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The Smiths - Los Angeles USA 1986

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Regarded by many as the best The Smiths live bootleg (and vastly superior to the 'contractually obligitory' live album Rank), this concert recording was from the second of two nights at the Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre and performed on August 26th, 1986.

Circulated as a silver disc by 'Big Music' and titled Thank Your Lucky Stars. (Big Music :: BIG091) the CD version uses artwork reminiscent of The Smiths own album covers.

The NME reviewed this concert as follows - Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre - August 25-26, 1986

Whoever said that misery loves company wasn't kidding - almost 12,000 people turned out for The Smiths' two-night stand in Los Angeles. What they heard were 24 perfect pop sparklers, exquisitely executed by maestro Johnny Marr, while the Most Miserable Man in Manchester camped around the stage, occasionally stopping to pose languidly across the monitors, nipples to the wind, to face his adoring public.

But this was a wondrous journey throu…