David Cavanagh gives a positive review of the “Complete” Smiths remasters, remarking about their “softer sound”.
An article about the 1988 Wolverhampton gig, with photos and captions by Kevin Cummins.
Photo & thumbnail credit: Kevin Cummins
John Lewis reviews two re-releases, and gives a positive review of Southpaw Grammar, but a negative review of Maladjusted.
“Short article in which four fans recount their experiences of seeing The Smiths live at various gigs in 1984” – MS
Photo credit: Tom Sheehan, Redferns
“The band’s 22 February 1984 concert at Reading University was that months’ “Were You There?” feature. Photographer Tom Sheehan was interviewed about shooting the band before the show and about the show itself. The articles featured mostly his photographs with his quotes appearing as captions.” -PJLM
Thumbnail & photo credit: Tom Sheehan
Alastair McKay gives a positive review of The Sound of The Smiths compilation, giving it four stars, and praising the band as a whole.
A short Johnny Marr interview about the recording of Meat Is Murder and the tracks on it. Photograph by Lawrence Watson.
“This issue includes a photo feature covering early Smiths sessions with Paul Slattery.” -PJLM
“Lengthy countdown of the top 30 Smiths songs including interviews with celebrity Smiths fans, along with a page-long article about Johnny Marr’s own thoughts on “How Soon Is Now?”. Photographs by Paul Slattery, Russell Young, Stephen Wright, Jill Furmanovsky (miscredited to Virginia Turbett), Peter Ashworth and Tom Sheehan. Band on the cover.” – Description from PJLM
“Rock Landmarks”. A short article detailing the final “meeting” of The Smiths in Geales Fish Restaurant. “It’s true … The Smiths actually split up in a chippy.”