Fans of veteran modern rock act the Cure will get a late Christmas present on Jan. 27, when Fiction/Elektra/Rhino releases the four-disc boxed set "Join the Dots: B-Sides and Rarities, 1978-2001 (The

Fans of veteran modern rock act the Cure will get a late Christmas present on Jan. 27, when Fiction/Elektra/Rhino releases the four-disc boxed set "Join the Dots: B-Sides and Rarities, 1978-2001 (The Fiction Years)." Frontman Robert Smith personally supervised the project, which will feature a 76-page booklet with track-by-track commentary from Smith and bassist Simon Gallup.

"The first thing I ever did when I got a new single was flip it over and play the other side," Smith says in a statement. "I always hoped the B-side would give me another version of the artist, something as good as the A-side but somehow different. I expected great B-sides from the artists I loved."

The 22-track first disc spans 1978-1987 and includes "Another Journey by Train" (the B-side to "A Forest") as well as a version of "Lament" which was only available in 1982 on a single inserted in copies of the magazine Flexipop. Disc two is highlighted by "Sugar Girl" (the B-side to "Just Like Heaven"), alternate mixes of "Icing Sugar" and "How Beautiful You Are" and three different versions of the Doors' "Hello I Love You."

The third disc, collecting 15 tracks from 1992-1996, sports tunes contributed to soundtracks for "The Crow" ("Burn") and "Judge Dredd" ("Dredd Song"), "Halo" (the B-side to "Friday I'm in Love") and covers of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and David Bowie's "Young Americans."

Disc four rounds up 15 cuts from 1996-2001, such as an acoustic version of "Just Say Yes," the import-only "Coming Up," a cover of Depeche Mode's "World in Your Eyes" and alternate mixes of "Wrong Number," "This Is a Lie" and "Strange Attraction."

Earlier this year, the Cure wrapped up its tenure with Fiction/Elektra and signed with producer Ross Robinson's I Am imprint, although it is unknown what progress has been made on a new studio album.

Smith guests on "Believe," the first single from guitarist Earl Slick's upcoming album "Zig Zag," due Dec. 9 via Sanctuary.

Here is the track list for "Join the Dots":

Disc one (1978-1987):

"10:15 Saturday Night"
"Plastic Passion"
"Pillbox Tales"
"Do the Hansa"
"I'm Cold"
"Another Journey by Train"
"Descent"
"Splintered in Her Head"
"Lament" (Flexipop Version)
"Just One Kiss"
"The Dream"
"The Upstairs Room"
"Lament"
"Speak My Language"
"Mr. Pink Eyes"
"Happy the Man"
"Throw Your Foot"
"New Day"
"The Exploding Boy"
"A Few Hours After This..."
"A Man Inside My Mouth"
"Stop Dead"

Disc two (1987-1992):

"A Japanese Dream"
"Breathe"
"A Chain of Flowers"
"Snow in Summer"
"Sugar Girl"
"Icing Sugar" (Weird Remix)
"Hey You!!!" (Kevorkian 12" Remix)
"How Beautiful You Are" (Clearmountain 7" Remix)
"To the Sky"
"Babble"
"Out of Mind"
"2 Late"
"Fear of Ghosts"
"Hello I Love You" (Psychedelic Version)
"Hello I Love You"
"Hello I Love You (10 Second Version)
"Harold and Joe"
"Just Like Heaven" ("Chuck" Remix)

Disc three (1992-1996):

"This Twilight Garden"
"Play"
"Halo"
"Scared As You"
"The Big Hand"
"A Foolish Arrangement"
"Doing the Unstuck" (Saunders 12" Remix)
"Purple Haze" (Virgin Radio Version)
"Purple Haze"
"Burn"
"Young Americans"
"Dredd Song"
"It Used To Be Me"
"Ocean"
"Adonais"

Disc four (1996-2001):

"Home"
"Waiting"
"A Pink Dream"
"This Is a Lie" (Palmer Remix)
"Wrong Number" (Smith Remix)
"More Than This"
"World in My Eyes"
"Possession"
"Out of This World" (Oakenfold Remix)
"Maybe Someday" (Hedges Remix)
"Coming Up"
"Signal to Noise" (Acoustic Version)
"Signal to Noise"
"Just Say Yes" (Curve Remix)
"A Forest" (Plati/Slick Version)