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Beggars Banquet

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I smiled when this disc landed on my desk. It immediately reminded me of a time around 1988 when a cassette called Electric by The Cult nearly became a physical part of my tape deck. I listened to it over and over until it was rendered useless. Then I bought another copy, and even expanded my collection with what I thought was their previous release Love. But Love didn't see much playtime since I was still in love with Electric. It wasn't until Sonic Temple came out, now in the CD era, that I was able to get over the theft of my second copy of Electric.

Now I believe that Sonic Temple was only about half as good as Electric, in that I only liked half of the songs. So I still pined for Electric.

Then, I received this rare Cult disc, and I was excited. I popped it in. Oh yes! The first track was a remix of "Love Removal Machine" from Electric. Although the song was familiar to me, the remix took away the roughness of the guitars, effectively destroying what I had liked about the original song, and album for that matter. I found this to be the pattern for the so-called "Rare" Cult disc. The familiar tracks seem watered down and the ones that hadn't been previously released, aren't so good anyway. Ian Astbury's stark vocal style is still present, but Billy Duffy's guitar is slight.

Track four, "She Sells Sanctuary" is simply a longer version than the one that appeared on Sonic Temple, so I listened to it twice. Following that is an acoustic version of "Edie (Ciao Baby)", also originally on Sonic Temple. The song's true colors show through better as an acoustic tune. Go figure!

The rest of the disc is generally forgettable. Either due to the slickness of the remixes, or it just doesn't measure up to the raw guitar power of the first releases. It is also possible that I'm just not as big of a fan as I was a decade ago. I never really noticed the hippy ideals so prevalent in Cult music back then, but it's there. Wow! Is it there!?

Beggars Banquet released this disc in what they call a "vault-cleansing exercise", with a six disc box set to follow in late November. This is obviously an attempt to generate revenue on the wings of the Cult's pending new release on Atlantic. To anyone sitting on the fence regarding purchasing the box set, I ask; Do you own Electric? If not, get it. Then compare it to Love and Sonic Temple. Then ask yourself if the box set is worth the price to get remixes of the songs you know, and a bunch of lost tracks from an album called Peace which was between Love and Electric but is now listed as lost. Beggars Banquet gets the cash when you buy the old stuff anyway, and you get the best of the Cult.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey

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