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Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became notorious for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often ... Read more in Amazon's The Cure Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD
  • ASIN: B000002H5V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This US alternative to The Cure's UK debut album includes their feted NME 'single of the week,' 'Killing An Arab.' Based on a shocking Albert Camus novel, 'The Outsider,' that has always fascinated me, this track is one of the high points of the New Wave era. The trio sound like a fledgling teenage band recording in their Mum's front room with cheap, basic equipment, yet the production is clear and their gift for invention turns each track into a compelling performance.
The title track is the poppiest item here, a single not included on the UK debut. The real interest lies in the inventive touches, such as the 'drip drip drip' of '10.15 Saturday Night' and the blood-curdling scream on 'Subway Song.' Frequently beaty, always cutting to the bone of human behaviour, the album also abounds with melodic hooks. This and the next two albums represent The Cure I remember most fondly.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bored on 13 Aug. 2002
Format: Audio CD
How times change. If anyone had told me that Robert Smith and co. were to go from their inauspicious post-punk days to become one of the most well-known UK pop bands there'd ever been, I probably would have accused them of lying. If you're a fan of their later works, or even their not-so-later works, this album will certainly surprise you, but you will probably find it to be a pleasant one.
Displaying a heavy punk influence, especially from The Clash, it seems, Boys Don't Cry is extremely impressive in its own right. The sense of melody in Fire in Cairo, my personal favourite, shines through and displays perhaps the first inkling of Robert Smith's wonderfully abstract lyrics that would first start to show up in a couple of years on their 1981 release, Faith.
But overall, I find this album difficult to fault, other than that Robert's voice seems extremely raw in comparison to their more polished releases, but some may find this a plus point, rather than a minus one. I would recommend this to someone who has already bought a couple of Cure albums and wants to find out how diverse their style has turned out to be.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By atomictom@ireland.com on 4 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I find The Cure's later albums to be quite laborious and heavy. But this early album serves up some very carefree tunes, with a far more devil may care attitude, revealing The Cure's Punk origins. The pacier tracks such as 'Killing an Arab' , 'Jumping someone elses train' and the excellent 'Fire in Cairo' are countered by the slower, atmospheric songs such as 'World War', '3 Imaginary Boys' and the shocking 'Subway song' that mark their future direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Scott Carrick on 4 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The American Version of The Cure's first album, with the addition of the single Killing An Arab.

A stunning punk pop masterpiece, you could say this is where New Wave began.

Only let down by the fact it doesn't contain the quite brilliant track Object that was on the British Version.

This is where it all began for Robert Smith and the gang.

Very, very highly recommended, a must buy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Moynihan on 1 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Strictly speaking, this album is a combination of the Cure's debut album Three Imaginary Boys and the singles they released throughout 1979. I think it's a masterpiece for any amount of reasons. It's genius lies in the fact that it is superficially very easy listening (even your Granny could digest it) but is not typically mainstream. On seeing the wood from the trees, the listener is invited to experience the depth and power of twelve mind-blowing pieces of music. And The Cure also show that you can do more with less instruments - the album's minimalism is perhaps its main charm. Smith's vocals are also brilliantly raw - not the sort of operatic yodelling he attempted in his later career.Another Day is my perhaps favourite track ... I could go on ...
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By kate on 14 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of my top 5 Cure albums. Any true fan needs this album in their life!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Storey on 20 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
this is the version to get of first album includes all the best tracks dont bother with deluxe edition the extras are poor
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