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Staring At The Sea - The Singles [CD]

The Cure Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00002615M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen12. The Walk (Album Version) 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Big and moody, Staring at the Sea compiles some hits and near-misses of these excavators of the dark soul. Beginning with their earliest hits--the sparse "Killing an Arab", the aptly tedious "10:15 Saturday Night" and the charming "Boys Don't Cry"--this collection stops before the comparative giddiness of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. Musicians first, brooding art types second, The Cure's unique instrumentation doesn't get the credit it rightfully deserves. The thrashy, trash-can break in "Jumping Someone Else's Train", the sprightly synthesized recorder of "Close to Me" and the techno-pop disco lines in "Let's Go to Bed" and "The Walk" are downright brilliant in their effectiveness and simplicity. --Steve Gdula

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes I Dream 29 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Staring at the Sea" is a collection of singles from the band's albums from "Three Imaginary Boys" (released in America as "Boys Don't Cry," with a few variations) in 1979 up through "Head on the Door" in 1985. This album provides a fine panorama of the Cure's progression from a power (punk) trio (Killing an Arab, Boys Don't Cry), through the heavily synthesized sounds of Faith (Other Voices), the gothic, drum machine of Pornography (The Hanging Garden), to the Cure's most complex (and commercially successful) arrangements in Head on the Door (Inbetween Days, Close to Me). New fans will instantly fall in love with Boys Don't Cry, Love Cats, Caterpillar, Inbetween Days and Close to Me. "Killing an Arab" was the band's first single, and despite its name, is merely an adaptation of Albert Camus' "The Stranger," not a reflection of any racial animosity. "Charlotte Sometimes" is a gem on this album. It was never released on a full-length album, yet it is a favorite of many Cure fans; the studio version is a bit sluggish, though, and fans will find that songs like "Let's Go to Bed," "The Walk," and "Charlotte" (though cleverly appealing as mid-80s antiquities) are literally transformed by the performances of these songs in the live CDs "Show" and "Paris." This compilation is outstanding, though. New fans are encouraged to check out "Galore," which is a collection of more recent singles that most people are more familiar with, but when you are ready to fall in love with the Cure, and you will, this album should immediately become part of your CD collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal intro to classic Cure 1 May 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I'm an admirer of the Cure rather than a fully paid up fan, and don't own any Cure albums other than this, but among the 17 songs here are 5 bona fide masterpieces.
I hadn't heard "Killing an arab" for 20 years, and for me it's the absolute best Cure song ever - the arabian-style guitar, the brilliant guitar work, the atmosphere, the desolate lyrics. "10:15 saturday night" is another work in the same mould - wonderfully atmospheric, brilliant guitar breaks.
"A forest" must be the definitive Cure song - hypnotic bass, guitar and vocals and swooshy sound effects over a drum machine - a bit Doctor Who-ish in a way, and totally - well, yes - brilliant. Then there's "The love cats" - a song which is virtually impossible to sit still to. Double bass and piano - your grandma would love it too. Finally there's "Close to me", a song that's sounds as if it's been put together in the kitchen with string and sellotape, which is what gives it it's charm.
There's a lot of other songs on this album, but for me it's those 5 that make this compilation a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curiosity 21 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A better CD than the best of as it has all the singles. I hadn't heard some for many years but still as fresh etc as when they were firt released. They don't make them like this anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic introduction to The Cure... 12 April 2008
By Dakota
Format:Audio CD
...but I do wonder why they insist on making a cd like this, with mostly singles from albums and then one or two non-album releases that you can't find anywhere else. This has some of my favourite ever songs on it, but if I were to buy this album, it would be for the two or so songs that I don't have - it's not really fair/value for money for long time fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Most played album In Antarctica 15 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
With the exception of 'the walk' which we skipped whenever we could, this was the album that kept the Captain and I awake while steering through Icebergs at night.
Killing an Arab is perfect if you forgive the title, 10.15 could be put on repeat play to clear the bridge, Boys Don't Cry has a melody hard to dislike, A Forest is menacingly brilliant and the closing trio of songs from the 'Head on the Door' album paint a rich and deep picture of the mind of the writers.
If you don't have a Cure album, you need this one plus thier last 'great' album 'Disintigration'.
Unless you are into bland pop - stick to the 70's and 80's Cure!

Darren Collis - Sea Shepherd Quatermaster
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Easy Cure for SIngles 1 July 2014
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Party of my LP replacement process - highly recommended for any Cure fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 May 2014
By Sam
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Used to have this on vinyl. A great singles collection so many years ago and still going. What a special band.
Great price and quick delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by Mel_Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars A Forest being the best, but sound tinny with weak vocals when...
Wanted this for ages, but just never got around to getting it. Some really strong tracks, A Forest being the best, but sound tinny with weak vocals when compared to the best from... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Gary French
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love love love this cd!!!!! Personally, I think it's a must for Cure fans.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Alicia Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 2 months ago by derek forrest
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
CD appears very quiet??
Published 2 months ago by T. Menzies
5.0 out of 5 stars STAR AT THE SEA
Published 4 months ago by A. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Staring At The Sea
This is a great album for new and old fans of The Cure.
There's a real mix of their styles on here, which I really like. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Performing Ninja
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Just a brilliant cd to listen to brought back some great memories, totally just brilliant, love it great one to be played over and over
Published 11 months ago by Mrs C.A.Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Drip, drip, drip, drip - Hypontically Good!
If you want to catch the essence of the earlier albums without having to buy them all, this is a must and I would highly recommend buying it together with Galore which takes in The... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Diamond Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars OOh I love the Cure!!!
I remember buying this on vinyl at a shop in Coppergate when I was young. Played it until the grooves went flat! Read more
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