Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Cure - Japanese Whispers - Extended Edition - 1983
There's nothing worse than getting a "album" and finding out that it's only 28 minutes long, it's a collection of previously released singles, and not all of the materiel from those singles was included. I mean, this is BARELY an EP in it's original form. There were no new tracks, not all of the b-sides were included, and none of the remixes were included.
Well, I fixed that. NOW, you have all the singles, all the b-sides, all the remixes, a previously unreleased song, and even a remix by Dreamtime. I've more than doubled the amount of materiel on the disc! NOW it's an album/compilation worth having.
I find this time in Robert's life to be the most innovative time of his career. He pulled away from his Punk/Gothic sound, and truly became Post Punk. This is about the time when the make-up started showing up as well. He broke the formulas of song-writing that he'd previously been using and started writing music that was not only all over the spectrum, but also pushed the experimental boundaries of what was considered "masculine" music. He wrote music that was true to himself and no other. And no better way than by himself, as that was what most of this album was. I think at most the band was a three-piece.
Every song on here is a classic Cure track. I like all of them except for Speak My Language and Lovecats. Yeah, I said it. I don't care for Lovecats. Is that wrong? Dreamtime's mix of The Walk is superb, as always. The flexi-pop of LaMent is terrific, and I really can't tell the difference between the Lovecats remix and the original mix. Maybe I'm missing something....
Have fun with this one, and I'll see you tomorrow with another great album...