A warning: It’s going to be a very Morrissey-heavy week. I’ll be tackling the recent The Smiths’ Complete box set one album at a time, but to start things off in a fun way I’m going to take a look at Morrissey’s live solo album, Beethoven was Deaf.
Album: Beethoven Was Deaf (1993)
There is a word for a live album like this: triumphant. It’s jubilant, edgy, and is thankfully not short on Morrissey’s trademark humor and cynicism. The album focuses on the 1992 Mick Ronson produced, Your Arsenal, and the glam-infused tracks translate very well to a live setting. Take, for example, the opener “You’re The One For Me, Fatty;” the guitars roar, and everything just sounds fantastic. Other standouts include “You’re Gonna Need Someone On Your Side,” “Glamorous Glue,” and the biting b-side “Jack The Ripper.” Beethoven Was Deaf is an absolute must for fans of The Smiths, Morrissey, or just about anyone in the mood for a truly fantastic live album.