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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B00000189E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,989 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
This is an expanded CD of the earlier vinyl release by Beggar’s Banquet of various recordings by Southern Death Cult during their brief but beautiful career, a collection comprising tracks from the band’s 12” single (their only release), their Radio One sessions for John Peel & David Jensen, live tracks from a performance at Rafters and recordings at Manchester Square for EMI and The Playground (remixed). In addition, there is a slightly expanded (though still minimal) booklet complete with extra black and white photos of the band, including 4 appropriately moody shots by Anton Corbijn. It is also an absolutely essential release which, in a just world, would have outsold ‘Thriller’, ‘Brothers In Arms’ and Celine Dion’s entire back catalogue put together. Sadly, and somewhat inexplicably, SDC languish in obscurity, though its members did do quite well later in other bands. The erroneous consensus seems therefore to be that SDC were a training ground for later greatness, nice enough in their way but of no great artistic merit. Dismiss this idea immediately. SDC represents infinitely more than the sum of its parts.
Perhaps the most astounding thing about this release is that, unlike most other ‘compilation albums’, this sounds like a real album - it flows. Southern Death Cult had their own unique sound and, despite the liner notes’ apologies for master tape quality, it is magnificently showcased here. Ian’s voice, both husky and sharp, does not so much follow the beat as wind around the bass-heavy rhythms and staccato guitar wail, while the almost tribal drumming (particularly evident on ‘The Crypt’ and ‘Crow‘) seems to force the music towards its conclusion with a kind of desperate urgency.
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Sketchy recording quality and lack of cohesion don't matter here, though those would be the major criticisms. This was the early 80s when bands like the Mission, the Sisters and others were creating the new Gothic Punk movement, still angry, embittered, educated and revolutionary. SDC would later split to become the Cult and Into a Circle. The political and spiritual influences of both bands are evident here. Step back a few decades before the rebellion got rebranded.
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By Rob on 1 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great cd just what I remembered! The Cult in rawest form! Must for all Cult fans. Songs were fiurther developed on Dreamtime but this great insight into a great band. Cult Cult!
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By A Customer on 23 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
As many of the other reviews advise, I would also urge anyone to buy this album. I bought the original back in the 80's when it first came out and I was at college. The band became an integral part of our years at college, with almost every other new band being compared to the SDC. In every occassion the new band never quite came up to scratch.
Many years have passed since my college days and although now a successful professional, I still listen to the SDC on an almost weekly basis. I have the original album and single on vinyl, the album on cd and mp3 formats, so can listen at anytime.
Buzz, Barry, Aky and Ian were a great combo and I am not sure anyone will ever quite match them. Buy it, enjoy it and listen to it for the rest of your life..you will love it!!
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By A Customer on 7 Mar. 2004
Format: Vinyl
I find comfort in the thought that I cannot be the first to review this "Official Bootleg", compiled and released by Beggars Banquet following the bands dissolution. I have to assume that dozens of eager reviewers were simply unable to express their love for this band within the constraining boundaries of 'clean' language or that several reviews will appear as I submit this recommendation, the Amazon editorial staff having been inundated with praise for this music that simply might not have been.
I mean, should this be the only review [shock!], where would I start?
Do I remind the reader that the band were formed in 1981 by one Ian Astbury?
Do I astound you with the tale of a Doors obsessive from Merseyside who, ironically, went on to become their choice of lead singer for the (newly reformed) band in December of 2003?
Do I recount the fervent interest from the music press at the time, in a project that what was to be abandoned and go on to give reasons and make comparisons?
Do I chart the careers of Ian, Aky, Barry & Buzz from Southern Death Cult through the likes of Death Cult, The Cult, Holy Barbarians, Into a Circle, Joy, Fun-Da-Mental and others?
Or do I mention the irony of an experimental post-punk band whose primary audience (much like The Chameleons or UK Decay) became comprised almost entirely of goths?
I could, but I won't. There's no better way to explain bands like SDC (or the aforementioned UK Decay) than to actually hear them play and I could not, in fairness, do anything to detract from the music itself.
These ten tracks, cobbled together from various live performances, Radio One sessions and unreleased studio recordings (found here in a notably different order from that of the later CD release) are worth more to me than the combined output of the aforementioned members to date and I believe they deserve to receive some long overdue credit. Don't you?
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