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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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 (31 Jan 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00005RCE1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Boys Don't Cry 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Let's Go To Bed (Album Version) 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. The Lovecats (Album Version) 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Inbetween Days (Album Version) 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Close To Me 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Why Can't I Be You? (Album Version) 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Just Like Heaven (Album Version) 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Lullaby 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Lovesong (Album Version) 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Never Enough (Single Version) 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. High (Album Version) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Friday I'm In Love (Album Version) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mint Car (Album Version) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Wrong Number 6:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Cut Here (Album Version) 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Just Say Yes (Album Version) 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Demob Happy on 21 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
While some of The Cure faithful may feel aggrieved by the absence - 'A Forest' notwithstanding - of tracks from their gloomiest period (Faith, Seventeen Seconds, Pornography), the more casual listener will find much to enjoy here. Having had a big Cure phase in my teens, I might quibble that the Boys Don't Cry/Three Imaginary Boys era is under-represented. 'Jumping Someone Else's Train' and 'Killing An Arab', for instance, would have been preferable to some of the relatively non-descript material post-'Friday I'm In Love'. It seems odd also given how fashionable angular post-punk has been in the 00s to skimp on this early period, but ultimately you can't fault this as an introduction to the band.

What is great about this colllection is that The Cure had a habit of reinventing themselves and releasing their most resonant and accessible material as singles. This is not to say that they were a singles band - far from it, your next purchase ought to be 'Disintegration' if you don't own it already - but that this captures the band at their most varied, eccentric best. Whereas some Best-Ofs can seem fairly by-the-numbers, soulless experiences, 'Greatest Hits' is a joy for its vivid eclecticism.

Despite their reputation (not always unfounded) for bleak introspection, 'Greatest Hits' reveals Robert Smith to be one of the best pop songwriters of his generation. 'In Between Days', 'Close To Me', 'Just Like Heaven' are pop perfection, while 'A Forest' and 'Lullaby' harnesses the band's predilection for acid-spiked paranoia in a universably accessible form. Meanwhile the deranged, off-kilter pop of 'The Lovecats' and 'The Caterpillar' straddles the unlikely territory somewhere between these two poles: too saccharine to be goth, too bonkers by most pop tastes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Chambers on 27 Oct 2013
Format: Audio CD
It's funny how musical tastes change over the years. When I was at school, The Cure seemed to be a little left-of-field, and their fans had a demeanour that wasn't me. Looking back, I was into other things at the time which excluded me from fitting in with them. But not necessarily fitting in is what The Cure were about I have subsequently learnt.

"Boys Don't Cry, A Forest, The Lovecats, The Caterpillar, Inbetween Days, Close To Me, Why Can't I Be You?, Lullaby, Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm In Love", are exceptionally beautiful songs, and some still evoke the thoughts and feelings that I had as a teenager.

Belatedly, some 30 odd years later, I feel that I am only now entering the 'left-
of-field' world that I mentioned earlier - just wish I had been part of it in the 80's. Where did all that time go? Anyway, enough of reminiscing about the long and distant past...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "catskii" on 24 Oct 2004
Format: Audio CD
Every rock fan will be able to pick this album up and find at least a couple of songs that appeal to them. Ever a versatile band, Robert Smith's voice and the underlying bass guitar riffs are the only real constants throughout this greatest hits package. 'Never Enough' is pure guitar stomp, 'Lovecats' the grooviest of white jazz, and 'Love Song' the most poignant example of Smith's lyric-writing.
What more can I say that hasn't already been said in previous reviews? Even for established Cure fans, this is a very handy condensed package which I would genuinely recommend to anyone around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Feb 2012
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Excellent best of compilation from The Cure. Covering the greater part of their career, and showing just what they were capable of from the breezy catchiness of Lovecats through the full gamut of experimentalism and pop through to the moody A Forest. A great place for beginners (such as myself) to start with their music, though it has left me wanting more fo their actual album releases. To be honest, at this price it's worth getting just for the classic that is Lovecats.

Mastering and production are good, with a decent sound and good liner notes. An excellent release, 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron J. Law on 11 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
Look, you cannot say this is what The Cure is all about 100%, merely the commercial side of the group that spans multiple genres. This album is exactly what any radio friendly fan should want and a great collection of the most popular singles. They are the greatest band of all time and this portrays the singles and pop tunes which everybody knows. This is the stepping stone for any budding cure fan!
Excellent tunes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dash Riprock on 14 Jan 2012
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An excellent collection of tracks from the band's career - hearing them together on one album, you're reminded of just what a talented and underrated crew they are. It's all too easy for your main opinion of the The Cure to be shaped by their frankly bonkers videos - and you forget what a great songsmith and vocalist Robert Smith is. The album brings you the twisted pop brilliance of Boys Don't Cry, Lovecats, Close to Me and Just Like Heaven, contrasting with the gothic gloom of A Forest, Lovesong and Lullaby; and Why Can't I Be You is an unsung barnstorming gem in my view. With the exception of Friday I'm in Love, the last 8 tracks are pretty unremarkable (hence 4 not 5 stars), but it's what has gone before that really counts - and the sum total is a truly memorable set. If you're not yet a Cure fan, this cd is the place to start.
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