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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New version of 'A Few Hours After This'


Update: Here's a better quality upload. Thanks TCDB. And thanks to @weareglitter for the original audio upload. As always, if anyone needs it to be removed, just let me know and it will be gone in a flash.

You can watch the episode on BBC iPlayer and at Amazon (Season 4 Episode 2).

Also, please release this properly. Maybe a digital download for charity? 

A new version of 'A Few Hours After This' played during tonight's episode of 'Luther'. Turns out 'Luther' creator Neal Cross is a huge Cure fan, and asked to use the song in the episode, and Robert recorded a new version for him.

Here's the story from The Daily Record:

"The return of Luther also gave Neil a teenage kick when his idol Robert Smith of The Cure provided a song for the soundtrack.

He said: “I have been an obsessive fan of The Cure since I was 13.

“After we had finished shooting the second episode of this special, I phoned the producer and said there is this really obscure Cure track – an extra track on a 12-inch single called A Few Hours After This – which I have always loved and think it would really go.

“Long story short, we contacted Robert Smith and he re-recorded the song. That was one of those moments where I wanted to hijack the Tardis and go back and see my teenage self and say, ‘One day…’" (Thanks @weareglitter)

37 comments:

  1. Should have stuck with the original version I'm afraid......

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    1. It's never a good idea. Agreed. :-/

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  3. I think it sounds magnificent , love it !

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  5. He change some words

    A few hours after this and we're apart again
    Black and white checks
    Opposite poles
    In a secret game
    ???????
    You really should have known by the cut of my smile
    And the answer would be simple
    It still took you a while to get it out of me
    I thought you'd do it easily

    But put your hands around my heart
    And squeeze me until I'm dry
    I never thought you'd ever start to ever ask me why...

    I never saw you again

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  6. The ??? line sounds like "In a strange symmetry"

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    1. yes you are right. there is something more before "in a strange simmetry"

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    2. maybe "freezing in a strange simmetry"?

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  7. Oh dear! Was so excited to see this news as it's always been my favourite b side. This is an abomination!

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  8. It's so different from the original that I'm surprised it could be used in the same context as the original version was intended.
    I like it in isolation, and it's encouraging to know Robert is actually recording things!

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  9. A Few Hours After This (2015 Version) in better sound quality here:
    https://youtu.be/9oqQnVrSGmI

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  10. When listened to in better quality it's actually better than I first thought. Good to hear Robert on something 'new'

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  11. An indicator for the rarities in the 2016 set list

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    1. I hope you're right! Rarities like this would be amazing to hear in person :D

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    2. I would not object to this.

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  12. A few hours after this..
    And we're apart again..
    Like black and white checks..
    And opposite poles in a secret game..
    Playing in a strange symmetry..
    You really should have known..
    By the cut of my smile..
    That the answer will be simple..
    It still took you a while..
    To get it out of me...

    That's what i hear. Hard to judge from such such a small sample really.I like what i hear but also feel the original is "out there" as one of their best b sides and maybe should have been left untouched..To be continued, i hope!!

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    1. i hear "freezing in a strange simmetry"

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  13. it makes more sense with: you really should have known by the cut of my smile
    instead of the old version : I really skould have known by the cut of your smile

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    1. Yes i've ever found that verse "a bit wrong"...

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  14. ha ha man this is a terrible version :(

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  15. Wow, that was really...not good.

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    1. I thought I was the only one that felt this way. I agree.

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  16. My all time perfect Cure song...loved the demo too with different lyrics....good to hear Robert on something old/new but I don't think its amazing.

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  17. I don't wanna sound like a Scrooge because this is like found money, plus on Christmas, but the production quality on Robert's voice since 413 has been making it harder to listen. Mostly this swirling reverb/delay thing that overpowers whatever he's saying. Just makes me sad for potential new material is all. Merry Xmas!

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  18. Yes well and the production on 4:13 Dream was one of its major faults too. Take a song like The Reasons Why...the reason why it ended up sounding shit was the awful vocal effect! Leave your voice alone Robert, we love it how it is!

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    1. What about the production on the self-titled album? That wasn't exactly sterling.

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    2. Production wise the last two studio albums haven't been up to scratch. Too bloated and over produced. Even the good songs (underneath the stars) suffer

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  19. While i don't like this version at all, the slower tempo and effects on the voice might suit the feel of the scene in the tv show.

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  20. I've always loved this song. It and the alt version/demo from the Deluxe Edition are often on a playlist.

    I WOULD BE SCREAMING IF THEY PLAYED THIS LIVE. (as well as "To The Sky"). Their rarities are some of their most fun for fans!

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  21. This new version totally sounds like it's made for the atmosphere of the TV show. Cool but I don't think it can be fairly compared to the original.

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  22. Great! Thanks ! Experimentation entertaining commercial success...Only Robert can do this so amazingly ! And to his credit his voice sounds amazing too, after all these years...A note to someone who doesn't like "overproduction" of his voice: well, 1) it's his own voice - he could do whatever he wants to with it; 2) In these era of overdubbed, vocoderized, supertechnodigitalized sounds, a human voice with history and oceansize depth of emotional expression is really needed! Don't you think ...:) Merry Christmas everyone ! See you on The Cure 2016 Tour...

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  23. Having heard this a bit late, I'm a big fan of effects on vocals and I like Robert opening up to using effects like this on his vocals. It's called experimentation, something the band has always been known for, but for some reason, everyone here wants them to exist in this teeny tiny box of 1980-1992 and not come out of it for any reason. Well, tough luck kids.

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