01. Horse Nation
Digitaly remastered reissue with extensive sleevenotes and rare artwork.
Originally issued in autumn 1984, "Dreamtime" is
closer to The Cult of "She
Sells Sanctuary"; in fact, the band considered the singles "Spiritwalker" and
West" from this album
important and enduring enough
to be trotted out as crowd-pleasers. With
tracks like the majestic Goth-rock of "Bad Medicine Waltz" showing
that The Cult were pursuing a very idiosyncratic musical agenda, "Dreamtime" (with
adapted - and superior - artwork) remains curiously playable and compelling.
The Cult's earliest songs dated from their incarnation as Gothic rockers (Southern)
Death Cult, and though they'd served their purpose of making a splash in the
the band were already moving on towards a harder, psychedelic and bluesier
rock by the time they recorded 'Dreamtime'.
With the first single, 'Spiritwalker', lodged at the top of the indie charts,
the band had set their sights on mainstream success. The release gave them
chart success and revealed a band with a musical depth and maturity quite refreshing
and the album was also a two fingered salute to anyone who ever doubted
the potential of Astbury and Duffy's songwriting partnership.
'Dreamtime' was one of Beggars Banquet's earliest releases on compact disc
and consequently suffered from a "thin" sound but has now been remastered
for this re-issue, revitalising the depth and energy in the recording and restoring
the album to the original vinyl ten track running order.
And at long last the CD has a decent front cover! The 16 page booklet also
includes an illustrated, colour discography, and sleeve notes by Pat Gilbert
of Record Collector.
Influences / Similar Artists:
Gene Loves Jezebel, The Mission, Death Cult, Southern Death Cult