This might be the weirdest Smiths record of all time. Only time will tell.
This was annonced on the Warner Bros records schedule for late 2016. But it didn’t happen. Until somewhere last week it did show up in Hungary. But with the release year set to 2017 on the sleeve. Weirdly enough only in Hungary, I didn’t see it for sale anywhere else.
Thanks to a good friend I managed to score a copy. Based on having this in my hand it definitely is the announced 12″ single and it is definitely a legit release. The a-side has a slightly shorter version of The Queen Is Dead and the b-side are the three instrumental tracks that can be found on previous released singles. The sound quality is superb.
So either this is a release that will come out officially someday soon or this release was pulled at the last minute and a few copies slipped out.
edit: I just found out that my local record store tried to order copies from there distributor early December, besides this 12″, there was also a picture disc listed. But thus far the order wasn’t fulfilled.