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Top Customer Reviews
I am told by some musician friends of mine that rarely is a song truly finished by the time the tracks are laid and mixed for the original album recording. Often what happens is that there is a rush to produce an album in time for a release deadline. So months or even years later, after the band has had a chance to play it repeatedly in concert and fine-tune it, the song can finally reach its last transformation. Of course by then it's too late to change the debut recording.
The Cure; Mixed Up is a collection of eleven of The Cure's hits from the '80s; remixed, extended, and/or remade. Since I'm familiar with several of the originals from when they were radio hits I have a good comparison reference. There is a definite tendency to lay in more synth sounds in these versions. Some tracks are stretched out and punched up for better dancing rhythm (Lullaby, Hot Hot Hot! And Fascination Street), while others seem to be rearranged to be more full-bodied and moody for artistic purposes (the Walk, the Caterpillar, A Forest).
Whatever the intent, these remixes work very well for me. Although I love all the originals as only a longtime fan could, this album has its own merit as a different expression of the artists' visions. For instance, Never Enough conveys the tortured angst of addiction better through distorted vocals and frantic pacing; the Caterpillar has an added dimension that makes it seem fantastic in a fairy-tale way. In these cases I even find myself preferring the latter versions.
But what the heck, it's all the Cure -- reason enough to buy it!
-Andrea, aka Merribelle
Some tracks are simply extended radio mixes, like "Lullaby", "Fascination Street", "Lovesong" and "Hot Hot Hot". So basically - these are longer versions for the songs. I really liked "Lullaby" and "Fascination Street". These versions are long, but not boring.
The other songs are remixed. "Close To Me" brings a surprise by introducing a slow and funky drum machine, but this takes something out of the song (liveliness...). "Pictures of you" does the same, but sounds nicer, maybe because the original song was a lowbeat too. "The Walk" and "A Forest" are also including new vocals, and I liked them alot. I guess that many people won't like that, but I think that the versions for these songs are better than the originals!
Unfortunately, the last 4 songs are not as good as the first 7. "Inbetween Days" is simply a waste of time and the new track "Never enough" sounds more like a forgotten B side.
Mostly, this album does the job, and you will find yourself listening to it many times.
A small note : The audio cassette edition contains a version of "Why can't I be you", which does not exist on the CD. That's too bad, because it's better than few of the tracks in the CD.
Most recent customer reviews
Not a huge fan of remixes but these are, for the most part, entertaining.Published 28 days ago by Paul Acree
If you find that your more of a fan of their pop and dance songs, this is definitely for you. Of course any real "Cure-head" should have this as well. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by H3@+h
these are nice enough mixes, but when "a forest" and "the walk" are the best on the CD, you know something is up. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by dudesimon
This is the first Cure album I owned and the first one I ever heard entirely. I fell in love with it. Read morePublished on April 17 2002 by thelittlebard
Unlike most, I heard these versions before I heard the originals. Spacious, elegant and emotionally compelling, this music has been adapted for the dancefloor without sacrificing... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2000 by Peter Uys
My heart has long beaten to the rhythm of The Cure - even since their blessed art's conception - And this mixed fruit(ation) is literally food for my ever-sleepless soul... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2000 by A. Casalino
Excellent road trip CD. I'm not a music critic nor a hard core Cure fan. But, put this CD in the carplayer for long late night autobahn speed runs and enjoy melodic bliss. Read morePublished on July 17 2000
Mixed Up has some good moments to it. Some of the songs aren't my thing (whether these versions or the originals), but I do like a handful. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2000 by sauerkraut
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