Tuesday, March 13, 2012

ET(aatb) 21: RTT200 "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"

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"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"
Rough Trade RTT200
Produced by Morrissey and Marr, engineered by Stephen Street
* Produced by John Porter for the BBC
December 1987


1 Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
2 Rusholme Ruffians *
3 Nowhere Fast *
4 William, It Was Really Nothing *
5 How Soon Is Now? *
6 Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me (single edit)


1 from "Strangeways, Here We Come" (ROUGH CD106, September 1987)
2-4 from "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" (RTT 200CD, December 1987)
5 from some unknown lossless bootleg (ha!)
6 edited from 1 by Analog Loyalist


Gentle EQ as needed, a smidgen of tasteful noise reduction if required, and very cautious, gentle peak limiting.

Artwork for this, and every other release we'll be featuring, was sourced from the amazing Vulgar Picture treasure trove of sleeve artwork scans (with permission).


And the book was finally written on the Smiths, as far as contemporary releases went. The last official, planned single from the band was one of the most desolate tracks in their catalog, the beautiful "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me". Except in this case it wasn't just another false alarm, the band truly was over. The single release stripped out the extended intro segment to go bang into the body of the song, which we also present here.

The B-sides were selected from the band's June 1984 Peel session, one that wasn't as exciting as their other sessions but a good one nonetheless. Oddly, "Nowhere Fast" as released by Rough Trade here is mono, while the actual broadcast version is full stereo. I've not been able to source a quality lossless stereo version of this track, so we unfortunately don't get the whole stereo effect here.

"How Soon Is Now?" was also done for this session, but per Johnny Marr the session version simply consisted of the band bringing in the multitracks from the original recording and re-jiggering them for the session. I think maybe Morrissey re-sung the lyric, and not all the guitars are present here, but besides that it's not super different from the "studio" version. I used the best lossless version I could locate, as it was not released with the other tracks on the 12"; if anyone can locate a better version that's not from a BBC digital stream capture and is without DJ talking over the intro/outtro please let us know.

- Analog Loyalist


  1. Thank you for your work.

  2. Thank you thank you thank you! You started something several impatient people thought you couldn't finish, but on this last night, everybody loves you. Thank you again!

  3. Incredible! Thank you so much for this amazing project!

  4. Brilliant work. Thank you for all the time and effort you must have put in.

  5. with a kind of sorrow , but not regret thanks for the time and effort placed in the work you have done . the story maybe over never forgotten . manchester so much to answer for ..........

  6. Thanks for everything - I'm going to miss you!

  7. Thanks again for all the hard work. They've all been gems!

  8. And it ends on the finest swansong ever....

    Thank you for all these, especially this single, my favourite Smiths song ever, took me back to when i was 17 in 1987, all geekiness and first noticing girls....ha late starter, there was one girl I adored, Chinese girl -stunning - did she go out with me - NO!! she went out with some other nerd. Learnt the hard way. This song reminds me of that time as it just charted briefly in the UK singles, when my heart was shattered. (weeps away tear)

  9. I was in Majorca in 1988, we went into the local club/disco where the usual (to these ears) rubbish was being played. I asked the D.J. if he had any Smiths, he said he had one single and duly played This Charming Man, the U.S.Remix. Later on I asked if he had any more, he didn't but did have and played Suedehead. The following evening when we went in, I couldn't fail to notice rthat he had bought in his entire Smiths collection. William....got a spin and he ended the evening with Asleep. This was almost unheard of in Majorcan clubs, and it was all my fault. Surprisingly these songs DIDN'T clear the floor, but then again why should they?. Don't know why I posted this story here, but it seemed somehow fitting. Peace out

  10. Spencer, I'm glad you shared that! :)

  11. What a great way to end it all. Thank you for all of the time you've put into this. Who needs the outdoors, anyways? You must be a true disciple.

  12. Any chance of reuploading this single to another filesharing service?