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The SmithsMeat Is Murder

Label:Rough Trade – ROUGH 81
Vinyl, LP, Album, CBS
Style:Alternative Rock, Indie Rock


A1The Headmaster Ritual4:52
A2Rusholme Ruffians4:19
A3I Want The One I Can't Have3:13
A4What She Said2:40
A5That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore4:57
B1Nowhere Fast2:35
B2Well I Wonder4:00
B3Barbarism Begins At Home7:00
B4Meat Is Murder6:05

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

Comes with printed innersleeve with lyrics

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Label Code: LC 5661
  • Matrix / Runout (Sides A&B, Stamped):
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched, Variant 1): ROUGH 81 A1 ILLNESS AS ART
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched, Variant 1): ROUGH 81 B1 DOING THE WYTHENSHAWE WALTZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched, Variant 2): ROUGH 81 A2 ILLNESS AS ART
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched, Variant 2): ROUGH 81 B1 DOING THE WYTHENSHAWE WALTZ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched, Variant 3): ROUGH 81 A2 ILLNESS AS ART
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched, Variant 3): ROUGH 81 B2 DOING THE WYTHENSHAWE WALTZ

Other Versions (5 of 170)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Meat Is Murder (LP, Album, Stereo)MegadiscMD 7999Netherlands1985
Meat Is Murder (LP, Album)Sire, Sire, Rough Trade, Rough Trade1-25269, 9 25269-1US1985
Meat Is Murder (LP, Album)Rough TradeTM/RT 81Portugal1985
Meat Is Murder (LP, Album)Rough Trade, Nuevos Medios, Rough Trade43 123 L, 43 1 23Spain1985
Meat Is Murder (Cassette, Album, Reissue)Virgin, Rough Trade50314France1985


JT-'s profile picture
Edited 2 months ago
Awful sounding record.

All the Rough Trade Tim Young mastered LPs are like an ice-pick piercing the skull.

One of those instances where the reissue (which is not without issues) is superior.

Technics SL1200G w/ Oyaide BR12 Mat & STB MSX Weight; stock headshell w/ Jelco leads
Benz Micro Glider SL
Cyrus Phono Signature w/ PSX-R2
Rega Elex-R
ProAc DT8
Icon Audio HP8 SE Mk2.2
Sennheiser 800S
Graham Slee CuSat 50 interconnects
monkeymansean's profile picture
As has been said, this pressing sounds really bloody good.
jamiewm's profile picture
I have A2/B2 on my copy and also MPO - Is it an MPO or CBS copy or are they the same, all of these variants are mind boggling!
MEllODrOnE's profile picture
Edited one year ago
A nice sounding piece of vinyl. Coherent drums and fluid bass drive the tracks. A nice saturated, warm sound that is vibrant and detailed is produced. Rich and smooth. I have different pressings of different Smiths’ albums and I think the UK originals sound the best and have a slightly higher definition and better clarity than the US Sire pressings. I have some club editions as well. They don’t sound horrible but they are the last down the vinyl line. I would definitely avoid them (unless you find them for cheap) and go for the original UK Rough Trades and the US Sires as a second bet. The US Sire issues don’t sound great though, buried guitar, lacking vocal crispness, not as punchy and dynamic. The original UK releases offer the best sound quality imo. I haven’t heard any reissues, curious how they compare.
hparchietekt's profile picture
My copy (bought in the first week of release) has a 24" x 12" promo poster included
nuclearbomb's profile picture
My copy displays "ROUGH 81 A2" and "ROUGH 81 B2" as opposed to A1 and B1. Any info on that?