Qobuz Store wallpaper
Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

The Cure|The Top (Deluxe Edition)

The Top (Deluxe Edition)

The Cure

Available in
16-Bit CD Quality 44.1 kHz - Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.

Recorded in the midst of Robert Smith's tenuous tenure with Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Top is arguably the most hedonistic record the Cure ever produced. Essentially Smith and Lol Tolhurst working with studio musicians (this being the period when the Cure's lineup was never assured), it's an album obviously recorded under stress, drink, and drugs. More wildly experimental musically than anything before it, it laid the foundations for the Cure's pattern of unpigeonholable albums that were to erase their reputation built by Pornography and eventually culminating in Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. That said, it's still very much a Cure record. Heavy on the percussion and quaint keyboard effects that were so big in the '80s, the melodies ("The Caterpillar," "Shake Dog Shake") are unmistakably Robert Smith. The big change this time around is his ability to fuse the paranoia and neuroses of former work (Pornography) with his newfound use of pop melody and outside influences (i.e., world travels, sounds, instruments) to moderate success ("Wailing Wall," "Piggy in the Mirror"). A more psychedelic descent than Pornography, The Top is a transition, never really feeling like a full-length release, but it does meld all former phases of Rob and company, which would fully gel on The Head on the Door. At best an imperfect record, The Top is a necessary step in the evolution of the band.
© Chris True /TiVo

More info

The Top (Deluxe Edition)

The Cure

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 90 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this playlist and more than 90 million songs with our unlimited streaming plans.

From kr125,00/month

1
Shake Dog Shake (Corrected Audio (2011))
00:04:55

Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - David M. Allen, Producer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 1984 Fiction Records Ltd.

2
The Birdmad Girl
00:04:06

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 1984 Fiction Records Ltd.

3
Wailing Wall
00:05:22

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 1984 Fiction Records Ltd.

4
Give Me It
00:03:42

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 1984 Fiction Records Ltd.

5
Dressing Up
00:02:50

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 1984 Fiction Records Ltd.

6
The Caterpillar
00:03:41

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 1984 Fiction Records Ltd.

7
Piggy In The Mirror
00:03:39

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 1984 Fiction Records Ltd.

8
The Empty World
00:02:35

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 1984 Fiction Records Ltd.

9
Bananafishbones
00:02:59

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 1984 Fiction Records Ltd.

10
The Top
00:06:55

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 1984 Fiction Records Ltd.

DISC 2

1
You Stayed ... (Robert Smith Home Demo)
00:02:20

Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

2
Ariel (Robert Smith Home Demo)
00:02:58

Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

3
A Hand Inside My Mouth (Studio Demo)
00:03:39

Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

4
Sadacic (M05) (Robert Smith Studio Demo)
00:04:14

Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

5
Shake Dog Shake (Studio Demo)
00:04:54

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

6
Piggy In The Mirror (Studio Demo)
00:03:39

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

7
Birdmad Girl (Studio Demo)
00:03:34

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

8
Give Me It (Studio Demo)
00:03:41

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

9
Throw Your Foot (Studio Demo)
00:03:29

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

10
Happy The Man (Studio Demo)
00:02:44

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

11
The Caterpillar (Studio Demo)
00:04:15

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

12
Dressing Up (Studio Alternative Mix)
00:02:12

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

13
Wailing Wall (Studio Alternative Mix)
00:04:56

Howard Gray, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer - David Allen, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Porl Thompson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

14
The Empty World (Live Bootleg)
00:02:47

Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Thornalley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Anderson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

15
Bananafishbones (Live Bootleg)
00:02:57

Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Thornalley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Anderson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

16
The Top (Live Bootleg)
00:07:10

Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - David M. Allen, Producer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 2006 Fiction Records Ltd.

17
Forever (version) (Live Bootleg)
00:04:57

Gary Moore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Thornalley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Anderson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - SIMON GALLUP, Composer - Porl Thompson, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1984 Fiction Records Ltd.

Album Description

Recorded in the midst of Robert Smith's tenuous tenure with Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Top is arguably the most hedonistic record the Cure ever produced. Essentially Smith and Lol Tolhurst working with studio musicians (this being the period when the Cure's lineup was never assured), it's an album obviously recorded under stress, drink, and drugs. More wildly experimental musically than anything before it, it laid the foundations for the Cure's pattern of unpigeonholable albums that were to erase their reputation built by Pornography and eventually culminating in Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. That said, it's still very much a Cure record. Heavy on the percussion and quaint keyboard effects that were so big in the '80s, the melodies ("The Caterpillar," "Shake Dog Shake") are unmistakably Robert Smith. The big change this time around is his ability to fuse the paranoia and neuroses of former work (Pornography) with his newfound use of pop melody and outside influences (i.e., world travels, sounds, instruments) to moderate success ("Wailing Wall," "Piggy in the Mirror"). A more psychedelic descent than Pornography, The Top is a transition, never really feeling like a full-length release, but it does meld all former phases of Rob and company, which would fully gel on The Head on the Door. At best an imperfect record, The Top is a necessary step in the evolution of the band.
© Chris True /TiVo

About the album

Improve album information

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz...

More on Qobuz
By The Cure

Anniversary: 1978 - 2018 Live In Hyde Park London

The Cure

Disintegration

The Cure

Disintegration The Cure

Seventeen Seconds

The Cure

Greatest Hits

The Cure

Greatest Hits The Cure

Wish

The Cure

Wish The Cure

Playlists

You may also like...

The Car

Arctic Monkeys

The Car Arctic Monkeys

Unlimited Love

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Unlimited Love Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Tipping Point

Tears For Fears

The Tipping Point Tears For Fears

Happier Than Ever (Explicit)

Billie Eilish

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Billie Eilish

In your panoramas...
The Cure switch to the remix…

The Cure re-edit in a Deluxe Edition “Mixed Up”, their remix album released in 1990. A unique record that came largely from the heart of their leader Robert Smith, as this interview from the time goes to show.

Fabric, a British Institution

The beating heart of the British electronic scene, label/club Fabric made a name for itself with epic nights out and legendary compilations, which have been a regular fixture in the lives of record stores and lovers of quality music since 1999. Here we take a look back at the history of a truly British institution.

Arctic Monkeys, the English Holdup

It didn’t take long for the Sheffield quartet’s incredible riffs to escape the confines of their northern homeland and hit the charts. Following in the wake of the White Stripes, the Libertines and the Strokes, the band breathed new life into rock music and soon won over the entire world. Album after album, they’ve consistently proven themselves to be true all-rounders, comfortable with everything from soulful ballads to light, airy pop.

In the news...