Thursday, September 26, 2019

REISSUE: The Cult – Sonic Temple 30th Anniversary

This year marks the 30th anniversary of The Cult’s breakout 1989 album Sonic Temple.  Vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy’s fourth album was produced by Bob Rock and boasted four anthemic singles; “Fire Woman”, “Sweet Soul Sister”, “Sun King” and “Edie (Ciao Baby)”.  On Sonic Temple, they transformed their sound from goth-shaded post-punk to heavy, psychedelic classic rock-informed hard rock and took on mainstream audiences without losing their “outsider” cred.            
To celebrate, Beggars Arkive has reissued the seminal album in several different formats, highlighted by a deluxe 3LP box set with the album spread across 2LPs with a third LP that captures a performance recorded by the BBC titled, Live At Wembley, featuring previously-unreleased tracks.  The box set is numbered and limited to 3,500 and also features loads of replica tour memorabilia and a cassette of limited-release demos.  Also available, is a 5CD set - packaged in book form with tons of photos and interviews with the band with UK journalist James Brown – featuring 53 tracks including, the original album plus alternate, extended and acoustic versions as well as the Live At Wembley performance.  Additionally, Sonic Temple has been reissued on vinyl for the first time in twenty years, now as a 2LP set that includes improved audio and six B-sides for a total of sixteen songs.    
This definitive reissue along with the fact that “Fire Woman” and the other singles from Sonic Temple remain in rotation on rock radio to this day, proves that this album will reign for another 30 years.     
Watch the “Fire Woman” video here:


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