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  • Summary: This 70-track, 4-disc collection is just what the title says: every Cure B-side and compilation track, in chronological order, from 1978-2001, each newly remastered and accompanied by extensive liner notes by Robert Smith.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
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  1. It, admittedly, may be a bit too much for someone who isn't quite a big devotee of the band, but it's a veritable godsend for those who've been waiting for this for years.
  2. Only Disc 1 is essential, but even the lesser material leaves lipstick traces. [5 Mar 2004, p.68]
  3. Still, three CDs of good-to-great music is a pretty acceptable ratio, and while this is not meant for the casual Cure fan, it’s an essential purchase for the hardcore ones.
  4. It's here, about halfway through this four-disc set, that most people will turn off Join the Dots.
  5. Brilliant band then, not so brilliant boxset.
  6. 60
    Despite a blip of vital signs, this 4-CD sprawl does The Cure's reputation no real favours. [Feb 2004, p.106]
  7. The B-side was never meant to bear this much relentless inspection. [Feb 2004, p.113]

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  1. SHAMILS
    Feb 27, 2004
    10
    being a cure fan since the age of 13(now 29),i've been a collector of all rarities/b sides/bootlegs of the cure.really happy that it's become something accessible to everybody. Expand
  2. TonyM
    Feb 22, 2004
    10
    IF you dont like it, die
  3. DavidB
    Aug 20, 2005
    10
    A beautiful collection.
  4. HugoG
    Feb 28, 2004
    10
    Only for hardcore Cure-ists.
  5. ZOmennZ
    Mar 22, 2004
    10
    Two words "Fuking brilliant"
  6. CarlS
    Jun 26, 2004
    10
    if you like the cure you need this, absolutely brilliant and mana for this longtime fan. Special mention to the booklet, which is informative and excellent. (New order, take note, THIS is what fans want from a boxset). Best boxset since Heart and Soul by Joy Division. Expand
  7. RyanP
    Feb 16, 2004
    9
    For those of us die-hard fans this is a very good set. But dont forget.....The album re-issues are coming this year