Because I've spent all of 2009 being in love with Morrissey every Friday, I've been neglecting his first band round these parts.
Today's humble offerings were triggered off by the sight of one of my early bits of vinyl by The Smiths being spotted in a 2nd hand record shop for the princely sum of £40. Which stunned me....
The artifact in question was the 12" Frances Kevorkian remix, commonly known as This Charming Man (New York) which I bought back in 1983. It also turns out that my decision to purchase some CD singles back in 1990 wasn't a bad one either...
In one of the earliest cash-ins, Warner Brothers released This Charming Man in 2 x CD singles. Part 1 came numbered, and also contained the three tracks that made up the b-sides of the original 7" and 12" single. My copy is #21,348 which would indicate it wasn't all that rare...
Part 2 was made available for one week only, and contained every version of This Charming Man. All seven of them.....
I've still got my price stickers on these artifacts - they each cost me £3.99. Seems to get your hands on both CDs nowadays will also set you back about £40.
I don't actually have all that many rare records or CDs, and besides I'm not the sort who would really want to begin to sell it all off. But I'm now 46 years of age, with no offspring of my own who will inherit the family treasures. I've noticed that a few folk are beginning to dispose of their music collections bit-by-bit on eBay, and getting a fair few quid for some of the stuff that's long out of print, especially the vinyl. Maybe one day I'll end up doing the same to pay for the costs of my stay in an old folks home where post-punk/indie is banned.....but then again I might try and find someone out there who will keep the collection intact.
In the meantime, here's £40 worth of stuff for you to enjoy:-
mp3 : The Smiths - This Charming Man (Manchester)
mp3 : The Smiths - This Charming Man (London)
mp3 : The Smiths - This Charming Man (New York Vocal)
mp3 : The Smiths - This Charming Man (New York Instrumental)
mp3 : The Smiths - This Charming Man (Peel Session)
mp3 : The Smiths - This Charming Man (Single Remix)
mp3 : The Smiths - This Charming Man (Original Single Version)
mp3 : The Smiths - Jeanne
mp3 : The Smiths - Wonderful Woman
mp3 : The Smiths - Accept Yourself
Oh and here's a bonus courtesy of Mike from Manic Pop Thrills who not too long ago sent me a copy recording of the band's first ever gig in Scotland at the Queen Margaret Union in Glasgow on Saturday 2nd March 1984:-
mp3 : The Smiths - This Charming Man (live)
I think there might be fewer songs on offer tomorrow.