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The Cure / Wish 30th anniversary reissue

3CD set with 24 unreleased tracks

The Cure’s 1992 album Wish is to be reissued for its 30th anniversary in October. The album topped the charts in the UK and reached #2 in the USA. It features the single ‘Friday I’m In Love’, arguably one of the group’s best-loved songs.

The album is being reissued as a 2LP set with the audio remastered by Robert Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. While that’s great news, the real interest will be in the 3CD deluxe edition which offers 45 audio tracks with 24 previously unreleased and a further four that are new to CD. The triple disc set contains

  • CD 1: Original ‘Wish’ album newly remastered by Robert Smith and Miles Showell
  • CD 2: Previously unreleased demos, including four studio vocal demos from 1990 and seventeen instrumental demos from 1991, nine of which are previously unreleased songs.
  • CD 3: Features the four tracks from the mail-order only cassette ‘Lost Wishes’ released in 1993, which have never appeared on CD (or digitally) along with various studio outtakes and rarities. This includes the previously unreleased song ‘A Wendy Band’ from the 1992 Manor Studio sessions, a previously unheard mix of the epic live favourite ‘From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea’, as well as five rare 12” mixes. Finally, closing the set is an unheard live version of ‘End’ from Paris Bercy in October 1992.
The forthcoming 3CD deluxe of Wish (click image to enlarge)

Listening back to the album in 2022, Robert Smith has said, “There’s a side to the album which I had kind of forgotten, a very gentle, yearning thing which is quite beautiful. ‘Trust’ is one of the best things we’ve ever done I think, it’s played with great feeling, and ‘To Wish Impossible Things’ is another gorgeous, melancholic piece… in fact it could well be my favourite song on the record.”

Smith was never happy with the album’s final mastering. He says: “In the studio control room it all sounded excellent, but I got too busy sorting out our upcoming concerts to properly oversee the mastering. It was too late to do anything about it; the album was out, and we were off around the world again. It has really bugged for me for a very long time”. But now this has been address with this new remaster.

All formats of Wish will be reissued on 25 November 2022, via UMC/Polydor (the 3CD was originally 7 October).

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Tracklisting

The Wish The Cure /

    • CD 1: Original Album Remastered by Robert Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios
      1. Open (6:51)
      2. High (3:37)
      3. Apart (6:38)
      4. From The Edge of The Deep Green Sea (7:44)
      5. Wendy Time (5:13)
      6. Doing The Unstuck (4:24)
      7. Friday I’m In Love (3:38)
      8. Trust (5:32)
      9. A Letter To Elise (5:14)
      10. Cut (5:55)
      11. To Wish Impossible Things (4:43)
      12. End (6:45)
    • CD 2: Demos (all previously unreleased)
      1. The Big Hand [1990 Demo] (4:38) [final version on B-side to A Letter To Elise 7”]
      2. Cut [1990 Demo] aka “Away” (3:31) [final version appears on WISH]
      3. A Letter To Elise [1990 Demo] aka “Cut” (5:01) [final version appears on WISH]
      4. Wendy Time [1990 Demo] (5:13) [final version appears on WISH]
      5. This Twilight Garden [Instrumental Demo] (3:25) [final version on B-side to High 7″]
      6. Scared As You [Instrumental Demo] (2:33) [final version on B-side to Friday I’m In Love 12″]
      7. To Wish Impossible Things [Instrumental Demo] (3:33) [final version appears on WISH]
      8. Apart [Instrumental Demo] (3:38) [final version appears on WISH]
      9. T7 [Instrumental Demo] (2:40) *
      10. Now Is The Time [Instrumental demo] (2:20) *
      11. Miss van Gogh [Instrumental demo] (2:48) *
      12. T6 [Instrumental Demo] (3:14) *
      13. Play [Instrumental Demo] (2:28) [final version on B-side to High 12″]
      14. A Foolish Arrangement [Instrumental Demo] (2:28) [final version on B-side to A Letter To Elise 12″]
      15. Halo [Instrumental Demo] (3:06) [final version on B-side to Friday I’m In Love 7″]
      16. Trust [Instrumental Demo] (4:02) [final version appears on WISH]
      17. Abetabw [Instrumental Demo] (2:26) *
      18. T8 [Instrumental Demo] (2:17) *
      19. Heart Attack [Instrumental Demo] (2:41) *
      20. Swing Change [Instrumental Demo] (2:10) *
      21. Frogfish [Instrumental Demo] (2:35) *
      *Unreleased track.
    • CD 3: ’Lost Wishes’ / Studio Out-Takes / 12” Remixes / Live / Rare / Previously Unreleased
      1. Uyea Sound [Dim-D Mix] (5:28 [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
      2. Cloudberry [Dim-D Mix] (5:22) [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
      3. Off To Sleep… [Dim-D Mix] (3:47) [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
      4. The Three Sisters [Dim-D Mix] (4:12) [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
      5. A Wendy Band [Instrumental] (3:47) *
      6. From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea [Partscheckruf Mix] (7:36) **
      7. Open [Fix Mix] (6:51) [B-side to High 12″]
      8. High [Higher Mix] (7:15) [High 12″]
      9. Doing The Unstuck [Extended 12” Mix] (5:54)
      10. Friday I’m In Love [Strangelove Mix] (5:29 [Friday I’m In Love 12″]
      11. A Letter To Elise [Blue Mix] (6:36) [A Letter To Elise 12″]
      12. End [Paris Live 92] (8:38) **
      *Unreleased track **Unreleased version

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