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Love [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

The CultAudio CD
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The Cult are an English rock band, formed in 1983. They gained a dedicated following in Britain in the mid 1980s as a post-punk and gothic rock band with singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary", before breaking mainstream in the United States in the late 1980s as a hard rock band with singles such as "Love Removal Machine". The band fuses a "heavy metal ... Read more in Amazon's The Cult Store

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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Beggars UK - Ada
  • ASIN: B000007VCM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An 80s landmark December 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
While U2 often gets credit for creating some of the rare meaningful musical moments of the 80s (and rightfully so), Love by the Cult is perhaps the most overlooked album of greatness from that decade. But let's not be time-constricted. When this 1985 opus was produced, it was lightyears ahead of its time and still stands true to any test in the new century. The fact of the matter is, just about every rock interest has tried to lay claim to this album and this band. Alt rockers claim it, metal heads claim it, goths claim it. It's all testiment to the fact that no one has ever been able to pin down the Cult to any label and Love demonstrates that better than anything. She Sells Sanctuary and Rain obviously lean toward the alternative flair. Big Neon Glitter may have some Goth although I always thought the goths were out of line for claiming this album. Then there's The Phoenix... WOW! a molten deluge of psychadelia laced with incantations and mysticism. The title track of the album is clearly the defining moment. Enigmatic, hypnotic, powerful, Love, the song, cannot be dismissed by any true rock fan. Is it metal or alternative? Sabbath or Smitherines? The lyrics to the song Love are equally elusive, "Gonna drive away in a big fast car, gonna drive away won't get too far, gonna drive away don't know how far, gonna drive away in a big fast car... don't you love those sweet times..."
What the hell is lead singer Ian Astburry talking about? I don't know, but it sounds damn good. This album also launches and hallmarks the talents of guitar journeyman Billy Duffy. While Duffy has made strides and vaunted efforts since Love, he has yet to repeat the tight-wired sound and pin-point accuracy as has been captured on this work.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By T.A.
Format:Audio CD
This is the best recording of rock I've ever heard. I got this CD in '87, a few years after it was released. Actually, I bought it and "Electric" at the same time, as the latter was just released. I was lucky enough to pick up the original "BEGA 65 CD" (Beggar's Banquet) version, with the gold lettering on the front cover. It had two extra songs on it ("Little Face" and "Judith") as well as liner notes--lyrics to all the songs on the CD, inscribed in that odd, neo-egyptian script that you see on the front and back covers of the CD. In 1990, I saw this same CD on a website of RARE recordings going for $60, so if you see it anywhere and its affordable, pick it up.
The songs contained within are incredible. Unfortunately, there are a few mellow tunes ("Brother Wolf..." and "Black Angel") that will really make you want to cry or sleep, depending on your mood. They are good, and the lyrics are well crafted, but they are too long. There are a couple of Euro-Pop tunes ("Nirvana," "Rain" and "Revolution") which sound kinda 'blah' now, but they are listenable. The true treasures on this Cd alone make it a 5-Star purchase: "Big Neon Glitter," "Love," (so good, they used the same riff later for the ELECTRIC version of "Wild Flower"), "The Phoenix," (no 80's song rocks this hard or well--not still gives me goose bumps), "Hollow Man," (I heard a band cover this a few years ago...a buddy at the show asked me, 'is that a Foo Fighters song?') and "She Sells Sanctuary." Though I mentioned it as a negative, "Brother Wolf..." is a great song, too. It's 7 minutes long, though.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Like the heat from a thousand suns..." April 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
"Love" was the first stylistic change for the Cult and the band's breakthrough record in Europe, spawning a series of superb singles and being one of those albums that truthfully deserved the success it had (although in America, it would take another album before any real success manifested).

So what makes "Love" so good? It really is a sense of synthesis of both the band's gothic roots, punk aesthetic, and '70s psychedelia-- the album presents the darkness of gothic but without the bleakness that can often come along with it ("Nirvana"), the sense of space and looseness of the best of psychedelia ("Revolution") and the sense of anger and immediacy of punk ("Phoenix"). Along the way, the band presents their pinnacle acheivements in the gothic/new wave arena (moody ballad "Brother Wolf; Sister Moon" and single "She Sells Sanctuary") anda rock masterpiece that points the way for what would be to come ("Rain"), and throughout the band's performances are top notch with both singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy beginning to really develop the sense of swagger that would be brought way out on their next album ("Electric"). Truthfully, there's not a bad cut on the album.

It can be argued, perhaps honestly, that The Cult never did anything as good as "Love", certainly it is the best of their early work. Highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love in the Sanctuary July 19, 2001
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I was never a fan of the Cult and had no idea who they were when I mistakenly bought the "She Sells Sanctuary" record single back in 1985. I had figured I might as well listen to the record before returning it. I ended up buying the record at least two more times from the damage that playing the song over and over again did to it.
Years have since passed and it is still my all-time favorite song. The song is simply hypnotic and is as close to a "visual" experience as I have ever had listening to music. The decievingly simple lyrics call out against the complex layers of sound that surround them. Together, they fuel the hearth in the album's central theme and climax, Love.
Love is a tribute to what can be accomplished when musicians submit their mind and soul completely to their craft, creating a sound that is pure in its cause and poetry most of all. If such was not the case in the production of this album, then greatness simply sprang forth of its own accord and for its own purposes.
Once in a very short while, an album comes along that is required listening. Don't miss this one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A mellower, sultry album.
"Nirvana", first track is good opener. I also really like "Brother Wolf, Sister Moon". And of course, there's "She Sells Sanctuary"...
Published 5 months ago by Aaron Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT NOT SUPERB
Published 6 months ago by KEN CAPERTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
I love this CD. It is an awesome selection of rock songs. In this album, I can say easily I like at least 6 of their songs among the 11 songs.
Published 9 months ago by Kat
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I would have thought
This cd in my opinion only has 2 great songs from The Cult,Rain and She Sells Santuary. I guess I should have gotten a more wider variety of their other great songs with a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by johnv
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cult - Love
I think I own every CD The Cult ever made. This is a great album, and I would recommend it.
Published 17 months ago by Denise Hreha
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE
This album brought back many memories I am totally getting high listening to it, so much so I dont know what to listen to next.
Published 19 months ago by dkdante
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Cult album for a long time!
After this album I would recommend skipping the next 3 albums, they are boring as hell, really mainstream and unmemorable, but this album is great!
Published 20 months ago by D. Borkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Duplicated
Sounding raw and blistering with an aggressive swagger, "Love Removal Machine", the first track released as a single from "Electric" combined a pavement-hardened edge with jolting... Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by kabalabonga
4.0 out of 5 stars It is the older "Gothic" Cult with some great songs
Before The Electric album and Sonic Temple The Cult had a softer--but still rocking--sound. There are a couple of bad songs on this CD, but it is in my top 10 of all time favorite... Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by John E. Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic rock album. No track skipping necessary.
Every rock fan has purchased an album where they like a few songs, but don't care for many of the others. "Love" is not one of those albums. Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by Outdoors Survival Guy
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