Black paper labels with blue print. Includes a lyric inner sleeve.
Released in both matt and gloss outer sleeve finishes
Poster : Limited number of the UK first pressing contains : THE CURE The Head On The Door (see images) original 1985 UK 30" x 15" in-store promotional poster for the album, features the bright-coloured artist, title and format text on a black background. This item has a unique 3 way fold (see images) to fit into the cover .
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Scanned): 042282723116
Barcode (Text): 0 422282 72311 6
Matrix / Runout (Stamped A side - Variation 1): FIXH 11 A//3▽420 R 11 11
Matrix / Runout (Stamped B side - Variation 1): FIXH 11 B//3▽420 R 11 1
Matrix / Runout (Stamped A side - Variation 2): FIXH 11 A//4▽420 R 11 11
Matrix / Runout (Stamped B side - Variation 2): FIXH 11 B//4▽420 R 11 1
Matrix / Runout (Stamped A side - Variation 3): FIXH 11 A//3▽420 R 11 12
Matrix / Runout (Stamped B side - Variation 3): FIXH 11 B//3▽420 R 11 11
Matrix / Runout (Stamped A side - Variation 4): FIXH 11 A//3▽420 R 1 2 4
Matrix / Runout (Stamped B side - Variation 4): FIXH 11 B//3▽420 R 111
Matrix / Runout (Stamped A side - Variation 5): FIXH 11 A//4▽420 R 2 5
Matrix / Runout (Stamped B side - Variation 5): FIXH 11 B//3▽420 R 11 6
Matrix / Runout (Stamped A side - Variation 6): FIXH 11 A //4▽420 R 1
Matrix / Runout (Stamped B side - Variation 6): FIXH 11 B//4▽420 R 2
Matrix / Runout (Stamped A side - Variation 7): FIXH 11 B//3▽420 R 2 3
Matrix / Runout (Stamped B side - Variation 7): FIXH 11 B//3▽420 R 2
Matrix / Runout (Stamped A side - Variation 8): FIXH 11 A//3▽420 R 1 1
Matrix / Runout (Stamped B side - Variation 8): FIXH 11 B//4▽420 R 11 14
Matrix / Runout (Stamped A side - Variation 9): FIXH 11 A//3▽420 R 12 1
Matrix / Runout (Stamped B side - Variation 9): FIXH 11 B//4▽420 R 11 4
Matrix / Runout (Stamped A side - Variation 10): FIXH 11 A//4▽420 R 2
Matrix / Runout (Stamped B side - Variation 10): FIXH11 B//4▽420 R 2
Matrix / Runout (Hand-etched A side, all variants): 50 TIMES A NIGHT
Matrix / Runout (Hand-etched B side, variant 1 to 9): THEY DO IT
Matrix / Runout (Etched B side, variant 10): THEY DO IT!
Researching the promotional poster that came with the UK first pressing , as mine did , im yet to find a reference to it with the album anywhere , but have found 3 for sale and its stated its been folded 3 times for storage reasons , the reason for those 3 folds , is so it fits into the album cover !
Their low point during the 80's, Kyoto Song and Six Different Ways, what are such sub standard tracks doing on a Cure album, even Vince Clarke managed to get more juice out of those toy Casio keyboards.
Prior to the Top 100 brand of The Cure the band was followed by "cool" kids. Not cool by today's standards but kids that were truly post punk. Kids that listened to and shared physical music fanaticly and used it to understand their world at the time (80's). Music playing on the radio was mediocre at best and some bands held a Indie attitude and stayed with lesser known lables. These bands were my best friends. The Cure, Rem, The Replacements, Pixies, etc. weren't popular until late in their output. The best Cure companion for all of us back then was Standing on a beach + b sides, cassette only release. Bootlegs are available on cd but hard to find.The Cure discography will remain and should be enjoyed from the beginning. Friday I wasn't in love.
I was brought to this album by the track - Close To Me, as i heard it on the romantic scene of the film Accepted. For a long time i just had that song, and at the time i really didn't know who The Cure were. After finding out they also performed the song Friday I'm In Love (Not on this release) i decided to endeavour into their music. After seeing that these guys have had a good lot of releases, i was unsure on where to start - but seeing that Close To Me was, and still is, my favourite song by them, why not start with the album it was from. After seeing that it got a good rating from AllMusic critics i soon added it to my ever-growing, ever-long list of albums to listen to.
Only just lately have i got round to listening to it, and wow...what have i been missing. I love this album. Ive never really bothered to look into the New Wave scene that was big in the Eighties, as i am more of a rock guy - but i am more than glad that i decided to listen to this album. The lyric writing on this album is just amazing, almost every line sounds like a caption to a piece of art, or an Act in a stage performance. The sounds here are just captivating, changing in tempo and atmosphere each track - for example, a more Egyptian feel in The Blood to the more slow romantic feel you get from Close To Me. Rob Smith isn't the best of vocalists, but it gives this album that artistic edge...makes it different - which if my knowledge serves me right, thats what New Wave is right?
The album is of great length and doesn't feel long winded, at just over 30 minutes/10 Tracks. Looking at the album on my iTunes Library, it scores well with most tracks being 4* or more (5*'s come rarely in my library), with the only songs i'm not that into really being The Baby Screams and Sinking. But thats 2 tracks out of 10, so 80% of the album is, in my opinion, great!
So my short conclusion for this album is that, if you either: Want to start listening to The Cure's albums, or, Want to start listening to 80s New Wave - then start with this album, because trust me its worth it.
I think you can guess my recommended track, but here it is anyway: Close To Me
After that try, Push, Six Different Ways, Koyoto Song and In Between Days