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Join The Dots: B-Sides and Rarities Box set, Import

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  • Audio CD (26 Jan. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B00012SYV4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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OK you have to be a Cure fan, but the songs are great, the booklet is interesting and the whole package is really well done. Now the price has come down (I paid £15). Listening to the early stuff brings back memories; my Mum threw away the single cover for 'Boys Don't Cry' when I was out at school because the back of it was a drawing of blow-up doll for 'Plastic Passion' I have still not recovered but this box-set helps.
One of the best buys I have made for a bit.
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Even for the most devoted Cure fans there are unheard treats on offer with six previously unreleased tracks. For the casual fan there's even more to discover.
It's not all successful, no-one needs three versions of Hello, I Love You and one Purple Haze is more than enough, but the moments of breathtaking beauty outweigh the unnecessary dirges. Though past their peak by 1992 the b-sides to Wish give a tantalising glimpse at what should have been. Other highlights include The Crow-inspired Burn.
The packaging is luxurious, the sleeve notes illuminating, especially the inspiration for the title of classic b-side Harold and Joe, Bishop and Mangel respectively from Neighbours. Peculiarly some of the songs aren't where the sleeve says they are. Overall the 70 songs here are too much to digest in one listen but with a band as important as The Cure it's easy to forgive a little over indulgence.
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There’s much misunderstanding over this box-set and a lot of bad comments being made for no reason.
"The B Sides And Rarities" sums up exactly what is contained here, I'm puzzled why so many people are getting confused over this.
The B-Sides part explains itself, every B-Side which was an original song is present here and also a few B-Sides which were remixes of other songs.
The Rarities part is where people seem to be losing the plot. It's important to emphasise that this collection is by The Cure and nobody else, so that is the exact reason why you will not find any recordings made by Cure side-projects such as Cult Hero, The Glove or Fool's Dance, or projects/bands by other people featuring Robert Smith such as Junkie XL, The Banshees, Bowie or Bowie's cohorts Earl Slick and Reeves Gabrels.
The rarities present are Cure recordings that HAVE been available elsewhere before but not in any great quantities. So, you'll find the much heard about but rarely heard version of Lament given away free with Flexipop magazine, three version of Hello I Love You (two are from the rare Elektra record label compilation "Rubyait"), there's the only three Cure songs recorded specifically for films (as used on The Crow, The X Files and Judge Dredd movies) and there's various other remixes and songs, some of which have been available as legal downloads, some have been shall we just say available as "downloads"....
To me a rarity is a song that has been released but not widely available. Anything else is simply a song that has never been released ANYWHERE and that's where a great deal of people are getting confused with this box-set.
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This amazingly lush offering from the Cure contains a vast amount of rarities and 'B-sides' from their long and successful recording career.

It's not really the kind of collection you stick on and listen to all the way through. This is beacuse it's really a feast for committed fans of the band. The Cure were both fabulously precocious and stunningly gifted and this combination meant that they had the balls to try out all sorts of ideas.

This also means that 'Join The Dots' contains some deleriously successful bits of music and others that don't quite work.

When the first singles collection (Standing On A Beach) was released, the B-side of the cassette edition contained the B-sides to the singles. 'Join the Dots' includes all of these and much, much more on the shiny CD digital format.

The high value of this item is without doubt as it originally sold for much more than the price Amazon is now charging. The packaging resembles a hard bound book which contains four CDs and an integrated 'booklet' which although lush does unfortunately resemble (in design terms) the former 80's teen magazine Smash Hits.

But it's the contents of the CDs themselves that will interest the Cure enthusiast. Moments of excellence such as 'Throw Your Foot', 'Harold and Joe' and 'The Upstairs Room' sit alongside some slightly dodgy material but there's more than enough good stuff to justify the exceptional price tag. There are 70 tracks in this collection!

So you can pick out what you want and disregard the rest. It's never less than fascinating and sometimes simply sublime.
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If you were a diehard fan of the Cure and wanted to listen to their b-sides and rare tracks, you had mainly two options: listen to the original vinyl/CD single or grab the "Standing on a Beach" cassette, which had a bonus selection of early b-side cuts. "Join the Dots" now makes things easier for the fan who's got to own every hard-to-find release by the Cure. On 4 CDs, the band covers their 23-year discography of rarities, and all the tracks are digitally remastered under the supervision of Robert Smith. The first disc is a virtual trip down memory lane and it's easily the best, featuring songs that trace back to the Cure's punk roots. Notable gems are "I'm Cold," "Another Journey by Train," the orchestral "A Few Hours After This," and "Throw Your Foot." The second disc covers 1987-92, and by this point, the band found a mainstream audience in America. Its twin peaks are the poppy "2 Late" and the dark and atmospheric "Fear of Ghosts," which stands as good a track as anything off their 1989 album "Disintegration." Another highlight is a respectable cover of the Doors' "Hello, I Love You," and three versions of this song are found. Disc 3 covers 1992-1996, with some good tracks ("Play" and "This Twilight Garden") and some notable misfires, such as a cover of Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and a not-bad-but-pointless cover of Bowie's "Young Americans." The fourth disc, which covers 1996-01 finds the group experimenting with electronica with varying degrees of success. It's not a bad disc, and much of the stuff on here is good, but it's my least favorite among the four.Read more ›
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