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The Cult are an English rock band, formed in 1983. They gained a dedicated following in Britain in the mid 1980s as a post-punk and gothic rock band with singles such as "She Sells Sanctuary", before breaking mainstream in the United States in the late 1980s as a hard rock band with singles such as "Love Removal Machine". The band fuses a "heavy metal ... Read more in Amazon's The Cult Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Jun. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00004STYJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rocking singles collection
The boys are back in town with the release of their definitive 'Best Of' compilation. Remastered from original studio tapes and packing a mighty punch, this updated version contains all the classic singles and features "In The Clouds", previously unreleased in the UK. There's also a slick 16 page booklet that includes a comprehensive biography and rare photos. Rock is back and it's here to stay.

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The hard-rocking Cult have come along way from the early Native American stylings of Dreamtime and the dodgy goth tendencies evident on their classic album Love. Blame Rick Rubin, who helmed Electric and steered them down the rocky road to metal heaven. This Best Of Collection brings together tracks from their entire career and is a worthy testament to their rites of passage. There are so many great tracks on here that it's hard to pick out individual tracks to heap praise on; however, perennial favourite "She Sells Sanctuary" is always worth a listen and still sounds as refreshing as it did in 1985. There are some dubious inclusions from the twilight years of their career, such as the sub-standard "Star" and "Coming Down (Drug Tongue)" but when they have to hold their own alongside tracks like "Fire Woman" and "Lil' Devil" it's hardly surprising that they are found wanting. Pure Cult is a fitting testament to one of Britain's finest rock bands. --Helen Marquis

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Liam Murphy on 25 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you're not into The Cult this is the best place to start and be converted. If you are a serious fan and are only enticed by the need to get a copy of 'The Witch' note that this version is an edit. The full version of The Witch is only available on the 'Star' CD single (1994) taken from the studio album released after this compilation. This is also available on Amazon. As for Pure Cult, this brings together the best of their first proper five albums and there is not a duff track to be had. Definitely for playing at full blast and rocking out. As it says on the tin, or cover, for rockers, ravers, lovers, and sinners.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 28 Mar. 2011
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If, like me, you're of an age when crimpers, patchouli and studded belts make you feel all fuzzy and warm inside, then you (again, like me) have your share of Cult (and or Southern Death Cult / Death Cult) albums on vinyl gathering dust in the loft. If this is you, then this compilation will you have dancing round the house like a demented fool, reliving your demented, foolish teenage years. If you're new to the Cult - then this is a great place to start. They were noisy, raucous, rock and roll heroes, and the old songs still stand up - especially (predictably enough) the classics - Sanctuary, Revolution, Lil Devil, Rain, Love Removal Machine (gotta love the guitar break at the end!). If there is a fault, it's that they became slightly overblown as their career progressed (in my opinion), and some of the later tracks reflect that. Overall though, this is a whole lotta fun!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andy B on 26 Nov. 2003
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Well, what can you say. An amazing collection from one of the best rock bands of the last 20th century. As the songs progress you can hear the musicianship improve. That's not to say that songs like SpiritWalker aren't classics, but by the time we hit Love Removal Machine the band are on a full speed rock trip. Heart Of Soul is a bit bland radio rock, but the rest are pure quality.
As for The Witch, can a song groove more than that.
The only reason not to buy this cd is that you should go out and buy the entire back catalogue so you have everything anyway !
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I hadn't really paid attention to the group before, but this " Best of ... " is simply amazing. I bought it for my boyfriend and fell completely in love with Ian Astbury. My personal favourites are (nº 11) Edie, Ciao Baby and (nº 2) Fire Woman. The Cult have managed to create a sort of music which isn't simply Rock or Gothic, there is so much emotion in their lyrics and their music, it is a perfect mixture of agression, love and sweet melancholy. An absolute hit and I can only recommend it to everybody.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Percy Frizelle on 27 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The Cult are an English rock band, formed in 1983. They gained a dedicated following in Britain in the mid 1980s as a post-punk and gothic rock band The band manages to fuses a kind of "heavy metal " sound with the "pseudo-mysticism of The Doors, the guitar-riffs of Led Zeppelin, and the three-chord crunch of Punk, glossed in a style Siouxsie Sioux would be proud of AC/DC,. Say what you want about the Cult, they are a band who will certainly go down as one of the most schizophrenic in rock history. Singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy could sure write a great tune. Just glance at a few titles included on this collection Pure Cult: The Singles 1984-1995: is evidence enough.

Spread haphazardly across the disc (rather than in chronological order), each track's uniqueness is even more evident, further showcasing the Cult's fearless creativity. Astbury's lyrics are a cause of a great deal of criticism. A confessed mystic with a lifelong interest in Native Americans and Native American culture, his lyrics unashamedly attempt to convey his concerns. Astbury is not the most poetic writer in rock, but he is usually clear in his intentions and guilty of being straightforward and sincere. Seemingly in conflict with Astbury's lyrical bent is Duffy's fat rock guitar sound and flashy solos.

The origins of the band can be traced back to 1981, in Bradford, Yorkshire, where vocalist and songwriter Ian Astbury formed a band called Southern Death Cult.[3] The name was chosen with a double meaning, and was derived from the 14th century Native American religion, it was also a stab at what the band viewed was the centralisation of power in Southern England. In March 1985, The Cult recorded their fourth single, "She Sells Sanctuary", which charted at #15 in the UK charts.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Audrius Alkauskas on 15 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Rock music is a universe on its own. It is a reality with all possible colours, flavours, emotions and philosophies. The Rolling Stones are as far from U2 as Oasis from Nirvana. But all of them do rock. And rock hard. Similarly, The Cult is a group like no other. While I do not buy all their albums, since then I would have to buy albums of many other groups and would be out of money, "The Pure Cult" is a must-have for all funs of rock. Each song is a perl, covering a bounty of rock 'n' roll flavours. You will find a psychedelic "Resurrection Joe", typical grunge "In The Clouds", early R.E.M an The Cure - like "Spiritwalker". And by far my most favourite are "The Witch", "Revolution", "The Rain" and "Go West". It fills my heart with enormous pleasure listening to this CD.

Vocalists were always a strong point of British rock. And in my opinion, Ian Astbury, the lead singer of The Cult, is one of the finest tenors of British rock scene. His place is certainly among ones like Ian Gillan from Deep Pruple, Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin, James Dean Bradfield from Manic Street Preachers, Brett Anderson from Suede, and Freddie Mercury from Queen.
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