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June 17, 2016

The Cure – Standing On A Beach – The Singles (1986) – Lp

by Record Facts

The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.

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Artist:  The Cure
Title:  Standing On The Beach – The Singles
Year:  1986
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog#  829239-1

Standing on a Beach is a singles compilation released by the British rock band The Cure in May 1986, marking a decade since the band’s founding in 1976. The album’s titles are both taken from the opening lyrics of The Cure’s debut single “Killing an Arab“.

The “New Voice – New Mix” of “Boys Don’t Cry” (released as a single little over a fortnight before Standing on a Beach) is not featured on the album; thus the album’s singles span only from 1978 to 1985. The same mix has never again been released onto a compilation album.

The version of “A Forest” here is neither the album version (which was also on the 12″ single), nor is it the 7″ single edit (which removes a few bars between verses and fades out part way through the guitar solo ending).

Standing On A Beach: The Singles collects all of the Cure‘s biggest U.K. hits and best-known songs from the late ’70s and early ’80s. Spanning from “Killing an Arab” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” to “The Lovecats,” “In Between Days,” and “Close to Me,” the album captures some of the finest — and most influential — post-punk music. At their best, the Cure were nervy, intellectual, catchy, and foreboding, all at once. No matter how carefully crafted the Cure‘s individual albums were, their finest moments occurred on singles like these, when they distilled their essence into surprisingly catchy, but decidedly left-of-center, pop singles. Standing On A Beach not only selects highlights from their uneven early albums, it collects many of the group’s terrific non-LP singles. It’s a definitive retrospective of the Cure and is one of the finest albums of the ’80s.

The man featured on the album cover was not a member of the Cure; he was chosen because his appearance fit the desired aesthetic of the album. His name is John Button, and was at the time a retired fisherman.


Side one
1.  Killing An Arab   (2:22)
2.  Boys Don’t Cry   (2:35)
3.  Jumping Someone Else’s Train   (2:54)
4.  A Forest   (4:53)
5.  Primary   (3:33)
6.  Charlotte Sometimes   (4:13)
7.  The Hanging Garden   (4:21)

Side two
1.  Let’s Go To Bed   (3:33)
2.  The Walk   (3:28)
3.  The Lovecats   (3:38)
4.  The Caterpillar   (3:38)
5.  In Between Days   (2:56)
6.  Close To Me   (3:39)

Vinyl:  Good
Cover:  Good

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