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5.0 out of 5 stars Primetime Cure, 31 Aug 2007
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Adamski (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Concert - The Cure Live (Audio CD)
This for me is probably my favourite Cure album. It sees them in a frantic & energetic mood and the setlist is basically a greatest hits up to the album The Top. Later live albums Show and Paris never recreated the energy and sheer sense of being up for it that was evident on this recording. If you like early Cure this is a must have.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cure's first live album, 7 Nov 2000
This review is from: Concert - The Cure Live (Audio CD)
Released in October 1984, this live album includes their best songs from the previous 5 years. Shake Dog Shake and Give it up are performed in a much heavier and gritter style form the studio version, A Forest has an extended beginning and end and their new version of Killing an Arab proves how far the band has progressed by this stage. The Cure were already transforming from a small indie band from Crawley to an international sell-out Arena group. The album is an excellent example of their live performances of the time. The original cassette release also included a bonus album containing more live recordings, promos and demo music.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their first (and best) live album, 31 May 2008
This review is from: Concert - The Cure Live (Audio CD)
Really a high water mark for pre-MTV Cure and a decent round off of the period before the arrival of Boris Williams. I'm loath to give any album five stars as that implies perfection, so four'll have to do.
There will always be complaints from completists about the absence of certain tracks (Boys don't cry), but as a representation of a Cure live show this is pretty good.
The unsung hero of this album is the drummer Andy Anderson, who is generally seen as a footnote in the band's history. His performance on "A Forest", while straight foward, provides a perfect backing for Robert's guitar and he seems to have a perfect feel for the songs. For want of a better word, he actually makes the band swing.
Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best line up,the best gig and the best album., 8 Jun 2013
This review is from: Concert - The Cure Live (Audio CD)
I was at the gig where most of these tracks were taken from and at the end of the night Robert thanked the crowd saying how much the band had enjoyed it.If they had only included a bit more of it, you would have heard why they enjoyed it so much.
'The Top'was a very underrated album and this gig is taken from the tour to promote it, but sadly the other tracks off the album, all of which were played on the night, don't get a look in here. Honestly, i wonder sometimes what is wrong with record companies.Why cut out half the tracks from the concert? It wouldnt kill them to make a proper live album with even just an extra 5 or 6 tracks.Don't they realise that the fans want this and more would have bought it if they had done it properly? Either they believe in the material or they don't. The original gig was sadly culled to these few tracks, which meant the best versions of tracks like 'M,' 'Play for today,' and 'The drowning man' were left off. I saw them 4 times over 8 years and this was by far the best line-up, the best gig, and also the best drummer they ever had.The closest they came to this kind of quality was at Glastonbury in 1986, when they played 'Faith' in the rain.
Thankfully we have the proper version of killing an arab on this album. What is all the PC nonsense with changing the title from 'killing an arab' to 'killing another' as can be seen on the Bestival live album in 2011? Here you get the original version, which by the way never made me hate or want to kill arabs. But if people are so easily influenced or upset by what was just a lyric inspired by a book by Albert Camus, then that's their problem.And by the way, when any cure fan goes to see them live i bet you any money you like that nobody singing along sings the word 'another.' What will be next? Maybe change the title 'primary' to 'comprehensive' so that the older kids won't get upset? Or change 'shake dog shake' to 'shake stuffed-dog shake,' in case the animal lovers get upset.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captured in glory!, 5 Jun 2014
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Here we have a brilliant Cure live recording that captures the true essence of the the band before they became semi-mainstream hit machine.

I love nothing more than playing this album on a cold, wet and windy evening whilst nibbling on some chocolate and drinking a cup of tea. In fact, I might just go and put it on again now despite the fact the weather is not optimal for my previously mentioned listening state.

Mind, most self respecting Cure fans already own this album so for the rest of you, click order right now!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it, 8 May 2014
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I'm not a huge fan of the Cure, but enjoyed this album, despite not knowing most of the tracks. Worth buying
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 20 albums, 9 Nov 2003
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Toby le Rhone (StaffordshireUK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Concert - The Cure Live (Audio CD)
The Cure were the best of the UK Alt Rock groups that made the dreadful 1980's worth listening through, they had many highs and this record is one of the highest.
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