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Top [Deluxe Edition]
     

The Top [Deluxe Edition]

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by The Cure
 

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Recorded in the midst of Robert Smith's tenuous tenure with Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Top is arguably the most hedonistic record the Cure ever produced. Essentially Smith and Lol Tolhurst working with studio musicians (this being the period when the Cure's lineup was never assured),

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Recorded in the midst of Robert Smith's tenuous tenure with Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Top is arguably the most hedonistic record the Cure ever produced. Essentially Smith and Lol Tolhurst working with studio musicians (this being the period when the Cure's lineup was never assured), it's an album obviously recorded under stress, drink, and drugs. More wildly experimental musically than anything before it, it laid the foundations for the Cure's pattern of unpigeonholable albums that were to erase their reputation built by Pornography and eventually culminating in Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. That said, it's still very much a Cure record. Heavy on the percussion and quaint keyboard effects that were so big in the '80s, the melodies ("The Caterpillar," "Shake Dog Shake") are unmistakably Robert Smith. The big change this time around is his ability to fuse the paranoia and neuroses of former work (Pornography) with his newfound use of pop melody and outside influences (i.e., world travels, sounds, instruments) to moderate success ("Wailing Wall," "Piggy in the Mirror"). A more psychedelic descent than Pornography, The Top is a transition, never really feeling like a full-length release, but it does meld all former phases of Rob and company, which would fully gel on The Head on the Door. At best an imperfect record, The Top is a necessary step in the evolution of the band.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227475123
catalogNumber:
74751

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cure   Primary Artist
Phil Thornalley   Bass
Andy Anderson   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Robert Smith   Guitar,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Various,Group Member
Porl Thompson   Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone,Group Member
Laurence Tolhurst   Keyboards,Multi Instruments,Various,Group Member
R. Hamilton Smith   Voices
Robert "Big Bert" Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Robert J. Smith   Vocals

Technical Credits

Howard Gray   Engineer
Chris Parry   Producer
Robert Smith   Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Laurence Tolhurst   Instrumentation
Johnny Black   Sleeve Notes
Dave Allen   Producer,Engineer
Howard Grey   Engineer
Zoe Roberts   Tape Research
Dave Allen   Engineer
Robert "Big Bert" Smith   Producer,Reissue Producer,Instrumentation
Robert J. Smith   Producer,Reissue Producer,Instrumentation

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The Top [Deluxe Edition] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
o.k., so i guess no one wants to review this gem of an album. overlooked by most listeners, this title changed not only the look of the cure, but was definitely the most dynamic album up to that point. "wailing wall" is by far the best tune on this album. the slow dirging, sheep-like "bahs" to open and close the cut are a perfect introduction and finish to this gloomy tale. if ever a song was to personify my image of robert smith's long-term vision of the band, this is the one. quite possibly this is the slowest and most droning song in the cure's history until the relevant songs on DISINTEGRATION. "piggy in the mirror", "shake dog shake", and obviously "the caterpillar"(every lady's favorite)are the most recognizable tunes for most cure fans. it's the songs that fill these gaps on the album that make this import worth the extra dollars. a highly transitional album and the concrete foundation for the remarkable HEAD ON THE DOOR. take advantage of the internet opportunity to order this unique and unusual record.