Dreamtime (album)

Dreamtime (album)

Infobox Album |
Name = Dreamtime
Type = Album
Artist = The Cult

Released = September 1984
Recorded =
Genre = Post-punk
Length = 50:44
Label = Beggars Banquet
Producer = John Brand, Chris Kimsey
Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3ifpxqe5ldte link]
Last album = "Death Cult"
This album = "Dreamtime"
Next album = "Love"
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = album

Lower caption = Cover used for remastered CD issues

"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 in September 1984, it reached #21 in the UK, and was later certified Silver by the BPI after having sold 60,000 copies there. The first single, "Spiritwalker", reached #1 on the UK Indie Chart. Dreamtime has subsequently been reissued (or in some cases bootlegged) in roughly 30 countries worldwide.

Lyrics to the song 'Horse Nation' are taken almost from the book titled "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee". 'Spiritwalker' is a reference to shamanism, while 'Dreamtime' is inspired by the Australian aborigines and 'Butterflies' is a 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 band drummer Nigel Preston had become too unreliable by that time.

Track listing

All songs written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, except where noted.
#A1 "Horse Nation" – 3:45
#A2 "Spiritwalker" – 3:39
#A3 "83rd Dream" – 3:38
#A4 "Butterflies" – 3:00
#A5 "Go West" – 3:59
#B1 "Gimmick" – 3:33
#B2 "A Flower in the Desert" (Astbury/Jepson/Burroughs/Quereshi) – 3:42
#B3 "Dreamtime" – 2:47
#B4 "Rider in the Snow" – 3:11
#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 one of the more rare and collectable studio Cult vinyl pressings.

'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 misspelled "sic|Ressurection Joe"] was a new single recorded in November 1984 and 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. In Germany, the cd version incorrectly lists 13 songs on the back cover, but only includes the 10 original songs as were on vinyl.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 lp. There were only 30.000 copies of the live record originally manufactured. This double album version was released in a thicker cardboard sleeve.

In France, a special promotional 12" record was issued, consisting of three tracks:
# "Spiritwalker"
# "Go West (Crazy Spinning Circles)"
# "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'.

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:

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

The record was released in Malaysia for the first time in July 1990, with the second version of the artwork used for the cover.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.


*Ian Astbury - Vocals
*Billy Duffy - Guitar
*Jamie Stewart - Bass guitar, backing vocals
*Nigel Preston - Drums, percussion

Aditional personnel

*Mich Ebeling - Backing vocals on "Gimmick"

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