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"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.Read more ›
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.