Three Imaginary Boys [Deluxe Edition]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
"Long-awaited" is something of an understatement when it comes to describing the expanded CD reissue of this pioneering band's 1979 debut, but the deluxe treatment afforded it here actually goes a long way toward excusing the delay. The original album -- never before released in the States, though some songs did appear on the U.S.-only Boys Don't Cry -- is a vivid snapshot of the original lineup's jumpy, angular playing, characterized by the tense "10:15 Saturday Night," and frontman Robert Smith's brooding lyricism, which would later become a touchstone for the burgeoning Goth movement. That aspect is particularly evident on the claustrophobic "Killing an Arab," a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
"Long-awaited" is something of an understatement when it comes to describing the expanded CD reissue of this pioneering band's 1979 debut, but the deluxe treatment afforded it here actually goes a long way toward excusing the delay. The original album -- never before released in the States, though some songs did appear on the U.S.-only Boys Don't Cry -- is a vivid snapshot of the original lineup's jumpy, angular playing, characterized by the tense "10:15 Saturday Night," and frontman Robert Smith's brooding lyricism, which would later become a touchstone for the burgeoning Goth movement. That aspect is particularly evident on the claustrophobic "Killing an Arab," a sonic extrapolation of Albert Camus's The Stranger, and the skittish "Grinding Halt." Even more impressive, however, is a second disc of previously unaired material. Clocking in at a full 20 tunes, it brims with live material a three-pack from 1979 that's highlighted by a keening, barely controlled "Accuracy" and offbeat demos. Those formative recordings are especially revealing, baring the band's primitive early approach to songs like "I'm Cold" and "Heroin Face" and tracing the evolution of eventual Cure standards such as "Fire in Cairo" and "Boys Don't Cry." A must for fans, and a likely catalyst for the conversion of novices, this deluxe reissue bodes well for the rest of Rhino's Cure reissues.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
How to handle the B-sides, rarities, and sock-drawer discoveries? It's the dilemma of any band with an exhaustive series of reissues ahead of it. The results, no matter what they might be, are bound to cause a mix of jubilation, confusion, and frustration throughout the fan base -- especially when the band in question is the Cure. There's no clean, obvious way to do it. Rhino's elaborate overhauling of the Cure's back catalog assumes that you have been a rabid follower throughout the years and will want every piece of the puzzle. Cure fans being Cure fans, it's not a foolish judgment to make, and it's the one that should cause the least amount of consternation. Following the four-disc Join the Dots box, Rhino continued with a two-disc expanded form of Three Imaginary Boys, originally released in 1979 as the band's first album. Since the B-sides from this era appear on the box, they aren't included on the rarities disc that accompanies the album proper. This allows plenty of room for demos, live versions, and orphaned songs. "Jumping Someone Else's Train" and "Boys Don't Cry" -- two non-album A-sides -- are included, as is "World War," a song that appeared on initial copies and was presumably extracted for being, as Robert Smith accurately claims, "a terrible piece of rubbish." "Killing an Arab" is conspicuously absent, possibly left out in order to reel in fans when the deluxe singles anthology surfaces. The four live tracks, due to poor sound quality, aren't worth a second listen, though the breakneck-tempo take on "10:15 Saturday Night" and the frantic "Heroin Face" are both jolting. Unsurprisingly, the demos and outtakes are key attractions for the insatiable fans. Four studio demos from 1978 are a major draw, with Smith's boyish and alluringly ho-hum vocals in stark contrast to what is heard on the album, and the relatively strenuous instrumentation isn't nearly as spindly. Not to be outdone, disc one contains a remastered Three Imaginary Boys that sounds far more crisp and bold than the initial, thin-sounding CD version. Plenty of photos and biographical liner notes are included. This all bodes well for the reissues that will follow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498218280
  • Catalog Number: 9821828

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 10:15 Saturday Night (3:42)
  2. 2 Accuracy (2:17)
  3. 3 Grinding Halt (2:49)
  4. 4 Another Day (3:44)
  5. 5 Object (3:03)
  6. 6 Subway Song (2:00)
  7. 7 Foxy Lady (2:29)
  8. 8 Meathook (2:17)
  9. 9 So What (2:39)
  10. 10 Fire in Cairo (3:23)
  11. 11 It's Not You (2:51)
  12. 12 Three Imaginary Boys (3:32)
  13. 13 The Weedy Burton (0:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Want to Be Old (2:36)
  2. 2 I'm Cold (3:21)
  3. 3 Heroin Face (2:40)
  4. 4 I Just Need Myself (2:14)
  5. 5 10:15 Saturday Night (4:36)
  6. 6 The Cocktail Party (4:17)
  7. 7 Grinding Halt (3:31)
  8. 8 Boys Don't Cry (2:45)
  9. 9 It's Not You (3:16)
  10. 10 10:15 Saturday Night (3:41)
  11. 11 Fire in Cairo (3:42)
  12. 12 Winter (3:46)
  13. 13 Faded Smiles (AKA I Don't Know) (2:16)
  14. 14 Play With Me (3:30)
  15. 15 World War (2:38)
  16. 16 Boys Don't Cry (2:37)
  17. 17 Jumping Someone Else's Train (2:59)
  18. 18 Subway Song (2:27)
  19. 19 Accuracy (2:36)
  20. 20 10:15 Saturday Night (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Cure Primary Artist
Michael Dempsey Bass Guitar
Robert Smith Vocals
Porl Thompson Guitar
Laurence Tolhurst Drums
Technical Credits
Michael Dempsey Composer
Mark Leviton Contributor
Chris Parry Producer, Audio Production
Robert Smith Composer, Producer
Lol Tolhurst Composer
Johnny Black Liner Notes
Connie Jude Illustrations
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