Join the Dots is a 4 CD set of songs by The Cure, with nearly 5 hours of b-sides, rare singles, unreleased tracks, and remixes. It was released in 2004 with an MSRP of $55 US.

My biggest nit with this collection has got to be the inclusion of songs like 10:15 Saturday Night and Just One Kiss, which were already easily available on other CDs. Anyone who is willing to drop $55 on a 4 CD set of Cure B-sides probably already owns most, if not all, of their widely released albums, meaning these tracks are pure filler. Quite a few of the tracks have been released on CD before, but often on a single that is hard to get ahold of (such as This Twilight Garden, which appeared in the 1992 single for High).

Tracks that I found notable which I had not heard previously included Ocean, To The Sky, and A Japanese Dream, all of which are very much in the traditional "I am Robert Smith and I am very very sad about something" style. Hey, either you like it or you don't.

There are also a couple of decent covers, including Depeche Mode's World in My Eyes and Bowie's Young Americans, while the Hendrix and The Doors covers are interesting in a "look at that two-headed chinchilla" sort of way. And while the 10 second remix of their cover of Hello, I Love You is amusing, in general the remixes either sounded just like the original tracks with some minor tweaks, or were noticeably inferior to the originals.

In summary: enough new (or rare) stuff for the completionists, but if you're not a freak for The Cure, there are better ways to spend your money, especially considering many of their earlier albums can now be purchased for $10 or less.

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for, the ridiculously long track listing:

CD #1 - 1978-1987

  1. 10:15 Saturday Night
  2. Plastic Passion
  3. Pillbox Tales
  4. Do the Hansa
  5. I'm Cold
  6. Another Journey by Train
  7. Descent
  8. Splintered in Her Head
  9. Lament (Flexipop Version)
  10. Just One Kiss
  11. The Dream
  12. The Upstairs Room
  13. Lament
  14. Speak My Language
  15. Mr Pink Eyes
  16. Happy the Man
  17. Throw Your Foot
  18. New Day
  19. The Exploding Boy
  20. A Few Hours After This...
  21. A Man Inside My Mouth
  22. Stop Dead

CD #2 - 1987-1992

  1. A Japanese Dream
  2. Breathe
  3. A Chain of Flowers
  4. Snow in Summer
  5. Sugar Girl
  6. Icing Sugar (Weird Remix)
  7. Hey You!!! (Kevorkian 12" Remix)
  8. How Beautiful You Are (Clearmountain 7" Remix)
  9. To the Sky
  10. Babble
  11. Out of Mind
  12. 2 Late
  13. Fear of Ghosts
  14. Hello I Love You (Psychedelic Version)
  15. Hello I Love You
  16. Hello I Love You (10sec Version)
  17. Harold and Joe
  18. Just Like Heaven ('Chuck' Remix)

CD #3 - 1992-1996

  1. This Twilight Garden
  2. Play
  3. Halo
  4. Scared as You
  5. The Big Hand
  6. A Foolish Arrangement
  7. Doing the Unstuck (Saunders 12" Remix)
  8. Purple Haze (Virgin Radio Version)
  9. Purple Haze
  10. Burn
  11. Young Americans
  12. Dredd Song
  13. It Used to Be Me
  14. Ocean
  15. Adonais

CD #4 - 1996-2001

  1. Home
  2. Waiting
  3. A Pink Dream
  4. This Is a Lie (Palmer Remix)
  5. Wrong Number (Smith Remix)
  6. More Than This
  7. World in My Eyes
  8. Possession
  9. Out of This World (Oakenfold Remix)
  10. Maybe Someday (Hedges Remix)
  11. Coming Up
  12. Signal to Noise (Acoustic Version)
  13. Signal to Noise
  14. Just Say Yes (Curve Remix)
  15. A Forest (Plati/Slick Version)

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