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Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


The Cult Sonic Temple Deluxe Edition 2LP

The Cult

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30th Anniversary Edition Double LP!

Originally released in 1989, Sonic Temple proved to be a pivotal moment for both band and the wider rock scene. Produced by the legendary Bob Rock, Sonic Temple had four chart-topping singles: "Fire Woman", "Edie (Ciao Baby)", "Sun King" and "Sweet Soul Sister".

In a recent interview about the album, Ian Astbury explained how the band brought together hard rock and indie rock to create the unique, game-changing sounds on Sonic Temple. "We wanted to retain our core DNA as we went deeper into psych and hard rock influences. It was a complete immersion for me into art, film, music, poetry and literature, weaving those influences into what was to become Sonic Temple. The band was becoming more popular. We were in uncharted waters. Most of the bands we had come up with had split up or fallen off. We were accelerating. There was no real time to breathe. We were forming new allegiances and breaking the glass ceiling of 'the 'indie outsider.'"

The album catapulted The Cult into superstar status and remains their most commercially successful release. It has sold over 1.5 million copies in the US alone, and was declared platinum in 1990. It made it to #10 on the Billboard charts, and the aforementioned songs all remain rock-radio staples to this day.

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of The Cult's seminal album SONIC TEMPLE. Now cut onto two pieces of black vinyl, the audio is improved and contains 16 tracks total, which comprise the original album plus 6 B-sides.

By this point in the career of The Cult, the British-bred group had finally sloughed off all vestiges of their post-punk past and were settling into a comfortably successful run as a straight-up heavy rock group. And who are we to judge them for it? They had one of the great belters of the last millennium in Ian Astbury and the versatile guitar work of Billy Duffy. Why not get into the studio with Bob Rock and pound out a throbbing glam metal record? As lunkheaded as some of these tunes are, they sound appropriately filthy on this new vinyl pressing. Rock's often brutish production works for these tunes, emphasizing the thud of the drums and Duffy's psych-blues antics. The Cult found themselves on this album and never looked back.
-Paste Magazine


  • 30th Anniversary Edition
  • Double LP
  • Gatefold jacket


Side A:

  1. Sun King
  2. Fire Woman
  3. American Horse
  4. Edie (Ciao Baby)

Side B:

  1. Sweet Soul Sister
  2. Soul Asylum
  3. New York City
  4. Automatic Blues

Side C:

  1. Soldier Blue
  2. Wake Up Time For Freedom
  3. Medicine Train
  4. The River

Side D:

  1. Bleeding Heart Graffitti
  2. Messin' Up The Blues
  3. Fire Woman (NYC Rock Mix)
  4. Edie (Ciao Baby) (Acoustic)

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