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By 1992, Cure live shows were approaching the two-hour-plus mark, with anywhere between 28-30 songs being performed nightly. Small wonder that, when it came to documenting the affair, it required three separate live releases — Show, Side Show, and Paris. Re-creating the original 1993 cassette release, this package pairs the first two named, eighteen songs that Robert Smith once declared represent "the Cure live at their best. There's no better collection of songs ever in our history, than that tour. Everyone was playing so well, I just wanted to capture that." Of course that's a very subjective remark. The newly released Wish album might be one of the band's best-sellers, but it's also one of their most disposable, and too much of Show is taken up by its contents. When the band relax back into their past, however — whether more recent ("Fascination Street," "Lullaby") or ancient (although "The Walk" and "Let's Go to Bed" are as far back as they travel) — it is easy to see why Smith was so excited, with every number boasting a vitality and energy that had, indeed, been absent from past Cure live outings. Still, with so many concert documentaries of the band now on hand, one could easily be forgiven for letting this one pass. Especially when the accompanying Paris offers the same band playing a far more palatable repertoire.


Formed: 1976 in Crawley, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became well-known for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often hid the diversity of the Cure's music. At the outset, the Cure played jagged, edgy pop songs before slowly evolving into a more textured outfit. As one of the...
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