The Smiths - first UK Rough Trade LP Albums - Vinyl Guide

spatafore

New Member
hi, first many people think that smiths 1st UK pressings RT have the best sound on vinyl, including me..., so I want start this thread to detect all the matrix stamped... numbers words... variations on those albums and detect with come 1st than other, which comes with stickers in the front and differences in sound? so please just focus in the 4 studio albums, 1 live, and 3 compilations please, not singles or 12's or anything more that this 7 LPs:

1984 The Smiths
1985 Meat Is Murder
1986 The Queen Is Dead
1987 Strangeways, Here We Come
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1988 Rank
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1984 Hatful of Hollow
1987 The World Won't Listen
1987 Louder Than Bombs


I use this 2 sources that give some info but is not 100% clear, check it:
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Smiths, The
http://www.passionsjustlikemine.com/collect-smiths.htm

your help will be appreciated!!! :righton:

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update: Aug 11, 2013

THE QUEEN IS DEAD - ROUGH 96
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Side A: MPO - ROUGH 96 A1 - FEAR OF MANCHESTER
Side B: MPO - ROUGH 96 B1 - THEM WAS ROTTEN DAYS
note: some have a pink sticker, some dont

Side A: MPO - ROUGH 96 A1X - FEAR OF MANCHESTER
Side B: MPO LYN-27904 - ROUGH 96 B1X - THEM WAS ROTTEN DAYS

Side A: ROUGH 96 A-1U-1-1-x - FEAR OF MANCHESTER
Side B: ROUGH 96 B-2U-1-1-x1 - THEM WAS ROTTEN DAYS
note: have sticker

The World Won't Listen - ROUGH 101
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WHITE LETTERS (on name of the band and credits)
Side A: TY1 ROUGHT 101 A-1U-1-3-? (the ? is like a 6 but not complete)
Side B: ROUGHT 101 B-1U-1-3-? TY1 (again the last ? is a little piece like the top of the number 9 but no clear)

BLUE LETTERS (on name of the band and credits)
Side A: MPO ROUGH 101 A1 timtom
Side B: MPO ROUGH 101 B1 TY

General Notes:
U = pressed by EMI
MPO = pressed by MPO http://www.discogs.com/label/MPO
timtom / TY = mastered by Tim Young http://www.discogs.com/artist/Tim Young

corrections? comments? difference in sound quality between? let us know!
 

Lustman

Active Member
It was a good idea to know which is the UK first press.

I think a first press have a MATRIX A1/B1 but i'm not sure.

Sometime the first album have an A1/B1 but with the stamp logo, sometime an A2/B1 press have the curve logo

another example for hatful of hollow, An A1/B1 without misspress
 
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Anonymous

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People seem to think a first press only has A1/B1, which is not the case at all. You can have 10 copies of a first press and they wont all have the same matrix numbers.
 

Lustman

Active Member
Thank you
It's not clear for the smiths even on the passionsjustlikemine site, there is no information for the Matrix numbers.
On ebay the A1/B1 rise up... and i don't know which alternative press to buy.

I've had the same discussion with Ordinaryboy when i bought a misspress (dot missing on the back sleeve) of hatfulof hollow A2/B1 from him.
For other artists there is more documentations.

It would be great to have all the information. But i think very few people know that...
 
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Anonymous

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I'm trying to get a UK rough trade Hatful of Hollow. Does anyone know what the matrix numbers are?
 
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