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The Top Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Deluxe Edition

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First released in 1984, this album is a dramatic musical transition for The Cure, integrating the band's trademark dark textures with increased melodic and pop tendencies. The Top features 4 previously unreleased songs.

Disc: 1
1. Shake Dog Shake [Disc 1]
2. Birdmad Girl [Disc 1]
3. Wailing Wall [Disc 1]
4. Give Me It [Disc 1]
5. Dressing Up [Disc 1]
6. The Caterpillar [Disc 1]
7. Piggy In The Mirror [Disc 1]
8. The Empty World [Disc 1]
9. Bananafishbones [Disc 1]
10. The Top [Disc 1]
Disc: 2
1. You Stayed... (RS Home demo) [Disc 2]
2. Ariel (RS Home Demo) [Disc 2]
3. A Hand Inside My Mouth (Studio demo) [Disc 2]
4. Sadacic (RS Studio demo) [Disc 2]
5. Shake Dog Shake (RS Studio demo) [Disc 2]
6. Piggy In The Mirror (RS Studio demo) [Disc 2]
7. Birdmad Girl (RS Studio demo) [Disc 2]
8. Give Me It (RS Studio demo) [Disc 2]
9. Throw Your Foot (RS Studio demo) [Disc 2]
10. Happy The Man (RS Studio demo) [Disc 2]
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Rhino/Sire/Fiction
  • ASIN: B000GGSM7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became notorious for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often ... Read more in Amazon's The Cure Store

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Despite Robert saying he likes this album the least, it's my favorite Cure album.
Matt Greer
Highly recommended for fans of The Cure who have already purchased the band's aforementioned two most important records.
Bryan Madden
All that babbling aside, the main reason this album is so damn good is the songs themselves.

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Angry Mofo on May 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This has to be the most bizarre Cure record ever, and its being inexplicably out-of-print only adds to the weirdness. It doesn't belong with the dour, slow Cure of Faith or Seventeen Seconds (too much instrumental variety), nor does it fit in with the lush, expansive Cure of Disintegration or Head on the Door (nowhere near as atmospheric). We've seen Robert Smith depressed before, but The Top is where he gets psychotic. His voice paints a picture of someone completely out of control and blind as a bat, utterly out of their mind. It's broken in pieces, and his inimitable tortured wails are at their most tortured and inimitable. Then there are the freakouts. The first time "Give Me It" came on, right after the hypnotic groove of "Wailing Wall," I practically had to jump and hide behind a chair. It is quite possibly Smith's most insanely frenetic song ever, placed and carried out somewhat like "Doubt" from Faith, except hitting a thousand times harder. And the lyrics carry Smith's most burningly bizarre imagery ever. Some songs are just surreal jumbles of these images. It rather borders on frightening.
No song on The Top sounds like any other. Thematic coherence? Nope, none of that. We start with a fevered rocker ("Shake Dog Shake"), switch gears completely for the lighter "Birdmad Girl" (great title on that one), then switch them again for the mesmerizingly hypnotic "Wailing Wall." This last one contains Smith's most "normal" singing on the album, making the next song ("Give Me It") that much freakier. From there we once again make a _complete_ about-face for the beautiful, melancholy pop of "Dressing Up" and the sad/cute "Caterpillar.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on August 28, 2006
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Complaints that Rhino "screwed up the pressing" are flat out wrong. I queried Rhino directly about this release and "Dr. Rhino" subsequently informed me that Robert Smith himself took the opportunity to make some adjustments to certain aspects of the album he was unhappy with. The opening drum roll on "Shake Dog Shake" has been edited to meet Robert's original intentions (sounds the same to me though!) and he also intentionally sped up "Bananafishbones" by a semi-tone. The following is my original review of THE TOP, followed by a review of the bonus disk. ------------>

This brilliant album is as colorful as its cover. It's a fascinating window into the darkly distorted state of mind that Robert Smith (the Cure's mastermind) was regularly experiencing at the time, thanks to high drug intake and an exhausting schedule recording with the Banshees during the day while working on THE TOP at night. Some of his best music and most tripped-out lyrics are featured here.

Smith plays most of the instruments on THE TOP while the talented but soon to be booted Andy Anderson plays the drums. Porl Thompson and Lol Tolhurst do contribute, but this is the closest thing to a solo album Smith has released, although I do have a bootleg solo album that Smith did by himself (it's mostly acoustic and sounds rather warm and sunny)[unfortunately, that tape was stolen and it's actually a band that has, incredibly, a singer that sounds exactly like Robert Smith]. With the JAPANESE WHISPERS singles, Robert Smith realized he could do any kind of music, and with the hallucinogenic TOP takes that notion to an extreme where he really lets it all hang out.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Baldwin on July 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I didn't know what to expect when I first popped this into my CD player. I had heard plenty of negative reviews in the music press (like their opinion matters anyway), which now seem horribly wrong.
The opener "Shake Dog Shake" is one of the most intense Cure songs ever, its brilliant layered sound and haunting lyrics push my mind into a dark realm reserved for my worst nightmares. Spectacular.
"Birdmad Girl", "Dressing Up", and "The Caterpiller" are the light and airy tracks reminescent of the 1983 "Japanese Whispers" EP. "Birdmad Girl" is my favorite track on this disc for reasons I have yet to figure out. The gorgeously ambigious way Robert sings about being a polar bear just gets to me.
"Dressing Up" is a dreamy little tune with the dated synth sound I really love. Probably Robert Smiths favorite track on The Top, or so I've heard.
"The Caterpiller" is a worthy single, incredibly fun to sing along to as well. Why only 1 single was picked is beyond me. "Birdmad Girl" and "Dressing Up" seem single worthy.
"Bananafishbones" is extremely weird, I can't even describe it... but it's very cool. Same goes for the fun little "Piggy In The Mirror".
"Empty World", "The Top", and "Wailing Wall" sound like lost sessions from the Pornography era.
The only song I don't care for (maybe I have to develop a taste for it?) is "Give Me It", which is just too disorderly. A frenzied mess!
If you are looking for an album full of "Friday I'm In Love" type songs, look elsewhere! This is suggested for people after they have been aquanted with The Cure for awhile. It's a bit much to jump into for the casual listener.
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He does NOT sound like a damned chipmunk. I think "Bananafishbones" sounds better than ever!
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