RANK


A live album released in 1988. With Craig Gannon on a much-needed 2nd guitar, it probably catches The Smiths at their live best. Compiled by Morrissey himself, and approved by Johnny Marr, the album is a selection of the concert at The National Ballroom, Kilburn, in London, in October 1986.
This album provides an excellent example of The Smiths' ability to switch between wild freneticisms and soft beautiful bathos within the space of minutes, seamlessly.
Many of the lyrics have been adapted for the live set in typical Morrissey fashion. A lot of the songs, in their live incarnation, have a verse or two cut from them, to reduce the track length.
The title comes from the late film industry mogul J. Arthur Rank, whose production company, among other things, was responsible for the Carry On films.

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