"Singles Box" [7"edition]|
8 December 2008
Hand in Glove (single version)
This Charming Man
What Difference Does It Make? (single edit)
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
William, It Was Really Nothing
How Soon Is Now? (fade-out version)
The Headmaster Ritual
That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (edited)
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (single version)
Bigmouth Strikes Again
UK 12x7" box set [Warner UK/Rhino UK 2564-69320-7]
The release of this box was preceded by the individual re-release of each of the ten singles in the set. "Hand in Glove" and "This Charming Man" were planned to be released on 10 November, "What Difference Does It Make?" and "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" on 17 November, "William, It Was Really Nothing" and "How Soon Is Now?" on 24 November, "Shakespeare's Sister" and "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" on 1 December and "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again" on 8 December. It must be said that very few record shops had these singles on sale on the planned week. It is unclear if the record label or the distributors are to blame, but most record shops received the records late, if at all. The two bonus 7"s were not sold individually, but on Record Store Day on 18 April 2009 many artists released exclusive vinyl in support of independently owned record shops, and the Smiths contributed the 7" of "The Headmaster Ritual".
The version of "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" that can be downloaded from Rhino UK with a special personalized code found inside the box is the album version, and not the single one found on the vinyl.
A 4-track promo cd (R2008DJ; view left) featuring "This Charming Man", "How Soon Is Now?", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and "Panic" was given away with the first 100 orders for this box set. It originally served to promote the recent "The Sound Of The Smiths" compilation.
A cd-single edition of this box set was released the following year. See information here.
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