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Encyclopedia > Dreamtime (album)
Dreamtime
Dreamtime cover
Studio album by The Cult
Released 1984
Genre Goth
Length 50:44
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer(s) John Brand, Chris Kimsey
The Cult chronology
Death Cult
(1983)
Dreamtime
(1984)
Love
(1985)

Dreamtime is a studio album by The Cult. Out of the shadows of gothic rock, Dreamtime was a bold attempt to fuse the mysticism of The Doors with the passion of The Sex Pistols and giving the first steps to their future hard rock direction. Conjuring up Native American imagery, the album was a curious and romantic creature on the evolutionary path to alternative rock. Released on 31 September 1984, it reached #21 in the UK, was certified platinum after having sold 100.000 copies in Britain, and the first single, 'Spiritwalker' reached #1 on the indie charts. Dreamtime has subsequently been reissued (or in some cases bootlegged) in roughly 30 countries worldwide. Image File history File links Album_Dreamtime_LP.jpg‎ This image is of a cover of an audio recording, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the recording or cover artwork in question. ... A Studio Album is an album of regular studio recordings. ... The Cult is a British rock band. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... NYC goth band The Naked and the Dead (1985). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Beggars Banquet is an English independent record label that began as a chain of record shops owned by Martin Mills and Nick Austin. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... John Brand (1744-1784) was an British antiquary, born in Durham. ... Chris Kimsey is a record producer and musician most famous for having co-produced The Rolling Stones Undercover and Steel Wheels albums. ... The Cult is a British rock band. ... The Death Cult CD collects the first single and EP by the then goth band, The Cult. ... Love is an album by the band The Cult, released in 1985 on Beggars Banquet Records. ... The Cult is a British rock band. ... Gothic rock (also called goth rock or simply goth) is a genre of rock music that developed during the late 1970s. ... The Doors, formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, is a popular and influential American rock band. ... The Sex Pistols in 1977. ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music[1] (also simply called alternative) were coined in the 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired bands on independent record labels that didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... Look up September in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Lyrics to the song 'Horse Nation' are taken almost verbatim from the book titled 'Bury my heart at Wounded Knee'. 'Spiritwalker' is a refernce to shamanism, 'Dreamtime' is inspired by the Australian Aboriginies, 'Butterflies' is in reference to the Hopi ceremonial butterfly dance. 'A Flower in the Desert' is a reworking of the Southern Death Cult's song 'Flowers in the Forest'.


The record was originally being produced by Joe Julian, but after having recorded the drums tracks the band decided to replace him, and Beggars Banquet suggested John Brand. The record was ultimately produced by Brand, but guitarist Billy Duffy has said that the drum tracks used on the record were those produced by Julian, as Nigel Preston by that time had become too unreliable.


Track listing

All songs written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, except where noted. Ian Astpurie (born May 14, 1962, in Heswall, Cheshire) is an English rock singer and lyricist. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

  1. A1 "Horse Nation" – 3:45
  2. A2 "Spiritwalker" – 3:39
  3. A3 "83rd Dream" – 3:38
  4. A4 "Butterflies" – 3:00
  5. A5 "Go West (Crazy Spinning Circles)" – 3:59
  6. B1 "Gimmick" – 3:33
  7. B2 "A Flower in the Desert" (Astbury/Jepson/Burroughs/Quereshi) – 3:42
  8. B3 "Dreamtime" – 2:47
  9. B4 "Rider in the Snow" – 3:11
  10. B5 "Bad Medicine Waltz" – 5:55
    • "BoneBag" – 3:47 (CD bonus track)
    • "Sea and Sky" – 3:32 (CD bonus track)
    • "Resurrection Joe" – 6:07 (CD bonus track)
    • "Love removal Machine" ("Peace" version) (Russian and eastern Europe only)
    • "Zap City" (Russian and eastern Europe only)

There is a slightly longer version of 'Spiritwalker', with a running time of 3:54.


The record was largely recorded at Rockfield studios, in Monmouth, Wales, in late March and early April 1984. Mixed at Eel Pie, Twickenham, 16 - 24 April 1984. Mastered on 27 April 1984. This record was originally intended to be released on Situation Two, with a catalogue number SITU 57 (or 12). This pressing was to include the original version of "Go West (Crazy Spinning Circles)" which uses a psychedelic phasing on the end choruses. Only a small handful of white label test pressings were made of this record, before the band decided they didn't like that version. They subsequently recorded a new version of the song after being signed on to Beggars Banquet Records, and that second, more "finalised" version of the song was released. The rerecording of "Go West (Crazy Spinning Cirlces)" was done at Livingstone studios on 22 June 1984. The original test pressing of "Dreamtime" stands as the rarest and arguably most collectable of all Cult vinyl pressings. April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (115th in leap years). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


'Bone Bag' [sometimes listed as Bonebag] was the original b side on the 'Spiritwalker' single. 'Sea and Sky' was the original b side of 'Go West (Crazy Spinning Circles)' and 'Resurrection Joe' [sometimes listed as Resurrection Joe] was a new single recorded in Novemeber 1984 released on 14 December 1984. They are included as bonus tracks on the original CD pressings in all countries except the original CD pressing in the Netherlands, where only the 10 original songs are present. The first cd version in the Netherlands also uses different artwork for the back cover Released originally with a nine song live album titled 'Dreamtime Live at the Lyceum', recorded at the Lyceum Theatre in London on 20 May 1984, and also released in the UK with different artwork, and on 23 November 1984 also as a picture disc. There were only 30.000 copies of the live record originally manufactured. This double album version was released in a thicker cardboard sleeve. December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 20 is the 140th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (141st in leap years). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In France, a speical promotional 12" record was issued, consisting of three tracks:

  1. "Spiritwalker"
  2. "Go West (Crazy Spinning Circles) "
  3. "83rd Dream (recorded live at the Lyceum on 20 May 1984)"

The full album was later released in France, packaged with the live album 'Dreamtime live at the Lyceum'. May 20 is the 140th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (141st in leap years). ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Japanese LP features a photo of the band on the front cover, instead of the original artwork. When remastered and reissued on CD in 1996, only the 10 original songs were included.


On the original Canadian vinyl pressing, the tracklisting is re-arranged for unknown reasons:

  1. A1 "Gimmick" – 3:33
  2. A2 "Spiritwalker" – 3:39
  3. A3 "83rd Dream" – 3:38
  4. A4 "Butterflies" – 3:00
  5. A5 "Bad Medicine Waltz" – 5:55
  6. B1 "Horse Nation" – 3:45
  7. B2 "A Flower in the Desert" (Astbury/Jepson/Burroughs/Quereshi) – 3:42
  8. B3 "Dreamtime" – 2:47
  9. B4 "Rider in the Snow" – 3:11
  10. B5 "Go West (Crazy Spinning Cirlces)" – 3:59

In Czechoslovakia in January 1991, two versions of this record were released by Globus International: one is on black vinyl, and the other is on blue vinyl. The blue vinyl version is apparently quite rare. Both Czechoslovakian pressings use the artwork from the second British pressing. In 2003, the album was remastered and reissued on CD in the Russian Federation, Belarus and Lithuania with the three bonus tracks and different artwork. In October 2004 the record was also remastered and reissued on CD with different artwork in Japan.


There is also a misprinted British cd, which uses correct artwork, but includes reggae music on the disc itself, instead of anything by The Cult.


Personnel


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