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Join.. Dots:B- Sides..Rarities [Original recording remastered, Best of, Box set]

the Cure Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. 10:15 Saturday Night
2. Plastic Passion
3. Pillbox Tales
4. Do the Hansa
5. I'm Cold
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. A Japanese Dream
2. Breathe
3. A Chain of Flowers
4. Snow in Summer
5. Sugar Girl
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. This Twilight Garden
2. Play
3. Halo
4. Scared as You
5. The Big Hand
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Home
2. Waiting
3. A Pink Dream
4. This Is a Lie (Palmer Remix)
5. Wrong Number (Smith Remix)
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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A testament to the Cure’s explosive creativity, Join the Dots is also an ode to the band’s remarkable consistency. Spanning the group’s entire career, it’ll keep fans happily burrowing away for hours; days, even. Disc 1 concentrates on Robert Smith’s early growth spurts, when his jerky goth-pop blossomed with depth and savvy. Disc 2 recycles some of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me’s motifs (there’s a touch of "A Thousand Hours" in "Breath," for instance), and pays tribute to their early-90s Mixed Up Madchester phase with "Harold and Joe." Elsewhere, there are covers of "Young Americans," Depeche Mode’s "World in My Eyes," "Purple Haze," and three versions of the Doors’ "Hello I Love You," as well as more recent material like an acoustic version of "Maybe Someday" from 2000’s Bloodflowers. The handsome packaging features a complete career retrospective partially narrated by Smith himself. As a capstone to a brilliant career, Dots is a sublime walk down memory lane for tortured hearts and melancholy moods. --Matthew Cooke

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A remarkable four-disc set of B-sides and rarities, JOIN THE DOTS serves as a sort of alternate history for the Cure, one of the world's most beloved post-punk/alt-rock bands. Painstakingly compiled by Cure frontman (and the group's only constant member) Robert Smith, DOTS provides dozens of glimpses into the literal flip-side of their singles by collectingmany long-lost tracks, including the classic songs previously featured only on the cassette version of STARING AT THE SEA: THE SINGLES. Disc one begins in the late 1970s and consists of early tracks that show the Cure in a wildly adventurous mode--tearing into the punky "Pillbox Tales", driftingthrough the gloomy "Descent", and bouncing along to the oddly danceable "Throw Your Foot". By disc two, Smith and the lads have become college-rock heroes, and despite their goth looks, they move steadily into poppier territory on songs such as the synth-laden "Breathe" and the upbeat "Hey You!!!",eventually settling into their dreamy post-DISINTEGRATION era on "This Twilight Garden", "Halo", and "Home" on the third and fourth discs. Also included are cover tunes and remixes, topping off an impressive collection that features many could've-been A-sides (particularly "The Exploding Boy", "Harold and Joe", and "Signal to Noise") and reveals why a younger generation has become entranced by the Cure's dynamic sound.

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3.0 out of 5 stars I have to be honest... May 22 2014
By Shaman
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The very reason why i bought this collection is for "The Dredd Song" especially, which is from the Sylvester Stallone film titled "Judge Dredd" and also for the song called "Burn" which is from Brandon Lee's last film titled "The Crow". Both songs touched my soul in a way very few songs ever have and after being massively disappointed in The Cure's Greatest Hits album (which i figured would have featured similar music to those two songs, boy was i wrong), i didn't want to risk buying any other random Cure album. Not to mention that buying both movie soundtracks was out of the question since they were the only two songs i enjoyed out of both films. But the void inside me, endlessly beckoning for more, pushed me to embark on a futile quest of finding similar songs so when i saw that both songs were featured in this set along with a plethora of songs that Smith himself conciders to be "B-sides and Rarities", i thought "Eureka"! It must be filled to the brim with similar songs that would move me just as well. What i got was a four layer disappointment cake. Now i figure that those two songs have to be flukes and i have no hope of finding more of the sort. I gave this set three generous stars because anything less would be an insult to my two favorite songs but i must reiterate that i only liked 2 songs out of 70. So for any fan of The Cure, i suspect you'll be getting your money's worth but i certainly didn't. Hello Darkness, my old friend...
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2.0 out of 5 stars join the dots? Oct. 20 2004
By slook
Format:Audio CD
Out of the 4 cd's i managed to make 1 complete mixed cd that is worth listening. The first 2 cd's i didn't really care for. The next 2 have got some real gems on them and i mean real GEMS!
The one thing that really put me off about this set is a lot of the songs are recorded with one of those 25 dollar used beat boxes. Real drums are so much better!
Guess I was expecting more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it for the remastering alone!!!!!!! June 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have never, ever rated anything on Amazon, but I couldn't wait to review this. If you are a Cure fan, you simply MUST buy this box set! The remastered B-sides alone are worth the money. I can't remember how many times over the years I've longed for a better quality sound than the analog--now you have it. You can finally hear what the undertones are on some songs. Amazing...what a wonderful collection and high quality, I just can't recommend it enough. Get it for yourself or your favorite Cure fan. I PROMISE you you will not regret it!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with this box set! June 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you are a lover of The Cure you need this! It has some songs you might not have heard before, and some remixes of familiar favorites like A Forest, Just Like Heaven, etc. This will keep me occupied until their new CD comes out this month :)
It comes in a lovely hard cover book format. It has 2 CD's in front, 2 in back, and 76 pages of various photos, as well as notes and stories on the songs included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Awesome! I only have two complaints :) June 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Where is "Cult Hero" and "I Dig You". Those songs rock and there now where to be found. I see some people don't like the review, but I was just curious as to why those two songs were not included that's all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Harold and Joe" recommend this one! May 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
Your Cure collection is not complete without this gem! The ultra-rare "To The Sky" is worth the $40 price alone, not to mention "2 Late" and "A Chain of Flowers". Definately for the hardcore Cure fan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Boxed Set Worth Having May 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Cure's four disc "Join The Dots" boxed set is the rare box set that is a must have for both comnpletists and novists alike.
Completists need it as it shows a complete alternate reality/history of The Cure (not to mention the wonderfully direct history of the band included in the liner notes). It parallels the many stages, phases, and styles that Robert Smith and the boys have experimented with and morphed in to (and out of) while gathering the numerous rarities, b-sides, alternate versions and non-album tracks that The Cure have recorded over their 25 year career.
Novists need this set because to be honest - nearly all of the songs are damn good. Many of these songs could have been on the albums proper (sometimes they were left off simply because they didn't fit the style of the album, or sometimes the band had written an overabundance of quality material). "Pillbox Tales" (with Banshee Siouxsie Sioux on background wailing) is good enough to be on either "Boys Don't Cry" or "Seventeen Seconds" but doesn't really fit into the style of either album. While "Charlotte Sometimes" b-side "Splintered In Her Head" would have fit in on "Pornography" perfectly and foreshadowed what was to come with that classic album.
From there the songs even get better: "The Exploding Boy", "A Few Hours After This...", and "Stop Dead" all could have been on "The Head on the Door" and likely would have been had this album been made in the CD, rather than the casette, era. The tracks from the "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me" era are good typical cure tracks from that era with two standouts in "A Japanese Dream" and "Sugar Girl" that would have been great on the album. The "Disintegration" album is near perfect as is and I wouldn't mess with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This will be great, of course, May 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
.......But where is "Heroin Face"???
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