- Audio CD (2 May 2005)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Box set, Double CD
- Label: Commercial Marketing
- ASIN: B0007SM9Y0
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Seventeen Seconds [Deluxe Edition] Box set, Double CD
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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 rocks most celebrated and influential acts. Guided by creative visionary Robert Smith, the Cures signature sound balances a dreamy pop savvy with a dark, brooding majesty and fuses superbly crafted, literate songs with a feverish emotional intensity. The bands 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
one of my fave albums, I love the minimal sound and production. darker than the first album but not overwhelmingly bleak like Faith and Pornography. highly recommended!Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Classic Cure especially on vinyl as it would have been originally. If you love the Cure you will definitely have this.Published 23 months ago by Shaun Haselden
I would have given this record a 5 star rating, but, The final sound is a pointless under a minute track that needn't have been added to a otherwise brilliant album!! Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2014 by kate
The title of this review is deliberately meant to refer to the single - 'A Forest' which although probably a little on the long side for some tastes as a single, remains a classic. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2013 by Possum Pie
This is the second album of the band and, in my opinion, better than the first. There are compositions and a more consistent style better defined. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2013 by José Henrique