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BBC Radio Theatre 2009 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the BBC Radio Theatre, London, February 11, 2009. Very good FM broadcast.
Apart from the what-is-by-now-obligatory question (Will the Smiths reform? - no they won’t) whenever Morrissey releases a record, what’s getting tongues wagging is that near-naked picture of Morrissey and band for the inner sleeve of the I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris single. Pity.
If the six new songs featured at this BBC show are anything to go by, Morrissey’s new album, Years Of Refusal, will not disappoint the fans. Clearly Morrissey’s word play is very much still intact and, in the between-songs banter, he can still throw some nice barbs, for instance, like the one aimed at the (dying?) record shops.
If the show has a fluid feel, that’s probably because the new songs sit so seamlessly among the old that it hardly seemed as if Morrissey’s last album was 2006’s Ringleader of the Tormentors.
While initial reviews for the new album have been positive: Q (3 stars), Spin (4 stars), Uncut (4 of 5 stars), Mojo (3 of 5), as with all things Smithy and Morrissey, not everyone is totally convinced, as this Guardian review shows: “At least the sound fits the lyrics, which are so horribly sour you could make cottage cheese by leaving a pint of milk next to the speakers while it’s playing. Morrissey has been petulant and nasty before, but there was usually a mitigating hint of arched eyebrow, or a flash of wit. Here, there’s nothing but vituperative clumsiness: ‘You lied about the lies you told, which is the full extent of what being you is all about’.”
Diehard fans will, no doubt, beg to disagree.
Thanks to paul_b35_uk for sharing the tracks on the Dime site. Thanks also to itstel for the artwork.
Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.
Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter problems downloading the files.
Track 01. Intro (3.5MB)
Track 02. Something Is Squeezing My Skull * (3.8MB)
Track 03. Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed * (5.6MB)
Track 04. Black Cloud * (4.9MB)
Track 05. This Charming Man (3.7MB)
Track 06. I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris * (4.1MB)
Track 07. Best Friend Of The Payroll (5.9MB)
Track 08. That’s How People Grow Up (4.7MB)
Track 09. Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself? (5.4MB)
Track 10. The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores (5.6MB)
Track 11. One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell * (4.5MB)
Track 12. Reader Meet Author (5.4MB)
Track 13. Seasick, Yet Still Docked (7.1MB)
Track 14. I Keep Mine Hidden (3.7MB)
Track 15. I’m OK By Myself * (7.6MB)
Track 16. Outro (1.6MB)
* new songs featured on Years Of Refusal.
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