Greatest Hits (The Cure album)

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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by
Released13 November 2001
Recorded1979–2001
Genre
Length68:08
69:26 (bonus disc)
LabelFiction (UK)
Elektra (US)
The Cure chronology
Bloodflowers
(2000)
Greatest Hits
(2001)
Join the Dots
(2004)
Singles from The Cure: Greatest Hits
  1. "Cut Here"
    Released: 18 March 2001
  2. "Just Say Yes"
    Released: 18 April 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press4.5/5 stars[2]
musicOMH(average)[3]
Q4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]

Greatest Hits is a 2001 compilation album by British alternative rock band The Cure. 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".[5] 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,[6] 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]

  1. "Boys Don't Cry" Single release only
  2. "A Forest" (Shortened Edit)[7] from Seventeen Seconds
  3. "Let's Go to Bed" Single release only
  4. "The Lovecats" Single release only
  5. "The Caterpillar" from The Top
  6. "In Between Days" from The Head on the Door
  7. "Close to Me" (Remix)[7] from The Head on the Door
  8. "Why Can't I Be You?" from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
  9. "Just Like Heaven" (Remix) from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
  10. "Lullaby" (Remix) from Disintegration
  11. "Lovesong" (Remix) from Disintegration
  12. "Pictures of You" (Single Edit) [7] from Disintegration
  13. "Never Enough" (Single Version) [7] from Mixed Up
  14. "High" (Single Mix) from Wish
  15. "Friday I'm in Love" from Wish
  16. "Mint Car" (Radio Mix) from Wild Mood Swings
  17. "Wrong Number" (Single Mix) [7] from Galore
  18. "Cut Here" Previously unreleased
  19. "Just Say Yes" Previously unreleased

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

  1. "Boys Don't Cry"
  2. "A Forest" (Shortened Edit)[7]
  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" (Remix)
  10. "Lullaby" (Remix)[7]
  11. "Lovesong" (Remix)
  12. "Never Enough" (Single Version)[7]
  13. "High" (Single Mix)
  14. "Friday I'm in Love"
  15. "Mint Car" (Radio Mix)
  16. "Wrong Number" (Single Mix)[7]
  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[6]

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

Disc 1, Side B[6]

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

Disc 2, Side A[6]

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

Disc 2, Side B[6]

  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]

Chart (2001–17) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 27
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[9] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 8
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[12] 38
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 22
Irish Albums (IRMA)[14] 11
Italian Albums (FIMI)[15] 30
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[16] 17
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[17] 24
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[18] 33
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[19] 70
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 48
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 33
US Billboard 200[23] 58

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[24] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[25] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[27] Gold 155,900[26]
Italy (FIMI)[28] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[30] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Jeff Apter Never Enough: The Story of The Cure- 2009 "Despite the guiding hand of Robert Smith, the differences between The Cure Greatest Hits, which appeared in 2003, and ... Greatest Hits featured 'Just Say Yes', a good-natured vocal trade-off between Smith and Republica shouter Saffron, ..."
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  14. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 46, 2001". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
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  28. ^ "Italian album certifications – The Cure – Greatest Hits" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 12 December 2018. Select "2015" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Greatest Hits" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Album e Compilation" under "Sezione".
  29. ^ "British album certifications – The Cure – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Greatest Hits in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  30. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2008". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 October 2012.