The Southern Death Cult (album)

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The Southern Death Cult
Compilation album by Southern Death Cult
Released 1983
Recorded 1982-1983
Genre Goth rock
Length 50:53
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer Various
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(1983)
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The Southern Death Cult is a compilation album by British gothic rock band Southern Death Cult, the band which would later develop into The Cult. It is a collection of studio outtakes, demos and live recordings by the band, released originally in 1983, after the band had broken up.

1983 Release[edit]

The first release of the compilation album The Southern Death Cult was issued by Beggars Banquet Records in 1983. It was released in the United Kingdom in LP [catalogue number BEGA 46] and cassette [catalogue number BEGC 46] formats. The liner notes read:

Southern Death Cult disbanded before recording their first album, this LP has been complied by them from existing session and live material and alternate recordings.

The original track listing of the album [both formats] is as follows:

  1. A1 All Glory (i)
  2. A2 Fatman (ii)
  3. A3 Today (i)
  4. A4 False Faces (iii)
  5. A5 The Crypt (iv)
  6. B1 Crow (v)
  7. B2 Faith (v)
  8. B3 Vivisection (v)
  9. B4 Apache (iii)
  10. B5 Moya (ii)
  • (i) Recorded 21 May 1982 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio One at Maida Vale 4 studio. Produced by John Owen Williams. Engineered by Martin Colley. First broadcast on 10 June 1982. During the original John Peel sessions four tracks were recorded: "Fatman" / "Today" / "False Faces" / "All Glory". The other two tracks ["Fatman" and "False Faces"] have never been released.
  • (ii) Recorded at The Playground. Produced and engineered by Mike Hedges. Remix by John Brand.
  • (iii) Recorded 20 January 1983 for the David Jensen show on BBC Radio One at Maida Vale 4 studio. Produced by John Sparrow. Engineered by Martyn Parker. First broadcast on 24 January 1983.
  • (iv) Recorded at Manchester Square. Engineered by Pat Staples.
  • (v) Recorded live at Rafters, Manchester, England on 13 December 1982.

1988 Release [reissue][edit]

The Southern Death Cult 1988 reissue

In June 1988 Beggars Banquet Records reissued the album The Southern Death Cult under their LOWDOWN Special Low Price promotion. This release was only issued in the United Kingdom and in LP [catalogue number BBL 46] and cassette [catalogue number BBLC 46] formats. The track listing remained the same as the original release. This reissue had no new material nor was it remastered.

1987 Japan only release[edit]

In 1987 the album The Southern Death Cult is released in the compact disc format for the first time. It is only released in Japan under the Victor label [catalogue number VDP-1283]. The vinyl lp was released by Sounds Marketing System [catalogue number SP25 5079]. The track listing remained the same as the original album release. No new material was added nor was this release remastered.

1988 Release [reissue][edit]

In 1988 Beggars Banquet Records began reissuing older material by The Cult for the first time in the compact disc format. These reissues included early material such as the Death Cult recordings and The Southern Death Cult, material that, up until this point, had never been released on compact disc in the United Kingdom. This release was only issued in the United Kingdom [catalogue number BBL 46 CD] and in Canada under the PolyGram label [catalogue number 834 691-2]. Additional tracks were added to the original material presented on The Southern Death Cult compilation album, but the material was not remastered. The track listing is as follows:

  1. Fatman (i)
  2. Moya (i)
  3. The Girl (i)
  4. All Glory (ii)
  5. Today (ii)
  6. False Faces (iii)
  7. Flowers In The Forest (iii)
  8. Patriot (iii)
  9. The Crypt (iv)
  10. Crow (v)
  11. Faith (v)
  12. Vivisection (v)
  13. Apache (iii)
  14. Moya (vi)
  15. Fatman (vi)
  • (i) Originally released as a 12-inch single titled The Southern Death Cult on the Situation Two label [catalogue number SIT 19T], released December 1982. Produced by Mick Glossop.
  • (ii) Recorded 21 May 1982 for the John Peel show on BBC Radio One at Maida Vale 4 studio. Produced by John Owen Williams. Engineered by Martin Colley. First broadcast on 10 June 1982. During the original John Peel sessions four tracks were recorded: "Fatman" / "Today" / "False Faces" / "All Glory". The other two tracks ["Fatman" and "False Faces"] have never been released.
  • (iii) Recorded 20 January 1983 for the David Jensen show on BBC Radio One at Maida Vale 4 studio. Produced by John Sparrow. Engineered by Martyn Parker. First broadcast on 24 January 1983.
  • (iv) Recorded at Manchester Square. Engineered by Pat Staples.
  • (v) Recorded live at Rafters, Manchester, England on 13 December 1982.
  • (vi) Recorded at The Playground. Produced and engineered by Mike Hedges. Remix by John Brand.

1996 Release [remastered][edit]

In August 1996 the material contained on the 1988 The Southern Death Cult compact disc is remastered and released worldwide [for the first time ever in the United States] by Beggars Banquet Records. It is only issued in the compact disc [catalogue number BBL 46 CD] format. No new material is added, but the liner notes are reworked and new photographs are added.

Foreign Releases[edit]

The album The Southern Death Cult has been released in a number of foreign countries at different times in different formats. The following is a partial list:

  • Australia in LP format under the Virgin label [catalogue number BEGA] - release date unknown
  • Belgium - in LP format under the Virgin label [catalogue number BEGA 46] - release date unknown
  • Brazil - in LP format under the RCA label [catalogue number 1308019] - release date unknown
  • Canada - in LP format under the PolyGram label [catalogue number 834 691-1] - release date unknown
  • Japan - in LP format under the Sounds Marketing System label [catalogue number SP25 5079] - released sometime in 1983.

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