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on 24 August 2017
Wow !!! The Cure live in 1993 .. Great 2cds of The Cure live.
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on 17 November 2002
If you've been to a Cure concert, you will know that they are a stunning live band. Capturing the atmosphere and the adrenalin of their shows on CD is well-nigh impossible, but nonetheless "Show" is an appealing reminder to those who have been there, and a damn good taster for those who haven't. Many of the songs also sound better than the studio versions on the recent "Greatest Hits" collection, as if you needed an extra reason to buy this.
The Cure's repertoire ranges from pop gems to dark, less accessible tracks appreciated mostly by confirmed fans, and while "Paris" (another live album released around the same time) concentrates on the latter, "Show" has enough of the pop to give it a wider appeal. It also came at a time when most of the band's best live tracks had already been written: while in my view "Bloodflowers" is their best studio album, none of its tracks or those on "Wild Mood Swings" are concert highlights.
The only problem with this is that "Show" will delight neither die-hard fans, who will criticize the inclusion of too many poppy tracks and mourn the absence of "A Forest" and "Play For Today", nor "casual" listeners who, like the Amazon reviewer, mourn the absence of "The Lovecats" and "Close To Me" and question the inclusion of less accessible tracks. All I can say is that Cure music is neither Lovecats nor Forest: it is both, and everything inbetween, and Show does a pretty good job of mixing these extremes and giving a taste of the full Cure range.
So, what is in this "showcase"? There are plenty of tracks from their most recent (at the time) studio album, "Wish". The pop tracks "High", "Friday I'm In Love" and "Doing The Unstuck" are perfectly good, yet quite forgettable compared to strong versions of pop classics "Just Like Heaven", "Inbetween Days" and "Lullaby". However, "Wish" is not all pop: the slow despairing "Trust" makes a welcome appearance, and the inclusion of "From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea" - still a high point of any Cure gig - makes Show worth it for the sheer power of that one track alone.
Fans of the more intense Cure style will appreciate a loud and rocking "Fascination Street", while two more Wish tracks, "Open" and "End", provide some power at both ends of the album. "Never Enough" is a great version - I don't like the single version much, but this starts with a great guitar intro and does a good job of lightening the tone after "Deep Green Sea". If there's one song that should unite all fans in appreciation, though, it has to be a near-perfect rendition of "Pictures Of You", which is the high point of the first CD.
That leaves a few tracks which, while better than the studio versions, don't quite reach the heights of the rest: "A Night Like This", "Let's Go To Bed" and "The Walk". Add these to "High", "Friday I'm In Love" and "Doing The Unstuck" and for me you have six weaker tracks - none however needs skipping. You can't have an album full of masterpieces, just like you can't have an action movie with explosions in every scene: every song contributes to the whole, and the high points are all the better for the atmosphere-building between them.
How can Cure come up with a 2-CD live album without concert classics like "A Forest", "Killing An Arab", "Play For Today", "Shiver and Shake" and hits like "Close To Me", "Boys Don't Cry", "Lovesong" and (yes) "Lovecats"? Simply because they have such a huge repertoire, and so much of it is good live. If you are a big fan, buy "Show" and "Paris"; otherwise just get "Show" and play it loud. If you're not a fan, then maybe, like me, you'll listen to "Show" and learn to like the band, and then buy other Cure albums.
Perhaps one day Bob and the boys will release a new live CD - the 2002 Hyde Park concert for example? - but until then, nearly ten years on, "Show" is the best reminder I can get of their concert power, and remains a firm favourite. Highly recommended.
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on 11 May 2000
Probably one of my favourite Cure albums, it has some of their best music within an amazing atmosphere that lets you relive past Cure concerts, as if you were there again. My favourites have to be Lullaby, Fascination Street & Just like Heaven. I also have the Video-CD of this compilation, which, actually has another FOUR tracks, including one of my all-time-favourites, Forest.
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on 25 November 2000
This is an album for the fans, clearly. And anyone who expects them to play an 18yr old cheesy hit like lovecats clearly doesn't know the first thing about them. this album captures them at their best period, with their best line-up, and with the exception of a few dodgy tracks (high and friday i'm in love being a bit meagre live), it's a riveting experience for those that know and like the songs. those that don't can find the ricky martin album in the next aisle... :P
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on 10 January 2010
I love The Cure. There music never disappoints. Show is probably an album for someone who already knows and loves their music. I am always amazed at the quality of their live performances. Having been to only one live concert unfortunately I found this album evoked the atmosphere wonderfully.
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on 22 May 2001
Concentrating on their recent, pop-oriented material, Show is a good, if unspectacular, representation of the Cure in concert. Only devoted fans need to own this album.
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on 6 September 2013
If you like Cure you'll love this! Good live atmosphere and some hits interspersed with less well known material. Brilliant!
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on 2 February 2015
I bought this DVD from a small holistic UK bookseller, Cygnus Books.co.uk. a little while ago. I would recommend it to anyone who is open to the premise that we have the power within us to heal ourselves. This movie is beautifully put together: interviews of prominent figures in the holistic field, such as cell biologist Bruce Lipton (author of the gourndbreaking 'bestseller 'The Biology of Belief'); Marianne Williamson; Dr. Bernie Siegel; Gregg Braden. These interviews are combined with moving testimonies of several people who had been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses and who pulled through using the principles beautifully synthetised in this movie. Moreover, the stunning visual nature scenes and the equally wellness-inducing relaxing music score just make this the kind of treat anyone sick or well can benefit from.
Since this DVD isn't available on amazon.co.uk, try Cygnus, or else you can also order it from the producer's USA website www.thecureisthemovie.com , but ensure the version is compatible for viewing outside the USA.. I wish to express my grateful thanks to the people who have created this wonderful tool for self-empowerment. I can personally vouch for the fact these principles work.
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on 13 March 2016
Excellent live album. The sister album Paris is also a must. Delivery expectations met.
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on 8 January 2006
Capturing a performance in Michigan, during the American leg of The Cure’s 1992 “Wish” tour, this record’s upfront, confessional sound puts you right in the front row. Robert Smith (bass/lead vocalist) is on top voice, pouring the pain of unrequited love into Pictures of You and battering Fascination Street into life with bullying bass lines. Perry Bamonte (lead guitarist) is also on good form with Never Enough’s funky intro and The Love Cats’ frenetic fretwork.
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