Thursday, October 8, 2009


The Cure are one of my favourite bands. The re-issue's of their first 7 albums were a real treat especially 'head on the door', 'seventeen seconds' and 'kiss me, kiss me' kiss me'.
Robert Smith just announced today on their website that 'Disintegration' is to be re-issued next spring, coinciding with the albums 21st anniversary. There is no weak song on the album and it is definitely an album that makes sense to listen to from start to finish. It's a masterpiece. I've always been slightly disappointed with the mastering of the album; it's quite low in the mix (they say it was mixed to be played loud) and it's not as clear as it should be. I don't know if this will be corrected in the re-mastering but I hope so. I generally listen to my cd version of the Live Trilogy dvd where they played disintegration in full if I want to listen to the album. The bass and synths and symbols are so much clearer.
The remastered album comes in three different versions, a single cd of the album, a double vinyl of the album and a 3 cd deluxe edition which looks awesome. Disc 1 is the album remixed/mastered. Disc 2 is rarities which is in keeping with the previous 7 re-releases, some of which make fascniating listening. Disc 3 is the Entreat concert from Wembley 1989 which was released as a promo cd in France and a limited run in Europe (you can find it easily on ebay - I did!). It contains 4 more tracks than the original release. Here's the tracklisting of the 3 disc version:

Disc 1: Disintegration

1. “Plainsong”
2. “Pictures Of You”
3. “Closedown”
4. “Lovesong”
5. “Last Dance”
6. “Lullaby”
7. “Fascination Street”
8. “Prayers For Rain”
9. “The Same Deep Water As You”
10. “Disintegration”
11. “Homesick”
12. “Untitled”

Disc 2: Rarities (1988-1989)

1. “Prayers For Rain” rs Home Demo (instrumental) 04/88
2. “Pictures Of You” rs Home Demo (instrumental) 04/88
3. “Fascination Street” rs Home Demo (instrumental) 04/88
4. “Homesick” band Rehearsal (instrumental) 06/88
5. “Fear Of Ghosts” band Rehearsal (instrumental) 06/88
6. “Noheart” band Rehearsal (instrumental) 06/88*
7. “Esten” band Demo (instrumental) 09/88*
8. “Closedown” band Demo (instrumental) 09/88
9. “Lovesong” band Demo (instrumental) 09/88
10. “2late (alt Version)” band Demo (instrumental) 09/88
11. “The Same Deep Water As You” band Demo (instrumental) 09/88
12. “Disintegration” band Demo (instrumental) 09/88
13. “Untitled (alt Version)” studio Rough (instrumental) 11/88
14. “Babble (alt Version)” studio Rough (instrumental) 11/88
15. “Plainsong” studio Rough (guide Vocal) 11/88
16. “Last Dance” studio Rough (guide Vocal) 11/88
17. “Lullaby” studio Rough (guide Vocal) 11/88
18. “Out Of Mind” studio Rough (guide Vocal) 11/88
19. “Delirious Night” rough Mix (vocal) 12/88*
20. “Pirate Ships” (rs Solo) Rough Mix (vocal) 12/89*

All previously unreleased versions
(*Previously unreleased song)

Disc 3: Entreat Plus

1. “Plainsong”*
2. “Pictures Of You”
3. “Closedown”
4. “Lovesong”*
5. “Last Dance”
6. “Lullaby”*
7. “Fascination Street”
8. “Prayers For Rain”
9. “The Same Deep Water As You”*
10. “Disintegration”
11. “Homesick”
12. “Untitled”

Recorded live at Wembley Arena July, 1989; remixed by Rs 2009
(*Previously unreleased performance)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Unthought Known

The last weekend of our 9 months off has arrived. I can't believe it has gone so quickly. I start back to work on Monday, something in which I'm not particularly looking forward too. Who does look forward to work though? Unless you're one of those super fortunate people who are doing what you've always dreamed of.
Although maybe Bono wishes he didn't have to play a stupid gig tonight in Raleigh, NC in front of 60,000 screaming fans and Fernando Torres probably isn't too keen on having to silence 40,000 Chelsea fans this Sunday by scoring 2 in a 2-1 win for Liverpool.
It'll be all change when I go back to work, a new house to work in with different staff and different kids. A change is as good as a rest they say, although I've had plenty of rest. Still a change in our line of work is generally always a good thing. Nothing worse than dead wood or people getting stuck in their ways and subsequently failing to focus on how to help the kids we work with. That is the reason we're there in the first place but for some reason it can be very easy for people to take the focus off the young people and place it solely upon themselves. I pray that never happens to me, or if it does that someone slaps me back in to focus. I'll really have to have my attitude in shape on Monday morning, ready to go back full of enthusiasm and wanting to make a difference in the lives of the kids and perhaps some co-workers. Nothings worse than being with people in work and you know they hate being there, especially when the kids pick up on it more than anyone else. I'm determined to make a difference.
A couple of weeks ago we had to follow through on a decision we felt God had called us to make and tell our Pastor we were leaving the church we go to. To say that was hard would be a massive understatement. No need to go in to much detail but we know God has taken us on a journey and has been revealing certain gifts that both of us have and we want to be able to use them to their full potential. The church we were in can't facilitate that so we knew it was time to leave. The Pastor was so incredibly gracious and understanding. It was very humbling for him to be so kind and understanding in what must be a very difficult thing for him to hear. We don't leave with any sense of condemnation, we just know God is taking us on a journey that can't be facilitated where we were going to church. We completely respect how things are done there and that is another reason why we had to leave, we're not called to rebel against a churches way of functioning so it was with a heavy heart that we said goodbye. Of all the stuff that makes up a church it's the people we'll dearly miss. Especially the young one's we did youth group with. They're awesome and we wish we could still spend some time with them. But alas, things change and we want to follow where we feel God is calling us.
Our hearts are pretty tender at the moment!
We decided to head to Wexford for the week as it was my last week off. We had a great time. We got a super awesome deal with tasty breakfast and full use of the spa. Who would have though I'd be loving taking advantage of a spa in a hotel?! Plenty of beach walks and chilling out made for a lovely few days.
So a season is closing as a new one begins. We're ready for whatever God has for us and looking forward to the journey ahead. I can hear the sound of a new song coming from heaven...