my phone :)


This is must for me, of course i’m gonna buy it.


I think this is inessential both in terms of the original lp and the current reissue but will be buying in the hope of encouraging further, more interesting releases.

For my money, the confirmation of the Smiths as one of the very greatest British groups has been in the neglect of their back catalogue in terms of decent archival releases: right up there with the Stones, Beatles and Kinks… Although the latter two seem to be being attended to in recent years.

Larry Davis

I wonder if the other Smiths proper albums will be done this way, and if so, there will be no need for the 3 compilations “Hatful Of Hollow”, “The World Won’t Listen” and “Louder Than Bombs”, because of duplication??

Wayne Klein

I’m good. This continuing to milk the public with re-releases where you have to buy the main album again (and pay a higher price in the process) is frustrating but at least this is available in a two CD set with the live show. Instead, though, they should do what was done by Universal some time back–they would release deluxe editions with the original album included AND a single release with the extra disc alone if you are so inclined to not crowd your shelves. It was seemed the best and most logical thing to,do something the music industry is not well known for. I,would love to see physical releases like this to always come with a loseless digital download for those inclined as well.

Tim Joseph

Thanks for the clarification over the live downloads. They’re also on qobuz if you want lossless.

This leads to one of two conclusions:

1. Have they taken these from bootlegs?

2. Have they been sitting on a trove of soundboards all these years with no one even knowing??

Gary C

Tour manager used to record a lot of their concerts on cassette from the soundboard.
Without wanting to offend you, where have you been since the reissue was announced? Or even the last 6 weeks when they started releasing those live tracks?

Paul E.

7digital is my go to for lossless/FLAC. Forced to be individual tracks thus far so completing the “album” is getting expensive. Wondering if a compilation of ALL live tracks will be offered on release day? Spotify has given me the chance to audition the live tracks and they sound great.


Which song was released for RSD but not included in the deluxe? Thought I read that somewhere.


Blureu, it was the demo version of “Rubber Ring” on the b-side of the “Boy With The Thorn In His Side” 7″ single.


An alternate Rubber Ring was on the RSD 7″ but isn’t here.


That was rubber ring


This may already have been covered and I may have missed it, but does the vinyl include download codes for everything?

Dan L

Ordered both… DAMN YOU ! TAKE MY MONEY ! At least Canada is cheapest for this one… small consolation.

Gary C

Not a whole heap then, the last session i remember recording onto cassette when it was played, and remember London and SATH having a lot more oomph guitar wise that the versions released as B-sides/Louder Than Bombs

For the rest, there isn’t anything there that isn’t already on Smithstorrent and I can’t remember any big differences. For instance we have two excellent versions of Reel Around the Fountain in the debut version and the Hatful session version; would another two add anything?

Isn’t the version of How Soon Is Now Morrissey singing over the original studio version….arguably inessential.

Stan Butler

I also recorded that last session on to tape. The Peel version of Half A Person was better than the released version.

Wanting the BBC sessions on CD matters. Yes I have mp3s of the missing tracks. Still would love the complete sessions one day. The Fall/Wedding Present have done it. Why not The Smiths?

Tim Joseph

What live download singles??!

Gary C

every Monday they’ve posted a previously unreleased live track from the album, that won’t be on the box set. I fear they will run into trouble by the time they get to Some Girls, as there was only ever one performance of that live and it is out there already…


Where can these weekly live download singles be found? They are not on iTunes…


They actually are. You have to search by the song title. Just searching The Smiths and looking under their catalog doesn’t do it, unfortunately. I only found out what songs are being released from Slicing Up Eyeballs as they are announcing the title of each one as it is released. Once I tried searching iTunes by each title, there they were.


Many thanks for the clarification. I have now duly purchased the first five tracks that are currently available (listed below). Shame these will not be part of the physical package…

1 ‘The Queen Is Dead’ [Laguna Hills Irvine Meadows, 28 August 1986]
2 ‘Frankly, Mr Shankly’ [Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 16 August 1986]
3 ‘I Know It’s Over’ [Universal City Universal Amphitheatre, 25 August 1986
4 ‘Never Had No One Ever’ [Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, 21 October 1986]
5 ‘Cemetery Gates’ [Manchester Free Trade Hall, 30 October 1986]


They are on iTunes but you won’t find them in The Smiths “section”, you better type the name of the song instead.


The easiest way is to search on iTunes for the Smiths and then their albums: all of the new tracks can be identified by the green 7″ label graphic and then show the date of release.


You can find them on Apple Music or Spotify.

Adam E

Would it have killed them to include the original artwork somewhere in this deluxe edition?

I guess Morrissey was in charge.


The live DL singles coming out each week are good too. Making my own CDR of those.

John Collins

Nice. And one day we might get a complete BBC sessions compilation.

Gary C

what is missing from the BBC Sessions?


Well I wonder (ahem) how many replies you’ll be getting on this. I think it’s the following but I’m not 100% sure

(Peel Session 31/5/83)
Miserable Lie

(Jensen Session 4/7/83)
Reel Around The Fountain (Not broadcast)
Wonderful Woman

(Jensen Session 5/9/83)
I Don’t Owe You Anything
Pretty Girls Make Graves
Reel Around The Fountain

(Peel Session 9/8/84)
Nowhere Fast
How Soon Is Now?

(Peel Session 17/12/86)
Half A Person


Miserable Lie was on the Peel Sessions 12″. One mistake…

Mr John Collins

Off the top of my head, unreleased versions of London and Half a Person from December 1986 and long out-of-print versions of Nowhere Fast and Rusholme Ruffians.


To my knowledge, the following BBC radio sessions were recorded:

31 May 1983 – John Peel Show
‘Handsome Devil’ [available on ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ and ‘Peel Sessions’ EP]
‘Reel Around The Fountain’ [available on ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ and ‘Peel Sessions’ EP]
‘Miserable Lie’ [available on ‘Peel Sessions’ EP]
‘What Difference Does It Make?’ [available on ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ and ‘Peel Sessions’ EP]

4 July 1983 – David Jensen Show
‘Hand In Glove’ [Single Version, available on ‘Hand In Glove’ single]
‘These Things Take Time’ [available on ‘Hatful Of Hollow’]
‘You’ve Got Everything Now’ [available on ‘Hatful Of Hollow’]
‘Wonderful Woman’ [Unreleased] **
[Re-runs of this session replaced the single version of ‘Hand In Glove’ with a live recording from Brixton Ace from 29 June 1983 which is available on ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ 1992 single.]

5 September 1983 – David Jensen Show
‘Accept Yourself’ [available on ‘Hatful Of Hollow’]
‘I Don’t Owe You Anything’ [Unreleased] **
‘Pretty Girls Make Graves’ [Unreleased] **
‘Reel Around The Fountain’ [Unreleased] **

21 September 1983 – John Peel Show (UK, BBC Radio One)
‘This Charming Man’ [available on ‘Hatful Of Hollow’]
‘Back To The Old House’ [available on ‘Hatful Of Hollow’]
‘This Night Has Opened My Eyes’ [available on ‘Hatful Of Hollow’]
‘Still Ill’ [available on ‘Hatful Of Hollow’]

14 April 1984 – Saturday Live
‘I Don’t Owe You Anything’ [performed by Sandie Shaw and Johnny Marr, available on Sandie Shaw’s Cool About You]
‘Jeane’ [performed by Sandie Shaw and Johnny Marr, available on Sandie Shaw’s Cool About You]

9 August 1984 – John Peel Show
‘William, It Was Really Nothing’ [available on ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’ single]
‘Nowhere Fast’ [available on ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’ single]
‘Rusholme Ruffians’ [available on ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’ single]
‘How Soon Is Now?’ [Unreleased, but largely made up of samples from regular studio recording] **

17 December 1986 – John Peel Show
‘Is It Really So Strange?’ [available on ‘Sheila Takes A Bow’ single]
‘London’ [Unreleased] **
‘Half A Person’ [Unreleased] **
‘Sweet And Tender Hooligan’ [available on ‘Sheila Takes A Bow’ single]


Nowhere Fast from that penultimate Peel sesh was released in mono on that single so the proper version is unreleased.