The Cure Announce 30th Anniversary Re-release of “Wish”

The Cure have announced a 30th anniversary re-release of their ninth studio album, ‘Wish’ – find all the details below.

Released in 1992, the disc contains the singles ‘Friday I’m In Love’, ‘High’ and ‘A Letter To Elise’. It reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and number two on the Billboard 200 in the United States.

Today (July 28), The Cure confirmed that the special deluxe edition of “Wish” will arrive October 7 via UMC/Fiction/Polydor. You can pre-order/pre-save it here (2LP versions are out November 25).

The next collection includes the complete original album, which has been remastered by frontman Robert Smith and Miles Showell at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in North West London.

It also features 24 previously unreleased tracks – including rare 12″ demos, instrumentals and mixes – plus four songs that will be coming to CD and digital platforms for the first time.

The 3xCD edition includes four tracks from “Lost Wishes”, a 1993 mail-order-only cassette that was never released on CD or streaming.

You can listen to ‘Uyea Sound’ from this tape below.

According to a press release, “Wish” originated in demo sessions at The Live House in Cornwall and continued at Farmyard Studios in the Cotswolds. “We recorded about 40 songs in those two sessions,” Smith recalled. “We were on fire!”

As for the experience of listening to the record in 2022, the singer explained, “There’s a side to the album that I kind of forgot about, a very sweet, nostalgic thing that’s quite beautiful.

‘Trust’ is one of the best things we’ve ever done, I think, it’s played with great emotion, and ‘To Wish Impossible Things’ is another beautiful, melancholy track… actually, it might just be my favorite song on the record. ”

Smith went on to recall how the original album “sounded great”, but said he later noticed a problem on the recording: “It was too late to do anything; the album was got out, and we were off around the world again. It really bothered me for a very long time.

During this year’s remastering process, the leader was given the opportunity to correct the error. “It took 30 years, but finally, finally my wish came true,” he commented.

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The Cure – 30th anniversary re-release of ‘Wish’. CREDIT: Press

Smith confirmed in 2018 that a deluxe edition of “Wish” had been completed. During an interview with NME in May, however, he explained that he was still working on the project.

“There are so many Simon [Gallup’s, bassist] demos that never made it past the demo stage and remained instrumental – simply because I couldn’t find words for them,” Smith said. “It’s really sad, because some of them were really great!”

He continued, “They all come out as instruments, and I think there are about 36 unreleased songs coming out on the package. It’s the same every time we do something. There’s always a lot of music, and a lot of it is by Simon. I’m just at a loss for words!”

The complete track listings for the 30th anniversary reissues of “Wish” are as follows:

CD1 Original album remastered by Robert Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road studios:

01: Open (6:51)
02: High (3:37)
03: Aside (6:38)
04: From the edge of the green sea (7:44)
05: Wendy’s Time (5:13)
06: Unlock (4:24)
07: Friday I’m in Love (3:38)
08: Trust (5:32)
09: A letter to Élise (5:14)
10: Cut (5:55)
11: Wishing for impossible things (4:43)
12: End (6:45)

Demos CD2 – All unreleased versions:

* Unpublished title.

01: The big hand [1990 Demo] (4:38) [final version on B-side to A Letter To Elise 7”]
02: Cut [1990 Demo] aka “Away” (3:31) [final version appears on WISH]
03: A letter to Élise [1990 Demo] aka “Cut” (5:01) [final version appears on WISH]
04: Wendy’s Time [1990 Demo] (5:13) [final version appears on WISH]
05: This twilight garden [Instrumental Demo] (3:25) [final version on B-side to High 7”]
06: Scared like you [Instrumental Demo] (2:33) [final version on B-side to Friday I’m In Love 12“]
07: Wishing for impossible things [Instrumental Demo] (3:33) [final version appears on WISH]
08: Apart [Instrumental Demo] (3:38) [final version appears on WISH]
09: T7 [Instrumental Demo] (2:40) *
10: It’s time [Instrumental demo] (2:20) *
11: Miss Van Gogh [Instrumental demo] (2:48) *
12: T6 [Instrumental Demo] (3:14) *
13: Play [Instrumental Demo] (2:28) [final version on B-side to High 12”]
14: A foolish arrangement [Instrumental Demo] (2:28) [final version on B-side to A Letter To Elise 12“]
15: Halo [Instrumental Demo] (3:06) [final version on B-side to Friday I’m In Love 7”]
16: Trust [Instrumental Demo] (4:02) [final version appears on WISH]
17: Abetabw [Instrumental Demo] (2:26) *
18: T8 [Instrumental Demo] (2:17) *
19: Heart attack [Instrumental Demo] (2:41) *
20: Change of swing [Instrumental Demo] (2:10) *
21: Frogfish [Instrumental Demo] (2:35) *

CD3: ‘Lost Wishes’ / Studio Out-Takes / 12” Remixes / Live / Rare / Unreleased:

*Unreleased track **Unreleased version

01: Son Uyea [Dim-D Mix] (5:28 [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
02: Mulberry [Dim-D Mix] (5:22) [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
03: On my way to sleep… [Dim-D Mix] (3:47) [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
04: The three sisters [Dim-D Mix] (4:12) [from Lost Wishes MC 1993]
05: A group of Wendys [Instrumental] (3:47) *
06: From the edge of the deep green sea [Partscheckruf Mix] (7:36) **
07: Open [Fix Mix] (6:51) [B-side to High 12“]
08: High [Higher Mix] (7:15) [High 12”]
09: Unlock [Extended 12” Mix] (5:54)
10: Friday I’m in love [Strangelove Mix] (5:29 [Friday I’m In Love 12“]
11: A letter to Elise [Blue Mix] (6:36) [A Letter To Elise 12”]
12: End [Paris Live 92] (8:38) **

WISH 2LP remastered by Robert Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios.
Vinyl cut by Milles Showell at Abbey Road studios:

A1: Open (6:51)
A2: High (3:37)
A3: Aside (6:38)

B1: From the edge of the green sea (7:44)
B2: Wendy’s Time (5:13)
B3: Unlock (4:24)

C1: Friday, I’m in love (3:38)
C2: Trust (5:32)
C3: A Letter to Elise (5:14)

D1: Cut (5:55)
D2: Wishing for impossible things (4:43)
D3: End (6:45)

LOST WISHES
D2C Exclusive replica tape EP

IN FRONT OF
01: Son Uyea [Dim-D Mix] (5:28)
02: Mulberry [Dim-D Mix] (5:22)

B-SIDE
03: On my way to sleep… [Dim-D Mix] (3:47)
04: The three sisters [Dim-D Mix] (4:12)

WISH 1CD – Original album remastered by Robert Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road studios:

01: Open (6:51)
02: High (3:37)
03: Aside (6:38)
04: From the edge of the green sea (7:44)
05: Wendy’s Time (5:13)
06: Unlock (4:24)
07: Friday I’m in Love (3:38)
08: Trust (5:32)
09: A letter to Élise (5:14)
10: Cut (5:55)
11: Wishing for impossible things (4:43)
12: End (6:45)

Robert Smith Simon Gallup The Remedy
Robert Smith and Simon Gallup of The Cure CREDIT: David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns

Speaking at the 2022 BandLab NME Awards in March, Smith told us exclusively that The Cure’s long-awaited new album will be called ‘Songs Of A Lost World’. “There are illustrations, there is an order in progress, it’s almost finished!” explained the singer.

“They are so slow because of the vinyl, but it could happen in September. I’d rather it just come out. I can’t stand the anticipation.

The group has been working on two upcoming albums, “and one of them is finished,” the singer says NME at the time: “Cure’s debut album is dark and dark. It’s the most disastrous thing we’ve ever done. The second is optimistic, and my [solo] we won’t be out until next year.

Catch up NME again in May, Smith said that “Songs Of A Lost World was ‘nearly finished’ and promised it would be released before The Cure began their European and UK tour in October”.

“Essentially, it’s a 12-track album. It’s there, it’s kind of half-mixed and half-done,” he explained. kind of evolved over the last two years. It’s not always been a good thing to be left alone with it. You touch it, like you’re scratching the seams, and it all falls apart.

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Smith continued, “It will be worth the wait. I think it’s the best thing we’ve done, but I’d say that. I’m not making an Oasis when I say “THIS IS THE BEST FOOKIN ALBUM”. A lot of songs are difficult to sing, and that’s why it took me a long time.

Regarding the themes and character of the sequel to 2008’s “4:13 Dream”, Smith said NME that the record “doesn’t have much light on it” and sounds “more like ‘Disintegration’ than ‘Head On The Door’.”

The Cure’s 2022 UK and Ireland tour kicks off in Dublin on December 1. You can see the full list of dates and find remaining tickets here.

DECEMBER
01 – 3ARENA, Dublin, Ireland
02 – SSE, Belfast, Northern Ireland
04 – OVO HYDRO, Glasgow, Scotland
06 – FIRST LIVE ARENA, Leeds, England
07 – UTILITA ARENA, Birmingham, England
08 – MOTORPOINT ARENA, Cardiff, Wales
11 – THE SSE ARENA, Wembley, London, England
12 – THE SSE ARENA, Wembley, London, England
13 – THE SSE ARENA, Wembley, London, England

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