Three Imaginary Boys was where it all started for Robert Smith and his the Cure. It found the band in their pre-hair lacquer days playing a form of primitive post-punk that was compared at the time to Wire or Joy Division. By the time of 1980s Seventeen Seconds Smith and Co were nearer to realising their future aesthetic but Three Imaginary Boys is still a fascinating and compelling debut.
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Reissue LP on Universal.
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Oldie LP on Fiction EX+/VG+ (Vinyl lovely, sleeve erm....30 years old!).
While this album is a classic without a shadow of a doubt, I have problems with the LIlith reissue. First, 10.15 Saturday Night originally segues into Accuracy - not in this reissue. The label placed a gap in between the two and you can hear still a few milliseconds of the tail end of the first track into the second. Second, The Weedy Burton is not included. It ended with the title track. And lastly, the scream at the end of Subway Song is shortened by a few seconds.Probably the redeeming thing about this reissue is the excellent sound quality. But the problems I mentioned above mad me scratch my head. I guess there is room for improvement for Lilith Records, they can always make another proper reissue with all the mistakes recitified.
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