The Cure :: Charlotte Sometimes (Soundcheck, 1982)

The bootleg live version of "Charlotte Sometimes" from The Cure’s soundcheck at The Hammersmith Odeon could be considered the definitive version of the song. It's a perfect concoction of composition and environment, adding an additional ghostly layer to an already haunting song. The lo-fi recording quality and cavernous reverb from the empty venue perfectly plays into the song's eerie nature. It’s as if The Cure are performing to an audience of phantoms beneath the dim lights of an abandoned theater - is there a better way to hear The Cure than that . . .

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