THE CULT Ceremony (Deleted 1992 US limited 11-track CD album, housed inside a 5½” x 12½” card longbox with a tinny cut out)
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A sonic triumph (the record sounds as if were recorded yesterday)!!! Richie Zito produced. Release date: 24 September 1991
“Wild Hearted Son” 5:41
“Earth Mofo” 4:42
“Full Tilt” 4:51
“Heart of Soul” 5:55
“Bangkok Rain” 5:47
“Sweet Salvation” 5:25
Year of Release: 1991
Format: CD ALBUM
Record Label: Sire
Catalogue No: 26673-2
Country of Origin: USA
Both “Ceremony” and “Wild Hearted Son” begin with Native American Indian dances. “White” includes an excerpt from Lawrence Liptons 1959 book ‘The Holy Barbarians’, which was later the name of Astburys band, formed in 1996. “Heart of Soul” begins with the lyric “Down and out in London, Los Angeles, and Paris too”, which is a reference to George Orwell’s ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’, with LA being where the band were based at that time.
“Wild Hearted Son” (UK#34, Canada #41) was the first officially released single, followed by “Heart of Soul” (UK#51).
Ian Astbury – vocals, backing vocals
Billy Duffy – guitar
Alex Acuña – percussion
Mickey Curry – drums
Charley Drayton – bass
Tommy Funderburk – backing vocals
Donny Gerrard – backing vocals
Suzie Katayama – cello
Mona Lisa – backing vocals
Yvonne St. James – backing vocals
Benmont Tench – organ
Scott Thurston – synthesizer, piano
Richie Zito – keyboards
Mixed by Mike Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars The more you hear the better it gets,
I have been a huge Cult fan for years. When this CD was released I was in love with it because it was the Cult. Then I kept on listening and the more I listened the more I loved it. If you turn up Earth Mofo and just let loose this track really rocks. Sweet Salvation is a heartfelt jam that really gets strong at the end. The rest of the disk is a powerful collection of 80s power metal with American Indian sounds blended in. If you hate it at first, try it again. I truly feel that one will love this CD by the third or fourth listen. Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to find a real gem.
5.0 out of 5 stars this IS the cult,
this CD is definitely my personal favorite cult CD. from beginning to end is really brilliant. from hits like wild hearted son,& heart of soul. to rock songs like earth mofo,ceremony,white,if and the beautiful-sweet salvation. there is a little something for everyone on this CD, its totally worth the buy so get it and listen to it and be as fascinated with it as i am!
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cult,
If a little green man came down from outerspace and wanted to know about the Cult. This is one of the Cds I would give him.
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated,
Wild Hearted Son is probably among the best songs they have ever recorded. It seems much more introspective than much of their earlier work, which is a nice change of pace.
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best,
I first heard Wild Hearted Son on the radio and taped it onto a cassette tape and used to play it in my car, not knowing what the name of the band was. Then one day I saw this tape and learned it had WHS on it, and bought it. That was about 1993.
For a long time this was my favorite album. I must have played it hundreds of times before I started to tire of it. No other album by The Cult (or any other band for that matter) affected me as much as this one.
Favorite songs :
5.0 out of 5 stars Some maturity is in this one.
White, Wonderland, hardly mediocrity in my opinion. Another amazing full length CD by one of the most original bands in rock.
5.0 out of 5 stars Vastly Underrated,
Cult albums all sound so different that inevitably everyone has their favorite, so its no surprise that there are people who dislike this album. They want it to sound like Love, or Sonic Temple, or Electric, so those that are disappointed that they didn’t get their wish are quick to dis it. It was the same when “The Witch” single came out – the first reaction was “What the *^%?”, which was followed by the realization that it was a great song. While this album may not have as distinctive a sound as those other Cult albums, its still a great listen. It does, however, require a commitment to listen to it a few times, at least.
The tracks that are the most fun to listen to are Wild Hearted Son and White, but Earth Mofo and Wonderland will not go out of your head. Especially Wonderland – it is an amazing, amazing track. Full Tilt, Ceremony and Sweet Salvation are the low points of the album, but are still good enough that you wouldn’t skip them.
Well worth having, especially for a Cult fan. Wait until the next, self-titled album before coming to the realisation that The Cult eventually just ran out of gas.
5.0 out of 5 stars best cult ever,
This is their 5th album and unlike all of its predecessors it did not bring anything new to the table sound wise comparing to the previous release (Sonic temple). However, in my opinion, Ceremony is way better in every possible way. Here’s why: production is better to my ears, I love ALL the songs, Billy’s guitar playing is over the top, he never sounded and played better before or since and for some reason I’ve never really liked Sonic Temple that much. I was kind of disappointed when Sonic Temple came out following Electric but Ceremony restored my faith in the band and to this day whenever I need The Cult fix I reach for Ceremony (well, most of the times).