Janice Whaley, 'The Smiths Project' box set

Midway through last year, we posted an item about Janice Whaley’s ambitious and inspired plan to record vocal-only covers of every single song The Smiths ever recorded — 71 different tracks, which she indeed managed to complete and post on her The Smiths Project blog over the course of 2010.

Now the project has taken on new life, as Whaley went to her fans to help fund a lavish 6CD box set that includes her front-to-back covers of The Smiths, Hatful of Hollow, Meat is Murder, The Queen is Dead, Louder Than Bombs and Strangeways, Here We Come.

The project was funded pretty quickly via Kickstarter — the rights alone to release the covers are $24 per song, or $3,500 — and now Whaley is just about done taking pre-orders for the box set. For $60, fans who pre-order the set by March 1 will receive the 6CD collection, a poster signed by Whaley and a download code for all 71 songs. After March 1, the price will go up and the extras no longer will be available.

To learn more about or to pre-order the Smiths Project box set, check out Whaley’s Kickstarter page. You can also hear samples of some of Whaley’s recordings below.

Listen to samples of Janice Whaley’s The Smiths Project after the jump…

Ask by blackpiano

A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours by blackpiano

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