The Cure ‎– Disintegration

Fiction Records ‎– R1 523284, Elektra ‎– R1 523284, Rhino Records (2) ‎– R1 523284
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Gatefold


A1 Plainsong 5:15
A2 Pictures Of You 7:28
A3 Closedown 4:21
B1 Lovesong 3:30
B2 Last Dance 4:47
B3 Lullaby 4:12
B4 Fascination Street 5:16
C1 Prayers For Rain 6:07
C2 The Same Deep Water As You 9:22
D1 Disintegration 8:23
D2 Homesick 7:09
D3 Untitled 6:30

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[front sticker]
The Cure - Disintegration
2 disc vinyl gatefold compiled by Robert Smith
Digitally remastered from the original master tapes
Complete 12 song album on double vinyl for the first time including printed inner sleeves

This reissue ℗ 2010 Atlantic Recording Corp. © Fiction Records Ltd.
All rights reserved. Manufactured and distributed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group company.
Printed in U.S.A.

[Inner sleeve]
The Cure would like to thanks Keith Uddin, Andy Vella, Daren Butler and Chris White.
UMC would like to thank Sue Armstrong, Sue Black, Johnny Black, Tim Cole, Robin Hurley, Simon Li, Andrew Myers, Emine Rifat and Lutz Stoever, Alex and Kevin at The Soundmasters.

"Homesick" & "Last Dance" featured here for the first time on lp, 1989 LP releases of this album contained 10 tracks only.
Also released in Europe.

Printed inner-sleeves contain lyrics, credits and artwork.

180g Pressing (not included on sleeve but marketed as such).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0 8122 79816 9 3
  • Barcode (Scanned): 081227981693
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A etched runout): S-72643 IT'S JUST THE WAY I SMILE...
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B etched runout): S-72644 YOU SAID KEV
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C etched runout): S-72645 HOW THE END... KEV
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D etched runout): S-72646 ALWAYS IS

Other Versions (5 of 141) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FIXH 14, 839 353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXH 14, 839 353-1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
STARL 5567, 839 353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor STARL 5567, 839 353-1 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
E2 60855 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Club) Elektra E2 60855 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
600152-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) WEA 600152-2 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polydor 839 353-1 Colombia 1989 Sell This Version


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May 14, 2019
Rainbo pressing, side B my favorite side, had noise start to finish! The rest was not so bad but a new record should not have this level of surface noise.


May 9, 2019
edited 12 days ago
My US/Rhino pressing is crap. Very audible and persistent surface noise through all of sides B and D. There's also a fair amount of random popping and ticking throughout, and both records were pressed off center. I don't know if UK pressings are any better, but I would avoid this one.


May 6, 2019

im happy with my album, i was a little afraid about the noise level that everybody comments, it was a good surprise that my copy dosent have this problem except in the "D side", that have noticieable hight level noise.... but very happy whit the sound in side A, B, C


May 5, 2019
TRULY a disappointing pressing. I wish I had read these comments before buying this. The comments about noise are totally correct - one of the worst sounding pressings for a great album I've heard. Such a bummer, especially given the authority of this edition given by those involved. AVOID if you don't want crackles, pops, and general noise crowding out some of your favorite songs. Especially frustrating, given that what's underneath the noise sounds really good....


January 5, 2019
Just picked this up. Mine has same runout as listed here, but KEV is etched in Side B and Side C. Same pressing as everyone elses ? Made in US.


December 18, 2018
edited 5 months ago
Read the reviews here, and of the company RAINBLO RECORDS who pressed this first.

If this is the only way you can listen to this album, then maybe buy this pressing. Otherwise, Spotify this album and avoid RAINBO Records pressings. SIMPLY TERRIBLE.

Yes, such a great album but what a sad pressing by which to honor this amazing record. Dynamics aside, this physical pressing is letting me down. I can hear the noise everywhere. Side b Lovesong and Last Dance, horrific. FUCK the pressing company who pressed this. Fine, make it a 2 disc set, which it should be, get the fans to buy a "nice" reissue and then fuck it up with a shitty press that has noise throughout? shame fucking shame. So pissed. Fascination Street just came on and I can hear the friggin' surface noise act as a counter point. THIS IS NOT WHY WE BUY VINYL PRESSINGS. God am I pissed b/c I love this song. If you can't hear the noise, good on you, but I bought this to hear a pristine, vinyl, warm, awesome version of one of my favorite songs and man am I disappointed.


November 9, 2018

Such a great album. This is the first The Cure vinyl I've bought. It's a shame that it was pressed at Rainbo. I've never had a good pressing from there. But all in all, I can't complain. It's a classic and I have a feeling it will be on heavy rotation for a long time.


November 9, 2018

lots of surface noise... music sounds good though. Little disappointed but thats the game! The packaging is nice, overall glad to own it.


September 25, 2018

The high-topped sneakered prophet of gloom, Robert Smith, opens the majestic atmospheric and expansive album Disintegration with the line, I think it’s dark and it looks like rain ...,” emblematic of all that The Cure have stood for. While there are those who would have you consider that Disintegration is just more of the same, it took the apparent mildly light-hearted release of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, to bring about this monumental opus of minor keyed songs, songs laced with drowning images designed not so much to invade your dreams, but to invade your waking hours. And to that end, The Cure managed to capture not only the essence and feel of impending doom and melancholy, but set it to verse, where the tunes are perhaps best sung on the bus while looking through smudged windows, or hummed while in class to ward off the boredom ... coalescing all of the rumors and majesty of this bewildering band into one crowning achievement that will never be equaled.

All of the work by The Cure, and especially this release, were packaged and designed to be carried like shields, or banners of expression, as were the albums of Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Jim Hendrix back in the hazy 60’s; where tribes were formed, with hair and music being the passkey. You’ll find no angelic cries of exhalation here, nor will you find any hellish sustained misery either ... what you are treated to is the bleak angst that shrouded the 80’s and all of it’s excesses. Disintegration can also be seen as a coming of age, or perhaps the end of an age album, though as I stood there in my mid 30’s, wrapped in my oversized coat and untied sneakers, feeling for all the world like I was yet again in the right place at the right time, I had the distinct feeling that I was perhaps a bit of a spy in the house of love, and that I should be letting a younger generation have their naive hazy hay-day of discovery. Never the less, with perfect makeup and fashion to match, I danced into the wee hours of the morning like some proverbial ghost, haunting the side streets and after hours clubs.

With all of this being said, Disintegration is all consuming in its sadness, longing, and emotional grandeur. It’s far from a teenage album filled with whines and despair ... it’s an indulgence into the dark nether regions of our subconsciousness, formulated to challenge the nature of our being as we come face to face with all we thought we knew, with discovering the lies we’d held as fact [lies told to us, and lies we told to ourselves], finding that the only way to escaped the melancholy is to find the beauty within it, and once done, this soundtrack, or highway marker of sorts, gets shelved and nearly forgotten, until your hand stumbles over it, and a smile of satisfaction for those bygone days gently crease your face.

*** The Fun Facts: Riding on the success of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me there was both commercial and personal pressure placed on the band to deliver once again, yet as with many bands, this new found popularity had a destructive side, with Smith and other band members diving back into the use of hallucinogenic drugs which came to define this album. The drug use was not used to present something more playful for the sake of listening, but rather elicited and brought out the more dark and foreboding personal side of Robert Smith and his uncomfortableness with success ... hence the album's title, with the band feeling that they were disintegrating back into their former selves.

Review by Jenell Kesler


January 13, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
Honestly, I think this one sounds excellent... I can't compare it to other pressings, but I love the way this one sounds, has a good amount of dynamics and depth for my tastes!