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Artist: The Cult

Title: Ceremony

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1991

Label: Sire/Reprise

Catalog Number: 9 26673-2


Ian Astbury vocals
Billy Duffy guitars
Charley Drayton bass
Mickey Curry drums
Richie Zito keyboards
Alex Acuna percussion
Tommy Funderburk additional vocals


1.  Ceremony  
2.  Wild Hearted Son  
3.  Earth Mofo  
4.  White  
5.  If  
6.  Full Tilt  
7.  Heart Of Soul  
8.  Bankok Rain  
9.  Indian  
10.  Sweet Salvation  
11.  Wonderland  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: CHIRO Date: April 18, 2002 at 0:51

From: ted Date: November 25, 2002 at 10:17
Estoy de acuerdo con chiro es un cd para la historia de hard,geniales ian astbury y billy duffy ,muy acertados en contratar a richie zito para que produjese este "ceremony"

From: visitor Date: August 20, 2003 at 13:14
Not too many comments here..! I think "Wild Hearted Son" is worth the price alone. A huge hard rock hit from the beginning to the end!! The guitar sound is great and Astbury is one of the best vocalists there is!

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From: Blue Charvel Date: August 20, 2003 at 14:18
I bouyght this one as soon as it came out, and I always thought it was WAY overlooked by everyone. It's real solid, my favorites being White, If, and Wonderland personally. Good solid rock.

From: The Fizzy One Date: October 15, 2003 at 20:48
I picked this up on tape for $2.99 because the case was cracked all to hell. Lucky me, I would've been nnone too pleased if I paid full price. "Wild-Hearted Son" and ""Full Tilt" are the two songs I like best here, with a couple other near misses. Unlike on Electric and Sonic Temple, you can really tell Ian Astbury graduated from the sing-really-loud-rather-than-well school of vocals. 4.0

From: Fat Freddy Date: January 8, 2004 at 16:06
I dunno... as a follow up to the monstrous SONIC TEMPLE, this one was a let down. "Wild Hearted Son" is a great song but it merely sounds like they were trying to duplicate "Fire Woman." The production by Richie Zito (Cheap Trick) isn't as "in your face" as the job Bob Rock did on TEMPLE either. This one's still widely available in cut-out bins nationwide, deservedly so, I'd have to say. Get SONIC TEMPLE, ELECTRIC or BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL instead.

From: Kryiis Karl Date: January 20, 2004 at 15:36
My favourite with ELECTRIC. Not too mad about SONIC TEMPLE, unless Fat Freddy I'm not very pleased with Bob Rock production, but that is just a matter of taste... In CEREMONY there's no weak song to me, and the Indian feeling is obviously giving a + to this release.

From: Lennie Date: April 18, 2005 at 16:11
Great follow up 'Sonic Temple' IMO. The solos here are just amazing.

From: danoq Date: September 13, 2005 at 0:59
You can't go wrong with these guys. This is another smokin' record.

From: WookieEnthal Date: July 10, 2009 at 1:26
Not much to offer on this one but Wild Hearted Son makes this one worth having.

From: hair metal again Date: May 16, 2011 at 6:57
fine hard rock by THE CULT but not nearly as good as their previous one.the problem here is that there aren t so many catchy tunesand the songwriting isnt in the same level as in sonic temple can find some good songs though like "wild hearted son","heart of soul" and "indian".i also must say that duffy plays amazing (solo of the "if" song ).this is a good release but not as expected

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: May 16, 2011 at 9:37
I got this from a cut-out bin in about '95. Definitely not their best, especially after Electric and Sonic Tomple. "Wild Hearted Son" is, of course, the standout (also the first single). Other than that, "Ceremony" has a nice build-up and flow to it, "Full Tilt" lives up to its title, and "Heart Of Soul" made a good second single. The rests, hell, I can't remember much of it, except for a few meandering, trippy songs, like "we're uncomfortable being seen as a metal band, so we're going to do something 'experimental now'." Stuff like "If" and "White" are just pompous crap. I gave it a 40.

From: Metal T Date: December 31, 2011 at 21:10
Like 'Charvel,i picked this one up back in '91 and agree that this one is way overlooked-and gets unfairly maligned and slagged alot .Earth Mofo?,Full Tilt?,White?,Heart Of Soul?,Indian? Some d!mn good stuff on there.Definitely worthy of their brand.Take a listen to their crapola self titled '94 release and you'll be tripping over yourself to get back to this one.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 1, 2012 at 20:21
This album caused some fuss back in the day and surely it can prove why it did even though is not as sophisticated in rock and roll terms talking as for example "Sonic Temple" or "Electric" but surely with the tools needed to grow in us every spin you give...a more "mature" band in here,i shots for me are "Ceremony"( rocking starter),"Wild Hearted Son","Earth Mofo" & "Full Tilt"...only 4 out of 11 tracks but it does not mean the other ones are dull or average,no they are great too but these were the ones i considered to be the highlights...Ian Astbury was at that stage at the pick of his career as a vocalist IMO...recommended...85/100

From: pie75 Date: April 15, 2012 at 6:25
good album but yes a bit of a let down from the last 2 the title track is a top song but it must've been hard to follow up electric and sonic temple

From: Wardy Date: August 31, 2012 at 10:56
After the years have passed we often find ourselves seeking the fix that came with many older releases & back catalogs are the place to find some overlooked gems. Indeed SonicTemple roared but upon release Ceremony came over a mere clone attempt & stumbled for it. Liked but never loved, must say this one has aged well & with the benefit of time many of the tunes have a new lease & fer these ears I'm quite taken by what I hear. Title track & WildHeartedSon as others above have said over the years are cracking, but so too are EarthMofo & the epic & groovy Wonderland. HeartOfSoul won me over first time around & both Indian and the enormously brilliant IF are also worth the price in fact IF is so good it's criminal it never got single treatment. Much more solid than was given credit for back when, a good if not great release that sounds far better when returning to it without the hype & expectation and being overshadowed by its predecessor. Rating 7.5

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