Sonic Temple (Remastered) Original recording remastered
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After one listen, I was hooked. Powerful and memorable riffs, Zeppelinesque tunes like AUTOMATIC BLUES and SWEET SOUL ASYLUM (BLACK DOG and KASHMIR), and great production by Bob Rock makes this the group's masterpiece. There's not one dog on this disc. The album really smokes when after SWEET SOUL ASYLUM, Ian Asburry launches into NEW YORK CITY (a blistering verbal scathing on the Big Apple) "...crashed the big apple...so I took a bite but she bit me back..." "Hell's Kitchen is a DMZ/I ain't never coming back." Next is the "Black Dog"-ish AUTOMATIC BLUES, and continues with the incredible SOLDIER BLUE that has a hook so powerful you'd have to be deaf not to tap your foot. Oh sure, this album was eclipsed by the Metallica phenomenon and the God-awful hair bands that now make up most of the discount bins. Yes, even lead singer Asburry was criticized for constant use of "Lil' Honey," "Sugar" and "Lil' Sista" (DO any of these women have names?) But those are pretty sorry criticisms for one of the best hard rock albums of the 80's.
We all know that The Cult have Digitally Remastered the albums Love, Electric, Sonic Temple and Ceremony (don't understand why "Dreamtime" didn't get the special treatment???), All of this because of the "Rare Cult" boxed set and the release of Pure Cult (a.k.a "High Octane").
Now, I love the fact that The Cult have Digitally Remastered their albums (where's "Dreamtime"?), I mean who wouldn't want higher crisp sound quality. But out of all the albums, the "Sonic Temple" album fail's the test. I popped It In my stereo with surround sound and subwoofers, and the 1st bad sign was, the CD has a low sound quality, which means you would have to crank the volume a little higher. 2nd bad sign was, you can bearly hear the bass drum and bass guitar, which pin points poor mastering to the sound. Now the "Love" album has the best sound quality out of all the 4 Digitally Remastered albums, Beggers Banquet Records must have spent a great deal of time mastering the sound until perfection was done, despite that "Love" was recorded back in 1985, were "Sonic Temple" was recorded in 1989.
What i'm trying to prove here is that "Sonic Temple" Digitally Remastered version has the same disc and sound quality as Sire Records CD (Original Version) release. I know that Beggers Banquet Records are re-releasing and cleaning up sound quality and giving it justice to your stereo. The only thing that is different here, are the liner notes, 5 pictures and a Sonic Temple-Singles Discography. I'm not going to tell you not to waste your money, but just giving you some warning and insight as well.
Most recent customer reviews
From the first bar to the end of the last song this CD "Sonic Temple" never stops. The Cult hit it right on the nose with this Disc, Sonic Temple is without compare when it... Read morePublished 11 months ago by spigomars
A five is nearly impossable to get .So with that in mind I have to say that any unbiased smart listener will know this cd to be what it is , And that happens to be ROCK!!!!!!!!!!! Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by C. Fretwell
Hard rock at its fullest. While in the band's earlier years, they had sounded more post-punk, on 1989's Sonic Temple (as the title and cover suggest), the band turns into a... Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by HeadbangerDuh
I remember being quite impressed by this album at the time of its release; since then I can't help but feel that it was a good band's last hurrah. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2003 by Greekfreak
Cult's Sonic Temple is a good rock'n'roll but it isn't so heavy. There's surely electric guitars but the sound is thin and doesn't offer anything new to the music world. Read morePublished on June 2 2003 by Reijo Piippula
I really wasn't familiar with The Cult's music, but bought this CD for the song Fire Woman and not really expecting much else. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2003
The Cult has won in putting together a good Rock n Roll album here. The mix of songs is great and the layout is good too. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2003
the shamanistic psychedelic metal of LOVE with the -wall rock of ELECTRICsensation when it came certain circles.
Every even though they all rock. Read more