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All Music Guide - Chris True
Maybe it was youthful exuberance or perhaps it was the fact that the band itself was not pulling all the strings, Three Imaginary Boys is not only a very strong debut, but a near oddity it's an admittedly "catchy" record in the Cure catalog. More poppy and representative of the times than any other album during their long career, Three Imaginary Boys is a semi-detached bit of late-'70s English pop-punk. Angular and lyrically abstract, it's strong points are in its utter simplicity. There are no dirges here, no long suites, just short bursts of energy and a rather strange cover of Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." For some, this is the last good Cure record, many fans of this album ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris True
Maybe it was youthful exuberance or perhaps it was the fact that the band itself was not pulling all the strings, Three Imaginary Boys is not only a very strong debut, but a near oddity it's an admittedly "catchy" record in the Cure catalog. More poppy and representative of the times than any other album during their long career, Three Imaginary Boys is a semi-detached bit of late-'70s English pop-punk. Angular and lyrically abstract, it's strong points are in its utter simplicity. There are no dirges here, no long suites, just short bursts of energy and a rather strange cover of Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." For some, this is the last good Cure record, many fans of this album being in no way prepared for the sparse emptiness and gloom that would be the cornerstone of future releases. For the most die-hard Cure-head, however, it's an interesting sidenote, hard to place in the general flow of the band's discography. Cure leader Robert Smith has voiced many times over his mixed feelings about the record, most notably the cover art the three "representative" appliances on the cover, the lack of a real track listing -- all the songs are represented with arty type pictures -- and in no real order and the production, which at times is admittedly a little muddy, but even that lends it a certain youthful charm. What the Cure would do next wasn't entirely obvious to the listener of this album, but there are some definite hints.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227334826
  • Catalog Number: 73348

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 10:15 Saturday Night (3:41)
  2. 2 Accuracy (2:18)
  3. 3 Grinding Halt (2:49)
  4. 4 Another Day (3:44)
  5. 5 Object (3:03)
  6. 6 Subway Song (2:01)
  7. 7 Foxey Lady (2:29)
  8. 8 Meathook (2:18)
  9. 9 So What (2:37)
  10. 10 Fire in Cairo (3:23)
  11. 11 It's Not You (2:49)
  12. 12 Three Imaginary Boys (3:17)
  13. 13 The Weedy Burton (1:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Cure Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Michael Dempsey Bass, Vocals
Robert Smith Guitar, Vocals
Laurence Tolhurst Drums
Lol Tolhurst Drums
Robert J. Smith Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Dempsey Composer
Chris Parry Producer
Robert Smith Composer
Porl Thompson Reissue Photography
Mike Hedges Engineer
Lol Tolhurst Composer
Tony Mottram Reissue Photography
Reggie Collins Reissue Project Coordination Assistant
Kenny Nemes Reissue Project Coordination Assistant
Daryl Bamonte Reissue Production Coordination
Joe Black Reissue Production Coordination
David Dragon Illustrations
Connie Jude Illustrations
Julien Potter Reissue Art
Bill Airey Smith Illustrations
Robin Hurley Reissue Project Coordination Assistant
Bunny Lake Reissue Photography
John Taw Reissue Photography
Robert J. Smith Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ultimate British Alternative Band

    This is one of the most unique rock records ever made. Not Punk, not Goth, not Post Modern, truly "Alternative". The ORIGINAL Alternative. This music started the "no image" revolution that became popular everywhere and still continues to this day. Praise the band for doing exactly what they wanted to do, the way they wanted to do it, and still make it to boot! I never get tired of this stuff. How can someone get tired of something so beatiful and stupid at the same time?

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