The Headmaster Ritual (2011 Remastered Version)
Label: WM Uk
After a rash of brilliant singles, The Smiths took over production duties from mentor John Porter and put out this sophomore set. Meat Is Murder demonstrates the vast scope of their musical vision: the folk-abilly nostalgia of "Rusholme Ruffians," the jangle-funk of "Barbarism Begins at Home" and the breathtaking blast of Johnny Marr's stacked guitars on "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore." Likewise, Moz's Booker Prize-worthy lyrics to "I Want the One I Can't Have" fold seamlessly into the spare, haunting "Well I Wonder." The brilliant B-side "How Soon Is Now?" was added to future editions.