The Smiths ‎– The Queen Is Dead

Rough Trade ‎– ROUGH 96
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Recorded in England, Winter 1985.

Gatefold sleeve.
Printed inner sleeve.
Some copies with folded A2 black and white poster with the same image as inside of gatefold.

Also a (very similar) MPO pressing of The Queen Is Dead exists.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Label Code: LC 5661
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped runout side A, variant 1): ROUGH 96 A-1U-1-1-
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped runout side B, variant 1): ROUGH 96 B-1U-1-1-
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped runout side A, variant 2): ROUGH 96 A-1U-1-1- x1
  • Matrix / Runout (Stamped runout side B, variant 2): ROUGH 96 B-2U-1- 1-x1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout etching): FEAR OF MANCHESTER
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout etching): THEM WAS ROTTEN DAYS

Other Versions (5 of 134) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0190295785628, QIDLP 2017 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead(Box, Dlx + LP, Album, RM + 2xLP, Comp + 2xLP, Albu) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 0190295785628, QIDLP 2017 UK, Europe & US 2017 Sell This Version
ROUGH C 96 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead(Cass, Album) Rough Trade ROUGH C 96 Philippines 1986 Sell This Version
ROUGH 96 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead(LP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Rough Trade ROUGH 96 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SMITHS 4, 4509-91896-1 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead(10", Album, Ltd, Num, RE) WEA, WEA SMITHS 4, 4509-91896-1 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
10005-0 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead(LP, Album, Sin) ERAHORA Records 10005-0 Argentina 1986 Sell This Version


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January 20, 2017
All the Tonpress copies in different colours that I own from this record has the same "misspress" error on the tracks order in the A side.


December 14, 2016
Some happy geezer here is selling a 'better than new' copy for £650, maybe cogs need to introduce a better than new grading LOL!!!


October 4, 2016
I have a Portugese pressing, Rough Trade ROUGH 96, 1986, Transmedia, single cover, Pink vinyl, THE SMITHS in white on the label. Am I correct in assuming this is a bootleg? I'm not sure what version to log this one under. Any help would be appreciated.


November 20, 2013

Some facts you may or may not know about 'The Queen Is Dead' (although a lot of them are already here)


September 13, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

My favourite album of all time. Perfection from start to finish with some of the most achingly beautiful music ever created. Witty, poignant, touching, life affirming. The lyrics are astounding, the musicianship breathtaking and Morrissey sings sublimely. The call to arms punk-rocking sensibility of 'The Queen is Dead', 'Frankly Mr Shankly' speaks to anyone in the dull mundane day to day slog of work, the brilliant 'Bigmouth Strikes Again', That jangly guitar on 'The Boy With The Thorn In His Side' and one of the greatest love songs of all time 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'. What a piece of music - Mancunian Masterpiece.