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The Cure - Seventeen Seconds (1985) Retail CD
'Seventeen Seconds' was the first classic album by The Cure- a very different version of The Cure to that of 'Three Imaginary Boys' (though a few songs lead this way, 'Subway Song', 'TIB', 'Another Day'). Original-bassist Michael Dempsey left to join Associates (Robert Smith ironically performed backing-vocals on Associates debut-LP 'The Affectionate Punch'!)& the Smith-Tolhurst unit expanded with the arrival of bassist (the timeless Simon Gallup) & brief-keyboardist (Matthieu Hartley). The songs had been becoming bleaker, Smith (the principal songwriter) influenced by 'Astral Weeks', Nick Drakemore…, 'Low' & Joy Division began a trilogy of miserable albums that climaxed with the toxic 'Pornography.' Smith had been exposed to many post-punk peers (The Banshees, Killing Joke, Wire) & this version of The Cure certainly belonged to that time of young men in long coats (The Bunnymen, Joy Division, The Sound). There are a few tracks that are more experimental, possibly in the second-side of 'Low'-vein- something like 'Three' could be contrasted to Joy Division's 'As You Said', or further back to Faust & Neu! The original 10-track album remains wonderful, the reissued cover reminding us of The Cure's anonymous image at the time (...everything was a blur...)- this album would be a favourite of Steve Albini's (his outfit Big Black would record a song 'Bad Houses' from 1986's 'Atomizer' that nodded towards this record). I love every song, and have known this album since 1987, the remastering etc. obviously makes it sound even better. While the bonus-disc happily brings the great I'm a Cult Hero/I Dig You by The Cult Heroes (which I thought had been forgotten on the 'Three Imaginary Boys' reissue!)& some demo-alt versions that will appeal as much to Cure-fans as 1984's 'Curiosity.' 'Seventeen Seconds' always seemed to me a bit of a post-punk 'Dark Side of the Moon'- tracks like 'A Reflection', 'The Final Sound' & 'Three' setting a tone before other songs. The classic 'A Forest' is of course here; though since 'Wild Mood Swings'-era I've plumped more toward 'Play for Today', which has a gorgeous melancholy that could give way to something like 'In Between Days' or 'Just Like Heaven' at any second...A few songs seem quiet- 'Secrets' demonstrating that Joy Division were not alone (plagiarist noters note that Pere Ubu preceded Joy Division...). Even better is 'At Night' (title from a Kafka-piece found in Penguin's 'The Great Wall of China'), which quotes Franz's words exactly at several points ("someone has to be there"), so is therefore very 2004 in a Franz Ferdinand stylee!!!'M' picks up from 'Three Imaginary Boys' - there is a pop-element to the DIY drones that stop/start; while 'In Your House' is another Cure-classic that was echoed last year with 'alt.end.' & the title track is so wonderful, you wonder why it doesn't get played very often by the band as say 'Faith', 'Disintegration', 'Three Imaginary Boys' or 'Pornography' does...A wonderful reissue of a classic album, and I know I'm being a spoilsport with the whole Cure-renaissance-deal, but my favourites are 'Faith', 'Pornography' & this - all of which amongst reissues of 2005 and going to war with Judee Sill and Nine Inch Nails as we speak!!! I were only a nipper in 1980, but this be one of those records yow should purchase alongside 'Crocodiles', 'Closer', 'Ju-Ju', 'Killing Joke' & 'The Affectionate Punch.'
|2||Play For Today|
|4||In Your House|
|6||The Final Sound|
|1||I'm A Cult Hero - Vinyl Single A Side By Cult Hero|
|2||I Dig You - Vinyl Single B Side By Cult Hero|
|3||Another Journey By Train(Aka 44f)(Group Home Instrumental Demo 1/80)|
|4||Secrets (Group Home Instrumental Demo 1/80)|
|5||Seventeen Seconds (Live In Amsterdam 1/80)|
|6||In Your House (Live In Amsterdam 1/80)|
|7||Seventeen Seconds (Live In Amsterdam 1/80)|
|8||Three (Alt. Studio Mix 2/80)|
|9||I Dig You (Cult Hero-Live In The Marquee Club 3/80)|
|10||I'm A Cult Hero (Cult Hero-Live In The Marquee Club 3/80)|
|11||M (Live In Arnhem 5/80)|
|12||The Final Sound (Live In France 6/80)|
|13||A Reflection (Live In France 6/80)|
|14||Play For Today (Live In France 6/80)|
|15||At Night (Live In France 6/80)|
|16||A Forest (Live In France 6/80)|
- The Cure - Seventeen Seconds (1985) Retail CD
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- 10/04/07 by allcdcovers
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