The Cure, 'Greatest Hits'

Last week’s goldmine of Disintegration demos and live tracks wasn’t the first time frontman Robert Smith opened up The Cure’s archives online; in 2001, to mark the release of Greatest Hits, he also posted 20 demos, live tracks and remixes, spanning the band’s entire career.

Our friends over at Chain of Flowers saved those files, and have reposted all 20 tracks as a companion to the Alternative Rarities 1988-1989 collection that was uploaded to the band’s new Disintegration site last week, plus they’ve included Smith’s original notes on each of the songs (read the liner notes and stream or download the tracks here).

The rarities, some of which are on the upcoming Disintegration: Deluxe Edition, include the original 1978 demo of “Boy’s Don’t Cry,” a 1980 rehearsal of “A Forest,” a live version of “The Caterpillar” from 1984, remixes of “Let’s Go to Bed” and “The Lovecats,” and demos of “Why Can’t I Be You?,” “High” and “Wrong Number,” among others.

DOWNLOAD/STREAM: The Cure’s Greatest Hits rarities collection

See full tracklist for The Cure’s ‘Greatest Hits’ rarities below…

Tracklist: The Cure, ‘Greatest Hits’ rarities

1. “Boy’s Don’t Cry” (Original group demo 1978)
2. “A Forest” (Group rehearsal 1980)
3. “Let’s Go to Bed” (Original instrumental demo 1982)
4. “Let’s Go to Bed” (12″ Duke Remix)
5. “The Lovecats” (TC & Benny 12″ Remix)
6. “The Caterpillar” (Live 1984)
7. “Inbetween Days” (Original group demo 1984)
8. “Close to Me” (Original group demo 1984)
9. “Just Like Heaven” (Instrumental home demo 1985)
10. “Why Can’t I Be You?” (Demo)
11. “Lovesong” (Original instrumental group demo 1988)
12. “Lullaby” (Instrumental home demo 1988)
13. “Pictures of You” (Instrumental home demo 1988)
14. “High” (Demo)
15. “Friday I’m in Love” (Live 1992)
16. “Mint Car” (Simon Gallup’s home instrumental demo 1994)
17. “Wrong Number” (Instrumental home demo 1997)
18. “Wrong Number” (Warm Vocal Mix)
19. “Just Say Yes” (Early version 1999)
20. “Cut Here” (Instrumental home demo 1997)

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