‘There is a light that never goes out.’ - Morrissey
‘My dad, when he had his records on…he sparkled. Not dazzling like you, but with fine lights…’ – Little Voice
This compilation project has been a genuine labour of love for me over the last couple of months. I was never satisfied with the various Smiths/Morrissey tribute albums. There tended to be one or two genuinely inventive cover versions that had the misfortune of being framed around far weaker material, so by association it was easy to casually discard and forget them. I wanted to create a really interesting and respectful sound-space, a kind of audio gallery where these neglected gems could shine again and have their day in the sun.
Of course I realise these things will always and forever be ‘subjective’ and some may balk at the inclusion/exclusion of certain tracks, so apologies if you are that person. I have tried to include as wide a range of styles and approaches to demonstrate the incredible diversity that exists within the art of Smiths/Morrissey tributes.
I put quite some thought into their placement and there is a kind of narrative flow to each of the four discs (at least in my fevered imagination). I have also conjured a gentle ambient atmosphere to cushion the tracks which I think creates a really interesting cohesion, and using samples from key-note Morrissey influences – his beloved 60s films and tv – a kind of Morrissey audio-fantasia journey takes shape.
I mastered all the songs to the best possible quality and sourced them from the highest bit rates I could. There should be a few surprises along the way – and perhaps a few hidden delights…
I really hope you enjoy it. Its best to listen all the way through rather than skip tracks. Give them another chance. Listen without prejudice.
Mr Reynolds, Giddy London – August 2014