The Cure ‎– Seventeen Seconds

Rhino Records (2) ‎– R2 74682, Elektra ‎– R2 74682, Fiction Records ‎– R2 74682
CD, Album, Reissue
CD, Compilation
All Media, Deluxe Edition, Remastered, Digipak, Cardboard Slipcase

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The Original Album
1-1 The Cure A Reflection 2:12
1-2 The Cure Play For Today 3:40
1-3 The Cure Secrets 3:20
1-4 The Cure In Your House 4:07
1-5 The Cure Three 2:36
1-6 The Cure The Final Sound 0:52
1-7 The Cure A Forest 5:54
1-8 The Cure M 3:04
1-9 The Cure At Night 5:54
1-10 The Cure Seventeen Seconds 4:00
Rarities 1979-1980
2-1 Cult Hero I'm A Cult Hero
Producer – Chris Parry
2-2 Cult Hero I Dig You
Producer – Chris Parry
2-3 The Cure Another Journey By Train (aka 44F) (Group Home Instrumental Demo 1/80) 3:12
2-4 The Cure Secrets (Group Home Instrumental Demo 1/80) 3:40
2-5 The Cure Seventeen Seconds (Live In Amsterdam 1/80) 3:59
2-6 The Cure In Your House (Live In Amsterdam 1/80) 3:32
2-7 The Cure Three ("Seventeen Seconds" Alt Studio Mix 2/80) 2:45
2-8 Cult Hero I Dig You (Live In The Marquee Club London 3/80) 3:36
2-9 Cult Hero I'm A Cult Hero (Live In The Marquee Club London 3/80) 3:21
2-10 The Cure M (Live In Arnhem 5/80) 2:56
2-11 The Cure The Final Sound (Live In France 6/80) 0:26
2-12 The Cure A Reflection (Live In France 6/80) 1:39
2-13 The Cure Play For Today (Live In France 6/80) 3:46
2-14 The Cure At Night (Live In France 6/80) 5:37
2-15 The Cure A Forest (Live In France 6/80) 6:28

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Deluxe reissue of the 1980 album "Seventeen Seconds".

2-1 and 2-2 previously available as a Cult Hero vinyl single.
2-6 and 2-14 previously available on "Curiosity" cassette 1984
All others on CD2 are previously unreleased versions.

All songs published by Fiction Songs Ltd.
Recorded at Morgan Studio One, London
Original sound recording made by Fiction Records Ltd.
Manufactured & marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. A Warner Music Group Company

P 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp., a Warner Music Group Company
Made in U.S.A.

[back sleeve]
℗2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. A Warner Music Group Company
©2005 Fiction Records Ltd.
Printed in U.S.A.

This reissue/compilation ℗2005 Atlantic Recording Corp., a Warner Music Group Company.

Some copies contain a front sticker with:
The Cure Seventeen Seconds
2-CD Set compiled by Robert Smith
Digitally remastered from the original master tapes
Features 15 tracks on CD for the very first time
Deluxe package contains a 20-page booklet including sleevenotes and lyrics with rare and previously unseen photographs
R2 74682

Released in a 4-panel fold-out digipak housed in a cardboard slipcase with a 20-page booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 8122 74682 2 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 081227468224
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 (Variant 1)): Z39733 M2S4 3 R2 74682-2.1 01
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 (Variant 2)): Z39733 M2S4 3 R2 74682-2.1 01
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 (Variant 1)): Z39734 M2S4 3 R2 74682-2.2 01
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 (Variant 2)): Z39734 M1S4 3 R2 74682-2.2 01
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1 & CD2): IFPI L909
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 & CD2 (Variant 1)): IFPI 2U7P
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 & CD2 (Variant 2)): IFPI 2U4C

Other Versions (5 of 114) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FIX 004, 2383 574 The Cure Seventeen Seconds(LP, Album, Tex) Fiction Records, Polydor FIX 004, 2383 574 UK 1980 Sell This Version
35101-25 The Cure Seventeen Seconds(LP, Album, Promo, RE) Vap 35101-25 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
none The Cure Seventeen Seconds(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fiction Records none Italy 2016 Sell This Version
2383 574 The Cure Seventeen Seconds(LP, Album) Polydor, Fiction Records 2383 574 France 1980 Sell This Version
STUNN 001 The Cure Seventeen Seconds(LP, Album) Stunn STUNN 001 New Zealand 1980 Sell This Version



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February 15, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Every great group has to start somewhere (and I'm sure I'll use it for their true debut release, Three Imaginary Boys).

Robert Smith reportedly wanted to make an album that reflected his (1979/1980) listening tastes: David Bowie's Low, Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left, Hendrix's Live Isle of Wight, Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and Khachaturian's Gayaneh Ballet Suite. This synthesis is unlike the previous release, which was closer to punk and single sensibilities. Here Smith (and his new lineup) wanted to create something big using so little, a trait that will define The Cure between 1979 and 1983.

In retrospect, it was unusual in that it was etheral without going into the stratosphere of trendy spirituality or spacey melodrama. While in the context of The Cure as a whole, it doesn't quite reach a great height. Yet you can hear that The Cure was going somewhere really great and this was a really good start for them. It's exciting to listen to because this is an album one can truly call the first Cure album and all the sounds that go with it. And yet this is also Robert Smith finding himself musically, artistically and (in retrospect as well) personally.

All in all, it's neat to first the first marker in one's artistic/musical career... even with the inclusion of the small-time off-shoot project Cult Hero =]