The Cure

Seventeen Seconds [Deluxe Edition] [Remastered]

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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  1. A Reflection 2:12
  2. Play for Today 3:40
  3. Secrets 3:20
  4. Secrets 3:20
  5. In Your House 4:07
  6. Three 2:36
  7. The Final Sound :52
  8. A Forest 5:54
  9. M 3:04
  10. At Night 5:54
  11. Seventeen Seconds 4:00
  12. I'm a Cult Hero [Vinyl Single] 2:59
  13. I'm a Cult Hero [Vinyl Single] 2:59
  14. I Dig You [Vinyl Single] 3:25
  15. Another Journey by Train [#][Instrumental][Demo Version] 3:12
  16. Secrets [#][Instrumental][Demo Version] 3:40
  17. Seventeen Seconds [Live in Amsterdam][#] 3:59
  18. In Your House [Live][#] 3:32
  19. Three [Studio Mix][Alternate Take][#] 2:45
  20. I Dig You [Live][#] 3:36
  21. I'm a Cult Hero [Live][#] 3:21
  22. M [Live][#] 2:56
  23. The Final Sound [Live in France][#] :26
  24. A Reflection [Live in France][#] 1:39
  25. At Night [Live][#] 5:37
  26. Play for Today [Live in France][#] 3:46
  27. At Night [Live][#] 5:37
  28. A Forest [Live in France][#] 6:28

Review

Approximately five months after Rhino released the two-disc reissue of Three Imaginary Boys, the label gave Cure albums two through four -- 1980's Seventeen Seconds, 1981's Faith, 1982's Pornography -- similar treatment, with scads of photos, biographical liner notes, and archive ransackings all part of the design. The initial bare-bones CD issues of these albums had been sounding increasingly thin and quiet across a decade (when compared to other artists' upgraded catalogs), so the improved sound is reason enough to be pleased. Since all the B-sides were put together for the Join the Dots box, the second disc for each reissue is reserved for other rarities, outtakes, demos, and live material. This gives voracious fans a convenient if costly feast, free of overlap, assuming they have enthusiasm for everything the Cure recorded throughout two and a half decades. Many fans who lean toward a particular phase of the group -- boiling it down to whether they prefer their gloom to be delivered in shadowy streaks or thick torrents (plus the occasional oddball pop song, of course) -- would've preferred to have the B-sides bound to the respective albums. Seventeen Seconds, part of the phase involving shadowy streaks of gloom, is joined here by nearly an hour's worth of extras -- most of which are throwaways. The two bouncy, humorous songs off the single from the Cult Hero side project are contained, along with rowdier live versions. "M" (from a 1980 Arnhem gig), along with five more songs off the album (from a French appearance a month later), also come in live form; unless you're a crazed admirer in some sense, they're inconsequential after the first pass. The same goes for a pair of demos, and an alternate mix of "Three" is of some interest (but not much). Seventeen Seconds itself has held up tremendously well and is, naturally, the best reason to get hold of the set. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi

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