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7 Mar 2000

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  • Original Release Date: 7 Mar 2000
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • Copyright: 1985 Beggars Banquet Records Limited
  • Total Length: 51:33
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  • ASIN: B001MTS2W6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,453 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alan Burridge on 23 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As the 'Classic Albums' DVD's and the TV programmes also showing them on the Biography Channel testify, every band, despite other releases being excellent/superb, seem to have one barnstorming album which fires it into the 'classic' status. And 'Love' is another one which desperately needs adding to this 'Classic Albums' series and that 'rock hierarchy' status it so richly deserves. It probably seems tragically unfair to other would-be guitarists (or even the famous)that Billy Duffy was blessed with so many 'to-die-for-riffs' in his life, not only with The Cult as a whole, but moreso on this album. I mean, 'She Sells Sanctuary' is just so darned haunting, and its sales and now legendary status on the outside of this album make this worth adding to the collection for this track alone. And yes, it is haunting, and then it quite simply just 'goes-for-it;' and Ian Astbury's lyrics might not actually mean diddley-squat, but it doesn't matter; they're simply oh-so-right for this song. But as it was a single please don't pick it out as 'the one to play,' the whole album and every song on it classic and gem-like in its entirety. A 'must-buy' for every self-respecting rock fan, no contest!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. West on 23 Feb 2006
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Love is the best album to come from this truely underated and gifted band. The title track is by far my favourite track they have ever done. Billy Duffy's guitar solo on it has yet to matched on any other song ever!
Classing The Cult as goth has nothing to do with being narrow minded which I think another reviewer stated, they were goth and this is exactly how it should be. Ian Astbury's powerful, often mysterious at times, voice and the haunting music (Brother Wolf Sister Moon for example) all make for a brilliant album.
I have since seen Ian Astbury perform with The Doors and he is still as great today as back then but buy this and you'll get a feel for how he and the rest of The Cult were like at their best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. D. R. MARKS on 19 Sep 2007
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This is one of those rare records that makes me feel young again. I was a teenager when this came out and I cannot believe how long it's been since it was released!

It's not just that it has great songs to offer - which it does, every single one of them - but that it so aptly encompasses its place in history. At least for me. This is what the mid eighties sounded like to people who were tracking down the good stuff and bypassing the Stock-Aitkin-Waterman rubbish etc. It has a sound that cannot be found anywhere else: they rock like their lives depended on it, but they have a vibrancy and colour to their sound which was unique. If you can listen to She Sells Sanctuary and not dance your butt off (and more than likely look a prat in the process, but what the hell) then you've got no soul whatsoever.

This is what the eighties sounded like to those of us who were actually listening. This is to the eighties what 'Led Zeppelin 4' and 'Dark Side of The Moon' were to the seventies and 'Nevermind' and 'OK Computer' both were to the nineties. Incidentally, get all the others too, and that's a pretty good record collection.

Go for it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James O'Brien on 13 April 2005
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I cannot understand why I do not hear about this album in the press or on the net more. This is an absolutley amazing album - The Cult never really got back to this standard. 'Love' appeals to both goths, metallers, alternative fans, everyone! Even the pop charts couldn't get enough of 'Rain' or 'She Sells Sanctuary'. The guitar on this album almost swirls, and all the tracks have a dreamy, undulating quality to them ('Big Neon Glitter', 'Love'), with some stormy moments ('Phoneix'). The ballads are amazing 'Brother Wolf, Sister Moon' especially. The only slight problem with this album is the lyrics, which sometimes repeat too much ('Rain') but personally, this does not, in anyway, affect enjoyment for me personally. The album may be too gothic/alternative for some mainstream fans, but I would definitley reccomend this album over any of The Cult's other recordings, but still 'Electric', 'Ceremony' etc. are brilliant, just more mainstream.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Webbon on 25 Jan 2010
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Just to clarify, the original CD was one of the earliest released, in 1986. This version is a 1997 re-master which sounded much better. After a further 11 years the analogue to digital transfer technology had improved, so the album was again re-mastered in 2009 for both the expanded and omnibus editions. Once Blu-ray audio gets established there will be a 24bit/96khz high resolution version (from the 2009 re-master) which will be the last time for at least another 10 years..! Love: Expanded Edition Love (Omnibus Edition)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dmitri M. A. Hubbard on 8 April 2008
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This album from 1985 bridges the gap between the earlier and more gothic punk feeling 'Dreamtime' (1984) album, and the more rock-oriented, paired back 'Electric'(1987). Love keeps some of the gothic feel of the earlier album, while this brooding atmosphere is turned up a notch to 1970's style psychedelia. This album has a very consistent tone and feel to it at moves between brooding downbeat balads "brother wolf, sister moon, judith, hollow man, black angel" and more upbeat numbers "nirvana, she sells sanctuary, the phoenix, big neon glitter" and more upbeat balad numbers "revolution, rain".

For those of you who found Ian Astbury's voice gets a little jarring on 'Electric', this is a more tuneful / soulful album, without the drivelly sound of later albums such as 'Ceremony'. Also Billy Duffy is in fine form. While he will never be hailed as one of the great electric guitarists, here he is in very good touch with the songs and the guitar and voice complement each other perfectly.
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