The Smiths ‎– Hatful Of Hollow

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William, It Was Really Nothing 2:09
What Difference Does It Make? 3:42
These Things Take Time 2:33
This Charming Man 2:43
How Soon Is Now? 6:43
Handsome Devil 2:46
Hand In Glove 3:14
Still Ill 3:54
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now 3:34
This Night Has Opened My Eyes 3:40
You've Got Everything Now 4:18
Accept Yourself 4:02
Girl Afraid 2:45
Back To The Old House 3:02
Reel Around The Fountain 5:51
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want 1:50

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muchorelaxo

muchorelaxo

July 22, 2021
referencing Hatful Of Hollow, LP, Comp, Gat, 25 16421

Very nice pressing. Good mix. Ten ten ten ten ten ten
snoopymcguire

snoopymcguire

June 26, 2021
referencing Hatful Of Hollow, LP, Comp, Gar, ROUGH 76
Honestly can't recommend enough. If you can find a clean copy it's definitely worth the extra money!
jeffn66

jeffn66

May 22, 2021
referencing Hatful Of Hollow, LP, Comp, Gar, ROUGH 76
Best ever version of "Still Ill" here, except for that damn harmonica! Otherwise it's postpunk Byrds heaven. Like REM, a lot of the classic Smiths LPs are let down a bit by the 80s drum sound. Not on this little gem.
romanNYC

romanNYC

May 11, 2021
edited 2 months ago
referencing Hatful Of Hollow, LP, Comp, RE, 2564665882

I think Optimal did a good job here. Yes, this pressing sounds a bit muffled and slightly rolled off on top but it also more natural sounding than Tidal MQA stream version (which to my ear sounds more brittle and harsh). That said, there is 58 minutes of music here packed on a single disk (!) so the grooves are very tight and there is a significant amount of baseline noise. Wish Rhino went with a double disk pressed on three sides instead.
Mark_Reid

Mark_Reid

April 30, 2021
referencing Hatful Of Hollow, LP, Comp, 180, R1 45205

My copy is absolutely silent, sounds fantastic. Not sure how others have found this pressing, but I am very happy with my copy.
smithsimon1969

smithsimon1969

April 14, 2021
referencing Hatful Of Hollow, LP, Comp, DFI, ROUGH 76
Can anyone help? My copy has ROUGH 76 B Ian [EIRE] as the B-side run-out but does NOT have the Garrod & Lofthouse credit on the back. I'm struggling to place it?
Koizumicromo

Koizumicromo

March 12, 2021
referencing Hatful Of Hollow, LP, Comp, Gat, ROUGH 76
Have this since new and only realising it's an irish press....very clear and strongly recommended to any Smith's fan. Instruments are clear and Morrissey's voice is breathtaking. Masterpiece.
mhrobbins25

mhrobbins25

January 16, 2021
referencing Hatful Of Hollow, LP, Comp, Gat, ROUGH 76

A Grade A++ collection of tracks, and the folks on the Steve Hoffman forums were right- the Rough Trade pressings are the way to go with this album! I was initially going to pick up the 2011/2012? reissue of HoH but after reading about it's subpar pressing quality I decided to bite the bullet and get an original- and my god was it worth it! How they managed to cram 16 tracks over only two sides while maintaining fantastic detail and clarity is nothing short of witchcraft.
octavators

octavators

December 19, 2020
referencing Hatful Of Hollow, LP, Comp, RE, 180, 825646658824

In November 1984, the veteran Manchester rock band The Smiths released their first compilation album, “Hatful of Hollow”. Earlier that year the band had great success with their self-titled album which reached number two on the UK Albums chart and solidified The Smiths as one of the country's preeminent rock bands. One of the signature elements of the group was the idiosyncratic pairing of vocalist and frontman Morrissey's dark and introspective lyrics with the catchy and bouncy melodies of guitarist Johnny Marr. “Hatful” is comprised mostly of sessions recorded for BBC Radio 1 paired with a few fantastic singles and b-sides. I believe it to be one of the strongest compilation albums cut during the peak of a band's popularity.

The vinyl itself: The pressing is a heavy 180 grams with minimal background noise. Not only is the mastering satisfactory, but the gatefold record cover features a great large B&W picture of the band. The insert has all the lyrics printed which is necessary for such a great album to sing along to. Overall I'm very satisfied with this reissued vinyl release from 2012.

Song by Song breakdown:

“William, It Was Really Nothing”
The album opens with one of the best singles by the band. The song exemplifies the darker lyrical content ironically mixed with the fun and upbeat instrumentation. Morrissey's inspiration for this was, according to him, a serious lack of male singers “speaking directly to another male saying that marriage was a waste of time...”. It's a fantastic opening track which sets the mood for the rest of the album.

“What Difference Does it Make?”
Continuing the upbeat tempo from the opener, this track absolutely rocks. Apparently this is one of Morrissey's least favorite songs they ever made, which seems crazy to me! I just love how the song ends with his high pitched adlibs. The rhythm section is also very tight on this tune.

“These Things Take Time”
Gorgeous melodies throughout especially during the chorus. When he sings the word “spellbound” I get chills.

“This Charming Man”
I could write “gorgeous melodies” as a description for every song on this album quite honestly. Marr employed a jangle style on the guitar lines, which is characterized by an undistorted and heavy treble sound. Morrissey's lyrics focus on sexual ambiguity and he uses a first person narrative technique which show off his storytelling abilities.

“How Soon is Now?”
The second song title on the album that's actually a question. It's also my favorite song and the one that got me into the band. Marr's distorted guitar effect is hypnotic and the lyrical content is an absolutely brilliant piece of sociological analysis.

“Handsome Devil”
Superb drumming here by Mike Joyce exemplified by the double snare hits. The first person narrative of the lyrics follows a man suffering from an unhealthy obsession with sex and desire.

“Hand in Glove”
Propelled by Andy Rourke's beautiful bass-line, Morrissey sings about a couple with different views on their relationship and how they are perceived by society. There's also a bit of harmonica in the song that works well.

“Still Ill”
More harmonica begins the song, which utilizes a fast tempo full of energetic instrumentation, and yet Marr's guitar lines are soothing and calming. The song ends with another short harmonica solo.

“Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now”
My second favorite song on the album. The epitome of depressive lyrical content mixed with happy, jangle pop melodies. It's an infectious blend that soars through your eardrums and ensures a permanent place in your head canon. There are also some darkly funny lines sung by Morrissey in this classic song.

“This Night Has Opened My Eyes”
My third favorite song on this record. A slower, and darker instrumentation backing for Morrissey's vocals comes at a perfect place in the tracklisting. The song is relaxing and thoughtful.

“You've Got Everything Now”
Another track that shows how amazing the drummer is with fantastic fills throughout the song. Morrissey shows off his falsetto skills during the end of the track.

“Accept Yourself”
Features more introspective lyrics from Morrissey. The music leaves a smile on my face and my head nods along to the beat like clockwork. “I once had a dream and it never came true.” How can such sad lyrics on a song still make me smile? Such is the great irony of The Smiths.

“Girl Afraid”
Beginning with a jangle style guitar break by Marr, the narrative of the song moves between the two perspectives of a boy and a girl each dealing with their insecurities. Absolutely brilliant music.

“Back to the Old House”
A beautiful acoustic song. Morrissey's angelic voice glides over Marr's sublime guitar.

“Reel Around the Fountain”
Pulsing bassline drives this incredible song about loss of innocence and sexual relationships.

“Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”
Another acoustic ballad with sparse electric guitar lines mixed in periodically. This short song works perfectly as the album closer. There is not a weak track on this album in my opinion.

Final Score:

5.0 out of 5.0 Octaves.
All serious music collectors should own this record.
nickihoy

nickihoy

November 3, 2020
referencing Hatful Of Hollow, LP, Comp, Gar, ROUGH 76

Such a wonderful album; sounds warm and beautiful. Basically my intro to The Smiths (and is the 1st pressing). So much so that I just bought a first pressing of The Queen is Dead.