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Pornography [Deluxe Edition] [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 (2 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0007OC7BO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Pornography 6:27£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  2. Demise (Rhino Studio Instrumental Demo 12/81) 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. One Hundred Years (Rhino Studio Demo 12/81) 6:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Airlock - The Soundtrack (3/82)13:05Album Only
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Listen  9. A Strange Day (Live In The Hammersmith Odeon London 5/82) 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Pornography (Live In The Hammersmith Odeon London 5/82) 5:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. All Mine (Live In The Hammersmith Odeon London 5/82) 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Short Term Effect (Live In Brussels 6/82) 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Siamese Twins (Live In Brussels 6/82) 6:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Temptation Two (Aka Lgtb) (R.S. Studio Demo 7/82) 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Originally a Goth-flavored post-punk outfit, the Cure evolved into one of the truly seminal bands of the ‘80s, and ultimately one of modern rock’s most celebrated and influential acts. Guided by creative visionary Robert Smith, the Cure’s signature sound balances a dreamy pop savvy with a dark, brooding majesty and fuses superbly crafted, literate songs with a feverish emotional intensity. The band’s early catalog-newly remastered and expanded with a wealth of rarities-is a series of masterpieces that laid the groundwork for their phenomenal and enduring popularity.

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Final-part of bleak trilogy of Cure-albums... 2 April 2005
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
Though the recent 'Trilogy'-DVD has it that 'Pornography' (1982) is part of a trilogy with 'Disintegration' (1989) & 'Bloodflowers' (2000), I'm more of the persuasion that 'Pornography' is the end of a trilogy of albums with 'Seventeen Seconds' (1980) & 'Faith' (1981); all of which have been reissued in this expanded-remastered two-disc form.
Following the departure of Michael Dempsey to Associates, Robert Smith with then drummer Laurence Tolhurst changed the Cure's poppier sound for something bleaker - bassist Simon Gallup and keyboard-player Matthieu Hartley with producer Mike Hedges formed part of this change. Hartley exited after 'Seventeen Seconds', leaving the three-piece Cure to make their bleakest record 'Faith'- easily one of the bleakest albums recorded (see 'Movement', 'Music for a New Society', & 'Berlin'). 'Pornography' was the end of the line, Smith rumoured to have composed most of it under the influence of LSD in his parents home. Smith became obssessed with the dark stuff- the cover nodding to what Marilyn Monroe might have looked like if her body had been left to decay on the bed on which she died (while the tour saw the band put lipstick under their eyes- so when they sweated it looked like blood was running from them!). Smith was enamoured with the drum-sound of The Psychedelic Furs (think 'Sister Europe'), while Mike Hedges exited to be replaced by co-producer Phil Thornally (who would later join The Cure, work on Duran's 'Seven & the Ragged Tiger' & compose 'Torn' the Natalia Imbruglia song!). 'Pornography' is an angry-record- a gothic-rage that feels as bloody as Smith's then disintegrating relationship with Gallup was (Gallup would exit afterwards- though would return for 1985's 'The Head on the Door').
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Devlin
This album is really unbelievable, for a start the lyrics are superb- Smith paints an amazing picture of futility, the drums are storming and original (particularly tracks like 'the figurehead' and 'one hundred years'), the bass lines and keyboard parts still send a chill down my spine on the warmest of nights, and the guitar is cutting with some great flange. If this album can't 'cure' you, then you're really in trouble
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Dark It's Great 12 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
For a long time I have been very curious about The Cure, but listening to there greatest hits I could never really tell what there actual sound was, some songs are fun (lovecats), some songs are dark (charlotte sometimes), so... rather than doing the conventional thing of buying the greatest hits, I decided to buy a random album, and I chose Pornography... on the first listen I was confused, because the album flows with a similar sound all the way through (pounding drums, more bass than actual guitar), One Hundred Years became my favourite cure song ever on the first listen, with the opening lyrics "It doesn't matter if we all die" and for some reason my favourite line ever "waiting for the deathblow".

It's only after about 15 listens when I realised how dark this album actually is, and how great the songs are, and this made me like it even more. I found "The Hanging Garden" a bit of an odd song to pick as a single, but after about 10 listens it becomes addictive, especially with the lyrics "cover my face as the animals die". I definitely think that they should have put "charlotte sometimes" on this album, not only because it's one of my favourite cure songs, but it was released a few before this album and remained albumless until recently (placed at the end of the 2nd disc of Faith).

This album obviously says something about Robert Smiths mentality at the time of this album, possibly suicidal.

I love this album so much, but I'm too scared to check out the rest of The Cures albums because I love this dark, brooding sound, and from what I've heard this is the last album which is in this style (apart from disintergration and the 3rd of the trilogy). Oh well, if every album was the same then they wouldn't be interesting.

I recommend this album to any one who has an open mind, and is willing to give this album a chance, by listening to it a few times, because the more you listen to it the more you like it, and the more meaning it gains.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly on of the best records ever made 1 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
I can remember clearly going out to buy this on LP when I was 18 (im now 38 !) and it still sounds fantastic. This album has some of the best sureal lyrics and amazing textures. The Figurehead has been in my all time top 10 tracks and Hanging Gargen & Strange Day are nothing short of stunning. The versions of these tracks on the live "Paris" CD are dare I say amost better than here.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out your crimpers 31 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
Bought this 'delux' edition after having the original on tape from the late eighties. Haven't listened to it for years even though it's always been my favourite Cure album (though 17 seconds & Faith vie for that position too). Had second thoughts walking back from the shop - will I still like it after all these years ?
Within 17 seconds of 100 years I knew I'd made the right choice. Great album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfectography 25 Feb 2010
By Al
Format:Audio CD
Some of the best lyrics ever on this album - 'I can lose myself in Chinese art and American girls' is one of my favourite lines of all time. Extremely dark and no let up from beginning to end. Great drumming, great guitar sound, great singing and so atmospheric. I don't know if this would win the best album in the world award but if you're in the mood there's nothing that can beat it. For me this is the most complete Cure album because you need to listen to the whole album from start to finish to get the effect. Awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing in the darkness
Possibly my favourite Cure album, 'Pornography' still chills, delights and excites in equal measure. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by Charlotte Sometimes
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave this site before ordering this record....
The Cure are far too often remembered for their more upbeat music however for me this is the era that set them up. Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2011 by David Bentley Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
had this years back so was great to hear the early cure sound again with no vinyl clicks on what was probably my favourite album. Read more
Published on 7 April 2011 by B. J. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Desperation's Fantasy
Of all their many incarnations, this is truly the Cure at their darkest, most severe and most haunting. Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2010 by Steven T. Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars "It Doesn't Matter If We All Die"
With an opening line as final as that it should come as no surprise to first time listeners that they are not going to be let off lightly here. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2010 by S. Muzyka
5.0 out of 5 stars "I will fight this sickness!!"
As someone else once noted, the cover art of this record gives us a pretty good idea as to the darkness of the music lurking within. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2005 by Jonathan James Romley
5.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion, the best Cure album
Pornography is a marvellous album. It's rhythmical, full of pounding beats, wailing vocals, and wonderful basslines. Some would say that it was a depressing album. Read more
Published on 13 May 2005 by Mr. S. P. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nightmare Fantasy Of Desolation
Of all their many incarnations, this is truly the Cure at their darkest, most severe and most haunting. Read more
Published on 9 May 2005 by Steven T. Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need
This is The Cure's best album and the only one you really need, with the possible exception of 'Disintegration'. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2004 by C. Quinn
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