Greatest Hits (The Cure album)

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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by The Cure
Released 13 November 2001
Recorded 1979–2001
Genre
Length 68:08
69:26 (bonus disc)
Label Fiction (UK)
Elektra (US)
The Cure chronology
Bloodflowers
(2000)Bloodflowers2000
Greatest Hits
(2001)
Join the Dots
(2004)Join the Dots2004
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 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. 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, is the eighteen songs from the North American release re-recorded using acoustic guitars.

History[edit]

Greatest Hits features select singles from their then-25 year history, along with the two new tracks "Cut Here" and "Just Say Yes".[5] All songs were newly remastered specifically for the collection.

The European and North American editions of the record feature a similar tracklist, with the exception of three songs that only appear on one or the other: The North American release features "The Walk", while the European release excludes it in favor of "The Caterpillar" and "Pictures of You".

In an effort to provide something new for the hardcore fans who owned the previously released songs, Robert 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]

Track listing[edit]

North American (Elektra) release[edit]

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

European (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" (Single Mix)[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" (Single Mix) from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
  10. "Lullaby" (Single Mix) from Disintegration
  11. "Lovesong" from Disintegration
  12. "Pictures of You" (Single Mix)[7] from Disintegration
  13. "Never Enough" (Single Version)[7] from Mixed Up
  14. "High" from Wish
  15. "Friday I'm in Love" from Wish
  16. "Mint Car" from Wild Mood Swings
  17. "Wrong Number" (Single Mix)[7] from Galore
  18. "Cut Here" Previously unreleased
  19. "Just Say Yes" Previously unreleased

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 are the personnel for the acoustic bonus disc only.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001–16) 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
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[18] 70
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 48
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 33
US Billboard 200[22] 58

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[24] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[25] Gold 155,900[26]
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Europe (IFPI)[28] 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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  27. ^ "British album certifications – The Cure – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Greatest Hits in the search field and then press Enter.
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