Morrissey Hand-Picks B-Sides, Rarities For CD

Ex-Smiths singer chooses 16 of his favorite tracks for album spanning his solo career.

Morrissey's upcoming B-sides and rarities collection, My Early Burglary Years (May 12), isn't just another rummage through the former Smiths singer's closet of hits, but it's not strictly an odds and sods collection of castoffs, either, according to Howie Klein, president of Reprise Records.

"It's not greatest hits, because he already did that," Klein said. "It wouldn't have been much different from [1990's] Bona Drag, which was a straight singles collection, so I asked him for his ideas on what other kinds of things could be included."

In response, Morrissey came up with a 16-track batch of rarities, B-sides and previously unreleased tracks that span his solo career, from "Sister I'm a Poet" (B-side to the 1988 single "Everyday Is Like Sunday") to "Nobody Loves Us" (B-side to the 1995 U.K.-only single "Dagenham Dave"), as well as a previously unreleased live cover of glam-rockers T-Rex's "Cosmic Dancer," Klein said.

The disc will also feature an enhanced CD-ROM portion, including a video -- previously unavailable in the U.S. -- for the U.K. single "Sunny." Also in the collection are: "Girl Least Likely To" (B-side to the 1990 single "November Spawned a Monster"), "At Amber" (B-side to the 1990 U.K.-only single "Picadilly Palare"), "Pashernate Love" (B-side to the 1992 U.K.-only single "You're The One For Me, Fatty"), "I've Changed My Plea to Guilty" (B-side to the 1991 single "My Love Life"), "I'd Love To" (B-side to the 1994 single "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get"), "Black Eyed Susan" and "A Swallow On My Neck" (B-sides to the 1995 U.K.-only single "Sunny"), and "Michael's Bones" (B-side to the 1989 single "Last of the Famous International Playboys").

The CD also features the album tracks "Reader Meet Author" and "The Boy Racer" from 1995's Southpaw Grammar, "Jack the Ripper" (RealAudio excerpt) from 1993's Beethoven Was Deaf and "Boxers," a single from 1995's The World of Morrissey.

"These are basically tracks that [Morrissey] thought were overlooked, or his favorite tracks, some were imports," said Klein, who said that My Early Burglary Years was created especially for U.S. fans, since many of the rare tracks were previously available in Europe. [Wed., Feb. 11, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]