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The Head On The Door - 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 (14 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B000FZDGTM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,658 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Inbetween Days
2. Inwood
3. Push
4. Innsbruck
5. Stop Dead
6. Lalala
7. Screw
8. Lime Time
9. Kyoto Song
10. A Few Hours After This ...
11. Six Different Ways
12. A Man Inside My Mouth
13. A Night Like This
14. The Exploding Boy
15. Close To Me
16. The Baby Screams
17. The Blood
18. Sinking

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Product Description

Universal UK pressing features the same content as the Rhino/US version, though packaged in the standard Universal 'Deluxe Edition' slipcase. Two CD set compiled by Robert Smith and digitally remastered from the original master tapes. This album was originally released in 1985.

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UNI 9840016; UNIVERSAL spa - Italia;

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly weighted eighties album. 20 April 2012
By OsianL
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Every song in this album is distinct and creative. Often with eighties albums the production techniques and old synths date quickly, but I think this album still stands up 27 years later. The album is short but I think there's a good balance between their more quirky upbeat songs like Close to me and In between Days and their more dark tortured songs like A Night Like This and Sinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cure at their Quirkiest 14 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
The Cure have been known for their gloomy tunes at the start of their career with Pornography, Seventeen Seconds and Faith- then along came Kiss Me x3 and Japanese Whispers. The album was a sweet introduction to their newly found quirky Cure sound which is very difficult to compare to most bands and the which is what makes this band special.

However, the lyrics are still quite dark and full of self hatred, which is what to be expected of Robert Smith, however, he managed to tie this in with easy going tunes fit for a summer mood which won't put a downer on your day.

My favourite tracks are Night Like This and Six Different ways which are very catchy and one listen simply isn't enough.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just My Review..... 22 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Cure refocused and ultimately hit their stride with Head On the Door, producing an album which not only more effectively depicted gloom, but also showed enough pop smarts to make it memorable (and even danceable). The band scored a hit with the infectious, New Order-ish "In Between Days" (which managed to beat New Order at their own game) and the highly memorable "Close to Me," but the album's outstanding trait is its diversity -- they managed to combine a wide variety of influences, not only that of contemporary dance-floor peers, but also incorporating rhythms from the Far East and South America to fine effect. The Cure made more accomplished albums later on and had bigger hits, but none combined artistic ambition with really catchy songs as well as Head On the Door.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album given extra depth 17 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
For me, this is one of the Cure's best albums. Alongside the cacophany of Pornography and melancholy of Disintegration, I think that this is the one that best highlights the various shades of light and dark that there are in the Smith cannon. Inbetween Days is the one where Robert mastered the classy pop song (he'd perfect it with Just Like Heaven 2 years later), though the fact it's followed by the beautifully instumented Kyoto Song tells you that while he might have learned a few things since Let's Go To Bed's crassy commercialism, he didn't forget how to write something as dreamily hypnotic as Just One Kiss. It's this broad pallett that encapsulates the spirit of the whole album, taking in Spanish guitars (The Blood), twisted funk grooves (Screw), complete desolation (Sinking), adrenaline-rushing positivity (Push) and perhaps the greatest example of Robert Smith's unique somehow-melancholy-yet-somehow-uplifting-at-the-same-time brand of pop (A Night Like This). Although there are many Cure albums more rewarding than this, this is the microcosm of all that made them so special in the 80s.

And to the extra disc... the Inbetween Days demo is divine, just Robert in his flat when the riff came to him and a fascinating insight into the birth of a great popsong. Inwood and Innsbruck are demos that hark to the fact that there were a lot of dark things still going on under the surface, despite the upbeat feeling to most of the album and the relative single b-sides. Indeed, for those who do not own Join The Dots (the b-side retrospective released a few years back) there are also tentative demos of lost classics like Stop Dead, A Few Hours After This, The Exploding Boy and A man Inside My Mouth.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible introduction to the Cure 30 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
'The Head on the Door' nicely reflects the ever-changing nature of the Cure, from the sickly sweet pop of 'Inbetween Days' through to the fabulous 'Sinking', reminiscent of earlier material. This ranks as one of the Cure's best albums and the first of a series which encompasses 'Disintegration' and ends with the release of 'Wish' in 1992. It demonstrates a fuller sound than earlier output and was written at the time of a new line-up, greater stability, and a fresh outlook for the band as a whole. Much of the album is single material.
The opening track is infectious pop at its best, although not the most accomplished track on the album. 'Push' sees Smith relating his experience of irrational hatred, and has proved a favourite set piece. 'A Night Like This' is classic Cure, a strong bass line and lyric, with Smith in remorseful mood "I want it to be perfect like before, I want to change". The last track forms an intense and beautiful soundscape, particularly when played loud, Smith lamenting the inevitable passing of time, a theme explored in 'Seventeen Seconds'. This album is a must-buy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the cures' finest (half) hour 20 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
I went to France with my family in 1984 a Duranie and met a girl who lent me a few cure tapes she had with her and I returned desperate to know more. The Head on the Door is for me their best album, the first they started to use a lusher production, bringing a more layered sound to their songs. Listening to this album today sums up all that the cure do well daft pop 'close to me' songs that get under your skin and stay there ' the blood' 'kyoto song' and the immense 'Sinking'to close. Anyone interested in what the cure do can do no better than using this as a starter and working forwards or backwards as you Wish. A perfect album from a perfect band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cure.....
This was my first ever Cure record on 12inch at the tender age of 15. I personally love it as I didn't have any other Cure albums to compare it to at the time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kate
4.0 out of 5 stars The Cure - The Head On The Door (Deluxe Edition)
This CD is among the top four of the band in my opinion. Perhaps, the third position is the order of preference. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jose Henrique
5.0 out of 5 stars Rx
tripped on this, hit my head even harder than the too many times before, on his door...and just once more it broke that fleighty fall. Read more
Published 16 months ago by elles
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Cure.
It really is an essential album for anyone thinking of listening to The Cure. The start of their peak recording material over the following 6 or 7 years. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by Aaron J. Law
4.0 out of 5 stars Start Here
Still the best entry point to appreciating The Cure in my view, The Head on the Door covers all Cure bases, from catchy pop (In Between Days, Close to Me) to doom-laden, phased... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2009 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Cure albums, but that's faint praise
I don't think The Cure made good albums. They just sound too samey and are boring to listen to. I can hear merit in some of the albums, and I don't think they're technically bad,... Read more
Published on 12 May 2009 by BS on parade
5.0 out of 5 stars pop trash
people always rate this as their favoirite cure album. it could be described as ' the cure do new romantic' but they do it better than all of their comtemporaries (Maybe not Adam... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2008 by Mr. A. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best. Album. Ever.
This has to be the greatest album I have ever bought, can't fault it at all. Possibly the best cure album ever made.
Published on 30 Nov 2007 by Joey,
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Bob
OK, I confess: despite my admiration for Robert Smith's undoubted talent, I've not been any more than a fair weather fan of the Cure and have only bought a handful of albums over... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2007 by Thoughtform
5.0 out of 5 stars My only cure
This was my first purchase of the cure in the mid 80's and this album was responsible for myself getting into the cure, a wonderful album which blew me away when i heard it. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2006 by Amazon Customer
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