Former Smiths singer Morrisey has requested that fans not purchase any of his forthcoming box set reissues from his back catalogue
The statement issued to fan site True-to-you.net claims that that he wouldn’t receive any money from the reissues released on November 2, and added that he was not asked for approval for their release.
The Box Set reissues will include singles and B-sides re-packaged as new seven-inch vinyl releases.
“Morrissey would like it to be known that he has not been consulted by EMI/HMV/Parlophone [record labels, and not the retailer] with regards to two forthcoming boxed sets of Morrissey singles,” the message stated.
“Morrissey does not approve such releases and would ask people not to bother buying them. Morrissey receives no royalty payments from EMI for any back catalogue, and has not received a royalty from EMI since 1992.” , it continued.
“Morrissey also does not approve of, and was not consulted on, the [past release] Rhino box of Smiths CDs, or the Warner releases of Smiths LPs on 180 gramme vinyl.
“Morrissey last received a royalty payment from Warners ten years ago and, once again, he would ask people not to bother buying the reissued LPs or CDs.”
Back in August 2008, Morrisey had asked his fans not to buy a DVD of one of his live shows, ‘Live At The Hollywood Bowl’, apparently the sleeve art was “appalling” in the star’s view.
Morrisey performing Every Day is like Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl in 2207