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The hard-rocking Cult have come along way from the early Native American stylings of Dreamtime and the dodgy goth tendencies evident on their classic album, Love. Blame Rick Rubin, who helmed Electric and steered them down the rocky road to metal heaven. This best-of collection brings together tracks from the span of their career, and is a worthy testament to their rites of passage. "She Sells Sanctuary" sounds as refreshing as it did in 1985. There are some dubious inclusions from the twilight years of their career, such as "Star" and "Coming Down (Drug Tongue)," but when they have to hold their own alongside "Fire Woman" and "Lil' Devil" it's hardly surprising that they are found wanting. --Helen Marquis

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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Beggars UK - Ada
  • ASIN: B00004STYJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on March 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND: Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (guitars) are/were the main members of The Cult. They've had a host of others helping in the way of other guitarists, keyboardists, bassists, and drummers.... mainly Jaime Stewart (guitar, bass), James Stevenson (guitar), Bob Rock (guitar, keyboards), John Sinclair (keyboards), Ritchie Zito (keyboards), John Webster (keyboards), Kinley Wolfe (bass), Craig Adams (bass), Charley Drayton (bass), Nigel Preston (drums), Matt Sorum (drums), Scott Garrett (drums), Michael Lee (drums), and Mickey Curry (drums).

THE DISC: (2000) 19 tracks clocking in at approximately 77 minutes. Included with the disc is a 14-page booklet containing a 6-page intro to the band and their albums, song titles/credits (no lyrics), band photos, what songs came from which albums and the year released. The songs here follow the band from 1984-1995 (as the title states). Remastered sound. Label - Beggars Banquet.

ALBUM REPRESENTATION: Dreamtime (2 songs), Love (3), Electric (3), Sonic Temple (4), Ceremony (2), The Cult (2), Unreleased (3).

COMMENTS: Still trying to figure out why The Cult has 2 differently named compilations with only 1 song being the difference between the two (this disc, and 1996's "High Octane Cult")... the two songs "Go West" (from "The Singles" album) and "Beauty's On The Street" (from "High Octane") are both simply unimportant songs. The music on "The Singles" is digitally remastered so if I'm standing in the music store with both in hand, I'll choose this one. I read decades ago that Astbury and Duffy were difficult to get along with... perhaps this is why they couldn't get 2-3 additional members to stay on a more permanent basis...
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Cult are an overlooked rock band that produced some great music from the mid 80's to early 90's. They only had one top ten album, Sonic Temple, and no hit singles in the States. Their music always reminds of the Doors with a harder edge. "She Sells Sanctuary" is a truly great song and makes this disk worth buying by itself. Other stand out tracks include "Fire Woman", "Love Removal Machine", "Rain" & "Edie (Ciao Baby)". There are few cuts from their later 90's albums that could have been cut out, but one can't really complain when you get 19 songs on album.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on April 12, 2006
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"Pure Cult: The Singles 1984-1995" is a collection of singles by the Cult during the band's initial lifetime, stretching from the band's early days as psychedelic goths through the band's hard rock days and their eventual fade. The Cult seemed to have a knack for picking fantastic material for singles and this overview will provide most casual fans with pretty much eveything they need. For the more diehard types, there's a trio of single-only releases on this album that deserve attention.

The Cult rose from from the ashes of the Southern Death Cult-- a goth band in the early '80s featuring vocalist Ian Astbury that split up after issuing only one single (it along with other studio and live material available has been released under the title "Southern Death Cult"). Astbury, a singer of enormous presence, had reportedly grown bored with the goth style and formed a new band with Theatre of Hate guitarist Billy Duffy. The new project was called the Death Cult and after issuing an EP and a single (collected as "Ghost Dance"), shortened their name to The Cult, which is where this set picks up.

This collection nicely tracks the band's history, from their early days as psychedelic post-goths ("Spiritwalker", "She Sells Sanctuary") to the stripped back hard rock of "Electric" ("Lil' Devil", "Love Removal Machine"), the overarrangements of "Sonic Temple" ("Fire Woman", "Sweet Soul Sister") and "Ceremony" ("Heart of Soul") and the inspired sounds of the band's eponymous final album before breaking up ("Star", "Coming Down"). Put simply, it's about everything anyone knows by the band. If you're not too familiar with the Cult, this is a superb place to start, and if you are, you'll want it for "The Witch", "In the Clouds" and "Resurrection Joe"-- the former two are among the best of the Cult's later material. Highly recommended.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Miles on September 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD brings back a lot of memories, the Cult is one of those bands who blends material from other bands exceptionally well, while sounding completely original in the process. Most of the time they're combining AC/DC and Led Zepplin, sometimes shamelessly, fortunately none of that is apparent on this CD.
She Sells Sanctuary still sounds as fresh as it did when it debuted in 1985 (heard the Nissan Sentra commercial?), Edie (Ciao Baby) was the first heavy metal tune to use an orchestra, and Fire Woman put them on the map. Talk about an album to drive to!
This collection is sure to get you going from start to finish, it's great fun! Enjoy...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jesse R on May 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD years ago, and the version I have is from 1984-93. The Cult are one of my all-time fav bands, and 2 years after I started getting into the band, they decided to call it quits in 95, but they are since back. The first time I heard Wildflower all those years ago changed my whole taste in music, and this CD was my first introduction to the band, I've since gone back and got nearly their whole collection. But why is this CD worth the buy?? It has the killer tracks 'Firewoman', 'Wild-Hearted Son', and 'Wildflower.' Cult are kind of AC/DC but with more meaningful lyrics and Astbury has an awesome voice and incredible stage presence. Other great songs here are 'Rain' (this song took a while to grow on me, now it's one of my favs) Edie (I also have the acoustic version of this - very powerful) She sells/Lil Devil/Love Removal Machine/Sweet Soul Sister, there is not one bad song on this CD! I also recommend the 'Ceremony' CD!
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