Six Cure Vinyl Reissues Out This Summer

Posted by Amoebite, June 3, 2016 06:30pm | Post a Comment

Legendary post-punks The Cure are deep in the midst of a 33-show North American tour, their first since 2008. Whether you're a new fan or a die-hard, it's the perfect time to revisit the band's early catalog, and whaddaya know? Elektra is reissuing Robert Smith and co.'s first six albums on 180-gram vinyl. The records will be available in Amoeba stores on September 6th, but you can pre-order now on our website if you'd like to receive a lovely, LP-shaped package in the mail instead.

UPDATE: The Cure vinyl reissues have been delayed from the original release date of July 15th and are now out September 6, 2016.

First up is the band's 1979 debut Three Imaginary Boys. At the time of this release, The Cure were a trio consisting of Robert Smith, Lol Tolhurst, and Michael Dempsey, and the album showcases the band at their most minimal, raw, and tightly-wound on tracks like "10:15 Saturday Night."
Starting with their 1980 release Seventeen SecondsThe Cure took a turn towards the darker, more unsettling sound with which they're now synonymous. It reached #20 on the British album charts, a new high for the still young band off the success of the single "A Forest."
1981's Faith saw the band growing even further immersed in lugubrious sounds and subject matter, with two songs ("All Cats Are Grey" and "The Drowning Man") written in tribute to the gothic-inspired Gormenghast novels by English author Mervyn Peake. Although it received mixed reviews from critics, fans responded well to Faith and the album climbed even higher up the British charts this time around, landing at the #14 slot.
On Pornography, the band began working with a new producer, Phil Thornalley, leading NME reviewer Dave Hill to describe the album as sounding like "Phil Spector in hell." The album peaked at #8 in the UK albums chart, with the single "The Hanging Garden" hitting at #32.
1984's The Top took The Cure in new directions, inspired by Smith's stints with The Glove and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The band's commercial success continued to snowball, with the album landing at #10 on the charts (but being largely ignored by critics).
In 1985, The Head on the Door took the band down a more pop-oriented route, with alternative radio mainstays like "Close to Me" and "In Between Days." With this album, The Cure established a higher profile in the US and in France (as well as in the UK); the album was certified gold in all three countries.

Pre-order The Cure vinyl reissues on and they'll ship free to the U.S.!

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Essential Records: 'Tinderbox' by Siouxsie & the Banshees

Posted by Amoebite, March 23, 2016 06:07pm | Post a Comment

Essential Records Siouxsie and the Banshees

The first time I heard "Cities in Dust," the lead single off Siouxsie & the Banshees' seventh studio album, Tinderbox (1986), I was hiding (once again) in my room from the horrors of being a weird adolescent in Midwestern suburbia and half-listening to a grainy distant college radio station. It was a Sunday afternoon, springtime, and I remember being in a good mood for once, because the weather outside was slowly turning into spring which meant that in another year or two I'd be on the verge of my long-planned escape to college in the big city.

The song starts off quietly, with what sounds like running water before segueing into some glittering yet ominous chiming. The drums pick up and that angular guitar attacks and Siouxsie starts singing some pretty obscure yet threatening lyrics which turn out to be about the destruction of Pompeii, if you look them up on the internet and then think about it for like, literally a second after watching the official music video. Some critics consider the song a harbinger of the band's still-to-come, more pop-center releases, but come on--this is still a deeply weird song, especially taking into account that it was a hit on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Siouxsie & The Banshees - "Cities In Dust"

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10 Releases to Check Out on Record Store Day

Posted by Billy Gil, March 26, 2013 06:35pm | Post a Comment

Record Store Day 2013 takes place April 20, featuring new releases, reissues of out-of-print albums and other rarities. I’ve pulled out 10 titles or sets of releases that jumped out to me personally. If it’s anything like last year, you’ll have to get here early to get those in-demand releases (check out last year’s coverage here).

You can view a listing all of the releases that will be made available that day here and find more information on Record Store Day's official site. Check out my picks below.


The BatsBy Night

The Bats AmoebaThe debut release by The Bats, part of the Flying Nun clan of New Zealand jangle-pop bands. The Bats are fronted by Robert Scott, sometime bassist of The Clean, a band whose cult infamy has helped lead to their brethren being rediscovered by a new generation. I haven’t heard By Night, but having quite enjoyed 1987’s Daddy’s Highway, I’m sure their debut is just as chockfull of jangly delights. Seriously, I want to just jump on an airplane slash time machine and live in New Zealand in the ’80s and listen to awesome bands like The Bats, though they’re still around making fine records today.



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The Art of the LP Cover- Floaters

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, May 1, 2011 06:15pm | Post a Comment


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Incorporating the dramatic fonts used in the design of the album cover being promoted, the designers of these fine stickers created a nice compliment sure to garner extra sales.

Used to promote Robert Plant's
top 20 hit
, this sticker furthers the classicmodern rock feel of the
album cover. Cool 80's pink lifted from the artful embellishments
found to the left of the photo...

up next, R&B top 20 hit from George Clinton...

Sticker gets a little lost
as cover is already quite busy

Up next, a foreign selection...

Nice gold foil sticker promoting the lovely Geula Gil's version of the "Jerusalem of Gold", which is a huge song in Israel...

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