Greatest Hits is a 2001 compilation album by The Cure. The band's relationship with longtime label Fiction Records came to a close, and The Cure was obliged to release one final album for the label. Robert Smith agreed to release a greatest hits album under the condition that he could choose the tracks himself. The band also recorded a special studio album released as a bonus disc to some versions of the album. The disc, titled Acoustic Hits, is the eighteen songs from the North American release re-recorded using acoustic guitars.
The subsequently released Greatest Hits features select singles from their then-25 year history, along with the two new tracks “Cut Here” and “Just Say Yes.” All songs were newly remastered specifically for the collection.
In an effort to provide something new for the hardcore fans who owned the previously released songs, Robert arranged for the band and former member Boris Williams to re-record acoustic versions of the Greatest Hits. Only the select first pressings of Greatest Hits were bundled with the bonus disc of Acoustic Hits.
Greatest Hits was also released on VHS and DVD. The video track listing mirrors that of the North American audio CD, with the exception of “The Caterpillar,” “Pictures of You” and “Close to Me (Closest Mix)” which appear as hidden Easter eggs. Six of the acoustic performances also appear on the DVD.
The first vinyl version of this album was released on Record Store Day 2017 (22 April 2017) as two LP picture discs by the label Elektra Catalog Group. A quantity of 3250 was pressed. The release does not include the content of the Acoustic Hits disc.
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