- Audio CD (29 Oct. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: Box set
- Label: Commercial Marketing
- ASIN: B000VRXO6O
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Join The Dots - The B-Sides & Rarities Box set
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* Stunning box set of rarities and b-sides, compiled by Robert Smith.
* 70 songs digitally-remastered over 4 CDs.
* Contains b-sides, cover versions and tracks from soundtracks and non-Cure compilations.
* 76 page booklet featuring rare and previously unseen photographs, includes a complete Fiction discography.
* The ultimate companion to the official releases.
Top Customer Reviews
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One of the best buys I have made for a bit.
It's not all successful, no-one needs three versions of Hello, I Love You and one Purple Haze is more than enough, but the moments of breathtaking beauty outweigh the unnecessary dirges. Though past their peak by 1992 the b-sides to Wish give a tantalising glimpse at what should have been. Other highlights include The Crow-inspired Burn.
The packaging is luxurious, the sleeve notes illuminating, especially the inspiration for the title of classic b-side Harold and Joe, Bishop and Mangel respectively from Neighbours. Peculiarly some of the songs aren't where the sleeve says they are. Overall the 70 songs here are too much to digest in one listen but with a band as important as The Cure it's easy to forgive a little over indulgence.
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.
"The B Sides And Rarities" sums up exactly what is contained here, I'm puzzled why so many people are getting confused over this.
The B-Sides part explains itself, every B-Side which was an original song is present here and also a few B-Sides which were remixes of other songs.
The Rarities part is where people seem to be losing the plot. It's important to emphasise that this collection is by The Cure and nobody else, so that is the exact reason why you will not find any recordings made by Cure side-projects such as Cult Hero, The Glove or Fool's Dance, or projects/bands by other people featuring Robert Smith such as Junkie XL, The Banshees, Bowie or Bowie's cohorts Earl Slick and Reeves Gabrels.
The rarities present are Cure recordings that HAVE been available elsewhere before but not in any great quantities. So, you'll find the much heard about but rarely heard version of Lament given away free with Flexipop magazine, three version of Hello I Love You (two are from the rare Elektra record label compilation "Rubyait"), there's the only three Cure songs recorded specifically for films (as used on The Crow, The X Files and Judge Dredd movies) and there's various other remixes and songs, some of which have been available as legal downloads, some have been shall we just say available as "downloads"....
To me a rarity is a song that has been released but not widely available. Anything else is simply a song that has never been released ANYWHERE and that's where a great deal of people are getting confused with this box-set.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful sounscapes, but man should not put his head on a water.Published 9 months ago by Janne Niskanen
good qaulity selection of b-sides and rarities = says something about the quality of The cure that this set of discs is so strong, does what it says on the tin. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stephen Janes
I love this album. Good value for the money (MP3 download) I am a little biased as I like most of the songs The Cure do and it was interesting to hear different versions of... Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2015 by J Brown