The Cure ‎– Disintegration

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Album sales: 3,000,000 +
First release date: May 1989

The eighth studio album from The Cure. It received double-platinum status in the US, making this the band's best-selling album to date.

"Disintegration" reached #3 in the UK and #12 in the US. The album produced four hit singles:
"Lullaby"
"Lovesong" (Listed in some versions as "Love Song")
"Fascination Street" (released as a Single in North America only)
"Pictures of You"

Due to the extended running time of the album, "Last Dance" and "Homesick" were not included on the original vinyl issue of the album.

Reissued in 2010 with a bonus cd of rare tracks & "Entreat plus"

Versions (139)

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FIXH 14, 839 353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXH 14, 839 353-1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) Helicon Records 839 353-2 Israel 1989 Sell This Version
LX 122 The Cure Desintegration(LP, Album, Unofficial) AB Inc. LX 122 Poland 1989 Sell This Version
600152-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) WEA 600152-2 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
CD 60855 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) Elektra CD 60855 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) Fiction Records 839 353-2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) Fiction Records 839 353-2 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
420050 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) PGP RTB 420050 Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) Polydor 839 353-2 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) Fiction Records 839 353-2 UK & Europe 1989 Sell This Version
P00P 20256, P00P-20256 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) Polydor, Polydor P00P 20256, P00P-20256 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
5045-93532-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) Fiction Records 5045-93532-2 China 1989 Sell This Version
60855-2, 9 60855-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, ARC) Elektra, Elektra 60855-2, 9 60855-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
E2 60855 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Club) Elektra E2 60855 US 1989 Sell This Version
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9 60855-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Club) Elektra 9 60855-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
E2 60855 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Club) Elektra E2 60855 US 1989 Sell This Version
9 60855-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Club) Elektra/Asylum Records 9 60855-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
60855-2, 9 60855-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Dis) Elektra, Elektra 60855-2, 9 60855-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
P00P 20256 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Promo) Polydor P00P 20256 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
60855-2, 9 60855-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, SRC) Elektra, Elektra 60855-2, 9 60855-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Polydor 839 353-4 Philippines 1989 Sell This Version
520667 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) PGP RTB 520667 Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This Version
FIXHC 14, 839 353-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Fiction Records, Polydor FIXHC 14, 839 353-4 UK 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4, 839 335-4, MCR 16665 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Polydor, Polydor, Polydor 839 353-4, 839 335-4, MCR 16665 Mexico 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4, FIXHC 14 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 839 353-4, FIXHC 14 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
600152-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) WEA 600152-4 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
839353-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Polydor 839353-4 Uruguay 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Fiction Records 839 353-4 Portugal 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4, FIXHC 14 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 839 353-4, FIXHC 14 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Fiction Records 839 353-4 Indonesia 1989 Sell This Version
MKL 37 351 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Gong MKL 37 351 Hungary 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4, FIXHC 14 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Polydor, Fiction Records 839 353-4, FIXHC 14 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4, FIXHC 14 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 839 353-4, FIXHC 14 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
69192, 839 353-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Polygram, Polydor 69192, 839 353-4 Argentina 1989 Sell This Version
30.583-C The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Polydor 30.583-C Venezuela 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Polydor 839 353-4 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4, FIXHC 14 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 839 353-4, FIXHC 14 Greece 1989 Sell This Version
89102 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) DVC 89102 Poland 1989 Sell This Version
60855-4, 9 60855-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, AR,) Elektra, Elektra 60855-4, 9 60855-4 US 1989 Sell This Version
E4 60855 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, Club) Elektra E4 60855 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
E4 60855 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, Club) Elektra E4 60855 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
60855-4, 9 60855-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, Club) Elektra, Elektra 60855-4, 9 60855-4 US 1989 Sell This Version
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96 08554 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, Dol) Elektra 96 08554 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
839353-4, 189001 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, Dol) Polydor, Polydor 839353-4, 189001 Chile 1989 Sell This Version
60855-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, Ltd, Promo, Dol) Elektra 60855-4 US 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, Pap) Fiction Records 839 353-4 Malaysia 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, Pla) Fiction Records 839 353-4 Malaysia 1989 Sell This Version
60855-4, 9 60855-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, SR,) Elektra, Elektra 60855-4, 9 60855-4 US 1989 Sell This Version
CC-0145 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, Unofficial) C (3) CC-0145 Poland 1989 Sell This Version
MSC. 1232 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Musicals MSC. 1232 Thailand 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
839 353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polydor 839 353-1 Colombia 1989 Sell This Version
600152-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Fiction Records 600152-1 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
FIXH 14, 839 353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXH 14, 839 353-1 Greece 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-1, FIXH 14 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polydor, Fiction Records 839 353-1, FIXH 14 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
60855-1, 9 60855-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Elektra, Elektra 60855-1, 9 60855-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
29192 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polydor 29192 Argentina 1989 Sell This Version
STARL 5567 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Fiction Records STARL 5567 South Africa 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-1, FIXH 14 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polydor, Fiction Records 839 353-1, FIXH 14 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
220868, 839 353-1, FIXH 14 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) PGP RTB, Fiction Records, Fiction Records 220868, 839 353-1, FIXH 14 Yugoslavia 1989 Sell This Version
30.583-L The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polydor 30.583-L Venezuela 1989 Sell This Version
STARL 5567, 839.353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor STARL 5567, 839.353-1 Zimbabwe 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polygram Discos, S.A. (2) 839 353-1 Portugal 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-1, FIXH 14 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polydor, Fiction Records 839 353-1, FIXH 14 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
SLPXL 37 351, 839 353-1, FIXH 14 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Gong, Fiction Records, Fiction Records SLPXL 37 351, 839 353-1, FIXH 14 Hungary 1989 Sell This Version
96 08551 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Elektra 96 08551 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
839 353 1, LPR 16665 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polydor, Polydor 839 353 1, LPR 16665 Mexico 1989 Sell This Version
R-101109, ST-E 60855, 9 60855-1, 60855-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, Club) Elektra/Asylum Records, Elektra/Asylum Records, Elektra/Asylum Records, Elektra/Asylum Records R-101109, ST-E 60855, 9 60855-1, 60855-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
9 E1 60855-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, Club) Elektra 9 E1 60855-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
E1 60855 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, Club) Elektra E1 60855 US 1989 Sell This Version
E1 60855 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, Club) Elektra E1 60855 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
FIXH 14, 839 353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, MP) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXH 14, 839 353-1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
60855-1, 9 60855-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, Promo, Dir) Elektra, Elektra 60855-1, 9 60855-1 US 1989 Sell This Version
STE 60855 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, SRC) Elektra STE 60855 US 1989 Sell This Version
839 353-1, FIXH 14 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, Smo) Polygram, Fiction Records Ltd. 839 353-1, FIXH 14 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
FIXH 14, 839 353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, Smo) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXH 14, 839 353-1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
FIXH 14, 839 353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, Tex) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXH 14, 839 353-1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
600152-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) WEA 600152-2 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
E2 60855 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Club) Elektra E2 60855 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
839353-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album) Polydor 839353-1 Colombia 1990 Sell This Version
FIXHP 14, 841 946-1, 841 946 1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE) Fiction Records, Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXHP 14, 841 946-1, 841 946 1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
841-946-1 The Cure Disintegration(LP, Album, Pic, TP) Fiction Records 841-946-1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
MG 0611 The Cure Disintegration vol. 1(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0611 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
MG 0612 The Cure Disintegration vol. 2(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0612 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
839 353-4 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Fiction Records, Polydor 839 353-4 Turkey 1991 Sell This Version
839 353-4, FIXHC 14 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 839 353-4, FIXHC 14 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
AVA 042 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Unofficial) Vital Ltd. AVA 042 Russia 1995 Sell This Version
CD 60855 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RP) Elektra CD 60855 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
839 353-4, FIXHC 14 The Cure Disintegration(Cass, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 839 353-4, FIXHC 14 Russia 1997 Sell This Version
839 353-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records 839 353-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
839 353-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records, Universal 839 353-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
9 60855-2, 60855-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RP) Elektra, Elektra 9 60855-2, 60855-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
839 353-2, 839 353-2 (24) The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records, Universal 839 353-2, 839 353-2 (24) Mexico 2001 Sell This Version
839 353-2, MR-1143-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) Fiction Records, Polydor, Ukrainian Records, Moon Records (2) 839 353-2, MR-1143-2 Ukraine 2002 Sell This Version
839 353-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RE) Universal 839 353-2 Chile 2002 Sell This Version
JPCD 2002486 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Unofficial) ООО "ДОРА" JPCD 2002486 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
839 353-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records 839 353-2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
R1 523284 The Cure Disintegration(2xLP, Album, M/Print, RE, RM) Fiction Records, Elektra, Rhino Records (2) R1 523284 US 2010 Sell This Version
R1 523284 The Cure Disintegration(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Fiction Records, Elektra, Rhino Records (2) R1 523284 US 2010 Sell This Version
532 456-3, 060075324563 (7) The Cure Disintegration(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Fiction Records, Fiction Records, Polydor, Polydor, Universal Music Catalogue, Universal Music Catalogue 532 456-3, 060075324563 (7) Europe 2010 Sell This Version
none The Cure Disintegration(2xLP, Album, TP, 180) Rhino Records (2) none US 2010 Sell This Version
532 456-8 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records 532 456-8 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
532 456-6 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + CD, Album, RE + Dlx, RM) Fiction Records, Polydor, Universal 532 456-6 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
R2 523449 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + CD, Album, RE, Rem + Dl) Rhino Records (2), Elektra, Fiction Records R2 523449 US 2010 Sell This Version
532 456-8 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fiction Records, Universal Music Catalogue, Polydor 532 456-8 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
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532 456-3, 060075324563 (7) The Cure Disintegration(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180) Fiction Records, Fiction Records, Polydor, Polydor, Universal Music Catalogue, Universal Music Catalogue 532 456-3, 060075324563 (7) Europe 2016 Sell This Version
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600152-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) WEA 600152-2 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
60855-2, 9 60855-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) Elektra, Elektra 60855-2, 9 60855-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
839 353-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album) Fiction Records 839 353-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
9 60855-2, 60855-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Club, RE) Elektra, Elektra 9 60855-2, 60855-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
9 60855-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, Club, RP) Elektra 9 60855-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
839 353-2 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, M/Print, RE) Fiction Records 839 353-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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532 456-8 The Cure Disintegration(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fiction Records, Universal Music Catalogue, Polydor 532 456-8 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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follow_me_around

January 5, 2019
referencing Disintegration, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, R1 523284
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.
Rob_Etch

Rob_Etch

December 19, 2018
edited 28 days ago
referencing Disintegration, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 532 456-3, 060075324563 (7)
Add another comment that this MPO pressing is very good!

My only gripe is actually with the sleeve art; the contrast has clearly been pushed far too far, a lot of the detail evident on the original sleeve is largely turned to black. But in terms of the (digital) remaster and the pressing, no complaints :)

Perhaps for next year's 30th year anniversary we'll get a proper, all-analogue Abbey Road half-speed cut from the original tapes for our trouble, but that's wishlist stuff ;)
five5tone

five5tone

December 18, 2018
edited 29 days ago
referencing Disintegration, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, R1 523284
EDIT: THIS PRESSING IS GARBAGE.
Read the reviews here, and of the company RAINBLO RECORDS who pressed this first.
https://www.discogs.com/label/100643-Rainbo-Records

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.
lomojunkie71

lomojunkie71

November 9, 2018
referencing Disintegration, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, R1 523284

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.
ThisShouldBeFun

ThisShouldBeFun

November 9, 2018
referencing Disintegration, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, R1 523284

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

cataldoto

October 4, 2018
referencing Disintegration, LP, Album, FIXH 14, 839 353-1
Has anyone out there encountered the same problem I've had with the 2010 Reissue? Omg I've tried 3 copies all of which have been returned thank goodness because at least here in Canada they are very expensive selling for around $50 New Sealed. The songs are clear and bright but the surface noise is unbearable right from the drop of the needle. The Rabbit is eating away destroying the beautiful songs before in-between and during most. Rhino reissue so not to surprised but for such a great Cure album not in my collection am super disappointed.
Also Discogs is saying that there was a 2016 Reissue but is it? All the local record stores when searching to order brings up the 2010 version only in stock to purchase and am not going to do that again.
streetmouse

streetmouse

September 25, 2018
referencing Disintegration, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, R1 523284

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
notquitefaust

notquitefaust

September 1, 2018
referencing Disintegration, LP, Album, FIXH 14, 839 353-1
I have both the 1989 original vinyl and cd (a few different pressings of each format) as well as the 2010 remastered on vinyl and cd (deluxe). I’m probably an outlier here but I prefer the original 1989 mix on cd.

I used to think the original mix was too muddy and dull even when played loudly. BUT that was because my ears were too accustomed to loud heavy on the low end mixes from the mid 90s to present day. Disintegration is a desert island album for me so with the release of the 2010 remaster with all 12 songs across 2 discs, I couldn’t wait. The original ‘89 vinyl sounds really good considering its length for 1 disc but corners were cut to make it work. The 2010 reissue on vinyl is absolutely what to get if you want it on wax. Great pressing. Sounds fantastic. I’ve already burned through a couple copies.

So why do I ultimately prefer the original 1989 cd? Keep in mind it was released when cds were the preferred format by record labels...you know the history. Basically when Disintegration was released it was intended to be heard on cd (digitally) even though it was recorded and mixed on tape. The 2 “bonus tracks” were just a marketing gimmick to buy the cd. (Such a shame to the vinyl version but oh well). Now the original cd master...because of the flaws related to its vinyl companion, the cd is the closest we have to what Robert, the band, and the producers and engineers intended the project to sound like. The 2010 remaster cd helped me understand that.

With a nice pair of headphones and a decent CD player (or a nice dedicated dac when playing ripped files), I think you’ll understand there’s a lot of magic deep in the mix that the 2010 remaster overshadows with extra bass and volume.

It’s easy to find a used ‘89 cd for $5 more or less vs $40+ for an original clean vinyl. Can’t go wrong.
srkht

srkht

August 27, 2018
referencing Disintegration, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 532 456-3, 060075324563 (7)
My GZ Media Pressing sounds excellent and was not dirty from the factory.
moreandmorevinyl

moreandmorevinyl

August 4, 2018
referencing Disintegration, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, 180, 532 456-3, 060075324563 (7)
Is there any way to differentiate this pressing vs. the GZ on sealed copies? In the US there's no way to know which edition you're ordering, and there are no open copies for sale anywhere. I don't want to get caught with another crappy GZ pressing of this album....