I wasn’t a “Cult fan” – I just liked a couple Cult tunes I heard on the radio. Man, these guys jam. What this means is that I wouldn’t be a big fan of their “Love” album style, but I love their “Sonic Temple” and “Electric” style. Which is not to say that I don’t like the hits here from “Love”, but that’s the point of “best of” collections, no? Well, you could buy the 3 albums listed above and listen through the songs you don’t like, but even then you’d be missing the first cut on this CD – “In The Clouds” – which wasn’t released on album, and is in fact one of the hardest rockin’ Cult tunes, and probably my favorite song. Put it on, turn it up, and drive on…..
There were two essential qualities to the Cult’s music: Billy Duffy’s soaring guitar lines and Ian Astbury’s distinctive vocals. When that partnership dissolved in 1995, the Cult floundered. High Octane Cult wisely focuses on the band’s better years, from the release of Love in 1985 to Sonic Temple in 1989, including hits like ”Fire Woman” and ”She Sells Sanctuary.” The fact that the latter turned up in a car commercial both indicates the Cult’s position in the pop-metal pantheon and serves as a depressing reminder of the fate of much guitar-oriented rock. At least the same thing hasn’t happened to Metallica. –Genevieve Williams
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this is the one you want. Just about every song is very good or great. One of the most underrated bands in history. Listening to this collection will make you scratch your head and wonder these guys aren’t world famous yet crap like Puddle of Mudd, Nickelback and Limp Bizkit has gotten major airplay over the years.
My only quibble would be that they edit out the Indian chant intro to “Wild Hearted Son” and they fade out of “Heart of Soul” a little bit quicker than on the underrated ‘91 album “Ceremony.”
I first discovered the Cult when I watched the film Less Than Zero. I was so moved by Lil Devil, that I waited for the credits and went out and found this disk. For those of you who haven’t bought it yet, I have good news. Your CD collection is still a work in progress. It’s not too late to own what is going to be your one of your favorite cds. The Great news is once you discover them, perhaps again, you can see them in concert. They have REUNITED. I saw them in Fort Lauderdale and it was one of the best concerts I’ve seen. Do yourself this favor, rock out to the Cult. They are art.
High octane Cult = Pure rock n roll. A collection of their greatest singles and album tracks, charting the rise and tragic fall of one of the greatest English rock bands of the 80’s. All your favorite tracks are here and more. Finished off with the added bonus of 2 tracks never before issued (Listen to them and wonder how could they leave them off ‘The Cult’ album) this collection beats the European ‘Pure Cult’ collection hands down. Will Billy and Ian ever pass the standard of the Cult? Who knows?
This is one of those essential albums, on the same level as Led Zeppelin IV and Sabbath’s Paranoid. You get 18 classic cult tracks (including 2 unrelease songs), and they’re all amazing. The Cult’s sound is different than anything out there, and they cross over so many different styles…it’s spectacular. “In the Clouds”, one of the 2 new songs, is the hardest I’ve ever heard from them, and it’s great. A few of the tracks are cut short, though, but that’s just another great reason to go buy the full albums. Sonic Temple, Ceremony, and “The Cult” are my favorites.