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The Cure RSD vinyl to get wider release

The two Cure albums issued as vinyl picture discs on Record Store Day this year are to be issued as black vinyl pressings later this month.

The 2001 Greatest Hits album featured 18 tracks chosen by Robert Smith and this compilation was unreleased on vinyl until April this year. At the time of the original release, a limited edition two-CD edition featured an extra CD dubbed Acoustic Hits. This was a great bonus for fans, as it featured newly recorded acoustic versions of the same 18 tracks. Again, for Record Store Day this was issued on vinyl for the first time.

Since both RSD releases were double LP picture discs, you could argue that this is a rare instance of the non-limited editions being superior and more desirable than their RSD counterparts! These black vinyl 2LP sets will sound far superior, although admittedly won’t look as good hanging on the wall…

Greatest Hits and Acoustic Hits are issued as double black vinyl editions on 30 June 2017.

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Greatest Hits / 2LP Black Vinyl

Disc: 1
1. Boys Don’t Cry
2. A Forest
3. Let’s Go To Bed
4. The Walk
5. The Lovecats
6. Inbetween Days
7. Close To Me
8. Why Can’t I Be You?
9. Just Like Heaven
10. Lullaby

Disc: 2
1. Lovesong
2. Never Enough
3. High
4. Friday I’m In Love
5. Mint Car
6. Wrong Number
7. Cut Here
8. Just Say Yes

Acoustic Hits / 2LP Black Vinyl

Disc: 1
1. Boy’s 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

Disc: 2
1. Love Song
2. Never Enough
3. High
4. Friday I’m In Love
5. Mint Car
6. Wrong Number
7. Cut Here
8. Just Say Yes

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Rudi

I love these acoustic versions, and are extremely exited that I can finally get it on vinyl.
Was very tempted in getting the picture disc, but then came to my senses.

spot

I’m glad that amazon seller canceled my order of the RSD releases. Not a fan of picture discs at all.
My only complaint is thas disc 1 of the Greatest Hits release is pretty much the same songs as on ‘Standing On A Beach – The Singles’ wich is widely available on vinyl. A reissue of ‘ Galore (The Singles 1987-1997)’ would have made much more sense, I think. Looking forward to the Acoustic Hits though.

michael59

rumour has it that there will be a new album in 2017… so doesn’t look to bright for reissues.

a so80s presents the cure 2CD with all the nice 12″ versions from the 1980s would be nice as well some time in the future.

i would love a new cure album, hope it’s less like the last two albums though, the last album i really loved was “bloodflowers” and that was 17 years ago…

frank

Had this not been a duping by the label, the label would have issued the black versions instead of the picture discs OR there would have been word that non-picture disc versions would follow.

But they didn’t. Think what you will, but it’s double dipping plain and simple.

The Chantepleures

A Wish remaster would be great, but it would need to be done by someone other than Robert IMO. Disintegration is my all-time favorite album but the remastered sound is worse than the original. What we REALLY need is a top-notch Disintegration re-remaster with a high-res 5.1 surround mix. Then life would be complete!

Mike C.

Can you elaborate? I was never a fan of the Entreat Plus master, but thought the studio recording was great.

Fan

Maybe Steven Wilson will find some time one day for it ? :-D

MFG

Yes, Disintegration is a great candidate for 5.1 hi-res. I like some of the songs better on the remastered CD, but others (especially Lovesong) are too loud and hard to listen to. The original CD didn’t have the best sound quality compared to other from the late ’80s, so I was disappointed that the 2010 remaster wasn’t as good as it could have been. A softer touch was definitely needed.

Eibon

I agree, there’s no sleight of hand here on the part of the record company. They were clearly labeled as being remastered for the first time on vinyl by Robert Smith and you could hardly expect he’d do that for (a) a small RSD run and (b) to have that work undone by the picture disc format. If anything, it’s good to know he’s continuing the job of remastering and overseeing back catalogue so it would be nice to see more deluxe double cds. My only worry would be that they won’t come with those plastic sleeves since they seem to have gone by the wayside for many deluxe edition releases now which are merely shrink-wrapped digipacks.

These Cure editions were transparently RSD “picture disc” exclusives with the inevitable black vinyl standard issues around the corner. RSD is about creating a buzz and selling a few collectibles and getting footfall. Personally I took the view that I’d like to have the collectibles in my Cure vinyl collection as I have the 3-disc CD box for aural perfection. If I want the warmth and noise floor of vinyl for nostalgia reasons , I have all the original single pressings, and besides the picture discs sound very good.

Jeff

Well said. I picked up the picture discs just to say I have them in my Cure vinyl collection. Much like my Stunn copies of 17 seconds faith Pornography and Three imaginary boys/boys don’t cry. They will never be played. I have the CD version with acoustic hits if I’m ever in need of a singles only day of the Cure. But with that said I have already purchased the black vinyl version of both as well. Again most likely will never be played. But for some damned reason I keep having to repurchase pornography and disintegration on vinyl :-)

elliott buckingham

i was surprised that the 12″ mix of love cats isn’t on the 12″ comp cd

Daniel

I’ve got a 2xCD + DVD box set version of the album, I spent a fortune getting that picture disc on eBay, wish I didn’t bother now.
I also think what we really need is a remastered deluxe Wish release.

MFG

If I recall correctly… the Cure remaster/reissue campaign that started with Join the Dots, plus two-disc versions of the studio albums, omitted key singles Let’s Go to Bed, The Walk, and The Lovecats. So unless you have ancient copies of Standing on a Beach or Japanese Whispers, this Greatest Hits is the only place to find these singles. Strange omission by Mr. Smith and Elektra/Fiction.

Steve

Standing on a beach has been in print again on vinyl for a while now. It’s pretty cheap in HMV I think

Gavin

Glad didn’t buy the picture discs – never a fan

Gavin

Of picture discs that was – love the cure

elliott buckingham

thought about picking these up but these without a doubt be pressed at gzvinyl who are just awful. I’m happy with the 2cd set that covers these 2 releases

Steven C

thank God we get black vinyl. Usually, I have zero willpower on RSD. Mainly because I wait for 10 hours or so. Anyway, I passed on the picture discs hoping this would happen and it’s happening!

Steve

You could pick up a cd version double pack that includes both albums for about £3.50 but you wanted the rsd unique and advertised picture disc versions which you got. You still have them, no one is taken them away from you. What is being released is not the same version, these are black vinyl.

-SG-

Seriously! The CD has been out for 16 years! No duping there. One would guess a true vinyl enthusiast that actually appreciates audio fidelity would be happy to have a proper pressing of this, rather than the ornamental picture disc. But you can’t please everyone.
I agree that the Wish deluxe edition is what we really need.

Jim Edwards

Here, here Frank!

Frank

Yeah, I jumped thru hoops to get the RSD versions thinking it was going to be the only way to get them and was *not* happy that they were cruddy picture discs mind you!

Needless to say I am even more unhappy to find that everyone that bought the picture discs (while they are kind of a nice package) got duped.

RSD is really, really starting to wear out it’s welcome and this label trickery is one good example of why there’s so much negativity forming around it.

Ian Hicks

I agree, it was my 6th RSD overnight queue extravaganza (although now it’s more about the crack and meeting old friends than getting some of the vinyl these days) and I was very tempted by the Cure albums but balked at the idea of paying nearly 30 quid for crap sounding picture discs and now glad I waited.

Fan

This,but mainly eBay scalpers!!!

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Auntie Sabrina

And a CD release of the Acoustic Hits too..?

Heraldo

Acoustic was a bonus CD with the Greatest Hits compilation. You should be able to pick-up on Discogs
https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/183634?ev=rb

Steven C

this has been out for a LONG, LONG time and used it’s not hard to find at all. When GREATEST HITS was released, this was a bonus disc. Of all my friends, I don’t know any of them that have the greatest hits as a standalone CD… they all have the version with the Acoustic Hits as disc 2. This acoustic set isn’t some revolutionary unearthing of tracks.

Sergio

What we actually need is a deluxe edition of “Wish”.

Steven C

I agree… Many people aren’t really fans of remastering… but this album more than most is in desparate need to have the sound of the CD re-invigorated. I’d love to see a vinyl sized release with 2 vinyl LPs and 2 CDs slipped in to pockets inside the sleeve.

Ross

Abso-fucking-lutely. Where is it? Those expanded editions of the Cure studio albums were excellent. No idea why it all stopped after Disintegration. Maybe Robert got bored with it all.

Mike C.

GIVE ME IT !!!!

Fan

That would include a blu-ray of Show (and Paris if it was ever filmed?) :-P I’m drooling right now