Charlie Bertsch (cbertsch) wrote,
Charlie Bertsch


For someone who already had just about every official Cure release and a bunch of bootlegs as well, the reissues of the band's albums have been both a blessing and a curse. I'm delighted to get tracks I only had on tape, vinyl or illicit CDs in a higher quality, more accessible form. But it also pains me to have my most treasured rare possessions, for which I scoured record stores for months on end, suddenly available to all. It makes my exertions seem retroactively foolish. Still, the good outweighs the bad. For one thing, I can share my absolute favorite Cure track of all time, this live version of Robert Smith's favorite song "Faith," with you in a clean-sounding version that accentuates its brilliant minimalism. Every time I'm watching the end of a concert, I want the performer to go to the microphone and say, "This is our last song and it's called 'Faith'." I don't imagine that any of you actually care what lies in the clearing at the middle of my densely forested soul. But if, perchance, one of you does care, listening to this track wearing headphones in a completely dark room, not once, but five or six times in succession, would be like taking a helicopter to that barren place. It's worth downloading regardless. The Cure was always a much better live band than anyone outside their ambit realized. And this is one of their most transcendent performances.
Tags: autobiography, love, music
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