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

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Feb. 3 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of, Box set
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0001906O0
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 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.

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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By Shaman on May 22 2014
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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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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.
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Five stars:
It's good to see a non-bootleg CD with remasters of all the fantastic B-sides from the 1986 cassette-only version of Standing On a Beach. I have waited a long, long time for this (and I still wait patiently for the original Star Wars on DVD).
Minus 1 star:
They really should have released a separate disc with ONLY the Standing On a Beach B-sides about ten years ago. I would pay good money for disc 1 in this set, which is basically the equivalent. I would also shuck out for disc 2, but...
Minus another star:
What I definitely don't want to pay for is all the cheesy discharge that came out after 1990. I dearly love The Cure, but admit it, people. Everything from Wish onward is crap. It's time for the old boys to retire. Discs 3 and 4 are coasters.
Minus another freakin' star:
...oh yeah, and where the hell is Carnage Visors?!! Another cassette only track. I lost my copy that I was planning on burning to CD. Oh well, I'm sure someone will put it up on BearShare.
I suppose that makes 2 stars. Sorry, Bob.
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In the opening page of the companion guide (included in the boxset), Robert Smith says "I expected great B-Sides from the artists I loved..."
I share this opinion too as great B-Sides open the fan up to different sides of the artist or group. This is indeed a treasure chest of beautiful and lost gems.
Why Do I Rate this Collection Five Stars?:
The Cure are known for their dreamlike sounds and rock undercurrents. So here the B-Sides show more depth in this vein.
Many of these tracks are unbelievable omissions from Cure albums such as "I'm Cold", "Stop Dead", "Sugar Girl", "Babble", "This Twilight Garden" (my personal fave), as well as Robert's prediction of the new direction the Cure may take on the next new album based around the song "Signal to Noise"...hope that prediction comes true! All the rare and forgotton songs show you new found colours and sounds of this great band.
The box is beautiufl with an amazing book where Robert comments on all the songs, lots of great pics and the original artwork for the single sleeves as well as a complete Discography! A lot of time went into this glossy and arty design project to please the fans!
In Conclusion, introduce yourself to "The Other Cure"....the songs you never heard much of, the great B-Sides of a group you love!
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