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Ghost Dance
Death Cult
Ghost Dance
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
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Featuring Ian Astbury, and Billy Duffy from the Cult, available for the first ime domestically. 10 tracks featuring Gods Zoo, Brother's Grimm, Christians, and others.


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All Artists: Death Cult
Title: Ghost Dance
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Beggars UK - Ada
Release Date: 8/6/1996
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Style: Goth & Industrial
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 607618200824


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Featuring Ian Astbury, and Billy Duffy from the Cult, available for the first ime domestically. 10 tracks featuring Gods Zoo, Brother's Grimm, Christians, and others.

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Better than the remake...
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Okay, so when they changed their name to just The Cult, they pretty much remade this album as "Dreamtime" and changed some of the titles by extending them. To me, while "Dreamtime" is a great album, this is the superior incarnation. Ghost Dance is just a great, eerie, western-sounding rock song that makes me wanna dance with unseen spirits. "A Flower in the Desert," "Horse Nation," "Butterflies," and "Rider in the Sky (Too Young)," (I'm not sure since I don't have "Dreamtime" anymore, but I think is the earlier version of "Rider in the Snow"), are the best songs on the album, as well as "Gods Zoo" and "Brothers Grimm." This is a great album that is filled with danceable rock with a ghostly twist that is enjoyable and frightening at the same time. No wonder they are classified as goth rock these days."
Early Ian Astbury for you Cult enthusiasts. | Kansas City | 06/03/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"If you like old Cult/Southern Death Cult or early gothic rock, this CD is a good one. It is not quite refined, but that is what makes it enjoyable. I have been a Cult fan since the release of Electric and this one takes you back to raw Ian vocals in the days before Ian/Billy/ released "Dreamtime" in the UK as The Cult. I believe that "God's Zoo" is what got the ball rolling for The Cult and if you haven't heard it...have a listen. I just wish that The Cult would have integrated more of their early sounds into their more recent releases. Highly recommended for true Cult fans!!"
A bit inconsistent, but valuable for Cult fans.
Michael Stack | North Chelmsford, MA USA | 04/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

""Ghost Dance" collects the EP of the same name by the Death Cult-- the band that would eventually become the Cult, along with the followup single -- "Gods Zoo", and four performances from a BBC radio show. Singer Ian Astbury, having grown disinterested in the music of the Southern Death CUlt, formed the band with guitarist Billy Duffy (then part of a group called Theatre of Hate) and recruited guitarist-turned-bassist Jamie Stewart and drummer Ray Mondo. It was this quartet that recorded the "Ghost Dance" EP, with Mondo being replaced by Nigel Preston for the rest of the material on here. What separates this band from Astbury's previous project is the presence of Billy Duffy-- Astbury's presence and charisma is offset by an instrumentalist able to hold his own in the face of such a strong personality-- in Southern Death Cult, the band felt lopsided, but here there's more balance, and while the name is different (the album is credited to Death Cult), make no mistake: this is the early Cult material.

The early EP is a superb progression over the previous material-- while still seeped in the notions of gothic, Duffy's muscular presence lends the music to a more purposeful stance, and Astbury's confident swagger gave the band a great edge-- an explosive "Horse Nation" is the highlight here, powerful and energetic and like the rest of the material, propelled by Mondo's tribal drumming patterns that were so prevelent in post-punk at the time. "Gods Zoo", however, shows a real improvement-- aggressive, angular and explosive, it brines over from its straight rock beat and driving guitar lines, with Astbury over the top (in more ways then one). A pity the b-side couldn't perform better, the b-side retake of "Gods Zoo" suffers from bizarre backing vocals.

The BBC sessions are a bit of a curiosity-- remarkably Astbury sounds a bit like he's not quite as confident as he is on the studio material, although Southern Death Cult piece "A Flower in the Desert" gets an intriguing and powerful reading, with Duffy the sole accompaniment for Astbury (and on acoustic guitar). Somehow, when more exposed, Astbury turns out a superb performance, but the rest of the pieces seem a bit shakey.

The band would very shortly go on to higher heights on "Dreamtime" (after dropping the 'Death'), but this EP is well worth investigation. Recommended for fans of the Cult."