Digital Music — August 21, 2017 at 6:56 pm

Listen: The Smiths, ‘Never Had No One Ever’ — unreleased live take from Nottingham 1986

Another week, another previously unreleased live version of a track off The Smiths’ 1986 classic The Queen is Dead. This week it’s “Never Had No One Ever,” recorded Oct. 21, 1986, at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham during the band’s second leg in support of that album.

This follow’s last week’s unreleased live version of “I Know It’s Over,” recorded Aug. 25, 1986, at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. Prior to that, we were treated to a live version of “Frankly Mr. Shankly” from the band’s concert at the Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee, Wisc., on Aug. 16, 1986, and, the week before that, a live version of the album’s title track recorded Aug. 28, 1986, in Irvine, Calif.

None of these newly unearthed live versions will appear on the 3CD/1DVD reissue of The Queen is Dead, which includes a live album recorded in Boston. The new weekly live tracks are available on streaming and for purchase as digital downloads. The Queen is Dead reissue is due out Oct. 20 (here’s the full tracklist).

Below, hear the new live version of “Never Had No One Ever.”






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