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High Octane Cult
     

High Octane Cult

by The Cult
 
With the exception of two previously unreleased new songs, "In the Clouds" and "Beauty's on the Street," plus a couple of tweaks here and there, High Octane Cult is virtually identical to the previously import-only collection, Pure Cult, (released in 1993 and re-released stateside in 2000 with a slightly altered track listing). The only difference being

Overview

With the exception of two previously unreleased new songs, "In the Clouds" and "Beauty's on the Street," plus a couple of tweaks here and there, High Octane Cult is virtually identical to the previously import-only collection, Pure Cult, (released in 1993 and re-released stateside in 2000 with a slightly altered track listing). The only difference being that H.O.C. is released directly by Warner Bros. affiliate Sire and Pure Cult is available on the band's European label, Beggars Banquet. Even though the Cult make a valid argument for being one of the most artistically, self-defeatist bands in music history, whereby, they continuously confused and alienated their audience by changing direction, one certainly can't argue with the wealth of primo material here on display. Like all good greatest-hits or best-of collections, taken as a thread, these songs still sound great. Tracks like the magical "Revolution," "She Sells Sanctuary," "Fire Woman," and especially "Rain" are, quite simply, magnificent. Even when the band veers into techno waters on the Rick Rubin-produced "The Witch" (later revisited on Ian Astbury's solo record Spirit/Light/Speed), the band comes through on the sheer strength of Astbury's great voice. Other FM monsters like "Edie (Ciao Baby)" and "Love Removal Machine" couldn't be more different from one another, and yet each works as a singular entity. Anthems like "Sweet Soul Sister" and early single "Resurrection Joe," again, make extraordinary arguments for the band's maturing process. Lastly, it's a shame that Warner Bros. didn't spend more time repackaging this release. Some additional photos and perhaps better liner notes would have been a nice selling point.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/1996
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624604723
catalogNumber:
46047

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cult   Primary Artist
Ian Astbury   Percussion,Vocals
Billy Duffy   Guitar
Jamie Stewart   Bass,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ian Astbury   Producer
Benmont Tench   Contributor
John Brand   Producer
Mark Brzezicki   Contributor
Mickey Curry   Contributor
Charley Drayton   Contributor
Billy Duffy   Producer
Scott Humphrey   Contributor
Chris Kimsey   Producer
Michael K. Lee   Contributor
Bob Rock   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Matt Sorum   Contributor
Warner   Contributor
John Webster   Contributor
Richie Zito   Producer
Craig Adams   Contributor
Nigel Preston   Contributor
Raymond Taylor-Smith   Contributor
Scott Garrett   Contributor
Steve Brown   Producer
Jon Sinclair   Contributor
Pat Gilbert   Liner Notes

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