The Smiths ‎– Meat Is Murder

WEA ‎– 4509-91895-2
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Released in a standard jewel case with 16 page booklet insert of lyrics, photographs and credits.

Similar European versions with the same catalogue number:
WE 833 code, no SIDs.
WE 835 code, Cinram GmbH Repress.

Recorded at Amazon Studios, Liverpool and Ridge Farm, Surrey.
Mixed at Island Studios, London.
Winter 1984.

Cover star culled from Emile de Antonio's In The Year Of The Pig (1969).

℗ 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd. © 1985 Warner Music UK Ltd.
Made in Germany by Warner Music Manufacturing Europe. A Time Warner Company.

Licensed by Gema.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (As printed): 7 4509-91895-2 5
  • Barcode (Scanned): 745099189525
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 to 14): 450991895-2 WME
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 to 14): none
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0598
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 05R4
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 05F1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 05Z8
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 05N1
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): IFPI 05R2
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 7): IFPI 0531
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 8): IFPI 0526
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 9): IFPI 0504
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 10): IFPI 05B2
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 11): IFPI 0581
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 12): IFPI 0505
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 13): IFPI 0575
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 14): IFPI 0594
  • Label Code: LC 4281
  • Price Code: WE 835
  • Rights Society: Gema/Biem

Other Versions (5 of 118) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ROUGH 81 The Smiths Meat Is Murder(LP, Album, CBS) Rough Trade ROUGH 81 UK 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3001 The Smiths Meat Is Murder(LP, Album, Promo) Rough Trade 25RTL-3001 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
WPCR-14542 The Smiths Meat Is Murder(CD, Album, RE, Ltd, RM, SHM) WEA WPCR-14542 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
9 25269-2 The Smiths Meat Is Murder(CD, Album, LON) Sire 9 25269-2 US 1985 Sell This Version
L 30107, ROUGH 81 The Smiths Meat Is Murder(LP, Album, RE) Festival Records, Rough Trade L 30107, ROUGH 81 Australia 1989 Sell This Version



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March 23, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
For some reason, this album gets a bit of a bad review in comparison to The Smiths other releases, but I feel that bad review is a bit unjustified. The lyrical content is somewhat the same as any other Smiths albums but the music is just as strong. From the bullied refrains of "The Headmaster Ritual" the morbidness of "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" and of course "How Soon Is Now". Is this album a stroke of genius? No, but it is a strong album nonetheless. Any album with a song that has the line "I'd like to drop my trousers to the Queen" has to get some consideration as a great work of art.