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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0076BYLZG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Having read the reviews of this album, I'd have to say that I disagree with most of them in some part. I have been listening to this endlessly over the past few days, especially disc 1. Although a big Cure fan in the early 80s, I did lose some interest when they started producing pure pop songs like Lovecats or Caterpillar, though I appreciate that these were some of their most popular tunes. This live set reflects their extensive back-catalogue, so you get the pop as well as the doom and despair.

There are a few criticisms made which seem odd to me. Firstly, the trebly drum sound is quite excellent and provides a driving rhythm to all the songs. I could listen to it all day (and I have been). It's a drum sound that I especially like, also favouring that of Simple Minds' Mel Gaynor, and the hugely crisp and trebly sound on Steel Pulse's Live at the Rastafari Centennial album. It's good to have a sound that cuts through the mix and that provides real energy.

The second point raised is that it's a pity Porl Thompson isn't playing as The Cure requires two guitars. Not so. Simon Gallup's bass acts like a lead guitar at times, playing outstanding riffs way up the neck, rather than just plonking away in the background like so many bass players. This was a style which became prevalent in the late 70s with the likes of The Stranglers or Joy Division. So there is an interplay between Gallup and Smith that makes a second guitar largely superfluous.

The third criticism levelled is that Smith is just going through the motions with his singing. I can't understand this at all. On tracks like Open or A Night Like This, it sounds as if he means every word. Rarely has the lyrics of despair been voiced so eloquently.
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This concert from 2011 features 32 songs ranging from The Cure's debut album up to the last studio album; with career highlights lighting up the night sky in between. The song quality is excellent. Bring back Boris and it would have been perfect! My only quibble is the rewording of a song to 'Killing Another'. Fantastic value double cd especially when all profits go to charity.
I would love to see a dvd/bray of this concert.
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By Lumpy VINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2011
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A great CD capturing a fantastic band in top form - a vast set with drawing from every era of what is now a storming back catalogue. The CD represents superb value for money (even better given the proceeds are going to a good cause) and the sound quality is fantastic. The Cure don't play live much these days so grab this CD as the next best thing and celebrate one of Britain's greatest bands.
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This is a really excellent CD, buy it now. If you are starting out and investigating The Cure get "Standing on a beach,staring at the sea" first and then buy this. If you have any past affilitation with The Cure, this CD is a "must have". I have given it four stars because The Cure in this incarnation do lack a second guitar in the mix (Porl Thomson?)and the sound does get a bit one dimensional and lacks depth in some places. On the up side it does allow Fat Bob to demonstate his considerable, massively underrated musicianship/guitarmanship. Godlike genius -yes.
It must have been a great gig.
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Being the first Cure live album in nineteen years, there are inevitable cries of rip-off, despite it being very competitively priced - and two and a half hours long. And like the last two Cure live albums, with artist royalties going to charity.

It's also the first Cure live album shorn of the usual rota of album-tour-album, capturing a one-off outdoor show three years after their last studio record, and also, the first that covers in its entirity one of the (rightfully legendary) epic concerts that have made the bands name. Other live records have been promoting a specific album, loaded with material from the then-recent release, and missing huge chunks of the evening. This is the first live album that features songs from their entire body of work, instead of promoting one specific album. And it is a glorious romp through the thirty year history.

Is this The Cure? For this album the band front yet another lineup (their fourteenth in thirty years), and also it is this configurations first public appearance. And yet it is unquestionably The Cure. Simon Gallup on bass has 30 years in the band, Roger O Donnell first played with them in 1987, and Jason Cooper joined on drums since 1994. It is not merely a case of Scary Bob and Some Blokes, but an fluid identity presenting one of the richest back catalogues there is.

From the opening "Plainsong" to the final "Killing Another" (using the slightly revised lyrics Robert has been singing since 2001), it is wonderful stuff. A journey through the bands entire canon, with many songs - such as the fun mini-set of 1979 era material at the shows climax - that have never been officially released on a live record.
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I was at Bestival and this was a stunning performance and it's great to have the whole show on CD. Whilst I prefer the doomier side of The Cure, this was a Festival and the singles & hits flowed which was perfect for the Bestival crowd.

The main set ran from the opening chimes of 'Plainsong' (still sends shivers down the spine) to the frantic 'Disintegration' & the encores saw them play 'The Caterpillar' for the first time in 20 years. The version of 'The Walk' is great with the RO'D back on keyboards doing the song justice and 'A Forest' is majestic.

The sound quality is excellent and priced at £7.99 is staggering - many bands could take a leaf out of the Cure's book when it comes to value for money.

Buy it.
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