Cult - Dreamtime (CD)


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  1. Performer
  2. Rock & Pop
  3. Hard Rock
Number of Items
Country of Origin
USA / Canada
Beggars Banquet
Mono / Stereo
Q (12/99, p.171) - Included in Q Magazine's Best Gothic Albums Of All Time - "...trademarked many of the genre's licks...and Astbury's American-Indian obsession gave it an original spirit....stands as a work of some purity."
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Horse Nation
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Bad Medicine Waltz
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Spiritwalker
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] 83rd Dream
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Butterflies
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Go West
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Gimmick
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Flower in the Desert
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Dreamtime
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Rider in the Snow
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Horse Nation
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Spiritwalker
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] 83rd Dream
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Butterflies
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Go West
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Gimmick
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Flower in the Desert, A
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Dreamtime
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Rider in the Snow
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Bad Medicine Waltz
Pop / Rock
Release Date
18 May 2004

The Cult includes: Ian Astbury (vocals): Billy Duffy (guitar).
The Cult: Jamie Stewart (bass instrument); Nigel Preston (drum); Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy.
Personnel: Ian Astbury (vocals); Billy Duffy (guitar); Nigel Preston (drums, percussion); Mich Ebeling, Jamie Stewart (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Pat Gilbert.
Recording information: Rockfield Studios, Wales (04/1984).
Photographers: Paul Venning; Paul Cox.
Unknown Contributor Role: The Cult.
Image-wise, the Cult still weren't entirely there yet, as the band photos show. Ian Astbury's bandana is more dated than anything else. But it's Billy Duffy's look -- a Duran Duran/Spandau Ballet wannabe, down to the haircut and suit -- which is terribly amusing in context. Musically, though, on their full-length debut, the Cult were pretty much on their way. Duffy's dramatic, spaghetti Western-tinged, dark psychedelic guitar and Astbury's passionate semi-wailing set the tone from the start and throughout, while the Jamie Stewart/Nigel Preston rhythm section keeps the tribal/goth feeling running equally high. Indeed, goth is still stalking the band's efforts whether the members liked it or not: consider "83rd Dream" and its distinctly creeped-out introduction, Astbury's vocals fed through extra effects. If there's not as much in the way of blunt power chording as later, Dreamtime is still loaded with a variety of moody, energetic joys. "Spiritwalker" is especially fantastic, Preston's rolling drums and Duffy's epic, crystalline guitar not that far off from what U2 was going after, but (arguably) with even more appeal. Add in Astbury's explosive singing, and it's a definite treat through and through. The other strong tracks include the title effort, which may reference the native Australian concept of time, but is more about wearing long hair and tripping on the shamanic vibes, and the who-else-but-the-Cult invocations of mythic America in "Go West," "Horse Nation," and "A Flower in the Desert." If everything is sometimes too shrilly and dramatic for easy digestion, one can't fault the band for energy, and given that they would shortly improve all around, Dreamtime is still an attractive enough listen. Later CD versions of the album included two reasonable enough tracks, the vaguely bluesy (and slightly silly) "Bonebag" and the dreamy "Sea and Sky," plus one total smash. "Resurrection Joe," a queasy, nervous, and frenetic combination of aggro epic and swampy funk, which remains an undeservedly forgotten highlight from the early '80s, topped only by the dramatic sweep of the later "She Sells Sanctuary." ~ Ned Raggett

Date Released
2012-05-01 00:00:00
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
The Cult
John Brand; Chris Kimsey; John Brand
  1. Cult
Alternative Dis. Alliance
John Brand; John Brand
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