Though it is best experienced across the later video/DVD release, the Cure's first ever live album, from U.K. concerts during the 1984 The Top tour, catches the band in exhilaratingly uncompromising mood. The band's first full album since their post-Pornography breakup, The Top found Robert Smith still striving to shake off the mantel that had once cloaked the Cure in such blackness -- "Shake Dog Shake" and "Give Me It," both from the new album, emerge as highlights here, no matter how desperately you want to hear the older songs that complete the collection. Compared to all that the Cure would become, Concert is often regarded as a dour album. Audiences, too, needed to be reconditioned, and the playful symphonics that would shortly become the band's stock-in-trade simply wouldn't have worked at this point. What you get instead, then, is a rough, punk-edged sound, one that reaches absurd proportions on the closing "Killing an Arab," but which jars "Primary," "The Walk," and "A Forest" as well. It's not a wholly disruptive sensation once you become accustomed to it, but anyone whose vision of the Cure was forged from their studio output or, indeed, the various subsequent live albums should approach Concert with care. The initial U.K. cassette run, incidentally, added a full album's worth of bonus tracks in the form of the archive-scraping Curiosity. Of invaluable aid and interest to collectors, it is an even rougher portrait of the group than the main attraction, but includes definitive airings of "At Night" and "Funeral Party," plus the otherwise unavailable "Forever."
Performance CreditsCure Primary Artist
Phil Thornalley Bass
Andy Anderson Drums
Robert Smith Guitar,Vocals
Porl Thompson Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone
Laurence Tolhurst Keyboards
Technical CreditsCure Producer
Simon Gallup Composer
Mathieu Hartley Composer
Robert Smith Composer
Lol Tolhurst Composer
Toberr Cover Design
Dave Allen Producer,Engineer
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Concert: The Cure Live based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
I really enjoyed this album, I picked it up randomly but it was one of the most golden finds, and completed my cure collection... I would certainly recommend if only for the live version of Charlotte Sometimes...
If you've never had the opportunity to see the Cure in concert, this will give you an honest feel. This is probably my favorite live album of all time packed with all time Cure "hits". A must for life long Cure fans, and a great intro for anyone wanting to get in to the Cure.
A remarkably rough, yet cornerstone time frame of this band's long career. Recorded at a time when the band was essentially still making great records every year. A few songs may only be familiar to hardcore fans, as 'THE TOP' was not the most commercially accepted Cure album. It's too bad this import does not include the second side of the original cassette recording, wherein lies some true treasures (recently forgotten on the new box set). This album is essential to any fan who appreciates the landmark recordings prior to and following the next few years. If you're only familiar with the danceable and remixed PG-rated, radio played out hits, BEWARE !!!