The CURE – ” Wish ” 30th Anniversary Edition Re-issue

Posted: August 7, 2022 in MUSIC

This is it, the holdout from The Cure catalogue that we’ve all been waiting for “Wish”. On vinyl, for the first time in a very long time.

Wish” released in April 1992 It was The Cure’s 9th studio album and reached Number 1 in the UK Album Chart on its release. It also reached Number 2 in the USA, where it was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Alternative Music Album category. The first single to be released from the album, “High” was released in March 1992 and reached #8 in the UK Singles chart, but the album is probably best known for the 2nd single, “Friday I’m In Love” which reached #6 in May 1992. The 3rd and final single from the album was “A Letter To Elise” which peaked at #28 in October 1992.

The demos from this new version include “Miss van Gogh” and “Now Is the Time.” The release will be available as a three-CD set, a double LP, and a single CD on October 7th when it will also be released digitally.

All remastered at Abbey Road by Robert Smith and Miles Showell. Plua a 3CD set mops up all the period bootleg and rare stuff you’ve been enjoying on inferior You-tube quality for the last 20 years (Lost Wishes, saucy instrumental takes) plus studio out-takes, live versions, single mixes. When Robert Smith does reissues, he does them properly.

The new edition of the band’s ninth album features refined versions of songs, newly remastered by Robert Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. In addition to the familiar material, the three-CD reissue contains one disc with 24 previously unreleased tracks by The Cure. “Wish” was released in 1992, following the best-selling trajectory of “Disintegration“. Talking with music critic Simon Reynolds in 1992, Robert Smith elaborated on the record’s concept. “In one sense, it’s me addressing myself. It’s about the personal sometimes fall into. On another level, it’s addressed to people who expect me to know things and have answers – fans, and on a personal level, certain individuals”.

The less-is-more axiom often holds true in the pursuit of the ideal deluxe reissue. This three-CD edition of The Cure’s follow-up to “Disintegration” doesn’t come stuffed to the gills with bonus material and yet it doesn’t leave the listener wanting for more. In fact, the new and expanded “Wish” provides a more-than-adequate sense of context for a landmark title in The Cure’s discography. On first glance, the choice not to add an entire live show might seem curious from a band that’s celebrated for its marathon-length live sets, but that’s arguably just as well. (Also, the 1993 live album “Show” turns 30 next year, so one presumes that any unearthed live recordings from this period might surface at that point.) The fact is, an exquisitely tasteful Abbey Road remaster and a heap of demos are enough—especially since they flatter and augment the original release rather nicely. 

The 3CD Deluxe Edition : includes The Original 1992 album remastered by Robert Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road. Compiled and Expanded by Robert Smith

Disc One: “Demos”– All Previously Unreleased Versions
4 x 1990 Studio Vocal Demos (3 x Album Songs & 1 B-Side)
18 x 1991 Studio Instrumental Demos

Disc Two: The Original 1992 album remastered by Robert Smith

Disc Three: “Studio Out-Takes / 12” Remixes / Live Performances”
1 x 1992 Manor Studio Instrumental -Previously Unreleased
4 x ‘Lost Wishes’ ( 4 x Instrumental Demos / Mail Order-only Cassette release -First Time on CD
4 x 12” Single Mixes (Unavailable since 1992)
3 x Live tracks recorded at the Kilburn National, London in 1992 – Previously Unreleased

TO MARK THE RELEASE OF THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY REMASTER OF ‘WISH’ ON NOVEMBER 25TH, ROBERT WILL BE HOSTING A SPECIAL TIM’S TWITTER LISTENING PARTY. JOIN US ON THE DAY THE ALBUM IS RELEASED FROM 11PM GMT. USING THE HASHTAG #WISHLISTENINGPARTY

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