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This review is from: Join The Dots - The B-Sides & Rarities (Audio CD)
This lavishly packaged 4-CD box set, with its 76-page colour booklet, is so much more than just an intriguing shelf-filler for Cure fans only - some of these B-sides and rarities, many previously unreleased, are amongst the very best recordings that the band has produced. Sure, there a few numbers which you'll skip over - the covers of the Doors 'Hello, I love you' (three versions!), Bowie's 'Young Americans' and Hendrix's 'Purple Haze', and the interesting but disposable remixes of album tracks which you'll probably already have. These however are just a handful out of a total of 70 tracks.
There are at least two CDs worth of first-rate Cure which never made it on to the studio albums, and if you select your favourite tracks (which will almost certainly include Out of Mind, 2 Late, Big Hand, Possession and the stunning Adonais) to make just one compilation CD, you'll have an album that can hold its head up alongside Disintergration, Wish and Bloodflowers.
This box-set also serves as an alternative history to the Cure, charting their progress from an exuberant three-piece in 1979 through to their departure from Fiction Records in 2001. The accompanying booklet, packed with photos, is thoughtful and well-written, and provides some illuminating background to the songs, the albums and the band's constantly changing line-ups.
Altogether a lovingly put-together collection and, at the current bargain price of under £16, an absolutely essential purchase.