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Manor Sessions
Manor Sessions
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal


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All Artists: Cult
Title: Manor Sessions
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Beggars UK - Ada
Release Date: 6/30/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: Goth & Industrial, Hard Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 5012093300122

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This is what Electric SHOULD'VE sounded like
Kevin Gamble | Columbia, MO USA | 10/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you substitute these versions of the songs on "Electric" for those that were actually released, you end up with an album that much more effectively bridges the gap between "Love" and "Sonic Temple". Where "Electric" often sounded like 2nd-rate AC/DC, this EP gives a glimpse into an alternate reality where the Cult followed "Love" with an album of incredible power, speed, and drama. The versions on this CD are not dry and raw like their "Electric" counterparts, but rather lush, fiery, and done on a grand scale--imagine a whole CD of "She Sells Sanctuary" turned up to 11, and you've got "The Manor Sessions". In my opinion, this is the Cult's finest hour, bridging the edgy drama of "Love" with the punch and grandeur of "Sonic Temple"--and surpassing them both."
Good stuff, but...
Craig Vennes | Atlanta, GA | 03/15/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"First off, The Manor Sessions comes highly recommended to any Cult fan, but I'm amazed at how many people actually think this is a superior version of Electric. Being a fan of the Cult since "Love" was released, I do admit that I'm most fond of the work the band did with Steve Brown at the helm. The Manor Sessions is a good template of what was to come, but the proper album is clearly better. Even Billy Duffy has been quoted (from the liner notes of Rare Cult box set) as saying that the band went into the studio too early following a lengthy tour & that Steve Brown had not grown with the band. What really stands out to me is that he thought the sound was "too washy, too echoing". That's exactly what I thought about the EP when I purchased it back in the late 80's. Once again, don't get me wrong, the Manor Sessions is good in its own right, but like it or not, it's not the direction the band wanted to go in. "Electric" is far more cohesive & stands as one of their best albums to date & this can be attributed to better production from a band with far more focus than heard here."
The Lost Version of Electric
J.T. Fritchie | Los Angeles, CA, | 08/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I can't believe that this is available on cd. This was really popular with myself and friends, as this was Electric done in the psychadelic style of the previous album. This is a must-have for Cult fans. While I don't share the harsh reviews of Electric (it's good on its own terms) this is a really fascinating "what if" version of the well known material from Electric. Get it and enjoy."