The Cure set to release live album of Isle of Wight performance 

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Those groovy ghoulies The Cure seem to be on a spooky live-album kick these days.

Raccoon-mascaraed Robert Smith and company might have recently issued a DVD/Blu-ray version of a Berlin-filmed performance of three catalog classics in their entirety (“Pornography,” “Disintegration” and “Bloodflowers” — a truly unbeatable combination, minus “Faith,” perhaps). But on Dec. 6, they’re at it again, releasing “Bestival Live 2011,” a 2½-hour concert extravaganza tracked this year on the Isle of Wight.

It features 32 Cure chestnuts, including such early pre-“Faith” nuggets as “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Jumping Someone Else’s Train.”

Critics called The Cure’s performance “the set of the weekend,” even comparing it to David Bowie’s historic Glastonbury gig from 2000.

As Smith sees it, “We had such a great time in the Isle of Wight at Bestival that we wanted to release this show as a way of thanking fans and islanders alike. Bestival is the best!”

All profits from the two-disc set go directly to The Isle of Wight Youth Trust, a charitable organization offering counseling, advice, information and support services to young Isle people ages 25 and under.

And one thing’s for sure — you buy a ticket to a Cure concert, and you always get much more than you paid for.

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