Unreleased Smiths Demos Now Available Online

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Although we are all secretly (or openly) hoping for a Smiths reunion, we can all be thankful that compilations of both unreleased demos and instrumentals are available online and various record shops around the world. The bootleg version of The Smiths--Unreleased Demos & Instrumentals vinyl was released a while back, but now it's been converted to MP3 form on Morrissey's own website. I guess that's what fans get for not purchasing music.


Moz himself had this to say last year:
Morrissey would like it to be known that he has not been consulted by EMI/HMV/Parlophone with regards to two forthcoming boxed sets of Morrissey singles. Morrissey does not approve such releases and would ask people not to bother buying them. Morrissey receives no royalty payments from EMI for any back catalogue, and has not received a royalty from EMI since 1992. Morrissey also does not approve of, and was not consulted on, the Rhino box of Smiths CDs, or the Warner releases of Smiths LPs on 180 gramme vinyl. Morrissey last received a royalty payment from Warners ten years ago, and, once again, he would ask people not to bother buying the reissued LPs or CDs.

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The demos are very similar, but have some subtle differences. In the version of "Ask," for instance, the group tries out an unusually twangy tone. On the instrumentals, you can hear Johnny Marr working through guitar arrangements in his creative prime. It's nice for all Smiths fans to experience previously unheard versions of "Sheila Take A Bow," "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," and "Rusholme Ruffians."
 





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