Three Imaginary Boys [Deluxe Edition] (CD)


The Cure

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Amoeba Review

John Schacht 08/11/2010

"It's never enough," sang the Cure's Robert Smith, mantra-like, on 1990's Mixed Up disc. The reissue of 1979's Three Imaginary Boys, the band's British debut and the first of Rhino's upgrades for the entire Cure catalog, is both impressive and excessive -- excluding those Cure fans for whom there is, truly, never enough. The original release is memorable for the fact that the band was still working through punk in its death throes. Rather than the black-clad moroseness of Disintegration or hit-happy Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, these songs are informed by a palpable paranoia, a nerve-wracking jitteriness redolent of rundown squats, cheap drugs, too much lager, and Margaret Thatcher's grayer-than-normal England. The second disc features 20 rarities from 77-79, most of them worthy inclusions, including "Boys Don't Cry" and "Jumping Someone Else's Train," outtakes that became the centerpiece of their US debut -- Boys Don't Cry -- a year later. The four live tracks (including a gratuitous fourth version of "10:15 Saturday Night") are the weak link, mostly due to their far-below-average sound. Still, even casual Cure fans can enjoy this, and any band that's been around this long – for better or worse -- is going to have their share of diehards. For them, never enough is just like heaven. Read More


Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
10:15 Saturday Night
The Cure 03:41
2.
Accuracy
The Cure 02:18
3.
Grinding Halt
The Cure 02:49
4.
Another Day
The Cure 03:44
5.
Object
The Cure 03:03
6.
Subway Song
The Cure 02:01
7.
Foxy Lady
The Cure 02:29
8.
Meathook
The Cure 02:18
9.
So What
The Cure 02:37
10.
Fire in Cairo
The Cure 03:23
11.
It's Not You
The Cure 02:49
12.
Three Imaginary Boys
The Cure 03:17
13.
The Weedy Burton
The Cure 01:04


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
I Want To Be Old (SAV Studio Demo 10/77)
The Cure 02:36
2.
I'm Cold (SAV Studio Demo 11/77)
The Cure 03:21
3.
Heroin Face (Live In The Rocket, Crawley 12/77)
The Cure 02:40
4.
I Just Need Myself (PSL Studio Demo 1/78)
The Cure 02:14
5.
10:15 Saturday Night (Robert Smith Home Demo 2/78)
The Cure 04:36
6.
The Cocktail Party (Group Home Demo 4/78)
The Cure 04:17
7.
Grinding Halt (Group Home Demo 4/78)
The Cure 03:31
8.
Boys Don't Cry (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
The Cure 02:45
9.
It's Not You (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
The Cure 03:16
10.
10:15 Saturday Night (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
The Cure 03:41
11.
Fire In Cairo (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
The Cure 03:42
12.
Winter ('Three Imaginary Boys' Studio Out-Take 10/78)
The Cure 03:46
13.
Faded Smiles aka I Don't Know ('Three Imaginary Boys' Studio Out-Take 10/78)
The Cure 03:30
14.
Play With Me ('Three Imaginary Boys' Studio Out-Take 10/78)
The Cure 03:30
15.
World War
The Cure 02:38
16.
Boys Don't Cry (Single)
The Cure 02:37
17.
Jumping Someone Else's Train (Single)
The Cure 02:59
18.
Subway Song (Live In Nottingham 10/79)
The Cure 02:27
19.
Accuracy (Live In Nottingham 10/79)
The Cure 02:36
20.
10:15 Saturday Night (Live In Nottingham 10/79)
The Cure 04:38

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