Greatest Hits (The Cure album)

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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by
Released7 November 2001
Recorded1979–2001
Genre
Length68:08
69:26 (bonus disc)
Label
The Cure chronology
Bloodflowers
(2000)
Greatest Hits
(2001)
Join the Dots
(2004)
Singles from The Cure: Greatest Hits
  1. "Cut Here"
    Released: October 2001
  2. "Just Say Yes"
    Released: December 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Alternative Press[2]
musicOMH(average)[3]
Q[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]

Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by English rock band the Cure. It was first released in Japan on 7 November 2001,[5] before being released in the UK and Europe on 12 November and then in the US the day after. The band's relationship with longtime label Fiction Records came to a close, and the Cure were obliged to release one final album for the label. Lead singer Robert Smith agreed to release a greatest hits album under the condition that he could choose the tracks himself. The band also recorded a special studio album released as a bonus disc to some versions of the album. The disc, titled Acoustic Hits, consists of the eighteen songs from the North American release re-recorded using acoustic instruments.

History[edit]

Greatest Hits features select singles from the Cure's then-25 year history, along with the two new tracks "Cut Here" and "Just Say Yes".[6] All songs were newly remastered by Tim Young at Metropolis Mastering specifically for the collection.

The UK and international editions of the album feature a similar track listing, with the exception of three songs that only appear on one or the other: the international release features "The Walk", while the UK release excludes it in favour of "The Caterpillar" and "Pictures of You".

In an effort to provide something new for the hardcore fans who owned the previously released songs, Smith arranged for the band and former member Boris Williams to re-record acoustic versions of the Greatest Hits. Only the select first pressings of Greatest Hits were bundled with the bonus disc of Acoustic Hits.

Greatest Hits was also released on VHS and DVD. The video track listing mirrors that of the North American audio CD, with the exception of "The Caterpillar", "Pictures of You" and "Close to Me (Closest Mix)" which appear as hidden Easter eggs. Six of the acoustic performances also appear on the DVD.

The first vinyl version of this album was released on Record Store Day 2017 (22 April 2017) as two LP picture discs by the label Elektra Catalog Group. A quantity of 3250 were pressed. The release does not include the content of the Acoustic Hits disc,[7] which was given its own standalone release on standard black vinyl. On 5 July 2019, the album reached a new peak of number 19 in the UK Albums Chart following the Cure's headline set at that year's Glastonbury Festival.

Track listing[edit]

UK (Fiction/Polydor) release[edit]

No.TitleOriginal releaseLength
1."Boys Don't Cry"Boys Don't Cry 
2."A Forest (Shortened Edit)[8]"Seventeen Seconds 
3."Let's Go to Bed"Japanese Whispers 
4."The Lovecats"Japanese Whispers 
5."The Caterpillar"The Top 
6."In Between Days"The Head on the Door 
7."Close to Me" (Remix)[8]"The Head on the Door 
8."Why Can't I Be You?"Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me 
9."Just Like Heaven (Bob Clearmountain Remix)"Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me 
10."Lullaby (Remix)"Disintegration 
11."Lovesong (Remix)"Disintegration 
12."Pictures of You (Single Edit) [8]"Disintegration 
13."Never Enough (Single Version) [8]"Mixed Up 
14."High (Single Mix)"Wish 
15."Friday I'm in Love"Wish 
16."Mint Car (Radio Mix)"Wild Mood Swings 
17."Wrong Number" (Single Mix) [8]"Galore 
18."Cut Here"New track 
19."Just Say Yes"New track 

International (Fiction/Polydor and Elektra) release[edit]

  1. "Boys Don't Cry"
  2. "A Forest" (Shortened Edit)[8]
  3. "Let's Go to Bed"
  4. "The Walk" Single release only
  5. "The Lovecats"
  6. "In Between Days"
  7. "Close to Me" (Remix)
  8. "Why Can't I Be You?"
  9. "Just Like Heaven" (Bob Clearmountain Remix)
  10. "Lullaby" (Remix)[8]
  11. "Lovesong" (Remix)
  12. "Never Enough" (Single Version)[8]
  13. "High" (Single Mix)
  14. "Friday I'm in Love"
  15. "Mint Car" (Radio Mix)
  16. "Wrong Number" (Single Mix)[8]
  17. "Cut Here"
  18. "Just Say Yes"

Bonus disc (Acoustic Hits)[edit]

Acoustic Hits, the bonus disc features newly recorded acoustic versions of songs.

  1. "Boys Don't Cry"
  2. "A Forest"
  3. "Let's Go to Bed"
  4. "The Walk"
  5. "The Lovecats"
  6. "Inbetween Days"
  7. "Close to Me"
  8. "Why Can't I Be You?"
  9. "Just Like Heaven"
  10. "Lullaby"
  11. "Lovesong"
  12. "Never Enough"
  13. "High"
  14. "Friday I'm in Love"
  15. "Mint Car"
  16. "Wrong Number"
  17. "Cut Here"
  18. "Just Say Yes"

Record Store Day 2017 release[edit]

Disc 1, Side A[7]

  1. "Boys Don't Cry"
  2. "A Forest"
  3. "Let's Go to Bed"
  4. "The Walk"
  5. "The Lovecats"

Disc 1, Side B[7]

  1. "Inbetween Days"
  2. "Close to Me"
  3. "Why Can't I Be You?"
  4. "Just Like Heaven"
  5. "Lullaby"

Disc 2, Side A[7]

  1. "Lovesong"
  2. "Never Enough"
  3. "High"
  4. "Friday I'm in Love"

Disc 2, Side B[7]

  1. "Mint Car"
  2. "Wrong Number"
  3. "Cut Here"
  4. "Just Say Yes"

Personnel[edit]

The following is the personnel for the Greatest Hits disc, and does not apply to the Acoustic Hits bonus disc.

Charts[edit]

2001–2002 chart performance for Greatest Hits
Chart (2001–2002) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 27
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[11] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[12] 8
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[13] 38
European Albums (Music & Media)[14] 30
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 22
Irish Albums (IRMA)[16] 11
Italian Albums (FIMI)[17] 30
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[18] 24
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[19] 18
Scottish Albums (OCC)[20] 47
Spanish Albums (AFYVE)[21] 29
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 48
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[24] 33
US Billboard 200[25] 58
2016 chart performance for Greatest Hits
Chart (2016) Peak
position
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[26] 17
Chart performance for Greatest Hits (2017 remastered reissue)
Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 27
Irish Albums (OCC)[27] 17
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[28] 33
Scottish Albums (OCC)[29] 58
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 48
2019 chart performance for Greatest Hits
Chart (2019) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[31] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[32] 19
Chart performance for Acoustic Hits
Chart (2017) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[33] 156
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[34] 110
Irish Albums (IRMA)[35] 65

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for Greatest Hits
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[36] Platinum 40,000^
Australia (ARIA)[37] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[38] Gold 25,000*
Italy (FIMI)[39] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] 3× Platinum 900,000double-dagger
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[41] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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