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Seventeen Seconds [Deluxe Edition] Box set, Double CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 May 2005)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Double CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0007SM9Y0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Reflection
  2. Play For Today
  3. Secrets
  4. In Your House
  5. Three
  6. The Final Sound
  7. A Forest
  8. M
  9. At Night
  10. Seventeen Seconds

Disc: 2

  1. I'm A Cult Hero - Vinyl Single A Side By Cult Hero
  2. I Dig You - Vinyl Single B Side By Cult Hero
  3. Another Journey By Train(Aka 44f)(Group Home Instrumental Demo 1/80)
  4. Secrets (Group Home Instrumental Demo 1/80)
  5. Seventeen Seconds (Live In Amsterdam 1/80)
  6. In Your House (Live In Amsterdam 1/80)
  7. Seventeen Seconds (Live In Amsterdam 1/80)
  8. Three (Alt. Studio Mix 2/80)
  9. I Dig You (Cult Hero-Live In The Marquee Club 3/80)
  10. I'm A Cult Hero (Cult Hero-Live In The Marquee Club 3/80)
  11. M (Live In Arnhem 5/80)
  12. The Final Sound (Live In France 6/80)
  13. A Reflection (Live In France 6/80)
  14. Play For Today (Live In France 6/80)
  15. At Night (Live In France 6/80)
  16. A Forest (Live In France 6/80)

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Originally a Goth-flavored post-punk outfit, the Cure evolved into one of the truly seminal bands of the ‘80s, and ultimately one of modern rock’s most celebrated and influential acts. Guided by creative visionary Robert Smith, the Cure’s signature sound balances a dreamy pop savvy with a dark, brooding majesty and fuses superbly crafted, literate songs with a feverish emotional intensity. The band’s early catalog-newly remastered and expanded with a wealth of rarities-is a series of masterpieces that laid the groundwork for their phenomenal and enduring popularity.

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'Seventeen Seconds' was the first classic album by The Cure- a very different version of The Cure to that of 'Three Imaginary Boys' (though a few songs lead this way, 'Subway Song', 'TIB', 'Another Day'). Original-bassist Michael Dempsey left to join Associates (Robert Smith ironically performed backing-vocals on Associates debut-LP 'The Affectionate Punch'!)& the Smith-Tolhurst unit expanded with the arrival of bassist (the timeless Simon Gallup) & brief-keyboardist (Matthieu Hartley). The songs had been becoming bleaker, Smith (the principal songwriter) influenced by 'Astral Weeks', Nick Drake, 'Low' & Joy Division began a trilogy of miserable albums that climaxed with the toxic 'Pornography.'
Smith had been exposed to many post-punk peers (The Banshees, Killing Joke, Wire) & this version of The Cure certainly belonged to that time of young men in long coats (The Bunnymen, Joy Division, The Sound). There are a few tracks that are more experimental, possibly in the second-side of 'Low'-vein- something like 'Three' could be contrasted to Joy Division's 'As You Said', or further back to Faust & Neu! The original 10-track album remains wonderful, the reissued cover reminding us of The Cure's anonymous image at the time (...everything was a blur...)- this album would be a favourite of Steve Albini's (his outfit Big Black would record a song 'Bad Houses' from 1986's 'Atomizer' that nodded towards this record).
I love every song, and have known this album since 1987, the remastering etc. obviously makes it sound even better. While the bonus-disc happily brings the great I'm a Cult Hero/I Dig You by The Cult Heroes (which I thought had been forgotten on the 'Three Imaginary Boys' reissue!)& some demo-alt versions that will appeal as much to Cure-fans as 1984's 'Curiosity.
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I believe that this is amongst the Cure's finest work, possibly a pinnacle. It was also the first Cure album I heard, and when I got it initially on vinyl it was in a two-album collection along with Faith. So I have always seen both excellent albums as two halves of a whole. Faith goes even bleaker, but both albums are the kind of medicine (or cure, I hate to say it!) for feeling bleak. If you're in that dark zone, this will comfort you and lift you. Heavy on drums. Obviously influenced by Bowie's 'Low', but with a voice of it's own. It is also excellent driving music for the long dark open road.
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The Cure's "Seventeen Seconds" is a kind of 'proto-Goth' calling card, the point where spikey, jumpy late Seventies New Wave starts to transform itself into the genre of Gothic rock that so characterised much of the Eighties. Here the energetic, boisterous New Wave Cure slows to an introspective, self-pitying and anxiety-ridden sulk, permanently indulging an adolescent fixation with the morbid and macabre. By now Robert Smith and his not so happy band are sounding like the Buzzcocks on Mogadon.

The nightmarish classic single taken from this album "A Forest" is a perfect blueprint for student bedsit angst; in my mind it is the greatest thing The Cure ever delivered, sublime in its ability to evoke in music a taut, tense state of dread. The other tracks can't match this panic-stricken epic and on first hearing could be easily dismissed as inferior variations on the same theme, with lots of repetitive, plodding drum patterns, snatches of discordant piano and Robert Smith's trademark weary vocal laments.

The sleeve to "Seventeen Seconds" sums up the music within very well - downbeat, doomy and dank. There's little in the way of contrast or colour, just a relentless grey dirge-like procession of melancholy. Yet believe me, compared to the onslaught of anguish in what was to follow a couple of year's later in "Pornography", this album is a stroll in the park. It does make you wonder though. All this gloom... maybe that is what living in the tedium of suburban (Creepy) Crawley did to the young mind of Robert Smith and his glum chums. Still, "Seventeen Seconds" promised great things for the rest of the decade - and The Cure didn't disappoint.
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This is a milestone album, transcending all their previous material, without making it appear any less than the brilliant work it is. There are few albums as stark, as emotionally desensitised and as soulfully raw as Seventeen Seconds; this was The Cure's moment of acendence from the vital and yet unformed post-punk kids, with big boots and bloody-nosed rock songs, to something unique, something unprecedented and something that ultimately re-modelled rock music altogether. This is a barren and desolate wilderness of cold, heart stopping rock music and it is a clarion call to those who were dying under the stagnating sun, indifference and apathy of post punk fall-out.

The Three Imaginary Boys had added to their number for this outing and Mathieu Hartley's keyboard gave a new depth to the already metamorphosising triad of Smith Gallup and Tolhurst. There can be no argument that the remixed and re-astered "Delux" edition only enhances it's pre-existing brilliance and standing as a classic album of it's time: the second disk, is a treasure trove of hidden, if not undiscovered, masterpieces and is a unequivocal example of the band's unparalleled brilliance and is an experience that no true "Curist" should ever miss out on.

I find myself totally immersed in the moment of my own desolation, in the desperate moment - just me and The Cure, . A Play For Today, Secrets and At Night are yet more examples of Smith's poetic brilliance and the band's unusual of not unique musically talent. All that and you are still to hear Disk 2; what a marvel - I'm A Cult Hero is a superb example of The Cure's roots and a reflection of their astounding progress.
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