HATFUL OF HOLLOW includes songs recorded live for BBC Radio 1.
The Smiths: Morrissey (vocals); Johnny Marr (guitar, mandolin, harmonica); Andy Rourke (bass); Mike Joyce (drums).
Producers: John Porter, The Smiths, Roger Pusey, Dale Griffin.
A composite of radio sessions and sundry early singles, HATFUL OF HOLLOW provides an alternative snapshot of the Smiths' early career. Compiled in the wake of their debut album, it exhibited all of their considerable strengths, in particular Johnny Marr's ringing, expressive guitarwork. The riff he creates on 'How Soon Is Now' is thoroughly captivating. Vocalist Morrissey's distinctive croon and solipsistic lyrics are already unique and give the group its originality. At times ironic, at others wistful (as on 'Back To The Old House'), he takes the Smiths into new areas of expression and his contrasting visions are fully expressed herein.
Q (6/00, p.72) - Ranked #44 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums"
Q (12/93, p.139) - 3 Stars - Good - "...[HATFUL OF HOLLOW] proved that [The Smiths'] work for John Peel was invariably just as thrilling as that for [producers] John Porter and Stephen Street..."
NME (Magazine) (9/25/93, p.18) - Ranked #7 among The 50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s - "...possibly the greatest thing [the Smiths] ever recorded..."
NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #41 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of All Time.'