The Top


The Top
The Top
Album par The Cure
Sortie 1er mai 1984
Enregistrement 1984
Durée 40' 50"
Genre New Wave
Producteur Robert Smith
Chris Parry
Dave Allen
Label Fiction Records
Albums de The Cure
Japanese Whispers (1983)
Concert (1984)

The Top est le cinquième album du groupe The Cure sorti en 1984. C'est le premier depuis deux ans, après la série des trois singles Let's Go To Bed, The Walk et The Lovecats compilés sur Japanese Whispers.
Le successeur de Pornography tranche avec l'ambiance sombre des trois précédents albums. Sur la lancée des singles, le groupe continue sur une voie plus pop en développant un côté psychédélique (sur Bananafishbones ou Wailing Wall par exemple) déjà expérimenté par Robert Smith dans le projet The Glove.
L'instrumentation est particulièrement variée, on peut entendre entre autres un violon, un harmonica, une flute indienne ou un tambour qui viennent se mêler aux instruments plus habituels utilisés par un groupe de rock.
Et c'est Robert Smith qui joue de pratiquement tous les instruments, excepté la batterie. En effet le bassiste Phil Thornalley est absent des séances d'enregistrement, occupé au poste d'ingénieur du son sur l'album Seven and the Ragged Tiger de Duran Duran[1]. Porl Thompson qui vient d'intégrer le groupe ne joue que du saxophone sur le titre Give Me It. Andy Anderson est à la batterie, tandis que Lol Tolhurst est simplement crédité: "autres instruments".

Cet album est enregistré alors que Robert Smith est toujours le guitariste de Siouxsie and the Banshees. Parallèlement, il enregistre l'album Hyaena avec ces derniers. Cependant il quittera définitivement les Banshees peu après la sortie de The Top[1].

The Top sera suivi fin 1984 par un album live simplement intitulé Concert.

En 2006 est publiée une édition remastérisée avec un deuxième CD contenant des titres inédits et des versions démos ou en concert des morceaux de l'album et du single The Caterpillar.

Sommaire

Liste des titres (Edition originale)

Tous les titres sont écrits et composés par Robert Smith sauf (*) par Robert Smith, Laurence Tolhurst.

  1. Shake Dog Shake (4:55)
  2. Bird Mad Girl* (4:05)
  3. Wailing Wall (5:17)
  4. Give Me It (3:42)
  5. Dressing Up (2:51)
  6. The Caterpillar* (3:40)
  7. Piggy in the Mirror* (3:40)
  8. The Empty World (2:36)
  9. Bananafishbones (3:12)
  10. The Top (6:50)

Liste des titres (Deluxe Edition - 2006)

CD 1

Liste identique à celle de l'album original.

CD 2

  1. You Stayed... (Robert Smith Home demo)
  2. Ariel (Robert Smith Home demo)
  3. A Man Inside My Mouth (Studio demo)
  4. Sadacic (Robert Smith Studio demo)
  5. Shake Dog Shake (Studio demo)
  6. Piggy in the Mirror (Studio demo)
  7. Birdmad Girl (Studio demo)
  8. Give Me It (Studio demo)
  9. Throw Your Foot (Studio demo)
  10. Happy the Man (Studio demo)
  11. The Caterpillar (Studio demo)
  12. Dressing Up (Studio alt mix)
  13. Wailing Wall (Studio alt mix)
  14. The Empty World (Live bootleg)
  15. Bananafishbones (Live bootleg)
  16. The Top (Live bootleg)
  17. Forever (version) (Live bootleg)

Composition du groupe

Singles

  • The Caterpillar / Happy The Man / Throw Your Foot - mai 1984


Album studio suivant : The Head on the Door.

Notes et références

  1. a et b Dave Thompson & Jo-Ann Greene "The Cure, A Visual Documentary", 1988, ISBN 0-7119-1387-0

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