The Cult ‎– Sonic Temple

Beggars Banquet ‎– BEGA 98
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Sun King 6:10
A2 Fire Woman 5:10
A3 American Horse 5:19
A4 Edie (Ciao Baby)
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – Bob Buckley, The Cult
A5 Sweet Soul Sister 5:08
B1 Soul Asylum 7:25
B2 New York City
Backing Vocals – Iggy Pop
B3 Automatic Blues 3:51
B4 Soldier Blue 4:36
B5 Wake Up Time For Freedom 5:17

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This version has no barcode on the rear sleeve.

On lyrics inner:
Recorded & mixed at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada, September, October, November 1988.
Tracks A5, B5 re-mixed at A&M Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA. in December 1988
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York, N.Y. in January 1989
Iggy Pop courtesy of A&M Records
1989 Chappell Music Ltd.
℗ & © 1989 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.

On labels:
All titles Chappell
℗ & © 1989 Beggars Banquet Records

On sleeve:
Made in England

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): BEGA 98A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): BEGA 98B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A handwritten runout): EMIDISC DMM BEGA 98A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B handwritten runout): EMIDISC DMM BEGA 98B

Other Versions (5 of 87) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BEGA 98 The Cult Sonic Temple(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet BEGA 98 UK 1989 Sell This Version
BEGA 98X, BEGA 98 The Cult Sonic Temple(LP, Album, Ltd, Red) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BEGA 98X, BEGA 98 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
none The Cult Sonic Temple(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Alpha Records (3) none Philippines Unknown Sell This Version
TC-BEGC 98, EV501- 9 The Cult Sonic Temple(Cass, Album) Beggars Banquet, PT. Aquarius Musikindo TC-BEGC 98, EV501- 9 Indonesia 1989 Sell This Version
RE 2242 The Cult Sonic Temple(Cass, Album) Rock Records & Tapes RE 2242 Taiwan 1989 Sell This Version


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April 24, 2017

BEGINNING OF THE end for this band on this "polished, over produced" studio release. Full of duds, miscues and filler. The drumming on this "three-legged dog" flat out sucks (bass does too). Nirvana - Bleach released the same year made this band immediately obsolete.


March 27, 2016
Sonic Bliss

Bridging between 1985's 'Love' and the follow-up 'Electric' two years later, 'Sonic Temple' became the radio-friendly breakthrough the band had longed for. The band abandons the Zeppelin-tinged influences that hindered 'Electric' and instead put Billy Duffy's guitar front and center (see cover). Sure there are the hits, 'Fire Woman', 'Edie' and 'Sweet Soul Sister' but what makes this album their opus is that each and every song carries much weight and could have all been staples on FM radio. The drumming (Mickey Curry of Bryan Adams fame) is exceptional beyond belief tightening up the rhythm section finally enhancing the vocal prowess of Ian Astbury and the riff-fueled genius of Billy Duffy. Bob Rock pulls this all together with his patented slick production polish. A must-have for Cult fans and a great introduction to their music for newbies.