Concert - The Cure Live by The Cure

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Concert - The Cure Live by The Cure

Album Released: 1984

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1.Shake Dog Shake4:14
2.Primary3:29
3.Charlotte Sometimes4:06
4.The Hanging Garden4:05
5.Give Me It2:49
6.The Walk3:31
7.One Hundred Years6:48
8.A Forest6:46
9.10:15 Saturday Night3:44
10.Killing An Arab2:51

Reviews

This is a mostly enjoyable but hard-to-find live gem of the still-young Cure.

Due to Smith only having two hands, the album's sound revolves around his swirly wall of guitars and NOT around synthesized keyboards as might be expected.

The recording is decent enough for something that resembles an import bought for $49.95 from a disreputable downtown independent record store, but I wouldn't go putting it on your 5.1 surround system looking for transformative powers or anything.

The Pornography material - especially "One Hundred Years" - doesn't sound nearly as thick as the Top stuff (all those flangers and choruses and shit, along with a shrill mix, render Smith's guitar about as heavy as those on the last Jose Feliciano record), and not even in the same postal district as the original Pornography studio recording.

"A Forest" sounds about three times as loud as the studio version, because the band slow it down, despite the best attempts of the poppy rhythm section. So overall, The Cure cut the heads off the good songs, and give the bad ones some legs.

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by Reviewer: Capt Bonanza


As live albums go, Concert is more or less a footnote in The Cure's discography.

Even though the album was recorded during The Top tour, the band focus mainly on the singles from each of their respective albums. Still, to hear them rip through a great tune like "Primary" you can't really be upset.

The lineup is the same one that recorded The Top, and the mood is kept very similar to that album - very dark and demented. Smith demonstrates some great chops on guitar on "The Hanging Garden", which receives an allround superb rendition.

The album would be a very interesting artefact for fans, especially when hearing "A Forest" come out sounding awkward and almost rushed (the tune would pick up again later when Gallup rejoined the band, and brought his unmistakable touch to the song).

Not an essential album perhaps, but nevertheless a fun listen for fans.

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by Reviewer: Austin