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Format: CD
Sku: 225914440
UPC: 843798000773
UPC 14: 00843798000773
Release Date: 12/6/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Plainsong ~ The Cure
2. Open ~ The Cure
3. Fascination Street ~ The Cure
4. Night Like This, A ~ The Cure
5. End of the World, The ~ The Cure
6. Lovesong ~ The Cure
7. Just Like Heaven ~ The Cure
8. Only One, The ~ The Cure
9. Walk, The ~ The Cure
10. Push ~ The Cure
11. Friday I'm in Love ~ The Cure
12. Inbetween Days ~ The Cure
13. Play for Today ~ The Cure
14. Forest, A ~ The Cure
15. Primary ~ The Cure
16. Shake Dog Shake ~ The Cure
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Hungry Ghost, The ~ The Cure
2. One Hundred Years ~ The Cure
3. End ~ The Cure
4. Disintegration ~ The Cure
5. Lullaby ~ The Cure
6. Lovecats, The ~ The Cure
7. Caterpillar, The ~ The Cure
8. Close to Me ~ The Cure
9. Hot Hot Hot!!! ~ The Cure
10. Let's Go to Bed ~ The Cure
11. Why Can't I Be You? ~ The Cure
12. Boys Don't Cry ~ The Cure
13. Jumping Someone Else's Train ~ The Cure
14. Grinding Halt ~ The Cure
15. 10:15 Saturday Night ~ The Cure
16. Killing Another ~ The Cure

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Robert Smith (vocals, guitar); Roger O'Donnell (keyboards); Jason Cooper (drums).
Muze PNote Recording information: Bestival (09/10/2011).
Muze PNote The Cure could be found in a mix of holding pattern and seemingly constant activity in 2011, with an irregular series of world-wide performances of the band's first three albums and a slew of guest appearances and one-offs by Robert Smith on his own and with other performers standing in for either new or reissued albums. But there was also a one-off headlining performance at the Bestival in the U.K. that summer, resulting in the band's first official live album since the Show and Paris releases of 1993. Feeling more like a souvenir than anything else, it's above all a portrait of a band that has the knack of handling a career-spanning catalog down cold, something with both positive and negative sides to it. On the one hand, besides a thankfully clear mix that feels like a brisk soundboard recording, there's the treat of hearing a then-unique quartet lineup of Smith, Simon Gallup, and Jason Cooper matched with the then-recently returned Roger O'Donnell adding keyboards for the first time in some years. If it's not quite Seventeen Seconds all over again, performances of "Play for Today" and the inevitable "A Forest" do happily nod in that direction. Smith himself still sounds in astonishingly well-preserved voice, only occasionally stepping aside from some high notes while sounding as moodily powerful as ever on guitar -- not to mention as half-understandable as ever on his occasional song introductions. On the other hand, Smith and company have been playing this kind of set for years upon years when it comes to general or festival audiences, emphasizing the big hits of the first 15 years of their career. Out of 32 songs, literally only three of them couldn't have appeared on either Show or Paris -- happily one of them being the underrated "The Hungry Ghost" from 4:13 Dream -- while the remainder of the selections leans much more toward the hits and singles than the album cuts, stalwarts like "Plainsong," "Push," and "Disintegration" aside. (Though the appearance of "The Caterpillar" is a fun surprise, having never been played for a full-on show by the band once since 1984.) Bestival Live 2011 is an understandably honest reflection of the Cure in the popular mind as their commercial high point recedes further into the past, but given Smith and the band's other contemporaneous activities, it's an incomplete portrait. ~ Ned Raggett

Engineer: Will Shapland

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Associated Artists and Works

Siouxsie & The Banshees
String Quartet (The)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/06/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : PIASA 51CD
Music Label Name Label : Sunday Best (UK)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00843798000773

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (p.83)
- "All 32 tracks are performed with the band's signature gloomy/giddy passion." -- Grade: A-

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his captures The Cure at their crowd-pleasing best, an ageless band revelling in their past."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Cure
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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