Several months after releasing their first album, The Smiths issued this collection of singles and rarities, several of which are BBC versions of songs from their debut. The Smiths treated singles as individual entities, not just ways to promote an album, and therefore many of their finest songs were never issued on their studio albums. As if this wasn't enough, this compilation contains the first appearance of what may be the bands finest moment. "How Soon Is Now" encapsulates everything good about The Smiths; Morrissey's mocking lyrics, Marr's stunning vibrato guitar and a rhythm section you could set your watch to.
A1 William, It Was Really Nothing
A2 What Difference Does It Make?
A3 These Things Take Time
A4 This Charming Man
A5 How Soon Is Now?
A6 Handsome Devil
A7 Hand In Glove
A8 Still Ill
B1 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
B2 This Night Has Opened My Eyes
B3 You've Got Everything Now
B4 Accept Yourself
B5 Girl Afraid
B6 Back To The Old House
B7 Reel Around The Fountain
B8 Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want