Mixed Up (The Cure album)

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Mixed Up
The Cure Mixed Up.jpg
Remix album by The Cure
Released 20 November 1990
Recorded 1989–1990
Studio Outside Studios, England
Length 73:04 (CD only)
81:12 (cassette/LP)
Label Fiction (UK)
Elektra (US)
Producer
The Cure chronology
Entreat
(1990)Entreat1990
Mixed Up
(1990)
Wish
(1992)Wish1992
Singles from Mixed Up
  1. "Never Enough"
    Released: 17 September 1990
  2. "Close to Me (remix)"
    Released: 22 October 1990
  3. "A Forest (Tree Mix)"
    Released: 6 December 1990[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1/5 stars[4]
Stylus Magazine(positive)[5]

Mixed Up is a 1990 remix album by British alternative rock band The Cure. The songs are remixes of some of their hits, reflecting the popularity of remixing of existing songs and dance culture of the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 2018, a sequel was released titled Torn Down.

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, the third single, "A Forest" (Tree Mix) contained the original version of the song and "Inbetween Days" (Shiver Mix) (only on 5-inch CD) as B-sides.

Track listing[edit]

LP edition[edit]

Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Lullaby" (Extended Mix)7:43
2."Close to Me" (Closer Mix)5:44
3."Fascination Street" (Extended Mix)8:47
Side B
No.TitleLength
4."The Walk" (Everything Mix)5:27
5."Lovesong" (Extended Mix)6:19
6."A Forest" (Tree Mix)6:55
Side C
No.TitleLength
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.TitleLength
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]

Notes

  • 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.
  • As the original master tapes could not be found, "A Forest" and "The Walk" are not remixes, they are 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.

2018 remaster[edit]

On 21 April 2018, Mixed Up was released as a remastered deluxe edition.[6] The accompanying statement read: "Robert Smith has remastered The Cure's remix album from 1990. Now presented for the first time as double picture disc set in a gatefold sleeve with a download voucher."

A 3-disc deluxe edition of Mixed Up will be released on 15 June 2018.[7] The announcement read: "The Mixed Up 3-CD set includes Mixed Up, a second disc of rare remixes from 1981 through 1990, and a third disc of brand new remixes by Robert Smith. All the material has been remastered in 2018, or, with respect to Torn Down, mixed in 2018."

In an interview with BBC Radio 6, Robert Smith confirms that this release marks the continuation of The Cure's deluxe edition re-release campaign, and that the deluxe edition of Wish has been completed and will presumably follow.[8]

CD 1: Mixed Up (Remastered by Robert Smith 2018)[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Lullaby" (Extended Mix)7:43
2."Close to Me" (Closer Mix)5:44
3."Fascination Street" (Extended Mix)8:47
4."The Walk" (Everything Mix)5:27
5."Lovesong" (Extended Mix)6:19
6."A Forest" (Tree Mix)6:55
7."Pictures of You" (Extended Dub Mix)6:41
8."Hot Hot Hot!!!" (Extended Mix)7:01
9."The Caterpillar" (Flicker Mix)5:27
10."In Between Days" (Shiver Mix)6:22
11."Never Enough" (Big Mix)6:07

CD 2: Remixes 1982–1990: Mixed Up Extras 2018[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Let's Go to Bed" (Extended Mix 1982)7:44
2."Just One Kiss" (Extended Mix 1982)7:15
3."Close to Me" (Extended Mix 1985)6:31
4."Boys Don't Cry" (New Voice Club Mix 1986)5:29
5."Why Can't I Be You?" (Extended Mix 1987)8:07
6."A Japanese Dream" (12" Remix 1987)5:47
7."Pictures of You" (Extended Version 1990)8:06
8."Let's Go To Bed" (Milk Mix 1990)7:13
9."Just Like Heaven" (Dizzy Mix 1990)3:42
10."Primary" (Red Mix 1990)7:10
11."The Lovecats" (TC & Benny Mix 1990)4:39

CD 3: Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018[edit]

All songs remixed by Robert Smith.

No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Three Imaginary Boys" (Help Me Mix)Three Imaginary Boys3:21
2."M" (Attack Mix)Seventeen Seconds3:07
3."The Drowning Man" (Bright Birds Mix)Faith4:29
4."A Strange Day" (Drowning Waves Mix)Pornography5:05
5."Just One Kiss" (Remember Mix)Japanese Whispers4:57
6."Shake Dog Shake" (New Blood Mix)The Top5:11
7."A Night Like This" (Hello Goodbye Mix)The Head on the Door4:24
8."Like Cockatoos" (Lonely in the Rain Mix)Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me3:49
9."Plainsong" (Edge of the World Mix)Disintegration4:33
10."Never Enough" (Time to Kill Mix)Mixed Up3:34
11."From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea" (Love in Vain Mix)Wish6:21
12."Want" (Time Mix)Wild Mood Swings4:44
13."The Last Day of Summer" (31st August Mix)Bloodflowers5:44
14."Cut Here" (If Only Mix)Greatest Hits4:25
15."Lost" (Found Mix)The Cure3:59
16."It's Over" (Whisper Mix)4:13 Dream4:54

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

2018 deluxe edition

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[9] 36
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 35
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 36
French Albums (SNEP)[12] 22
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 18
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[14] 26
Italian Albums (FIMI)[15] 72
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[16] 47
Scottish Albums (OCC)[17] 9
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[18] 87
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 16

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[20] Gold 200,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[21] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Single : A Forest [Tree Mix]". The Cure. Retrieved 2 March 2012.
  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.
  6. ^ http://www.resident-music.com/productdetails&product_id=54724
  7. ^ http://www.cristinarocks.com/2018/04/the-cure-announce-mixed-up-3cd-set.html
  8. ^ http://www.post-punk.com/robert-smith-says-the-cures-wish-remaster-is-finished-for-deluxe-edition/
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Cure – Mixed Up" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Cure – Mixed Up" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Cure – Mixed Up" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Cure – Mixed Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Cure – Mixed Up" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2018. 26. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 26 (dal 2018-06-22 al 2018-06-28)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 27: del 29.6.2018 al 5.7.2018" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Les Albums Or". InfoDisc (in French). Archived from the original on 18 November 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  21. ^ Salaverrie, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Madrid: Fundación Autor/SGAE. p. 929. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  22. ^ "British album certifications – Cure – Mixed Up". British Phonographic Industry. 26 November 1990. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Mixed Up in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  23. ^ "American album certifications – The Cure – Mixed Up". Recording Industry Association of America. 11 August 1992. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.