The Cure ‎– The Top

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Tracklist

Eye Side
Shake Dog Shake 4:55
Bird Mad Girl 4:05
Wailing Wall 5:17
Give Me It 3:42
Dressing Up 2:51
Cross Side
The Caterpillar 3:40
Piggy In The Mirror 3:40
The Empty World 2:36
Bananafishbones 3:12
The Top 6:50

Versions (121)

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fixs9 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records fixs9 UK 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, M/Print) Fiction Records 821 136-2 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-4, 821 136-4 ME The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 821 136-4, 821 136-4 ME Germany 1984 Sell This Version
25086-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Sire 25086-4 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Polydor, Fiction Records 821 136-4 France 1984 Sell This Version
821136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Polygram 821136-4 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Polydor 821 136-4 Philippines 1984 Sell This Version
9 25086-4, 4-25086 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Sire, Sire 9 25086-4, 4-25086 US 1984 Sell This Version
25086-4, 250864 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Sire, Sire 25086-4, 250864 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Fiction Records 821 136-4 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Fiction Records 821 136-4 Singapore 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Fiction Records 821 136-4 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
4-25086 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, AR) Sire 4-25086 US 1984 Sell This Version
W4-25086 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Club) Sire W4-25086 US 1984 Sell This Version
92 50864 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Dol) Sire 92 50864 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
92 50864 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Dol) Fiction Records 92 50864 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
FIXSC 9 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Pap) Fiction Records FIXSC 9 UK 1984 Sell This Version
FIXSC 9 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Pla) Fiction Records FIXSC 9 UK 1984 Sell This Version
9 25086-4, 4-25086 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, SR,) Sire, Sire 9 25086-4, 4-25086 US 1984 Sell This Version
9 25086-4, 4-25086 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, SR,) Sire, Sire 9 25086-4, 4-25086 US 1984 Sell This Version
9 25086-4, 4-25086 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, SR,) Sire, Sire 9 25086-4, 4-25086 US 1984 Sell This Version
T 6062 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Team Records (4) T 6062 Indonesia 1984 Sell This Version
A-087 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Unofficial) ALF A-087 Poland 1984 Sell This Version
FIXS 9 The Cure The Top(LP, Advance, Album) Fiction Records FIXS 9 UK 1984 Sell This Version
1-25086, 25086-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Sire, Sire 1-25086, 25086-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
fixs9, 821136/1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records fixs9, 821136/1 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
1-25086, 25086-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Sire, Sire 1-25086, 25086-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
25086-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Sire 25086-1 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Polydor 821 136-1 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records 821 136-1 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
35117-25, fixs9 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Vap, Fiction Records 35117-25, fixs9 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-1 ME The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records 821 136-1 ME Germany 1984 Sell This Version
fixs9 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records fixs9 Philippines 1984 Sell This Version
fixs9, 821 136-1 ME The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records fixs9, 821 136-1 ME Germany 1984 Sell This Version
FIXS9 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records FIXS9 UK 1984 Sell This Version
fixs9, 821136/1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records fixs9, 821136/1 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
fixs9, 821 136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records fixs9, 821 136-1 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
92 50861 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Sire 92 50861 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
821136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Polydor 821136-1 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-1 ME The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records 821 136-1 ME Germany 1984 Sell This Version
250861, 7599 25086-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Sire, Sire 250861, 7599 25086-1 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
FIX 9, 821 136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor FIX 9, 821 136-1 Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
FIXS 9, 821 136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Polydor FIXS 9, 821 136-1 Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records 821 136-1 Israel 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, 1st) Polydor, Fiction Records 821 136-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
1-25086, 25086-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, ARC) Sire, Sire 1-25086, 25086-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
fixs9 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, Aru) Fiction Records fixs9 UK 1984 Sell This Version
W1-25086, W1 25086 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, Club) Sire, Sire W1-25086, W1 25086 US 1984 Sell This Version
35117-25, fixs9 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, Promo) Vap, Fiction Records 35117-25, fixs9 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, RP) Polydor, Fiction Records 821 136-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
fixs9 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, RP, Mon) Fiction Records fixs9 UK 1984 Sell This Version
1-25086, 25086-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, SRC) Sire, Sire 1-25086, 25086-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
fixs9, 821136/1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Fiction Records, PolyGram Greece fixs9, 821136/1 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, M/Print, RE) Fiction Records 821 136-2 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
9 25086-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, Lon) Sire 9 25086-2 US 1986 Sell This Version
821 136-2--18, 821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, M/Print, RE) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 821 136-2--18, 821 136-2 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
9 25086-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE) Sire 9 25086-2 US 1986 Sell This Version
821 136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Polydor, Fiction Records 821 136-4 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, M/Print, RE) Fiction Records 821 136-2 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
85008-32 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE) Vap 85008-32 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
821 136-4, SF-2211 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, RE) Polydor, Siggfried 821 136-4, SF-2211 Taiwan 1987 Sell This Version
821 136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, RE) Polydor, Fiction Records 821 136-4 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
821 136-4, 69053 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, RE) Polydor, Polygram 821 136-4, 69053 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
821 136-4, 821136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, RE) Polydor, Polydor 821 136-4, 821136-4 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
821 136-4, 821136-4, 69053 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, RE, Bro) Polydor, Polydor, Polygram 821 136-4, 821136-4, 69053 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
821 136-1, 29053, fixs9 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, RE) Polydor, PolyGram, Fiction Records 821 136-1, 29053, fixs9 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
821136-1, 821 136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, RE) Polydor, Fiction Records 821136-1, 821 136-1 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, M/Print, RE) Fiction Records 821 136-2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, M/Print, RE) Fiction Records 821 136-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
POCP-1877 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE) Polydor POCP-1877 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records 821 136-2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records, Polydor 821 136-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
MG 0430 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0430 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
821 136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, RE, Aru) Polydor 821 136-1 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
MG 0430 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Mg Records (2) MG 0430 Poland 1993 Sell This Version
JPCD9704290 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, Unofficial) ООО "ДОРА" JPCD9704290 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records 821 136-2 UK & Europe 2000 Sell This Version
R2 74751 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, Club, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2) R2 74751 US 2006 Sell This Version
984 001-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, RM, Dig) Fiction Records, Universal Music Catalogue, Polydor 984 001-2 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
R2 74065 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, RM, Dig) Rhino Records (2), Sire, Fiction Records R2 74065 US 2006 Sell This Version
R2 74751 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE, RM) Rhino Records (2) R2 74751 US 2006 Sell This Version
984 001-3 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor, Fiction Records, Universal Music Catalogue 984 001-3 Ukraine 2006 Sell This Version
984 001-3 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor, Fiction Records, Universal Music Catalogue 984 001-3 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
none The Cure The Top(CDr, Album, Promo, RE + CDr, Comp, Promo) Rhino Records (2), Sire, Fiction Records none US 2006 Sell This Version
UICY-93481 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, SHM) Fiction Records UICY-93481 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
UICY-93481 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fiction Records UICY-93481 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
0600753381205, FIXS 9 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Gol) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 0600753381205, FIXS 9 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
none The Cure The Top(10xFile, MP3, Album, RE, RM, 320) Fiction Records none 2016
R1 25806 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180) Fiction Records, Rhino Vinyl, Sire R1 25806 US 2016 Sell This Version
0602547875549, 4787554, fixs 9 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180) Fiction Records, Fiction Records, Fiction Records 0602547875549, 4787554, fixs 9 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
984 001-3 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Polydor, Fiction Records, Universal Music Catalogue 984 001-3 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
M-153 The Cure The Top (Cass, Album, Unofficial) MC (3) M-153 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
(none) The Cure The Top(10xFile, AAC, Album, RM, 256) Elektra (none) US Unknown
none The Cure The Top(10xFile, AIFF, Album, RE + 17xFile, AIFF + Dlx) Universal Music Catalogue none Unknown
CDEPR 1023, 821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album) Polydor, PolyGram CDEPR 1023, 821 136-2 Mexico Unknown Sell This Version
821 136-2--18, 821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, M/Print) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 821 136-2--18, 821 136-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
821 136-2--18, 821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, PDO) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 821 136-2--18, 821 136-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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CD 25086 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE) Sire, Fiction Records CD 25086 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records 821 136-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
821 136-2, 821136.2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 821 136-2, 821136.2 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
9 25086-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE) Sire 9 25086-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
984 001-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE + CD + Dlx, RE, RM, Dig) Fiction Records, Universal Music Catalogue, Polydor 984 001-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
984 001-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, RE, RM, Dig) Fiction Records, Universal Music Catalogue, Polydor 984 001-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
984 001-3 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Fiction Records, Universal Music Catalogue, Polydor 984 001-3 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
984 001-3 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Fiction Records, Universal Music Catalogue, Polydor 984 001-3 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
821 136-2 YH, 8211362 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RP) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 821 136-2 YH, 8211362 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
821 136-2 The Cure The Top(CD, Album, RP) Fiction Records 821 136-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
821 136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) Polydor 821 136-4 Mexico Unknown Sell This Version
821136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album) PolyGram 821136-4 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
FIXSC 9, 821 136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, RE, Cle) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXSC 9, 821 136-4 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CS 5828 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Unofficial) C.S CS 5828 Asia Unknown Sell This Version
776 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Music World (2) 776 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
1403, none The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Unofficial) DECK, Zjednoczone Przedsiębiorstwo Rozrywkowe Usługowe Studio Nagrań Przy Salonie Muzycznym 1403, none Poland Unknown Sell This Version
543 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Audio Max 543 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
543 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Audio Max 543 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
821136-4 The Cure The Top(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Mega Records (3) 821136-4 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
ZC215 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Nova. ZC215 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
fixs9, 821136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records fixs9, 821136-1 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
821 136-1 The Cure The Top(LP, Album, RE, Aru) Polydor, Fiction Records 821 136-1 Spain Unknown Sell This Version

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ComeAsYouAre

ComeAsYouAre

July 17, 2021
referencing The Top, LP, Album, fixs9
Hands down without question the worst album The Cure ever made.
keith-m

keith-m

May 3, 2021
referencing The Top, LP, Album, ARC, 1-25086, 25086-1
Promo Copy:
Matrix / Runout (A side runout, etched, variant 3): 1-25086-A-SH1 ɑ [stamped] B-19286-SH1 SLM △6609 1-1
Matrix / Runout (B side runout, etched, variant 3): 1-25086-B-SH6 ɑ [stamped] B-19287-SH6 SLM △6609-X 1-1
okaycpu

okaycpu

March 12, 2021
referencing The Top, LP, Album, fixs9
I'm starting to notice a pattern with UK Cure vinyl. It can be kind of a crap shoot with inner groove distortion. "Dressing Up" on my copy has some crazy IGD, which is a shame cos it's a great song. I've also had some of the worst sibilance issues I've ever encountered with a UK copy of Japanese Whispers, both on inner grooves. Thing is, I know it's not my turntable/cartridge. I have no issues with any other records I own. It really seems like a Cure UK press thing. I'm gonna look out for German pressings from now on. Germany rarely lets me down with quality control.
sbclar

sbclar

January 29, 2021
referencing The Top, CD, Album, RP, 821 136-2 YH, 8211362
The version of "Bananafishbones" on this release is pitched somewhat slower than the version found on the remasters. In fact, it runs about 12 seconds longer because of the difference in speed. Can anyone comment on this? Which is the correct pitching?
streetmouse

streetmouse

December 13, 2020
referencing The Top, LP, Album, fixs9

The Top has often been referred to as a transitional album filled with forgettable songs, implying that Smith or the Band had finally actually blindly fallen down the stairs. Yet in retrospect, this illusion of an album, one that’s been avoided by most listeners, rests entirely on the shoulders of producer Rob Robinson; though yes, Smith did open the door allowing Robinson to nearly force a round peg into a square hole … and it certainly didn’t work.

Best known for his work with the likes of Slipknot, Korn and Limp Bizkt, Robinson attempted to create a sort of neo-metal, fashioning the Cure with an edgy sound that was not theirs, draping the music with contrived melodrama and an incoherentness of howling heavy guitars, dropping the sonic keyboards that have been a staple of the Cure’s sound, all leaving Smith’s vocal roaming high in the mix, where the record came off as dangerously disingenuous and entirely engineered. Yes, it quickly became obvious that Robinson did not understand the Cure.

One could easily mistake The Top for a Robert Smith solo album, as he played nearly all of the instruments in addition to writing most of the songs. Though it didn’t stop there, Smith also brought in a recorder, violin, harmonica and more to weave a soundscape of hallucinatory particle dreams of the conscious, subconscious and that blurry fretted area where the two meet, creating a world that was out of control, like being in an accident as it’s happening, yet knowing that it’s all happening so fast that there’s no turning back … where all one is capable of is holding on, or perhaps letting go, and hoping for the best.

Yes, there are some wonderful numbers to be found here, the consequential “Shake Dog Shake” and “Caterpillar,” though I’ve begun to wonder just how these numbers would have come to life under a different setting. All of this makes for a record that comes off as scattered, perhaps unfocused, and largely without any continuity of spirit or vision.

Yes, there are those who love this album, though I would suggest that that’s because they’re actually fans of metal music, only stumbling onto the Cure for its momentary reference to that genre here.

Review by Jenell Kesler
alientransistor

alientransistor

November 7, 2020
edited 12 months ago
referencing The Top, LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, 0602547875549, 4787554, fixs 9

Good sound but the pressing qualität is typical GZ. Littered with dust and paper debris, lots of crackle and a scratch made me return my copy. The seventeen seconds issue is way better. I cannot understand why GZ isn’t able to produce constant quality.
amypdx

amypdx

April 17, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
referencing The Top, LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, R1 25806

I've always had a soft spot in my lil gen-x heart for this album. My enduring impression is that it's a glimpse of things to come for the band as well as a bridge to earlier works like Pornography. Personal favorite track is Birdmad girl, made me feel seen at the time I suppose!

This specific edition sounds pretty good to me on my medium?-fi system - not much noise, no warping. The copy I got, the vinyl was inside a poly/paper sleeve, and there was another sleeve inside with the lyrics/artwork. Worth checking out!
hypnotizingchickens

hypnotizingchickens

February 23, 2020
referencing The Top, LP, Album, SRC, 1-25086, 25086-1
anybody else have an SRC pressing without a custom label? mine just has a regular yellow sire label with the lettering at top right but the same matrix info as this pressing, also has promo stamp on sleeve
lampio

lampio

January 8, 2020
referencing The Top, LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, 0602547875549, 4787554, fixs 9

A lot of dust in a surface, but clear easy with brush. Very flat, no clics, no pops. Great sound
J.C.L

J.C.L

July 17, 2019
referencing The Top, LP, Album, RE, RM, RP, 180, R1 25806
Pretty much exactly what Eric nine, one, four, seven, eight said. Get it for "The Caterpillar" alone. Totally worth it.