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Faith Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 28 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000ENC73Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Holy Hour
2. Primary
3. Other Voices
4. All Cats Are Grey
5. Funeral Party
6. Doubt
7. Drowning Man
8. Faith

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Originally a goth-flavored post-punk outfit, The Cure evolved into one of the truly seminal bands of the '80s, and ultimately one of modern rock's most celebrated and influential acts. Guided by creative visionary Robert Smith, The Cure's signature sound balances dreamy pop savvy and poetic lyricism with a dark, brooding intensity. The band's first four groundbreaking albums-newly remastered-are a series of masterpieces that laid the groundwork for their phenomenal and enduring popularity. Fusing superbly crafted songs with charged emotional depth from the very beginning, The Cure's early catalogue, as upgraded by Rhino, is ready to be revisted. Elektra. 2006.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iqbal Faizer on Aug. 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
You know what, it's not a bad album at all and "The Drowning Man" is amazing, but, if I were you and if you're a fan, which would in turn make you like me, I'd wait for the digital remaster due out in a few months. Robert Smith, the singer, always said the record company messed up the original mastering of this album on CD to the point he feels the cassette tape sounds better; he hopes to correct that by supervising the remaster. It'll also contain an extra disc of bonus sides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
By all accounts, the first 4 Cure albums are essential listening, but 'Faith' is the one album that possesses an integral majesty. This is an album that is at its best played from beginning to end.Outstanding tracks are 'The Drowning Man' (Smith's tribute to Peake's Gormenghast) and 'Faith', seamlessly connected by 4 clicks of the drumsticks...The greatest of the Cure's recordings, beautifully produced and wholly moving.
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When I was in college ( a little over 15 years ago ) I took an overdose while listening to this cassette. I was considerably depressed, and this music seemed to either take me to this place I was at, or get me away from it. I still haven't figured that out, but that's neither here nor there. For years I couldn't stand to listen to Faith, because it brought back so many bad memories. But now I see it for what it is: grand in scale, hauntingly beautiful, moving, atmsopheric, not "rock" not "pop", it is what it is. Faith. A perfect thing. Full of so many emotions - helplessness, fear, dread, anger, doubt. Especially now ( in the age of digital downloads ) that I have heard many different live versions of the songs on Faith ( I especially like the live version of Faith, the title track, taken from the b-side of the Charlotte Sometimes 12" single, recorded in Sidney in 1981 - it is ESSENTIAL Cure - and the several live versions of the Drowning Man and All Cats Are Grey I have heard, which vary in quality as far as sound and technical proficiancy ) I have a new appreciation of the songs on this cd. Faith was not released in the US when originally issued, until a year or so later, by A&M, as a double cassette called "Happily Ever After" ( I still have a copy of it )which coupled Faith with Seventeen Seconds, from the year before. Then when the Cure were picked up by Elektra in the mid-eighties, Faith was re-issued by itself on cassette with the Carnage Visors soundtrack on the b-side. It is a 20 minute-plus instrumental, and I am sure it will end up on the cd re-issues that are due later this year. Although I consider it non-essential for the casual fan, completists ( of which I am one ) will find it interesting, if only because of its relative rarity.
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We've all heard that 'Bloodflowers' was the album to complete a trilogy of the Cure's darkest albums over their history ('Pornography', 'Disintegration' & 'Bloodflowers'). Say what now? Never understood why that wasn't considered a quadrilogy that began with this album, predecessor to 'Pornography'. 'Faith' is right in line with the mood and feel of those releases being that it is deep, dark and brooding from start to finish. Actually bleaker than all but 'Pornography' to be honest. The album is driven throughout by somber minor chords, sad bass notes and sweeping keyboard washes that add atmosphere and sound more orchestral than synthetic or bleepy.
My favorite track is "Other Voices" where Simon Gallup's bass throbs and takes over the mix that otherwise has a dreamy, etheral quality; the song has a similar effect as "Charlotte Sometimes" feeling like it would have come out of the same sessions utilizing the same FX racks. "Primary" was the lead single from the release and features some of the most innovative use of bass guitars that I've heard to this day. There are 2 basses used, one creates a jagged often phlanged-out rhythm while the other generates the more tradional rolling bass thunder that underpins the beat. The old 6-string is used more for effect than as a lead instrument. "All Cats Are Grey" is appropriately grey sounding and could almost be called a tone poem due to its subtle shifting, gentle patted beat and spoken vocals... it is a classic ode to indifference and languid depression as Robert repeats, "Who Cares, All Cats Are Grey". That song probably bests describes the tenor of the work as a whole since "The Funeral Party" and several others follow the same motif. The album's signature song is the ponderous "Faith", undoubtedly the blackest moment here.
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"There is nothing left but faith" - this is what one is left with, as the album ends, as Robert Smith repeats these words again and again, while the music behind him fades, or more like sinks itself slowly but surely into a quicksand. But the album, even as it ends with a song called "Faith", does nothing to assure. Worse, Robert Smith's manner of ending the song and the album, or rather suffocating it and putting it to sleep forever, makes the bone-chilling experience of listening through FAITH, even more uncomfortable.
The Cure is gothic, and there are no two ways about it. They are masters in creating gloom and despair, with the beautiful music they make. If there is anyone who can be as glum and spooky as The Cure, it is The Cure, itself; and if there is a 'The Cure' album, which is gloomier than the gloomiest 'The Cure' album, it is FAITH.
Unlike The Cure's more guitar-driven sound, this album has a predominantly keyboard-laden one, to give it it's unusually funereal aura. Mainly laid-back, the songs in FAITH have Robert Smith singing in a somber tone, with his vocals reverberating all over the place, giving it an apparitional edge.
This album of dirges has all the eight songs, contributing to give it the 'FAITH' atmosphere. No song in the album can be said as an anomaly, not diverging from being as cheerless as any other one. Songs like "Other Voices", (which ends with a befitting knell) "All Cats Are Grey", and "Faith", with their equanimity and stoicism, whereas others like "The Holy Hour", "Primary", and "Doubt", with their disturbed composure and oozing passion, end up ultimately, expressing the same amount of grief and sadness.
FAITH is as unexciting and ponderous as the glum face on its cover. For an album, which is supposed to be livid and injured, FAITH is as pale as a cadaver, and as agonized as the screams of someone in excruciating pain.
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