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The World of Morrissey

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8324482

  • Credits

    Personnel: Morrissey (vocals); Alain Whyte (guitar, background vocals); Boz Boorer (guitar, clarinet, saxophone); Jonny Bridgewood, Gary Day (bass); Woodie Taylor, Spencer Cobrin (drums); Chrissie Hynde (background vocals).
    Producers: Steve Lillywhite, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley, Mick Ronson, Stephen Street.
    Engineers: Danton Supple, Chris Dickie, Peter Jones.
    Recorded in England between 1989 and 1994, and live at the Zenith, Paris, France on December 22, 1992.
    Released to coincide with Morrissey's brief winter tour of England in 1995, World of Morrissey follows none of the accepted rules for compilations. It's not a hits collection, nor is it a best-of -- the disc is filled with album cuts, live tracks, a couple of B-sides and a new single, all of which dedicated Morrissey fans already own. However, the choice of songs does mean something -- the choice of the vaguely threatening "Spring-Heeled Jim" over "Now My Heart Is Full" and the sad "Billy Budd" over "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get" makes the calm Vauxhall and I seem darker than it is. But that melancholy is cut by the sly taunt of "Have-a-Go Merchant" and the perennial "Last of the Famous International Playboys," as well as a long, bizarre crawl through "Moon River." Only hardcore fans will notice such subtle matters as running orders; for them, World of Morrissey is a mix tape. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (4/6/95, pp.60-61) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...Fourteen recent singles, B sides and live tracks, WORLD OF MORRISSEY unveils the lad in all his prickly glory..."
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