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The Smiths – The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1984)

You know, I love The Smiths more than life itself.

I first heard them on a Peel Session in summer 1983 before they had a record out.

The stand out track on the Peel Session was “Reel Around the Fountain” but with unbelievable bass guitar and none of the piano that appeared on the version on the debut LP.

I had a cassette of the first Peel Session that I played to death. Extraordinary readings of “Reel Around The Fountain”, “Miserable Lie” and “Still Ill”. Still the best thing I’ve ever heard (apart from, maybe, the second Joy Division Peel Session from 1980). Life changing stuff.

“The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” is a work of insurmountable genius. The guitar figure never stops, the lyrics continue to build.

The LP version followed by a very rough and ready version from The Hacienda in 1983 which illustrates the kinife edge that genius treads.

A perfect record.

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