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Three Imaginary Boys Original recording remastered
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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 witha 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.
L'ennui évoqué par la jaquette du CD trouve son pendant musical dans le superbe "10.15 Saturday Night". Cette chanson qui ouvre ce premier album du plus inspiré trio britannique de la fin des 70's en traduit également les préoccupations artistiques. Robert Smith et ses hommes sont en train d'inventer une forme de minimalisme électrique, une sorte de dépouillement dans la forme - à l'image de cet aspirateur près du frigo sur la pochette - qui préfigurait ce que l'on appellera le "lo-fi". Cet album, tout en sobriété froide, dégage pourtant une humanité qui tient au propos désabusé de Smith. Désabusé mais rempli d'espoir. Avec cette voix si particulière, comme un sanglot qui ne parvient pas à se libérer, le chanteur guitariste, avec quelques effets peu élaborés (sur "Object"), installe un climat où il livre son âme d'écorché. Nul étonnement, dès lors, de le voir reprendre le "Foxy Lady" d'Hendrix. Qui se ressemble... --José Ruiz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Accuracy - short & sweet punk
Grinding Halt - like above but with clever beat/rhythm that slows down to come to a grinding halt
Another Day & object - short & bratty punk; Smith sounds like he's 12
Subway Song - minimal and very creepy... a well kept Goth secret
Foxy Lady - a funny, fast-paced cover of Hendrix (Cure doing Jimmy - ha!)
Meathook & So What - back to short, bratty punk
Fire in Cairo - quirky punk... funny chorus when he quickly spells out
Solid and punchy throughout with a pair of great songs. Auspicious start with some towering moments.
I discovered the Cure when this album was released in France. Those were the days. Therefore, I guess I'm sort of stuck with my fond memories of these fantastic tunes, as I don't quite agree with other reviewers. To put things simply : this first album is my favorite.
I remember that upon discovering this record, I thought : How did these guys manage to construct such a powerful debut ? The first tune was arresting (10:15), then it got better and better. I was amazed. They were confident enough to keep the best tunes buried inside !
Sure, the Cure evolved after this first opus, they got more experimental (Seventeen seconds, my second best), onright depressing (Pornography, "the black gem"), or playful (Japanese whispers), and then they toyed with these ideas, fleshing them out, creating variations (Disintegration, Kiss...). But they never captured again the brilliance of their debut, this obvious display of Robert Smith's genius.
My guess is that Robert was disappointed with the response to his first songs, got weird, depressed, then gradually decided, I'm able to give them the tunes they want. Consequently, the Cure released "Japanese whispers" and the others. I confess I listened to each one of them. But at the time I did not want to admit that I was gradually losing interest (yeah, that's right, I was getting older. But hey, I don't dribble all over yet).
This first record has got it all. This IS "the Cure". Any "real fan" should, in my opinion, listen to it. Try to forget about those "synth layers".Read more ›
This album was The Cure's first. (Their Peel session EP doesn't contain enough tracks to make it a real album....but it has a fantastic version of Boys Don't Cry.) Any semi-serious Cure fan will quickly realize that most of the tracks on "Three Imaginary Boys" made it onto their U.S. Debut album: "Boys Don't Cry".
While moody and quirky, this album is not a showcase for The Cure. This early work shows Robert Smith's attempts at defining a sound for the group before they knew what they were doing. Its heavy Punk influence overshadows the dark and sad mood of the words of most of the songs.
This album does contain a few gems like Meathook, Plastic Passion, and 10:15 Saturday Night, and it MUST be part of any Cure fan's collection... but if you like the layered, synth-heavy tones of "Disintegration", or the angry and loud "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me", then this one is NOT for you.
A lot of people suggest that if you have the "Boys Don't Cry" album, you don't need this one given the repition of many tracks. Don't kid yourself: TIB includes several tracks unavailable elsewhere that make the purchase worthwhile. My favorite songs on the album are "It's Not You" and "So What," neither of which is available elsewhere.
Most recent customer reviews
This album (obviously one of their first) is very simple compared to other ones, if you can even compare it. This is a great album and would recomend it to anyone. Read morePublished on Dec 29 1999
I actually picked this up on import vinyl last week, and was blown away! I've never heard this lp from the top to bottom before, and there were several tracks I'd never heard of as... Read morePublished on Sept. 20 1999
These, the first Cure songs I ever heard, still sound fresh today. There are hints of the future evolution of the group in quirky little numbers like '10:15', 'Meathook', 'Grinding... Read morePublished on June 10 1999