The Cure: Faith Alternate Format Discography

Alternate Format Discography

Faith was released in April 1981 in the UK on Fiction Records via Polydor [FIXD 6, 2383 605] in a single sleeve, with credits and artwork on the inner sleeve. In Scandinavia, all the artwork was put onto a gatefold sleeve, as was the case with the Australian version [7 Records MLF 443]. In the US, the LP came out in 1988 [Elektra 9 60783-1] with a single sleeve and generic inner sleeve bag.


In 1981 the first cassettes of Faith were available in the UK in a 'Double Value' format, with the album on side one and the soundtrack to Ric Gallup's short film Carnage Visors on side two, on cream plastic shells with a white paper insert. It was repackaged in the UK in 1988 with black shells and new artwork featuring a red title panel and red spine [FIXC 006].

A Dolby HX Pro version came out that year in the US with similar artwork and grey transparent shells [Elektra 9 60783-4]. This 'two-fer' was the most common format, though some cassettes only featuring Faith were also released, for example in Australia in 1981 [7 Records, MCF 7443].

The album was first released on CD in Europe in 1985 [Fiction 827 687-2] and in the US in 1988 [Elektra 9 60783-2]. A Deluxe Edition, compiled by Robert Smith, came in 2005 [Universal 982 183-4], digitally remastered by Chris Blair at Abbey Road studios, with a 20-page booklet with lyrics and rare photos, and liner notes by music writer Johnny Black. CD 1 featured the album tracks and Carnage Visors. CD 2 featured Robert Smith solo and band demos, studio outtakes, and live songs recorded at concerts in 1981, plus the single 'Charlotte Sometimes', which was released in October 1981.


Faith was released on CD in Europe by Fiction/Polydor/Universal [982 183-4] and in the US by Rhino/Elektra/Fiction [R2 74683]. Later, a CD in a facsimile album sleeve with an obi-strip was released in Japan and also in Europe in 2008 [Fiction, UICY-93479].

In 2008, a 180g LP based on the Abbey Road remaster was released on Vinyl Lovers in Europe [900228]. LP1 [pictured below] features Faith while LP2 comprises Carnage Visors, 'Charlotte Sometimes', 'Going Home Time', 'The Violin Song', 'A Normal Story' and 'Forever'.


It was reissued again in 2016, with a remaster by Robert Smith, on 180g vinyl by Fiction [0602547875440] in Europe and by Fiction/Rhino in the US [R1 60783]. A picture disc based on the cover artwork came out in a die-cut sleeve for Record Store Day, 2021, in Europe [Fiction/Polydor 350805-4] and in the US Elektra/Fiction/Rhino [RPD1 60783, 603497844968]. This was remastered at Abbey Road by Miles Showell, with the pressing overseen by Smith.