Mixed Up (The Cure album)

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Mixed Up
Remix album by The Cure
Released November 20, 1990
Recorded 1989–1990 at Outside Studios, England
Genre Gothic rock, alternative rock, new wave
Length 73:04 (CD only)
81:12 (cassette/LP)
Label Fiction Records (UK)
Elektra Records (U.S.)
Producer Robert Smith
Chris Parry
Mark Saunders
Dave Allen
The Cure compilations chronology
Standing on a Beach
(1986)
Mixed Up
(1990)
Galore
(1997)
Singles from Mixed Up
  1. "Never Enough"
    Released: September 17, 1990
  2. "Close to Me (remix)"
    Released: October 22, 1990
  3. "A Forest (Tree Mix)"
    Released: December 6, 1990[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars[4]
Stylus Magazine (average)[5]

Mixed Up is a 1990 remix album by The Cure. The songs are remixes of some of their hits.

Most of the songs are extended mixes. Several had been previously released on 12" singles, but some are completely remade, with Smith recutting vocals due to the original tapes not being available. The record closes with the extended version of a new single, "Never Enough". The remix of "Pictures of You" was originally released under the title "(Strange Mix)". In an interview featured on the Trilogy DVD, singer Robert Smith described the remix album as something "fun after the doom and gloom of Disintegration".

The Cure also released some other new mixes as the b-sides of the singles from Mixed Up: the first single, "Never Enough", featured a remix of "Let's Go To Bed", entitled "Let's Go To Bed (Milk Mix)" (on the 12", cassette and CD versions), as well as a new song, "Harold and Joe", while the second single, "Close to Me (Remix)" contained "Just Like Heaven (Dizzy Mix)" (on all formats) and "Primary (Red Mix)" (on the 12", CD and cassette versions) as b-sides.

Track listing[edit]

LP edition[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Lullaby (Extended Mix)"   7:43
2. "Close to Me (Closer Mix)"   5:44
3. "Fascination Street (Extended Mix)"   8:47
Side B
No. Title Length
4. "The Walk (Everything Mix)"   5:27
5. "Lovesong (Extended Mix)"   6:19
6. "A Forest (Tree Mix)"   6:55
Side C
No. Title Length
7. "Pictures of You (Extended Dub Mix)"   6:41
8. "Hot Hot Hot!!! (Extended Mix)"   7:01
9. "Why Can't I Be You? (Extended Remix)" (Appears on the French 5 CD version, LP and cassette versions only) 8:07
Side D
No. Title Length
10. "The Caterpillar (Flicker Mix)"   5:40
11. "In Between Days (Shiver Mix)"   6:22
12. "Never Enough (Big Mix)"   6:07

CD edition[edit]

  • CD editions do not include "Why Can't I Be You? (Extended Remix)", this was due to the 74-minute (later 80-minute) limit necessary to be compliant with the Compact Disc standard.

Track Names[edit]

The Cure also seemed to have named some of the mixes after a lyric from the specific song. No reason for this has yet been provided

  • "The Walk (Everything Mix) "In an instant I remembered everything"
  • "A Forest (Tree Mix)" "Into the trees"
  • "The Caterpillar (Flicker Mix)" "Flicker, flicker, flicker, flicker/ Here you are"
  • "In Between Days (Shiver Mix)" "Yesterday I got so scared I shivered like a child"
  • "Never Enough (Big Mix)" "However big I ever feel/It's never enough"
  • "Primary (Red Mix)" "So they close together/Dressed in red and yellow"
  • "Just Like Heaven (Dizzy Mix)" "Spinning on that dizzy edge/I kissed her face and kissed her head"
  • "Let's Go to Bed (Milk Mix)" "Let me take your hand/I'm shaking like milk"
  • "Close to Me (Closer Mix)" and "Close to Me (Closest Mix) are different because the words "Closer" or "Closest" are not actually contained in the lyrics.

Notes[edit]

  • As the original master tapes could not be found, "A Forest" and "The Walk" are not remixes, they're re-recordings.
  • Over time, the CD edition has slightly changed. At the time of release, the words "Mixed Up" at the bottom of the cover were white in a box, but have since changed to black in a box. Also, the order of text on the CD disc has slightly been rearranged. Also, the track listing on the back cover, text in the liner notes and the text on the album cover (bar the small "Mixed Up" at the bottom) were originally a metallic. Now they are grey.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Single : A Forest [Tree Mix]". The Cure. 1990-12-06. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Mixed Up - The Cure". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Robbins, Ira (2 November 1990). "Mixed Up Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Cure: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Cure - Mixed Up - On Second Thought". Stylus Magazine. 2 May 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2012.