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Seventeen Seconds


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  • Audio CD (March 28 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002H5R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Reflection
2. Play For Today
3. Secrets
4. In Your House
5. Three
6. The Final Sound
7. A Forest
8. M
9. At Night
10. Seventeen Seconds

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2 CD set compiled by Robert Smith and digitally remastered from the original master tapes. CD 1 is the original album, CD 2 is called Rarities 1979-1980 and features 15 tracks on CD for the very first time - 'I'm A Cult Hero' (vinyl single by Cult Hero), 'I Dig You' (vinyl single by Cult Hero), 'Another Journey By Train' (home demo), 'Secrets' (home demo), 'Seventeen Seconds' (live), 'In Your House' (live), 'Three' (alt studio mix), 'I Dig You' (Cult Hero live), 'I'm A Cult Hero' (Cult Hero live), 'M' (live), 'The Final Sound' (live), 'A Reflection' (live), 'Play For Today' (live), 'At Night' (live) & 'A Forest' (live). Contains a 20-page booklet including sleevenotes and lyrics with rare and previously unseen photographs. Universal. 2005. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a must buy! Even if you have the old cd version, the crispness of this album lends itself well to remastering. I think this is a masterpiece album, and I bought it as soon as it became available. The sound is so much better. I keep turnung it up until it hurts my ears. Its one of thise albums that you just cannot turn up loud enough. As for the second disc, is is pleasantly interesting.The cult hero songs are pretty good, they sound like 3 imaginary boys songs. The demos are interesting as well; the live stuff is ok too, but the real reason you MUST buy this is for the album SEVENTEEN SECONDS. Anyone who knows the Cure know this album is different than the rest. Very sparse instrumentation. The first REAL Cure album. It is so crisp! The remastering intensifies the emotion of the album. I also bought Faith and the other one released today, but I must say this one impresses me the most. I have a soft spot for 17, BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT! Thank you and happy belated birthday, Robert!
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By B on July 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
While "Three Imaginary Boys" (or "Boys Don't Cry", depending on which version you have) was a very promising debut, Robert Smith has admitted that much of the album was beyond his control. In other words, it didn't accurately represent the sound he wanted to explore. However, there were a few more experimental, atmospheric moments on the album. Namely, "10:15 Saturday Night", "Another Day", and the title track. They also happened to be the best moments on the album, and were a strong representation of the sound they'd explore on the follow-up album, "Seventeen Seconds". The first time you listen to it, you'll notice that it's much bleaker and depressing than its predecessor, which bordered on playful and fun at times.
1. A Reflection
A short keyboard instrumental. The main melody is simple, comprised of three chords that any novice could play within minutes. But much like the rest of the album, its strength lies in its simplicity. It's a haunting little piece, and should give you the idea that this album will be a lot different from their debut.
2. Play For Today
This is one of two singles from the album, and it's not tough to see why. It's the most accessible song on the album, built around a rather catchy and energetic/punk-ish guitar melody. It sounds like "Jumping Someone Else's Train"'s cousin, only darker, better, and more personal; the lyrics delve into the mind of somebody involved in an insincere relationship.
3. Secrets
A great song, built around a thick bass line. It carries a tense tone throughout.
4. In Your House
Another great song, with one of the catchier guitar melodies on the album. Again, atmospheric and haunting. You'll probably think every song sounds the same the first time you listen to this - I did as well.
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Format: Audio CD
[Warning: Disturbing comments below]
"Seventeen Seconds" is a marvel of an album. It's classic moping Cure, yet upon further, deeper listens, one may become intrigued by the curious flow of the tracks from beginning to end.
Does anyone else out there wonder if there's a story being told with this album? After listening to it several times, I began to wonder if maybe it's a soundtrack to an "unknown" tale of childhood death. Listening to "Seventeen Seconds" invokes images of two children, a boy and girl, playing together in their lovely, yet strikingly lonely house. One thing leads to another and the kids find themselves leaving home to explore the world outside their bedrooms.
Could there be a stalker in the woods who preys on children? Could there be an escaped murderer trekking around the quiet, wooded neighborhood that wouldn't think twice about taking advantage of curious children?
There's something horribly wrong with the atmosphere in "Seventeen..." and I can't help but consider scenarios like the ones I've shared above. Even song titles flow like a list of chapters of a murder mystery novel. "Reflection" could be the lament of the murderer looking back to the horrible deeds he committed long ago on these poor children. The "Play for Today" would represent the children then having fun with each other before making the mistake of leaving home.
It goes on from there. "M" could simply stand for "murder."
"The Final Sound" is very peculiar. ..very dark and devious. "Final" suggests death.
"A Forest" is where the cops and investigators finally find the kids' final resting spots.
What could 17 seconds represent? It's a measure of life. ..
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By Pessimystica on Jan. 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have to confess one thing... first off, I heard "A Forest" when I got 'Staring at the Sea' years ago, & then only heard this album in its entirety later. I actually didn't see what all the fuss was with "A Forest" (please don't throw anything at me!)... at the time. Then I heard it in a club (80's night, of course) & thought...almost motionless.... "whoa... this is a really awesome song...", & it still is. Keep in mind a couple of things: I had only recently purchased Staring at the Sea & really hadn't heard the song enuff... & only in my 20's at the time & still in my 20's, I had only grown up with The Cure during the Disintegration/Wish era, so this was a going-back-in-time "discovery" phase... which still hasn't ended, as I still haven't heard everything they've ever done, but surely getting there!
So while someone who's listened to The Cure since its birth could say they like their earlier material best, I'm gonna naturally have a different perspective. I have my personal favorites... yah, "Disintegration is the best album ever!!" (heh, yah,
think that South Park episode with Rob), Pornography is darker than some people can stand but I love it anyway, & Wish has some memorable songs that remind me of high school...So where does this one fit in? After 10 Cure (counting 1 live, 2 best-ofs & mixed up), ok, then make that 6 albums I've owned before this one, it's not my favorite, but it's still a must-have for fans of the earlier darker material. I agree with couple of other reviewers, this definitely makes for a good winter afternoon listening... like it is now. Besides the 2 I heard on 'Staring at the Sea', I also really like tracks 3, 8 & 10. I still haven't heard the 2 albums that came before this... so I still have some homework to do.
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