Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001

Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001

by The CureThe Cure

CD(German Import)

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Retracted farewells aside, this seminal British group have proven the most enduring of Britain's Class of '76, tweaking their goth-punk image with alternate doses of drama and humor, and exerting an influence on several waves of descendants. And while their hits have been repackaged on both best-of and live discs, their trove of lesser-known material is just as intriguing -- as borne out by this four-disc box set. Join the Dots goes back as far as the band itself, kicking off with "10: 15 Saturday Night," the B-side to the Cure's first single, "Killing an Arab." The darkness of Robert Smith's earliest days as a writer is well documented in songs like "Splintered in Her Head" and "I'm Cold," and the band's pulsing insistency captured perfectly on the instrumental "Another Journey by Train." As the years progressed, the band changed tenor -- and members -- in dramatic fashion, leaping into surprisingly upbeat pop via songs like "Hey You!!!" and "How Beautiful You Are," the latter of which was tucked onto the back of "Hot Hot Hot." A smattering of covers -- including three versions of the Doors' "Hello I Love You" and a pair of takes on Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" -- aren't as compelling as the goodly number of self-revisions. Of those, a radical, previously unreleased remix of the Wish album track "Doing the Unstuck" and an acoustic rendition of the more recent "Signal to Noise" stand out the most. The set is packaged with an 80-page book, featuring song-by-song notes by Smith and longtime compatriot Simon Gallup, as well as a slew of rare photos. It's a truly exhaustive chronicle of a band that has stood the test of time.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2007
Label: Universal Uk
UPC: 0600753027967
catalogNumber: 5302796
Rank: 29181

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cure   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Cure   Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Jim Morrison   Composer
Ray Manzarek   Composer
John Densmore   Composer
Phil Thornalley   Producer
Steve Lyon   Producer
Perry Bamonte   Composer
Paul Corkett   Producer
Michael Dempsey   Composer
Simon Gallup   Composer
Martin Gore   Composer
Alan Gregorie   Remixing
Mathieu Hartley   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
François Kevorkian   Remixing
Mark Leviton   Contributor
Bryan New   Producer
Steve Nye   Producer
Chris Parry   Producer
Steven Severin   Producer
Robert Smith   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Porl Thompson   Composer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Steve Whitfield   Producer
Boris Williams   Composer
Mike Hedges   Producer
Mark Plati   Producer
Mark Saunders   Producer,Remixing
Roger O'Donnell   Composer
Lol Tolhurst   Composer
Johnny Black   Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes
Andy Vella   Cover Image
Jason Cooper   Composer
Emily Cagan   Contributor
Howlett Peter Smith   Composer
Dave Allen   Producer
Keith Uddin   Producer
Hartley   Composer
Anna Pills   Producer
Robby Krieger   Composer

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