Pornography [Deluxe Edition]

Pornography [Deluxe Edition]

by The CureThe Cure

CD(German Import)

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"First time available on CD" is often a way of putting a spin on words like "scraps" or "rubbish." This is the case with the second disc of Rhino's Pornography reissue. Like all the deluxe editions of the Cure's back catalog, the album is packaged with a spectacular layout containing plenty of photos and biographical liner notes, but the decision to compile the band's B-sides on the quadruple-disc Join the Dots -- allowing room for an abundance of lesser material for each album reissue's second disc -- means that a lot of fans will feel short-changed. Many of them only want a few B-sides from a specific era, rather than a box set spanning 24 years and a pile of mere curiosities attached to the new edition of each album. (Doing it the other way around, with the B-sides on the album reissues and the other stuff slapped together for a box set, would've made too much sense; granted, it wouldn't have been the wisest business move.) The second disc here contains half the album in bootleg-quality live form, pulled from a pair of 1982 gigs. Again, only the most rabid followers will want to hear any of these tracks more than once, save for "All Mine," which might be remembered from the cassette-only Curiosity. "Airlock" (a short-film score/extended mood piece, not a patch on Carnage Visors) and a handful of demos are in the same territory, though the demos do highlight the change that came when production help shifted from Michael Hedges to Phil Thornalley. When stacked against their final-version counterparts, the demos are far more gentle and not nearly as sharp. This also indicates why Pornography was in need of remastering for so long; the battering drums and acidic guitars didn't translate so well on the initial CD edition. In fact, a few seconds of "The Hanging Garden" ought to make the second-disc bores forgettable, if not forgivable.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Universal Uk
UPC: 0602498218372
catalogNumber: 9821837
Rank: 3397

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cure   Primary Artist
Simon Gallup   Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,Noise
Robert Smith   Synthesizer,Bass,Flute,Guitar,Piano,Cello,Keyboards,Vocals,Voices
Laurence Tolhurst   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Voices,Noise

Technical Credits

Cure   Audio Production
Phil Thornalley   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Simon Gallup   Composer
Mike Nocito   Engineer
Robert Smith   Composer,Engineer
Lol Tolhurst   Composer
Ben Kelly   Cover Design

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