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The Cure - The Top (1984) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2006]

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The Cure - The Top (1984) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2006]

The Cure - The Top (1984) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 695 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 249 MB | Covers - 139 MB
Genre: Post-Punk, New Wave, Gothic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Polydor (9840012)

Recorded in the midst of Robert Smith's tenuous tenure with Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Top is arguably the most hedonistic record the Cure ever produced. Essentially Smith and Lol Tolhurst working with studio musicians (this being the period when the Cure's lineup was never assured), it's an album obviously recorded under stress, drink, and drugs. More wildly experimental musically than anything before it, it laid the foundations for the Cure's pattern of unpigeonholable albums that were to erase their reputation built by Pornography and eventually culminating in Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. That said, it's still very much a Cure record. Heavy on the percussion and quaint keyboard effects that were so big in the '80s, the melodies ("The Caterpillar," "Shake Dog Shake") are unmistakably Robert Smith…

VA - Until The End Of The World: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack (1991)

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VA - Until The End Of The World: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack (1991)

VA - Until The End Of The World: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack (1991)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 389 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 167 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 9 26707-2 | 01:09:37 | Scans included
Soundtrack, Alternative Rock, College Rock, New Wave, Post-Punk, Pop/Rock

Until the End of the World is a definite contender for best motion picture soundtrack of the 1990s. With a lineup that includes Talking Heads, Lou Reed, R.E.M., Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode, U2, and others all providing original songs or new covers, it's an absolute joy. Interspersed with Graeme Revell's haunting ambient score, virtually every pop/rock track works perfectly as part of a cohesive whole. "Sax and Violins," recorded during the dying days of Talking Heads, might be the band's most confident moment, as a jazzy background shuffle and keyboards provide compelling momentum underneath David Byrne's sarcastic vocals. Crime & the City Solution could have made an entire career out of the emotional yet existential "The Adversary." R.E.M. and Depeche Mode both contribute touching ballads. "Fretless" is one of the most beautiful tracks to be found in R.E.M.'s discography, documenting a wounded relationship with subtle grace. "Death's Door" is one of those sad numbers Depeche Mode fans have grown to love, with Martin Gore handling the vocals.

The Cure - Greatest Hits (2001)

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The Cure - Greatest Hits (2001)

The Cure - Greatest Hits (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 1 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 323 MB | Covers - 61 MB
Genre: Post-Punk, New Wave, Gothic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Polydor ( 589 437-2)

The Cure were never afraid of artistically defining themselves. They had their own sound, an eerie glamour surrounding a dark whimsicality, yet fans flocked to them throughout the '80s and '90s. Commercial or cult favorites, they're impressive as being one of the '80s' seminal bands who culled more than 30 critical singles. Compilations like 1986's Staring at the Sea: The Singles and 1997's Galore showcased the Cure's accessibility; therefore, having a solid greatest-hits collection might be a bit nonessential. Then again, releasing an album like this at the tip of the new millennium calls for a celebration, and that's what the Cure did. They collected 16 amazing cuts which spanned 23 years and recall what once was…

Love And Rockets - 5 Albums (2013) 5CD Box Set

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Love And Rockets - 5 Albums (2013) 5CD Box Set

Love And Rockets - 5 Albums (2013) 5CD Box Set
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.2 Gb | Scans ~ 197 Mb | Time: 05:44:42
Alternative Rock, Gothic Rock, Post-Punk | Label: Beggars Banquet | # BBQCD 2102

Limited UK box set from the British Alt-Rock trio consisting of 3/4ths of Goth legends Bauhaus: Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins. Under-appreciated in Europe, Love And Rockets were capable of a far more colorful sonic palate than the darker sounds of their previous incarnation, as these CDs attest. The box contains digitally remastered and expanded editions of the albums Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven (1985), Express (1986), Earth Sun & Moon (1987), and Love & Rockets (1989) along with a fifth disc consisting of 18 non-album tracks.

The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2006]

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The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2006]

The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 1,01 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 344 MB | Covers - 198 MB
Genre: Post-Punk, New Wave, Gothic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Polydor (984 008-0)

Simultaneously more accessible and ambitious than any of the Cure's previous albums, the double album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me finds Robert Smith expanding his pop vocabulary by tentatively adding bigger guitars, the occasional horn section, lite-funk rhythms, and string sections. It's eclectic, to be sure, but it's also a mess, bouncing from idea to idea and refusing to develop some of the most intriguing detours. Even if Kiss Me doesn't quite gel, its best moments - including the deceptively bouncy "Why Can't I Be You?" and the stately "Just Like Heaven" - are remarkable and help make the album one of the group's very best.

Yard Act - The Overload (Deluxe Edition) (2022)

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Yard Act - The Overload (Deluxe Edition) (2022)

Yard Act - The Overload (Deluxe Edition) (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 495 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 186 Mb | 01:21:05
Alternative Rock, Post-Punk | Label: Island Records

The Overload is a record of great dexterity and curation, the output of a band who were raised on a 00s digital-revolution buffet of wide musical influences. Growing up on US MTV Hip-Hop, minimal 70s No-Wave and sharp-witted British indie, Yard Act benefit from this rich tapestry of musical near-history, using it to create something that feels like more than a trendy pastiche.

Lene Lovich - The Best Of Lene Lovich (1997)

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Lene Lovich - The Best Of Lene Lovich (1997)

Lene Lovich - The Best Of Lene Lovich (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 507 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Scans ~ 42 Mb
Post-Punk, New Wave, Pop/Rock | Label: Repertoire | # REP 4614-WG | 01:18:21

A fairly standard trawl through Lene Lovich's back pages, rounding up all the hits and near misses that punctuated her four years at Stiff Records, backed up by more choice album cuts than one might remember there being. For obvious reasons, the Stateless debut album predominates here, with the manic flurry of "Lucky Number," "Say When," and "I Think We're Alone Now" positively refusing to leave your head once you've heard them again. Moving on, the enthralling "Bird Song" reminds you what Kate Bush once seemed capable of accomplishing (at least until Hazel O'Connor came along and devalued the whole thing), while a delicious cover of Frankie Valli's "The Night" still out-dramas any other version you could name. Lovich's later years, however, still sound as unremarkable as her early releases were astonishing, with the annoying "New Toy" single, and 1982's barely memorable "It's You (Only You)" closing the chronology in disappointing fashion. For anyone uncertain about rushing into Stateless itself, however, this is where you test the water. You'll be plunging in at the deep end soon enough.

VA - Gothic Rock, Vol. 3: Back On Black (1998) 2CD Set

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VA - Gothic Rock, Vol. 3: Back On Black (1998) 2CD Set

VA - Gothic Rock, Vol. 3: Back On Black (1998) 2CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 990 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 316 Mb | Scans ~ 10 Mb
Label: Cleopatra Records | # CLP 0378-2 | Time: 02:17:44
Genre: Gothic Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Rock

Focusing on the '80s, Cleopatra continues to document the history of gothic rock with this two-CD set. Progressing through the discs, the tracks get basically more obscure. Starting off is the pop-goth of the Cult ("Spirit Walker," similar to the Skeleton Family track), then on to the odd, desert goth of Theatre of Hate's "Do You Believe in the Westworld." Fields of Nephilim adds riff-rock goth (&"Blue Water"). With sound ready to open for Psychedelic Furs or Modern English is March Violets. Truly unique is the bouncy, glam goth of Danielle Dax' "Yummer Yummer Man." The obligatory track of '80's goth kings, Bauhaus, is "Passion of Lovers." Other big names in the genre found here include Christian Death, New Model Army, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Gene Loves Jezebel and Alien Sex Fiend. Lesser known is a catchy cut from Sexbeat, "Sweat.

The Cure - Pornography (1982) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2005]

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The Cure - Pornography (1982) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2005]

The Cure - Pornography (1982) [2CD Deluxe Edition 2005]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 765 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 269 MB | Covers - 187 MB
Genre: Post-Punk, New Wave, Gothic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Polydor (982 183-7)

Later hailed as one of the key goth rock albums of the '80s and considered by many hardcore Cure fans to be the band's best album, Pornography was largely dismissed upon its 1982 release, witheringly reviewed as a leaden slab of whining and moping. The truth, as usual, is somewhere in between: Pornography is much better than most mainstream critics of the time thought, but in retrospect, it's not the masterpiece some fans have claimed it to be. The overall sound is thick and murky, but too muddy to be effectively atmospheric in the way that the more dynamic Disintegration managed a few years later. For every powerful track like the doomy opener "One Hundred Years" and the clattering, desolate single "The Hanging Garden," there's a sound-over-substance piece of filler like "The Figurehead," which sounds suitably bleak but doesn't have the musical or emotional heft this sort of music requires…

Devo - Hot Potatoes: The Best Of Devo (1993)

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Devo - Hot Potatoes: The Best Of Devo (1993)

Devo - Hot Potatoes: The Best Of Devo (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 382 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans ~ 43 Mb
Label: Virgin Records Ltd. | # CDVM 9016, 0777 7 86805 2 9 | Time: 01:02:35
New Wave, Post-Punk, Synthpop, American Punk, College Rock, Dance Rock, Punk Rock

Hot Potatoes is the best available single-disc overview of Devo's career, hitting nearly all of the most significant moments from their first five albums, as well as including the non-LP singles "Be Stiff" and "Working in a Coalmine." "Whip It" and "Freedom of Choice" are here, of course, as are cult favorites "Jocko Homo," "Mongoloid," "Satisfaction (I Can't Get Me No)," plus many more. However, even if it's the best available, it isn't that widely available in the U.S.; plus, Devo's first three albums in particular all have at least a few fine songs that aren't included here. But if you only want one disc and don't mind hunting a bit, Hot Potatoes: The Best of Devo is superior to the American Greatest Hits, which for some reason does not feature "Mongoloid," one of the most obvious choices for a Devo hits collection.

The Cure - Disintegration (1989) [3CD Deluxe Edition 2010] (Re-up)

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The Cure - Disintegration (1989) [3CD Deluxe Edition 2010] (Re-up)

The Cure - Disintegration (1989) [3CD Deluxe Edition 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 1,38 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 512 MB | Covers - 216 MB
Genre: Post-Punk, New Wave, Gothic Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Polydor (532 456-6)

Expanding the latent arena rock sensibilities that peppered Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by slowing them down and stretching them to the breaking point, the Cure reached the peak of their popularity with the crawling, darkly seductive Disintegration. It's a hypnotic, mesmerizing record, comprised almost entirely of epics like the soaring, icy "Pictures of You." The handful of pop songs, like the concise and utterly charming "Love Song," don't alleviate the doom-laden atmosphere. The Cure's gloomy soundscapes have rarely sounded so alluring, however, and the songs - from the pulsating, ominous "Fascination Street" to the eerie, string-laced "Lullaby" - have rarely been so well-constructed and memorable. It's fitting that Disintegration was their commercial breakthrough, since, in many ways, the album is the culmination of all the musical directions the Cure were pursuing over the course of the '80s.

Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads (2008) [Japanese Edition]

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Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads (2008) [Japanese Edition]

Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads (2008) [Japanese Edition]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 117 Mb | Scans included
Label: Hostess/B-Unique | # HSE-60012/BUN144CDJ | Time: 00:43:11
Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk Revival

After cockily shrugging off the difficult second album challenge with their hugely successful Yours Truly, Angry Mob, the Kaisers deliver yet another collection of blistering rock-pop in the shape of Off with Their Head. Producer Mark Ronson returns the band to the distilled pop potency of 2005's Employment as well as providing an all-star cast of guests: Lily Allen provides backing vocals on "Always Happens Like That", classical starlet David Arnold adds strings to "Like It Too Much" and UK grime aficionado Sway does a star turn on the unlikely yet winning "Half the Truth". Yet this is definitely the Kaiser's own show, as evinced on the wonderfully woozy "Tomato in the Rain," the catchy "Good Days, Bad Days", the feisty "You Want History" and the lovely–and somewhat surprising–finale "Remember You're a Girl". Musically, Off with Their Heads ain't rocket science, and the band's insights into contemporary urban life are superficial at best–but the Kaisers still manage to mostly hit the spot.

VA - Gothic Rock, Vol. 2: Out Of The 80's Into The 90's (1995) 2CD Set

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VA - Gothic Rock, Vol. 2: Out Of The 80's Into The 90's (1995) 2CD Set

VA - Gothic Rock, Vol. 2: Out Of The 80's Into The 90's (1995) 2CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 352 Mb | Scans ~ 12 Mb
Label: Cleopatra Records | # CLEO 96482 | Time: 02:33:12
Genre: Gothic Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Rock

Gothic Rock Volume 2: 80's Into 90's is the second of a trio of double-disc Gothic Rock compilations produced by Cleopatra Records. The album also features an article on the development of the Gothic Rock movement by Mick Mercer. The album features the likes of Bauhaus, Christian Death, Play Dead, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, The March Violets, Skeletal Family, and many more.

VA - Gothic Rock: Vol. 1 (1993) 2CD Set

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VA - Gothic Rock: Vol. 1 (1993) 2CD Set

VA - Gothic Rock: Vol. 1 (1993) 2CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 614 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 241 Mb
Label: Cleopatra | # CLEO 1019-2| Time: 01:40:13 | Scans included
Gothic Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Rock

"Goth" was a much maligned '80s genre, often deserved thanks to overtly gloomy pretentiousness, but just as often artistic, dark, bracing music. In addition to those outfits that still keep it going, this double CD is smart enough to include some of the long forgotten, unsung English practitioners who left behind stunning moments, folks such as UK Decay (see their brilliant singles and 1981 LP For Madmen Only), Theatre of Hate (too bad no "Westworld" or "Nero" here), Play Dead (thought no one remembered them!) and even Southern Death Cult (who became internationally famous a few years later when they changed their name from Death Cult to the Cult). One imagines Cleopatra couldn't get the rights to include such seminal bands as the Cure or Sisters of Mercy, but those groups don't need this kind of introduction, and the omission of the March Violets aside, this is an intelligently selected guide.

Shriekback - Natural History: The Very Best Of Shriekback (1994) 2CDs

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Shriekback - Natural History: The Very Best Of Shriekback (1994) 2CDs

Shriekback - Natural History: The Very Best Of Shriekback (1994) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 605 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 218 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Label: Essential/Castle Communications | # ESD CD 217 | Time: 01:35:20
New Wave, Post-Punk, Alternative Dance-Rock, Funk

Issued on Essential in 1994, Shriekback's double-disc Natural History set merely couples The Best of Shriekback: The Infinite (Kaz, 1987) with The Best of Shriekback, Vol. 2: Evolution (Kaz, 1988) under a new name. For the curious, this might be preferable to The Y Records Years (also a two-disc set, released six years later in 2000), since the terrain documented here is more expansive, covering the band from its inception through 1985's Oil and Gold. One major attraction is the number of selections on the second disc culled from the long out of print Jam Science. One major problem will be finding Natural History, as it has gone out of circulation since its release.