SDEtv / The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead 3CD+DVD unboxing video

Watch the SDEtv unboxing video of the 3CD+DVD box set edition of The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead reissue…

The Queen Is Dead is out now.

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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Belly band not included on the copy I ordered from Amazon US.


I got the 2 cd set, and I think the remaster sounds quite good. I got the last vinyl remaster a couple of times and it skipped randomly, so I gave up on that after returns. As for this set, other than the remaster, the demos are pretty disappointing. Not very nice. The booklet is bare bones, too. I do like the remaster, though, so I am content to keep it.

Neil Jones

Nothing will beat my cherished original vinyl album. It’s green and it’s pink and full of memories! Still might get it for the live album though :)


The reason the credits say “mastered” instead of “remastered” was explained to me first hand that having the word “remastered” on a Warners release would invoke additional involvements and steps to release the product. Thus it’s a matter of avoiding the word altogether. It’s very possible that I may need to modify my label name on the titles I’m trying to license from Warners because “remasters” is part of the label name, but that has yet to be confirmed.


Thanks! I enjoyed seeing that you save the outer stickers. I do that too. LOL!


All in all is a pretty good reissue, but I’ll stick to my 1993 WEA CD. I think the 2011 remaster was already pretty good, so this seems to be targeted to completists and hardcore fans only.

Stan Butler

Can anyone confirm whether Rubber Ring segues into Asleep, as on the original 12″?

Kevin S

It does

Phil Wilson

Yes, so great that they got that right this time

Stan Butler

That’s great. Haven’t played the 12″ in many years. Loved that transition between the two songs.

Chris Squires

Vienna, Jimmy White, Gilles Villeneuve, Johan Cruyff, Last Christmas, Tottenham Hotspur, Hilary Clinton.

It’s good, great even, but not quite there. There something missing to help it get over the line. Would it have killed them to put together a few current interviews, to put *Some* notes in there about recording conditions, takes and ideas that changed the course of things. TQID SDE was an open goal and somehow I feel they hit the post.

The SDE that, IMHO, will stand the test of time is When Slade Ruled the World, why can’t companies just look at that and learn.

David Bricknell

Very happy to confirm that sonically this is the best TQID has ever sounded by a long way. Really incredible; literally jumps out of a good system. I like the packaging too, although I’m sure some will deplore the artistic revisionism of changing the cover image (only slightly, only slightly than you’re used to)….apologies for that; couldn’t help myself…some will probably miss the green and pink though as well. The booklet’s fading Big Ben images are also wordlessly clearly making a point consistent with Morrissey’s view of a diminishing England, so all very in context and classily presented.

I suspect Craig Gannon will be pretty pissed off though. Plays on the live album, yet his name appears nowhere.

Stephen Hofmann

You think initially it’s a good package….but it’s a bit of a cock up. As with nearly every Smiths/Morrissey re-issue. A joke.

Mike Melody

There’s a bit of sloppy editing on the The Queen is Dead Derek Jarman Film. A second of presumably Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others cuts in and out after There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

David McDonald