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Sonic Temple (Remastered) [Original recording remastered]

Cult (Rock) Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SONIC MASTERPIECE Nov. 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
In the summer of '88, a dozen of us went to see Metallica with special guests The Cult. Although I only knew "Fire Woman", I didn't hate them...but the croud did. Middle fingers, obscenities, and pure venom was thrown at them. And that's a shame, because I bought the album the following week to find out for myself why it was being praised to the skies in magazines, etc.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cult's best record June 17 2001
By S B
Format:Audio CD
If you must buy one recording by The Cult, this is the one. I would give very few records 5 stars, but 1989's 'Sonic Temple' is one of them. Emerging from the late 1980s era of glam metal and mindless dance music, this was the welcomed return of rock music - a perfect combination of the ethereal elements of The Cult's major label debut, 'Love', and the bombastic rock of their sophmore outing, 'Electric'. Of course, everyone knows "Fire Woman," the record's catchy jam, and "Edie", the tribute to Warhol's muse which defied the contemporary power-ballad circa 1989. All the familiar Cult themes are here - peace ("Soldier Blue"), Native American ("American Horse"), drug-culture ("Medicine Train"). But unlike their other efforts, this record is top-notch from start to finish - the Zeppelinesque "Soul Asylum", the anthemic "Wake Up Time for Freedom", and the manic "New York City" (with appropriate backing vocals by Iggy Pop) - putting the ROCK back into Alternative Rock with the help of producer Bob Rock (who would go on to produce Metallica's eponymous and most successful record, as well as the new Cult album).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enter The Sonic Temple.....But June 16 2001
Format:Audio CD
Before everyone clicks on the "no" botton, hear me out. First off, i'm not bashing The Cult, nor the "Sonic Temple" album.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but.... Jan. 24 2003
By Dave
Format:Audio CD
This album is definetely a classic all-time great album. When a friend told me he saw it was remastered, i knew i had to buy the new one even though i still had the original disc. But alas, after flipping through the liner notes of the new one i realized that it WASN'T remastered at all. How? Because it still says "Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound" instead of "Remastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound". And then after listening to it alongside the original realizing it is an exact duplicate of the original. So as far as i can tell, there is no difference between the two except for the expanded artwork. But i guess i'll keep it nonetheless and give my original to my friend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars and loving it!
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 more
Published on June 7 2004 by C. Fretwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Hard Rock
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 more
Published on May 1 2004 by HeadbangerDuh
3.0 out of 5 stars Cult Status
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 more
Published on Sept. 2 2003 by Greekfreak
2.0 out of 5 stars Good rock but not so interesting
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 more
Published on June 2 2003 by Reijo Piippula
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Surprise!
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 more
Published on Jan. 25 2003 by "bcc58"
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
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 more
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by "tall_feller"
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best record?
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
Published on Dec 4 2002 by "richlatta"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cult are the real deal. Sonic Temple is FIVE STARS.
When I bought my first CD player in 1990, Sonic Temple was the first disc I bought. All these years later, The Cult is still one of the greatest (and most underappreciated) acts in... Read more
Published on May 20 2001 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic for Sure
What a sound! The last of the great guitar driven music since the Nuge reigned and before that grunge drivel was unleashed on the unsuspecting masses? Read more
Published on April 17 2001 by H. Sonnie Mullins
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