These sessions were initially set to become the first SMITHS album but the band was unhappy with the results and switched to a different producer to complete the album.
After signing with independent record label Rough Trade, the Smiths begain preparations to record their first album in mid 1983. Due to the suggestion of Rough Trade head Geoff Travis, the band selected Troy Tate (former guitarist of The Teardrop Explodes) as producer of the sessions at Elephant studios in Wapping. During the span of a month, the group recorded 14 songs.
While recording a BBC session for Dave Jensen in August 1983, the Smiths met producer John Porter. Geoff Travis, harboring reservations about the group's session with Troy Tate, had given Porter a cassette of the sessions beforehand in the hopes that he could remix them. Porter told Travis that the sessions were "out of tune and out of time. Feeling the Tate sessions were unsalvageable, Porter offered to rerecord the album himself. Despite praising the work with Tate only a week prior to the press by stating "we've done everything exactly right and it'll show", Smiths singer Morrissey accepted (as did Travis), while guitarist Johnny Marr hesitantly agreed.
1. "Reel Around the Fountain"
2. "You've Got Everything Now"
3. "Miserable Lie"
4. "Pretty Girls Make Graves"
5. "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"
6. "This Charming Man" (Originally not released on European issues of the album)
7. "Still Ill"
8. "Hand in Glove"
9. "What Difference Does It Make?"
10. "I Don't Owe You Anything"
11. "Suffer Little Children"
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