The Head on the Door [Deluxe Edition]

The Head on the Door [Deluxe Edition]

by The CureThe Cure

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks / Special Edition)

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After recording one of their darkest albums, 1983's The Top, the Cure regrouped and shuffled their lineup in 1984 and ended up changing their musical direction rather radically. While the band always had a pop element in their sound and even recorded one of the lightest songs of the '80s, "The Lovecats," The Head on the Door is where they become a hitmaking machine. The shiny, sleek production and laser-sharp melodies of "Inbetween Days" and "Close to Me" helped them become modern rock radio staples and the inspired videos had them in heavy rotation on MTV. The rest of the record didn't suffer for hooks and inventive arrangements either, making even the gloomiest songs like "Screw" and "Kyoto Song" sound radio-ready, and the inventive arrangements (the flamenco guitars and castanets of "The Blood," the lengthy and majestic intro to "Push," the swirling vocals on "The Baby Screams") give the album a musical depth previous efforts lacked. All without sacrificing an ounce of the emotion of the past, which songs as quietly desperate as "A Night Like This" and "Sinking" illustrate. With The Head on the Door, Robert Smith figured out how to make gloom and doom danceable and popular to both alternative and mainstream rock audiences. It was a feat the band managed to pull off for many years afterward, but never as concisely or as impressively as they did here. [The bonus disc that comes with the 2006 deluxe reissue of The Head on the Door is geared toward Cure obsessives but still may be of limited interest to others. The first four tracks are home-demo instrumentals, and while it's interesting to hear the humble origins of "Inbetween Days" and "Push," they don't really inspire repeated airings. The murky-sounding live bootleg recordings are inessential as well. What does makes the disc worth hearing is the brace of studio demos recorded in February of 1985. They include a couple of half-finished-sounding previously unreleased tracks (the strangely jazzy "Mansoildgone" and the ultra-poppy "Lime Time"), different takes of unreleased songs that showed up on Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001, and versions of songs that made the album. These versions don't differ radically from the final versions, but they do show how the band refined their sound and came up with the crystal-clear and uncluttered sound of Head. The extra disc doesn't add huge amounts of value to the original album, but neither does it detract from the essential nature of The Head on the Door.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/08/2006
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0081227406325
catalogNumber: 74063
Rank: 4634


Disc 1

  1. In Between Days
  2. Kyoto Song
  3. The Blood
  4. Six Different Ways
  5. Push
  6. The Baby Screams
  7. Close to Me
  8. A Night Like This
  9. Screw
  10. Sinking

Disc 2

  1. In Between Days
  2. Inwood
  3. Push
  4. Innsbruck
  5. Stop Dead
  6. Mansolidgone
  7. Screw
  8. Lime Time
  9. Kyoto Song
  10. A Few Hours After This...
  11. Six Different Ways
  12. A Man Inside My Mouth
  13. A Night Like This
  14. The Exploding Boy
  15. Close to Me
  16. The Baby Screams
  17. The Blood
  18. Sinking

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cure   Primary Artist
Simon Gallup   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Robert Smith   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Porl Thompson   Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Laurence Tolhurst   Keyboards,Group Member
Boris Williams   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Robert "Big Bert" Smith   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Robert Smith   Composer,Audio Production
Johnny Black   Sleeve Notes
Dave Allen   Producer,Engineer
Howard Grey   Producer
Zoe Roberts   Tape Research
Robert "Big Bert" Smith   Producer

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