Pure Cult Original recording remastered
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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...Read more ›
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.
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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Vinyl - Kick ass music and pressing! Nothing bad I can say - just buy it...Published 2 months ago by Dane L. Ryan
High Octane Cult was released in 1996 on the Reprise label containing (18) tracks and includes "Beauty's On The Street" which is not included on Pure Cult. Read morePublished 6 months ago by gundy