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The Cult - Live Cult (Music Without Fear)

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A group of hard-core rockers who spun social upheaval into something fresh, brash and dynamic, The Cult emerged out of Britain's music scene in the early 1980s and quickly rose to the forefront of "Positive Punk." From Ian Astbury's first powerful note to Billy Duffy's last thundering guitar riff, The Cult knows how to rock an audience and this Los Angeles concert is no exception! Songs: Intro/Rise, In the Clouds, Lil' Devil, Peace Dog, Take the Power, My Bridges Burn, Rain, Edie (Ciao Baby), The Witch, Breathe, Fire Woman, Sweet Soul Sister, Wild Flower, She Sells Sanctuary, True Believers, War (The Process), Love Removal Machine.

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If hard rock's your game, then the Cult will surely be a name near the top of your list--and this 86-minute concert will not disappoint. This band is a whole that's greater than the sum of its parts; featured members Ian Astbury (vocals), Billy Duffy (guitar), and Matt Sorum (drums, late of Guns n' Roses) are not especially distinguished musicians, but the Cult perform with an energy that's irresistible throughout this DVD's 17 songs, drawn from their long career. What's more, the performance is straightforward and unpretentious, as is the video, which mixes in some black-and-white and grainy color shots along with the principal color photography. They may be preaching to the choir here, but if the crowd who gathered to hear the Cult at Los Angeles's Olympic Auditorium is any indication, that choir's in heaven. DVD extras include some 25 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage (26 min.)

Product Details

  • Actors: The Cult
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LPDT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Throw in ex-Guns 'N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and you have the best "hard-metal" dvd available (outdoing my former favorite, Judas Priest's "Live In London". While not the most animated band, no other rock band comes close to the pure "Marshall Stack" power presented here. The sound quality is great and the camera work is steady and "spartan", without alot of quick all over the stage camera shots that plague alot of other live videos. We get great camera work during the guitar solos which put me in "Nirvana". Great track selection mixing songs from the recent "Beyond Good & Evil" album with classics such as "Rain" and "Lil' Devil". Billy Duffy flat out jams; and, although Ian misses a few high notes here and there, his vocals are flat out killer. If you are a Cult fan, you already own this dvd and most likely are not even reading this review. For anyone with even a remote interest in the Cult's music.... pick this one up and treat yourself to a "headbanging", "air-guitar" good time. Do not buy this if you can't play it loud!
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I've been a huge fan of the cult ever since I picked up Electric and had it as one of my few tapes on some boring family vacation back on march break in the mid eighties.

While I'll agree that Ian mails in some songs throught the concert, and wimps out on some tough notes, he certainly delivers some power vocals for his newer stuff. Rain was quite stellar too, but how could he wimp out on Love removal machine like that?? grrrr:)

Although I'd rather he put a better effort singing some of my classic favs, I can understand why he'd want to change them up after playing them so many damn times. I really liked Peace Dog, despite its differences. He is a bit older but can still put together a great albumn in the studio and belt out the notes when he wants to.

His voice isn't shot!

The intro to this concert is just incredible (Rise), it gives me chills every time I play it. The sound quality is outstanding, and Billy Duffy has never sounded better. Too bad Matt is in Velvet Revolver, I'd like to hear Ian and Billy record another albumn with him.

This concert is a must own for anyone claiming to be rock fans, and anyone even remotely a fan of the greatest rock band of all time, The Cult!:)
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Having seen the Cult 10 times over the last 16 years, I can tell you that their brand of music is difficult to replicate night after night in a live concert. Ian's voice does not hold up well if the band plays 3 or 4 nights in a row. This show sounds as if they were on vacation for about a week before it was recorded and they're literally at the top of their game.
I've seen Ian "mail it in" in live concerts before, and either wuss out and not sing a difficult part, or do it haphazardly, dissapointing the loyal fan base who comes to hear his leather lunged howl. Maybe he knew he was being recorded for the DVD, but the effort to do a good job was there.
I am pleased to report, he doesn't mail it in too often in this particualr show! "Rain" is excellent, he even does the "Yeah, Yeaayyyyah yeah" at the end of "She Sells Sanctuary." The crowd is a bit subdued, but let's face it, the Cult's fan base are 30 and 40 somethings now, not exactly the kind of crowd that 'moshes.'
The mix of old and new is quite good and the majority of their classics are present. It is a little disappointing that "Nirvana" was not on the DVD, but then again, I am never satisfied.
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I'm a longtime Cult fan, from the Electric era and I've got to admit Ian really brings this DVD down. I've never had the oppportunity to see The Cult live before so I am not sure how this performance compares to others but Ian just seems to yell or speak the lyrics more than sing them and he in my opinion needs to talk way less between songs. The song selection is awesome, the sound quality is awesome, and Billy Duffy's guitar absolutely rocks on both new and old tracks. Ian needs to watch something like The Cure's Trilogy DVD for a clue on how to preserve their art for all time's sake in DVD form. Worth watching for Cult fans but not as good as it could have been.
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By A Customer on November 18, 2002
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I am enjoying this DVD! The song selection, sound quality, and video quality are all superb. Prior to purchasing this DVD, I had purchased The Cults most recent album in Japan. I had never really fuly listened to it. When I received the DVD, the most notable songs were not the ones we all grew to love (no pun intended), but the new songs performed live. They sound very powerful and the musicianship is extremely tight.
The video quality is excellent. The only downside is the special imaging effects the producer included on a few songs. Some songs appear to have an old time "showreel" look with a dull bronze coloring to it. Some of the detail and "live" effect is lost. However, this is not a major distraction.
The audio quality is excellent on 2.0 Dolby Digital and 5.1 Dolby Digital. The separation of instruments is very clear and really makes you feel like you were there. The most notable are the bass and guitars. The imaging and sound is phenomenal. The drums could have been a little more polished in the mix, but still sound great! The downside to the audio is two-fold; (1) Ian's voice is mixed too high on the center channel requiring the end user to turn the center channel down anywhere between 7-10 db and (2) the DTS mix is very clear. In fact, its clarity is moreso than 5.1 Dolby Digital. However, ".1" or the bass is mixed extremely low to where on my system (I utilize a Revel B15 1000W subwoofer) I have to increase the level by 12db to get good output.
Lastly, the "behind-the-scenes" footage is average. I would have rather seen on-the-road footage rather than a CD signing event and watching fans coming into the stadium making outrageous faces and stupid generic remarks.
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