Editors’ Notes By 1987 the Cure were among the most successful “alternative” rock bands in the world. Their previous album, 1985’s The Head on the Door, had been a massive hit and expectations were high. After years of single-minded leadership, Robert Smith was opening the band up to be more of a democracy and the additional input of his fellow bandmates led to such an overabundance of material that the group determined Kiss Me would need to be a double album. From the long instrumental passages that add to the album’s intense, epic mood to the ornate, ‘80s psychedelic flourishes that color the tracks, Kiss Me is a headphone listener’s dream. “Why Can’t I Be You?” and “Just Like Heaven” are the obvious radio-friendly pop songs, while “The Kiss,” “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep,” “How Beautiful You Are…” and “The Perfect Girl” reflect the heavy romance that replaced the group’s earlier unnerving despair. Emotions continue to dominate with overstated urgency, but it’s with a bit more sense of play. The expanded edition includes instrumental demos and rough mixes that are of limited interest, but the six live tracks that complete the collection are strong enough for even less than obsessed listeners to enjoy.

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The Kiss
1
6:16
 
Catch
2
2:43
 
Torture
3
4:16
 
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
4
4:52
 
Why Can't I Be You?
5
3:13
 
How Beautiful You Are
6
5:12
 
The Snakepit
7
6:57
 
Hey You!
8
2:22
 
Just Like Heaven
9
3:32
 
All I Want
10
5:20
 
Hot Hot Hot!!!
11
3:34
 
One More Time
12
4:31
 
Like Cockatoos
13
3:39
 
Icing Sugar
14
3:48
 
The Perfect Girl
15
2:33
 
A Thousand Hours
16
3:22
 
Shiver and Shake
17
3:28
 
Fight
18
4:31
 
The Kiss (Instrumental) [RS Home Demo 3/86]
19
3:38
 
The Perfect Girl (Instrumental) [Beethoven St. Studio Demo 6/86]
20
3:24
 
Like Cockatoos (Instrumental) [Beethoven St. Studio Demo 6/86]
21
2:10
 
All I Want (Instrumental) [Beethoven St. Studio Demo 6/86]
22
3:31
 
Hot Hot Hot! (Instrumental) [Beethoven St. Studio Demo 6/86]
23
3:47
 
Shiver and Shake (Instrumental) [Jean Costas Studio Demo 8/86]
24
2:53
 
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (Instrumental) [Jean Costas Studio Demo 8/86]
25
3:14
 
Just Like Heaven (Instrumental) [Jean Costas Studio Demo 8/86]
26
3:24
 
Hey You! (Instrumental) [Jean Costas Studio Demo 8/86]
27
2:30
 
A Thousand Hours (Miraval Studio Guide Vocal / Rough Mix 10/86)
28
3:25
 
Icing Sugar (Miraval Studio Guide Vocal / Rough Mix 10/86)
29
3:19
 
One More Time (Miraval Studio Guide Vocal / Rough Mix 10/86)
30
4:35
 
How Beautiful You Are (Live Bootleg - County Bowl Santa Barbara 7/87)
31
5:22
 
The Snakepit (Live Bootleg - County Bowl Santa Barbara 7/87)
32
7:30
 
Catch (Live Bootleg - NEC Birmingham 12/87)
33
2:32
 
Torture (Live Bootleg - NEC Birmingham 12/87)
34
4:04
 
Fight (Live Bootleg - Bercy Paris 12/87)
35
4:30
 
Why Can't I Be You? (Live Bootleg - Wembley Arena London 12/87)
36
7:43
 

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