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Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Retracted farewells aside, this seminal British group have proven the most enduring of Britain's Class of '76, tweaking their goth-punk image with alternate doses of drama and humor, and exerting an influence on several waves of descendants. And while their hits have been repackaged on both best-of and live discs, their trove of lesser-known material is just as intriguing -- as borne out by this four-disc box set. Join the Dots goes back as far as the band itself, kicking off with "10: 15 Saturday Night," the B-side to the Cure's first single, "Killing an Arab." The darkness of Robert Smith's earliest days as a writer is well documented in songs like "Splintered in Her...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Retracted farewells aside, this seminal British group have proven the most enduring of Britain's Class of '76, tweaking their goth-punk image with alternate doses of drama and humor, and exerting an influence on several waves of descendants. And while their hits have been repackaged on both best-of and live discs, their trove of lesser-known material is just as intriguing -- as borne out by this four-disc box set. Join the Dots goes back as far as the band itself, kicking off with "10: 15 Saturday Night," the B-side to the Cure's first single, "Killing an Arab." The darkness of Robert Smith's earliest days as a writer is well documented in songs like "Splintered in Her Head" and "I'm Cold," and the band's pulsing insistency captured perfectly on the instrumental "Another Journey by Train." As the years progressed, the band changed tenor -- and members -- in dramatic fashion, leaping into surprisingly upbeat pop via songs like "Hey You!!!" and "How Beautiful You Are," the latter of which was tucked onto the back of "Hot Hot Hot." A smattering of covers -- including three versions of the Doors' "Hello I Love You" and a pair of takes on Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" -- aren't as compelling as the goodly number of self-revisions. Of those, a radical, previously unreleased remix of the Wish album track "Doing the Unstuck" and an acoustic rendition of the more recent "Signal to Noise" stand out the most. The set is packaged with an 80-page book, featuring song-by-song notes by Smith and longtime compatriot Simon Gallup, as well as a slew of rare photos. It's a truly exhaustive chronicle of a band that has stood the test of time.
All Music Guide - Chris True
Wisely, the Cure decided to start fresh upon signing with their new label in 2004 by cleaning house, remastering the old albums, and bringing their fans Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001. Not only is it the ultimate companion to the official releases, but it is, in a way, the new-super-deluxe-updated version of that cassette release of Staring at the Sea. Every B-side is included, in order, with cleaned-up sound, liner notes, and explanations by the man who made it all happen. All tracks, from "10.15 Saturday Night" the B-side to the debut single "Killing an Arab" to covers of "Hello, I Love You," "Purple Haze," and "World in My Eyes," to entries from the Bloodflowers singles, are an indication that while the Cure made both strong albums and singles, they were not afraid to experiment along the way, and more importantly, they didn't let pride keep them from not making them available to those who were willing to look for them. Their growth as a band can be fully tracked in the songs here. The wild development on disc one which includes the B-sides from the Staring at the Sea cassette, the B-sides from the Boys Don't Cry re-release from 1986, and the Japanese Whispers B-sides, as well as the extremely rare "Lament" [flexi-disc version] is easily their strongest and most diverse era, with Smith growing artistically and musically in leaps and bounds from track to track. The rampant growth eventually gives way to the dark and heavy pop of the B-sides of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Disintegration, and Mixed Up on disc two. While the songs are strong on this second disc, they manage to have less of the wild, experimental abandon that disc one has. The Cure began to find a real niche by this point, and by disc three, the dream pop of the late '80s had developed into the stadium-sized gloom and doom that characterized 1992's Wish, their critical and commercial peak. Eventually the band's output would become more sporadic, and the level of consistency would be more of a trademark of the band than the experimentalism of old. Disc four, which covers the time from Wild Mood Swings to Bloodflowers, is the "weakest" of the collection, but there are still great moments to be found, with many remixes that give the original tracks a new interpretation. There are those who would argue that the band grew, and others would argue that it fell apart, yet there is no denying that the majority of work on Join the Dots is extraordinarily strong. It admittedly may be a bit too much for someone who isn't quite a big devotee of the band, but it's a veritable godsend for those who've been waiting for this for years. No jumbled, out-of-order track listings, no glaring omissions it's safe to say that the reissues of the albums will take care of any extra tracks, mixes, and miscellanea lying around -- it's exactly what a rarities/B-sides collection should be. Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001 is proof that, while the band may falter from time to time -- as most do -- the Cure have, unlike most, really been paying attention to their fans' needs over the years.
Tracks - Andy Greenwald
An aptly decadent box of obscurities.

An aptly decadent box of obscurities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227804329
  • Catalog Number: 78043

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 10:15 Saturday Night (3:43)
  2. 2 Plastic Passion (2:16)
  3. 3 Pillbox Tales (2:56)
  4. 4 Do the Hansa (2:40)
  5. 5 I'm Cold (2:49)
  6. 6 Another Journey by Train (3:06)
  7. 7 DeScent (3:09)
  8. 8 Splintered in Her Head (5:17)
  9. 9 Lament (Flexipop Version) (4:36)
  10. 10 Just One Kiss (4:10)
  11. 11 The Dream (3:12)
  12. 12 The Upstairs Room (3:31)
  13. 13 Lament (4:25)
  14. 14 Speak My Language (2:43)
  15. 15 Mr. Pink Eyes (2:45)
  16. 16 Happy the Man (2:47)
  17. 17 Throw Your Foot (3:33)
  18. 18 New Day (4:10)
  19. 19 The Exploding Boy (2:54)
  20. 20 A Few Hours After This... (2:28)
  21. 21 A Man Inside My Mouth (3:07)
  22. 22 Stop Dead (4:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Japanese Dream (3:29)
  2. 2 Breathe (4:48)
  3. 3 A Chain of Flowers (4:55)
  4. 4 Snow in Summer (3:27)
  5. 5 Sugar Girl (3:15)
  6. 6 Icing Sugar (3:23)
  7. 7 Hey You!!! (4:08)
  8. 8 How Beautiful You Are (4:25)
  9. 9 To the Sky (5:15)
  10. 10 Babble (4:18)
  11. 11 Out of Mind (3:51)
  12. 12 2 Late (2:41)
  13. 13 Fear of Ghosts (6:51)
  14. 14 Hello, I Love You (6:04)
  15. 15 Hello, I Love You (3:31)
  16. 16 Hello, I Love You (0:13)
  17. 17 Harold and Joe (5:09)
  18. 18 Just Like Heaven (3:43)
Disc 3
  1. 1 This Twilight Garden (4:45)
  2. 2 Play (4:36)
  3. 3 Halo (3:47)
  4. 4 Scared as You (4:12)
  5. 5 The Big Hand (4:53)
  6. 6 A Foolish Arrangement (3:51)
  7. 7 Doing the Unstuck (5:55)
  8. 8 Purple Haze (3:18)
  9. 9 Purple Haze (5:22)
  10. 10 Burn (6:37)
  11. 11 Young Americans (6:23)
  12. 12 Dredd Song (4:25)
  13. 13 It Used to Be ME (6:50)
  14. 14 Ocean (3:29)
  15. 15 Adonais (4:11)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Home (3:24)
  2. 2 Waiting (3:34)
  3. 3 A Pink Dream (3:44)
  4. 4 This Is a Lie (4:32)
  5. 5 Wrong Number (8:14)
  6. 6 More Than This (5:11)
  7. 7 World in My Eyes (4:52)
  8. 8 Possession (5:17)
  9. 9 Out of This World (7:01)
  10. 10 Maybe Someday (4:59)
  11. 11 Coming Up (6:27)
  12. 12 Signal to Noise (3:36)
  13. 13 Signal to Noise (4:07)
  14. 14 Just Say Yes (3:18)
  15. 15 A Forest - Earl Slick (6:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Cure Primary Artist
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer
The Cure Producer
Bob Dylan Composer
Bryan Ferry Composer
Lou Reed Composer
Jim Morrison Composer
Ray Manzarek Composer
John Densmore Composer
Phil Thornalley Producer
Steve Lyon Producer
Perry Bamonte Composer
Chris Blair Mastering
Paul Corkett Producer
Michael Dempsey Composer
Simon Gallup Composer
Martin Gore Composer
Alan Gregorie Remixing
Mathieu Hartley Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Fran├žois Kevorkian Remixing
Mark Leviton Contributor
Bryan New Producer
Steve Nye Producer
Chris Parry Producer
Steven Severin Producer
Robert Smith Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Porl Thompson Composer
Laurence Tolhurst Composer
Steve Whitfield Producer
Boris Williams Composer
Mike Hedges Producer
Mark Plati Producer
Mark Saunders Producer, Remixing
Roger O'Donnell Composer
Lol Tolhurst Composer
Johnny Black Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Andy Vella Cover Image
Jason Cooper Composer
Emily Cagan Contributor
Howlett Peter Smith Composer
Dave Allen Producer
Keith Uddin Producer
Hartley Composer
Anna Pills Producer
Robby Krieger Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cure at their rarest and best

    This set is worth the price, if only for the track To the Sky. However, all of the songs are classic Cure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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