the best non-best-of Smiths compilation record. (Louder Than Bombs is too heavy on their slightly patchier (IMO) later material, World Won't Listen is basically Louder Than Bombs anyway).
The Peel versions of This Charming Man and Reel Around The Fountain are sublime.
On a trip to Cape Cod, I went browsing through a record store and found this CD. Previously, I had never heard of The Smiths. I like the album cover, so I brought it home and gave it a listen. My life was never the same after that....
This was first Smiths album after a friend told me The Very Best Of... would not do them justice, how right he was! The Queen Is Dead is my favourite Smiths album but I'm very fond of this one for introducing me to my future favourite band.