Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Cult announce expanded Sonic Temple reissues and UK tour dates

The Cult will release a series of expanded 30th anniversary reissues of their 1989 album, “Sonic Temple”, on September 13.

Propelled by the breakthrough success of 1987’s “Electric” and introduced by the lead single, “Fire Woman”, the band’s fourth studio set delivered their only US Top 10 record, thanks to classic tracks and fan favorites like "Edie (Ciao Baby)," "Sweet Soul Sister" and "Sun King."

“Sonic Temple 30” will be issued in multiple configurations, including as a deluxe box set, a 5-CD set, double LP and digital.

The box set contains three pieces of vinyl and a cassette, plus tour memorabilia and ephemera (replica of original laminate, backstage pass, original press releases, label copy and more). It's numbered and limited to 3000 pieces worldwide and contains 40 tracks, four of which were previously unreleased. LP1+2 contains the album as originally released, while LP3 contains “Live At Wembley”, recorded by the BBC, and the included cassette contains limited-release demos; four of the live tracks are also previously-unreleased.

The five-CD set contains 53 tracks (including 6 previously-unreleased) with the original album on disc 1, alternate edits, mixes, extended versions and acoustic versions on disc 2, limited-release demos on discs 3 and 4 and "Live At Wembley" on disc 5. Six of the live tracks are previously-unreleased.

The double LP is a re-vamped reissue of the original album. Now cut onto two pieces of black vinyl, the audio is improved and contains 16 tracks total, which comprise the original album plus six B-sides; “Sonic Temple" has been out of print on vinyl for over 20 years.

The Digital version will replicate the CD-set but excludes the original album for a total of 43 tracks.

"We wanted to retain our core DNA as we went deeper into psych and hard rock influences,” explains singer Ian Astbury. “It was a complete immersion for me into art, film, music, poetry and literature, weaving those influences into what was to become Sonic Temple. The band was becoming more popular. We were in uncharted waters. Most of the bands we had come up with had split up or fallen off. We were accelerating. There was no real time to breathe. We were forming new allegiances and breaking the glass ceiling of 'the indie outsider."

The Cult will support the 30th anniversary reissue series with a 10-show tour of the UK this fall, with dates starting October 15 in Nottingham; tickets will go on sale Friday, July 5 at 10.00am local time.

The Cult
Sonic Temple 30th anniversary tour

UK 2019

Oct 15 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Oct 17 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Oct 18 - Cardiff, Wales @ Cardiff University
Oct 20 - Leeds, UK @ Academy
Oct 21 - Aberdeen, Scotland @ The Music Hall
Oct 22 - Glasgow, Scotland @ Academy
Oct 24 - Manchester, UK @ Apollo
Oct 27 - London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
Oct 28 - Bristol, UK @ Academy
Oct 29 - Portsmouth, UK @ Guildhall

The Cult
“Sonic Temple 30”

Release date: September 13

5-CD Set

Disc 1

1-01 Sun King
1-02 Fire Woman
1-03 American Horse
1-04 Edie (Ciao Baby)
1-05 Sweet Soul Sister
1-06 Soul Asylum
1-07 New York City
1-08 Automatic Blues
1-09 Soldier Blue
1-10 Wake Up Time For Freedom

Disc 2

2-01 Sonic Temple Radio Promo
2-02 Fire Woman (Edit)
2-03 Messin' Up The Blues (from the Fire Woman single)
2-04 Medicine Train (From the Edie (Ciao Baby) single)
2-05 Fire Woman (NYC Rock Mix) (from the Fire Woman CD EP)
2-06 Edie (Ciao Baby) (Edit)
2-07 Bleeding Heart Graffiti (from the Edie (Ciao Baby) CD EP)
2-08 Sun King (Edit)
2-09 Sweet Soul Sister (Edit)
2-10 The River (From the Sweet Soul Sister single)
2-11 Soldier Blue (Werman Extended Version)
2-12 Fire Woman (LA Rock Mix)
2-13 Sweet Soul Sister (Rock's Mix)
2-14 Edie (Ciao Baby) (Acoustic) (From The Heart Of Soul CD single)

Disc 3

3-01 Medicine Train (demo)
3-02 New York City (demo)
3-03 American Horse (demo)
3-04 Sun King (demo)
3-05 Automatic Blues (demo)
3-06 Yes Man (demo)
3-07 Fire (demo)
3-08 Wake Up Time For Freedom (demo)
3-09 Citadel (demo)
3-10 The River (demo)

Disc 4

4-01 The Crystal Ocean (demo)
4-02 Cashmere (demo)
4-03 Edie (demo)
4-04 Bleeding Heart Revival (demo)
4-05 My Love (demo)
4-06 Star Child (demo)
4-07 Medicine Train (Rock Demo)
4-08 New York City (Rock Demo)
4-09 Fire (rock Demo)
4-10 Spanish Gold (jam Demo)

Disc 5

5-01 New York City (live) *previously unreleased)
5-02 Automatic Blues (live) *previously unreleased)
5-03 American Horse (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single)
5-04 Sun King (live) *previously unreleased
5-05 Soul Asylum (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single)
5-06 Rain (live) *previously unreleased
5-07 Sweet Soul Sister (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single)
5-08 She Sells Sanctuary (live) *previously unreleased
5-09 Fire Woman (live) *previously unreleased

See also:

VIDEO: The Cult launch Sonic Temple anniversary tour in Houston
The Cult announce Sonic Temple shows in North America and UK
The Cult announce Sonic Temple 30th Anniversary concert
VIDEO: Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult and Bush perform at Revolution 3 tour launch
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