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  • 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)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 10:15 Saturday Night
  2. Plastic Passion
  3. Pill Box Tales
  4. Do The Hansa
  5. I'm Cold
  6. Another Journey By Train
  7. Descent
  8. Splintered In Her Head
  9. Lament (Flexipop Magazine Cover Release)
  10. Just One Kiss
  11. The Dream
  12. The Upstairs Room
  13. La Ment
  14. Speak My Language
  15. Mr. Pink Eyes
  16. Happy The Man
  17. Throw Your Foot
  18. New Day
  19. The Exploding Boy
  20. A Few Hours After This ...
  21. A Man Inside My Mouth
  22. Stop Dead

Disc: 2

  1. Japanese Dream
  2. Breathe
  3. A Chain Of Flowers
  4. Snow In Summer
  5. Sugar Girl
  6. Icing Sugar
  7. Hey You!!!
  8. How Beautiful You Are
  9. To The Sky
  10. Babble
  11. Out Of Mind
  12. 2 Late
  13. Fear Of Ghosts
  14. Hello, I Love You (Unreleased)
  15. Hello, I Love You
  16. Hello, I Love You
  17. Harold And Joe
  18. Just Like Heaven

Disc: 3

  1. This Twilight Garden
  2. Play
  3. Halo
  4. Scared As You
  5. The Big Hand
  6. A Foolish Arrangement
  7. Doing The Unstuck
  8. Purple Haze (Unreleased)
  9. Purple Haze
  10. Burn
  11. Young Americans
  12. Dredd Song
  13. It Used To Be Me
  14. Ocean
  15. Adonais

Disc: 4

  1. Home
  2. Waiting
  3. A Pink Dream
  4. This Is A Lie
  5. Wrong Number
  6. More Than This
  7. World In My Eyes
  8. Possession (Unreleased 2000)
  9. Out Of This World (Unreleased 2000)
  10. Maybe Someday
  11. Coming Up
  12. Signal To Noise (Unreleased 2001)
  13. Signal To Noise
  14. Just Say Yes - (Unreleased 2001)
  15. A Forest - (Featuring Earl Slick, unreleased 2001)

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Product Description

* 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.

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Are you a Cure fan, a fan wanting to own all the non album tracks, mixes, b sides and some rarities, all at a fantastic price, all on one terrific cd box set in pristine quality....then stop reading these reviews and just buy it, put it in your Amazon watch and wait till it drops to under £18, then snap it up, simple!!
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OK you have to be a Cure fan, but the songs are great, the booklet is interesting and the whole package is really well done. Now the price has come down (I paid £15). Listening to the early stuff brings back memories; my Mum threw away the single cover for 'Boys Don't Cry' when I was out at school because the back of it was a drawing of blow-up doll for 'Plastic Passion' I have still not recovered but this box-set helps.
One of the best buys I have made for a bit.
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Even for the most devoted Cure fans there are unheard treats on offer with six previously unreleased tracks. For the casual fan there's even more to discover.
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.
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If you were a diehard fan of the Cure and wanted to listen to their b-sides and rare tracks, you had mainly two options: listen to the original vinyl/CD single or grab the "Standing on a Beach" cassette, which had a bonus selection of early b-side cuts. "Join the Dots" now makes things easier for the fan who's got to own every hard-to-find release by the Cure. On 4 CDs, the band covers their 23-year discography of rarities, and all the tracks are digitally remastered under the supervision of Robert Smith. The first disc is a virtual trip down memory lane and it's easily the best, featuring songs that trace back to the Cure's punk roots. Notable gems are "I'm Cold," "Another Journey by Train," the orchestral "A Few Hours After This," and "Throw Your Foot." The second disc covers 1987-92, and by this point, the band found a mainstream audience in America. Its twin peaks are the poppy "2 Late" and the dark and atmospheric "Fear of Ghosts," which stands as good a track as anything off their 1989 album "Disintegration." Another highlight is a respectable cover of the Doors' "Hello, I Love You," and three versions of this song are found. Disc 3 covers 1992-1996, with some good tracks ("Play" and "This Twilight Garden") and some notable misfires, such as a cover of Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and a not-bad-but-pointless cover of Bowie's "Young Americans." The fourth disc, which covers 1996-01 finds the group experimenting with electronica with varying degrees of success. It's not a bad disc, and much of the stuff on here is good, but it's my least favorite among the four.Read more ›
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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.
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There’s much misunderstanding over this box-set and a lot of bad comments being made for no reason.
"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.
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