Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by The CureThe Cure


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With dirgelike jams and a ghoulish, mascara-soaked look, the Cure have long been the reigning kings of mopey, doom-and-gloom rock. But that image only tells half their story. Robert Smith's ever-changing band has consistently cut some of pop's most buoyant, helium-filled singles, starting with late-'70s pop-punk gems like "Boys Don't Cry," an irresistibly catchy tune made odd by Smith's distinctive yowling vocals. Greatest Hits tracks the band through delicious synth-heavy gothic narratives ("The Walk"), quirky and bouncy expressions of desire ("Close to Me'), surprisingly sincere love songs ("Friday I'm in Love"), and grand set pieces ("Never Enough"). These tracks, along with two new songs, including the enticing "Cut Here," make a solid case for the Cure as a fun-loving singles band, showcasing Smith and company at their sunniest. Although it shares 7 of its generous 18 tracks with 1986's Staring at the Sea collection -- including "In Between Days," "Close to Me," "Let's Go to Bed," "Forrest," and the aforementioned "Boys Don't Cry" -- Greatest Hits is the most comprehensive Cure set available (there is also a companion DVD release of videos). As an added treat for fans, the limited-edition version of Greatest Hits includes a bonus CD, Acoustic Hits, with all the songs done "unplugged." With extra helpings of piano and acoustic guitar, these new versions are sometimes even sunnier than the originals; "In Between Days" and "Let's Go to Bed" are brightened by their airy arrangements. Robert Smith clearly had a great time revisiting these songs; no doubt listeners will too.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2001
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596272629
catalogNumber: 62726
Rank: 4270


  1. Boys Don't Cry
  2. A Forest
  3. Let's Go to Bed
  4. The Walk
  5. The Lovecats
  6. In Between Days
  7. Close to Me
  8. Why Can't I Be You?
  9. Just Like Heaven
  10. Lullaby
  11. Lovesong
  12. Never Enough
  13. High
  14. Friday I'm in Love
  15. Mint Car
  16. Wrong Number
  17. Cut Here
  18. Just Say Yes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cure   Primary Artist
Phil Thornalley   Bass
Saffron   Vocals
Andy Anderson   Bass
Perry Bamonte   Guitar,Keyboards
Michael Dempsey   Bass
Reeves Gabrels   Guitar
Simon Gallup   Bass
Steve Goulding   Drums
Mathieu Hartley   Keyboards
Robert Smith   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,6-string bass
Porl Thompson   Guitar,Keyboards
Laurence Tolhurst   Drums
Boris Williams   Drums
Roger O'Donnell   Keyboards
Jason Cooper   Drums

Technical Credits

Steve Lyon   Producer
Perry Bamonte   Producer
Robert Smith   Composer,Producer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Mark Plati   Producer
Nye   Producer
Stylorouge   Art Direction
Hartley   Composer
Allen   Producer

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