On the off chance you were planning to buy this box set of Morrissey singles and b-sides when it’s released on November 2, well, not even the Moz thinks you should. In a statement released on a fan-site, he complains that he wasn’t asked for his input on the project, and that he won’t see any money from it.
Morrissey would like it to be known that he has not been consulted by EMI/HMV/Parlophone with regards to two forthcoming boxed sets of Morrissey singles. 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.
If it’s true that there are people out there who collect his solo work with the same vigor most reserve for the Smiths, then he’s basically telling them to continue paying jacked up Ebay prices for individual records rather than just getting them all in one place at a reasonable price, which I guess is fine. Label scum is, after all, worse than collector scum.