Slicing Up Eyeballs: The Legacy of 80's College Rock posted that this album was released on the 5th May 1986. According to Wikipedia it was released on the 6th May 1986. Whatever the case, and we don't want to quibble over dates, this was the second compilation of Singles by The Cure, the first being Japanese Whispers released in December 1983. That album contained just eight tracks and with the release of Standing on a Beach it had been expanded to 13 tracks on the Vinyl release, The CD came with four extra tracks but it was the Cassette that you really wanted to buy because Side One contained the 13 songs on the Vinyl Edition but Side Two contained a further 12 tracks that had been B-Sides .
The album was a huge hit peaking at #4 on the UK Album Chart and surprisingly even though it only reached #48 in the USA the album has sold enough since its release to be awarded 2x Platinum status!