Originally posted by Cylob
I would say Twilightseer is the resident expert on The Cure (I'll be relying on him for updates)
WOW, that's a major compliment
shyshy, for the record, I am in France but heck, if you need any info, feel free to ask
Okay, some info now.
"Faith" was the band's third album following "3 Imaginary Boys" and "17 Seconds". To me, it's the darkest most mysterious album they've made (even darker than Pornography). It's a strange record because it's both very quiet and sort of terrifying, top cuts to me are "All cats are grey", "other voices", "The Drowning Man" and of course the title song "Faith". This song is particular; Smith himself says it's the best song he's ever written and like " A Forest", it has a special treament when played live : the album version is 6'43'' but the live versions especially during the Prayer Tour (for the Disintegration albums)in 1989 could reach 15 and even 17 minutes. In those versions, Smith usually adds lots of improvisations on guitar and lyrics.
Faith as an album is kind of a surreal experience, i wouldn't recommend it to young/depressed listeners for it's very dark and intense but to me it's a masterpiece.
You also have to know that the cassette version of the record includes a 26-minute track called "Carnage Visors", it was the soundtrack to the movie the band used to replace the first-act during the Picture Tour (1981). It's a repetitive drak piece, played mostly with guitar and a drum machine. If you get to grab the cassette version, pay it a listen
About the B-sides : in 1986, on the cassette version of Staring at the sea (called Standing on the Beach), the B-sides of all the singles released by the bands were included (except the ones that already appeared on Japanese Whispers). The B-sides are really excellent, especially those of the HOTD era : top cuts "Stop Dead" "A Man Inside My Mouth", "A Few Hours After This", "The exploding boy".
You have to know that the band plans to release a B-side compilation in 2004 as well as re-release all albums digitally remastered with additional material, in 2004 as well, so stay tuned
An additional note on Mixed Up : as almost always happened with The Cure, the cassette version of the album included an additional track which was the extended version of "Why Can't I Be You?" (Absolutely awesome
) I don't listen to Mixed Up much, it's usually one of the most hated albums along with Wild Mood Swings and The Top. Personnally, I like it a lot especially the remixes of "Lullaby" and "The Caterpillar".
About the Greatest Hits : well, the acoustic hits didn't quite do it for me, I guess it was a way of making another compilation seem more attractive.
About the DVD : the Cure has just released a DVD called "Trilogy" : it includes 3 albums (Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers) played entirely and in chronological order live in Berlin. The DVD is technically awesome but since the drummer sucks, most songs are ruined by his crappy drumming
About the autobiography : it was called "10 Imaginary Years", and was released in 1986. It only covers the band's first ten years, a sequel covering the rest, tentatively called "More Imaginary Years", has been in the works for years now. I don't have "10 IY" yet, I'll get it when I have the time.
Cylob : THOTD is perfect, Kiss me is different, extremely varied, but there are gems on it, the drumming is fantastic (The Kiss) and the guitars should leave you baffled. Have a great time listening to them.
There, i have finished. If you need any more info, just ask