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The Cure 6/8/2010

Review

At first glance, the 2010 Deluxe Edition of the Cure’s 1989 masterwork Disintegration seems to offer a plethora of riches, as it is expanded by not just one but two CDs for a whopping total of 32 tracks. Dig into the details and the deluxe Disintegration winds up seeming a little underwhelming. All the non-live B-sides -- a grand total of four (“Babble,” “Out of Mind,” “2 Late,” “Fear of Ghosts”) -- wound up on the 2004 rarities clearinghouse Join the Dots, so they’re not recycled here. Instead, all the live tracks that were used as B-sides in various territories for the album’s four singles are here, presented as the live album Entreat, which itself was released in 1991 as an easy roundup of these cuts. As an enticement for collectors, this live album is augmented by four previously unreleased cuts, so it is now an in-concert replica of Disintegration, something that is perfectly fine but doesn’t stray much from the original blueprint. The rarities disc contains the first sketches of those blueprints and they’re pretty rough indeed: instrumental home demos, band rehearsals, rough cuts with guide vocals, the kind of stuff that is archivally interesting but not necessarily compelling outside of being history. Frankly, it’s a bit of a slog to get through the rarities disc; it may be fascinating that “Pictures of You” and “Fascination Street” were basically intact as home instrumentals but it doesn’t make for rewarding listening, although it surely appeals to collectors who simply have to have everything, even if they may never listen to it more than once. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Plainsong The Cure 5:9
  3. 2 Pictures of You The Cure 7:21
  4. 3 Closedown The Cure 4:15
  5. 4 Lovesong The Cure 3:25
  6. 5 Last Dance The Cure 4:40
  7. 6 Lullaby The Cure 4:6
  8. 7 Fascination Street The Cure 5:10
  9. 8 Prayers for Rain The Cure 6:4
  10. 9 The Same Deep Water as You The Cure 9:9
  11. 10 Disintegration The Cure 8:13
  12. 11 Homesick The Cure 7:3
  13. 12 Untitled The Cure 6:24
  14. 1 Prayers for Rain [RS Home Demo] The Cure 2:57
  15. 2 Pictures of You [RS Home Demo] The Cure 3:29
  16. 3 Fascination Street [RS Home Demo] The Cure 2:38
  17. 4 Homesick [Band Rehearsal] The Cure 3:12
  18. 5 Fear of Ghosts [Band Rehearsal] The Cure 2:57
  19. 6 Noheart [Band Rehearsal] The Cure 2:39
  20. 7 Esten [Band Demo] The Cure 3:13
  21. 8 Closedown [Band Demo] The Cure 2:48
  22. 9 Lovesong [Band Demo] The Cure 3:39
  23. 10 2 Late [Alternate version][Band Demo] The Cure 2:49
  24. 11 The Same Deep Water as You [Band Demo] The Cure 6:4
  25. 12 Disintegration [Band Demo] The Cure 6:34
  26. 13 Untitled [Alternate Version][Studio Rough] The Cure 3:37
  27. 14 Babble [Alternate Version][Studio Rough] The Cure 2:58
  28. 15 Plainsong [Studio Rough][Guide Vocal] The Cure 4:43
  29. 16 Last Dance [Studio Rough][Guide Vocal] The Cure 4:40
  30. 17 Lullaby [Studio Rough][Guide Vocal] The Cure 3:46
  31. 18 Out of Mind [Studio Rough][Guide Vocal] The Cure 2:58
  32. 19 Delirious Night [Rough Mix][Vocal] The Cure 4:29
  33. 20 Pirate Ships [Rough Mix] [Vocal] Robert Smith 3:34
  34. 1 Plainsong The Cure 5:18
  35. 2 Pictures of You The Cure 7:5
  36. 3 Closedown The Cure 4:22
  37. 4 Lovesong The Cure 3:24
  38. 5 Last Dance The Cure 4:37
  39. 6 Lullaby The Cure 4:14
  40. 7 Fascination Street The Cure 5:10
  41. 8 Prayers for Rain The Cure 4:50
  42. 9 The Same Deep Water as You The Cure 10:4
  43. 10 Disintegration The Cure 7:55
  44. 11 Homesick The Cure 6:47
  45. 12 Untitled The Cure 6:42

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