The CureStanding On A Beach • The Singles

Label:Elektra – 60477-1, Elektra – 9 60477-1
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, SRC Pressing
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Post-Punk, New Wave, Goth Rock, Synth-pop


A1Killing An Arab
A2Boy's Don't Cry
A3Jumping Someone Else's Train
A4A Forest
A6Charlotte Sometimes
A7The Hanging Garden
B1Let's Go To Bed
B2The Walk
B3The Lovecats
B4The Caterpillar
B5In Between Days
B6Close To Me

Companies, etc.



Catalog numbers:
60477-1 on inner and labels.
9 60477-1 on spine.

Released in gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve.

First copies with 2 front stickers :
- Rectangular pink : "Featuring the new single Let's Go To Bed plus 12 Cure classics 60477-1".
- Round b&w : "The song Killing An Arab has absolutely no racist overtones whatsoever. It is a song which decries the existence of all prejudice and consequent violence. The Cure condemn its use in furthering anti-Arab feeling 60477".

The song Killing an Arab is about the book "The Stranger".

This version pressed by Specialty Records Company (SRC).
The promo copy has promo credits printed on labels.
Another version was pressed by Allied Record Company from SRC master.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7599-60477-1 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Variant 1): STE-60477A-1 ALL OF THIS /-/ SM1-1 SRC
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 1): ST-E-60477B-1 /-/ AND BACK AGAIN SRC
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, Variant 2): ST-E-60477A-1 ALL OF THIS \-3 SRC
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, Variant 2): ST-E-60477B-1 \-3 AND BACK AGAIN SRC
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching (Variant 4)): ST-E-60477A-1 ALL OF THIS 1-6
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching (Variant 4)): ST-E-60477A-1 1-1 AND BACK AGAIN
  • Matrix / Runout (Both sides stamped (Variant 4)): [SRC Logo]
  • Pressing Plant ID (Side B, all variants, embossed around center hole): E A S T

Other Versions (5 of 311)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Standing On A Beach · The Singles (LP, Compilation, Stereo, Gatefold)Fiction Records829 239-1Germany1986
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Staring At The Sea • The Images (VHS, Compilation, NTSC, Dolby System)Elektra40101-3-BUS1986
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Standing On A Beach • The Singles (And Unavailable B-Sides) (Cassette, Compilation, Reissue, AR, Transparent, Double Play)Elektra, Elektra60477-4, 9 60477-4US1986
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Standing On A Beach • The Singles (And Unavailable B-Sides) (Cassette, Compilation, Repress, Plastic Label)Fiction Records, Fiction RecordsFIXHC 12, FIX HC 12UK1986
Standing On A Beach • The Singles (LP, Compilation, Stereo)Fiction RecordsFIXH 12UK1986



  • swearingenjm's avatar
    This is one of the greatest “greatest hits” compilations ever assembled.
    • streetmouse's avatar
      As the last orange fingers of the sun melt into the darkness, as flickering candles bathe the walls of upstairs bedrooms and melodic music floats gently from half opened windows, a new fledgling child of the night is discovering a song by The Cure. Hungry for more, wanting only to indulge their souls in the self loathing and anguish discovered in the cool afterglow, they rise late, spread out and into the music stores across the world in search of the song that coursed into their hearts like warm liquid, setting their heads to reeling ... all of answers, to all of the questions which once seemed so necessary, forever washed away.

      Unfortunately what they will find, is not what they had hoped for. I know, as I’ve made that silver stringed journey and with dozens of Cure albums spread across my floor, one Backstage Pass and countless Cure singles tucked into every corner of my room, I am here to offer you exactly what you want ... no more, no less. I offer you Standing On The Beach, a collection of singles by The Cure from the dark years, from the years 1979 through 1985. These are the songs you want, all of them, these are the only songs you will ever need by this truly visionary band ... that is until the lust is so great within you, that you simply can not resist your indulgence for more, and when that time comes, I suggest that you slide a copy of Galore into your long angst coat, for yet another collection of Cure singles from the years 1987 through 1997. But like all things of great and personal pleasure, the songs form Galore will never be as satisfying as those found here on Standing On The Beach.

      The Cure have been around for nearly forever at this point, many of us have grown up on them, yet they still have the feel of something new, as if in this timelessness, they will forever remain an underground sensation.

      The music is lush, thick and rich ... just ripe for picking. It flows unseen and almost unheard, as if these songs were part of your internal makeup. The voice of Robert Smith not only complements the lyrics, but puts a marvelous emphasis on the characteristics of our lives we all too seldom stop to explore. You'll find this album more then satisfying, it will become a staple of your music collection.

      One of the best parts about this release is cueing it up as you’re getting dressed at "10:15 On A Saturday Night," ready to make your way down to the street ... for nocturnal adventure into the world of The Cure.

      *** The Fun Facts: The name of the man featured on the album jacket is John Button, whom at the time was a fisherman. He was chosen because his appearance fit the desired aesthetic of the album, where he adds a bit of dark wonder to the album. When asked why he agreed to lend his face to the band's media, Button's answer was, "If I can help these youngsters break through, after all, why not?”

      Review by Jenell Kesler


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