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Disintegration [Deluxe Edition] [Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Box set]

The Cure Audio CD
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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 (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Box set
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00318EDD8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Prayers For Rain (Remastered) 6:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Same Deep Water As You (Remastered) 9:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Disintegration (Remastered) 8:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Homesick (Remastered) 7:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Untitled (Remastered) 6:30£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  2. Pictures Of You (RS Home Instrumental Demo) 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fascination Street (RS Home Instrumental Demo) 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Fear Of Ghosts (Band Instrumental Rehearsal) 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Noheart (Band Instrumental Rehearsal) 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Esten (Band Instrumental Demo) 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Closedown (Band Instrumental Demo) 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lovesong (Band Instrumental Demo) 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 2 Late (Alternative Version) (Band Instrumental Demo) 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Same Deep Water As You (Band Instrumental Demo) 6:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Disintegration (Band Instrumental Demo) 6:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Untitled (Alternative Version) (Studio Instrumental Rough) 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Babble (Alternative Version) (Studio Instrumental Rough) 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Plainsong (Studio Guide Vocal Rough) 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Last Dance (Studio Guide Vocal Rough) 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Lullaby (Studio Guide Vocal Rough) 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Out Of Mind (Studio Guide Vocal Rough) 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Delirious Night (Rough Mix) 4:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Pirate Ships ([Robert Smith Solo] - Rough Mix) 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  2. Pictures Of You (Entreat Plus - Live 1989) 7:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Closedown (Entreat Plus - Live 1989) 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Lovesong (Entreat Plus - Live 1989) 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Last Dance (Entreat Plus - Live 1989) 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lullaby (Entreat Plus - Live 1989) 4:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fascination Street (Entreat Plus - Live 1989) 5:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prayers For Rain (Entreat Plus - Live 1989) 4:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Same Deep Water As You (Entreat Plus - Live 1989)10:03Album Only
Listen10. Disintegration (Entreat Plus - Live 1989) 7:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Homesick (Entreat Plus - Live 1989) 6:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Untitled (Entreat Plus - Live 1989) 6:44£0.79  Buy MP3 


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BBC Review

In one of music's longest and strangest careers, perhaps the most peculiar twist of all was that–after six years of bombarding the world with giddy, oddball pop–it was 1989's Disintegration which propelled The Cure to true global success. After all, this is an album of near relentless gloom, dark grey in texture and sprawlingly epic in structure. It's not exactly Automatic for the People.

Its three million sales can partly be put down to the ferocity of their 80s fanbase, but mostly to its singles. The sexual-revulsion nightmare of Lullaby was the strangest of the three, but its sticky strings and peculiar addictiveness smuggled it into the UK top five. Pictures of You was more conventional, a glorious widescreen epic which Bono would have eaten his firstborn to write, while the downbeat but insidious Lovesong (written for Robert Smith's new bride, surely the most sullen wedding gift in history) even wormed its way into the hearts and top two of the USA.

But the singles are like the prettily twinkling peaks of icebergs, and the gloomy power of Disintegration is truly revealed in the vast slabs of synth-soaked, spectrally dense introspection beneath. Opening with the whimpering, windswept loneliness of Plainsong, and taking in the snarling, bass-driven misanthropy of Fascination Street and the shuddering, incantatory misery of Prayers for Rain, Disintegration is like taking a long bath in someone else's despair, and finding it cathartically enjoyable.

It is, of course, a touchstone goth album, with its relentless death imagery, dramatic sweeps of synth and eight-minute drowning-metaphor symphonies; but such is its single mindedness of intent and vanquishing beauty that it somehow avoids risible self-indulgence. And at its very peak–in the unbearably sad, hypnotically shimmering lament of The Same Deep Water as You and the raging tour of emotional destruction that is the title-track–no other album has ever matched its morose magnificence.

This being a deluxe reissue, there are the obligatory demos, live versions and out-takes. But although it's interesting to see how fully developed songs like Prayers for Rain were before Smith even took them to his bandmates, and the madcap B side Out of Mind deserves another chance to be heard, none of the extras rival the terrible beauty of the main feature. A beauty which has only deepened with 21 years and the knowledge that Robert Smith would never again be as ambitious, inspired and creatively courageous. --Jaime Gill

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THE CURE Disintegration (2010 issue UK 21st Anniversary Edition 44-track 3-CD set - Digitally remastered by Robert Smith at The Soundmasters London this deluxe edition of Disintegration is a must for all Cure fans. Comprising the classic12-track album which spawned the hit singles Pictures Of You Lullaby & Fascination Street 20 previously unreleased rarities including Robert Smith home and band demo versions rough mixes and more; plus the Entreat concert remixed andremastered and restored to its original 12-song running order. Housed in a fold-out digipak picture sleeve within a sealed & stickered screen-printed slipcase!)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, captivating, and utterly beautiful. 31 Aug 2000
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Format:Audio CD
In May this year I worked out that I must now have listened to this album over 10,000 times since I first heard it in 1989. And yet the gently persistent windchimes that introduce this album still make my hair stand on end and as they crash into the wall of sound that is Plainsong, I feel the same thrill I did the first time around. Here at last was the piece of music I'd been waiting for! Plainsong manages to be both huge and overwhelming, whilst having the effect of that one person whispering in your ear while you sleep. This deeply personal and emotional album progresses through Pictures of You - the simplest of patterns but sooo effective, Love Song - a wedding present between bride and groom, and the relief and regret of Last Dance. Lighter moments such as Lullaby and Fascination Street lift the mood without breaking the atmosphere, before falling into the dreamlike Prayers for Rain and Same Deep Water as You.
This work demonstrates an intelligence and sincerity rarely found in most commercial releases, and the layered, almost orchestral sound holds your attention ceaselessly. A classical influence can be heard although The Cure's trademark and individual 'sound' is present throughout. The structures and patterns within the songs are never too little or too much, but sound completely natural and 'right'. I have found that the more I Iisten to this album the more things I hear, and if I could only listen to one CD for the rest of my life it would be this one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cure's Zenith 25 Nov 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Looking back at this album ten years on, it is in my opinion the Cure's finest moment. Never again did they scale the hights of beauty and sorrow so masterfully over the course of a whole album. Subsequent albums had their moments (eg. Trust on the Wish album), but none could match the sustained feeling of this masterpiece. From the opening crash of the incredibly breathtaking 'Plainsong' to the final funereal notes of 'Untitled', the only discordant note is the single 'Lullaby' which I tend to skip anyway. This is an album to be listened to right through, dim the lights, open a bottle of wine and succumb to some of the most beautiful melodies ever recorded by a 'pop' band. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Work.... 2 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
From the first wind-chimed seconds of Plainsong, a sense of intense beauty is established. By the time the first minute is up, Robert Smith and co. will have completely swallowed you up with exquisite organ and skeletal guitar lines. Quite how an album of such beauty could have been created from such devastatingly sad lyrics will always remain a mystery, but it is definitely to the listeners benefit. The best songs are the afore-mentioned opener, the mesmerising Closedown, and the desperate ode to lost love The Same Deep Water As You. Should you decide to buy this album it may well become a much relied on part of your life. It is an excellent record to listen to in winter, where the atmospherics on record generally suit the atmospherics outside your window. With superb artwork too, this is a near flawless album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Albums... 22 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
Disintegration rightfully takes its place as one of the very finest albums ever made. Robert Smith has poured his heart and deepest thoughts into this classic disc and it shows. The dreamy, trippy chiming intro to "Plainsong" has been many an opener for a Cure concert and unfolds in a glorious, sweeping epic track (albeit with very few lyrics) which sets that seal for an immortal album. The charming "Lovesong", a dedication to Robert's wife, shows where his heart is, and is accompanied by paranoic nightmarish visions about spiders, paralysis and coldness in the catchy but creepy "Lullaby". The beautiful but tragic "The Same Deep Water As You" shows a majestic poetry that few artists can match.

This album really needs no vast wordage. The proof of the album is in the listening. Even if you aren't a Cure fan, this is a very interestingly dark, deep work with haunting, despairing and also uplifting themes running wild in its content. To anyone who honestly hasn't heard this before, take some time out and listen to this one deeply with no distractions. It shows just how brilliant The Cure really are. Is it worth it? Every single penny.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE "must have" album of alternative rock. 2 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album was described by a character on anarchic cartoon show South Park as being "the greatest album ever made". Well I happen to think that The Cure's Wish and Bloodflowers are equally as good, so that must mean this is one of the three greatest albums ever made.
The sleeve of this album tells you to "Play This Music Loud" and it's recommended, if only for the shock you get when the windchimes of opening track Plainsong fade and the song kicks in proper !
Despite The Cure's reputation, there are no "heavy" rock songs on here (apart from one song mentioned later), so the shock of Plainsong's introduction is based on it's power rather than the volume of the instruments.
The song is driven heavily by a synth section, which includes the main riff and a "bass" synth part played by bassist Simon Gallup (there is no bass guitar on this song). Like almost every song on Disintegration, Plainsong plays once through the whole of the main section and plays once through the whole of the "change" before going back to the main part where the lyrics begin. This is an excellent opportunity to hear The Cure in an instrumental fashion, and it's testament to the quality of all of the songs present that it's actually really really enjoyable to listen to the songs playing for a good 3 minutes before a single word leaves Robert Smith's mouth.
Pictures Of You is the first of 4 really long songs coming in at 7:27. This, like several of the songs, takes several minutes to build up, with additional guitar or keyboard parts coming in at the end of every few bars until finally going back to the start again. Again as stated, this is enjoyable and actually very trance like.
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I loved this album when it was released, and time has only made it better! Like meeting an Old friend, and realising how much you missed them!
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Probably the last great cure album.... current stuff is a bit hollow.. at least this is doomy and depressing on purpose.
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I first owned this on cassette and hadn't heard the whole album for years. I'ts the classic Cure sound but I think the most consistent of all their albums. Read more
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