Reissues, Vinyl — November 10, 2010 at 11:43 pm

The Cure’s expanded ‘Entreat Plus’ live album to be released on double vinyl in January

The Cure, 'Entreat Plus'

When the reissue of The Cure’s landmark album Disintegration arrived earlier this year, the vinyl edition featured none of the bonus material included on the 3CD and digital editions — which is why it perhaps comes as no surprise that Entreat Plus, the expanded edition of the band’s 1990 live album, now will be released as a separate 2LP set.

According to MusicTAP,the 12-track, remixed version of Entreat that was included on CD and digital versions of the expanded Disintegration set will be released on vinyl on Jan. 11 by Elektra Records. Furthermore, the site speculates: “My guess is that these remixed tracks will be also available on CD/DD with an announcement coming soon.”

Originally released as a promo disc in 1990, the eight-track Entreat — recorded at London’s Wembley Arena in July 1989 — was later released commercially in Europe. The expanded edition included with this year’s reissue fleshes out the album to replicate a full live performance of 1989’s epic Disintegration, with tracks remixed by Robert Smith — a sonic makeover that some fans have complained dampens Boris Williams’ drumming.

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10 Comments

  1. I have to disagree with the comment that many fans find that Boris’ drums were dampened….as a prolific poster on the Cure.com forum this topic has been mentioned but the Official opinion of the fans on the Official Board does not agree….Entreat Plus simply reflects Mr. Smith’s excellent job using today’s most up to date equipment to present a clean and enjoyable listening experience that was recorded 20 years ago….

  2. There is a definite difference. I simply made sure I had both versions on my iPod and called it a day. The old CD still sounds great.

  3. I really prefer the drumming on the first release of Entreat. I just hope they master the new version on vinyl from an analog source and not from a digital one (many people think the latest Disintegration reissue on vinyl is sourced digitally.)

  4. Curry n' Prawns

    James,

    Don’t believe the hype. Entreat Plus was remixed to provide a suitable listening experience on mobile device that can not provide the soundstage representation that a proper hi-fi system can.

    The original Entreat (and Disintegration) were mixed to be played on large speakers, using < 15 watts of power. Ipods and computer speakers obviously fall short of that mark. These releases do use modern sounds (the technology has been around FOR YEARS) to afford the listener a contemporary experience on these underpowered devices. The removal of the reverb, and added compression on the drums is a prime examples of the compromises necessary to afford additional headroom in mixing for smaller speakers. Welcome to the modern age. Addition by subtraction.

  5. Curry n' Prawns

    err.. that should read “greater than 15 watts”

  6. I don’t give a damn what “Curry n’ Prawns” says, the new mix sounds awful.

  7. Whatever happened to the ‘Dark’ album counterpart to 4:13 Dream RS promised like 2 years ago, lol?

    Man RS just vanished after that Coachella gig. A few guest vocals here and there, but nothing from The Cure, no concerts in 18 months… Hopefully 2011 will see some touring at least!

  8. roboterkampf

    The new mix is terribly “flat” sounding. There is NO “space” to Boris’ drumming in this new mix, and what was once an exciting stereophonic experience seems almost monophonic in places. Just my layman average Cure nut opinion, of course.

  9. Entreat Plus sounds better than 4:13 Dream. The more I listen to that album, the more compressed it sounds.

  10. Entreat Plus CD sounds HORRIBLE! Boris’ drums sound like Jason’s! I HOPE ROBERT DOES A BETTER REMIXING FOR THE VINYL VERSION!

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