Torch of the Mystics

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Torch of the Mystics
Sun City Girls Torch of the Mystics.jpg
Studio album by Sun City Girls
Released 1990 (1990)
Recorded July 1988 (1988-07)
Genre Experimental rock, psychedelic rock
Length 37:48
Label Majora
Tupelo (re-issue)
Producer Sun City Girls
Sun City Girls chronology
Horse Cock Phepner
Torch of the Mystics
Dawn of the Devi
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork (9.0/10)[2]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 (superb)[3]

Torch of the Mystics is the fourth studio album by American experimental rock band Sun City Girls.[4] The 1990 LP cover released on Majora differs from the 1993 CD reissue by Tupelo.

Release and reception[edit]

Torch of the Mystics was originally issued by Majora Records solely on vinyl format in 1990. However, due to its compressed and tinny sounding production, the album was remastered and re-released by Tupelo Records in 1993.[5]

Since its release, the album has received critical acclaim from websites such as Allmusic, Pitchfork, and Sputnikmusic.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Blue Mamba" 3:06
2. "Tarmac 23" 4:23
3. "Esoterica of Abyssynia" 3:13
4. "Space Prophet Dogon" 7:02
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "The Shining Path" 2:56
2. "The Flower" 3:13
3. "Cafe Batik" 2:41
4. "Radar 1941" 2:44
5. "Papa Legba" 2:42
6. "The Vinegar Stroke" 1:53
7. "Burial in the Sky" 3:48


The melody of "The Shining Path" is based on the Bolivian song Llorando se fue.

In popular culture[edit]


Adapted from the Torch of the Mystics liner notes.[6]

Sun City Girls

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1990 Majora LP 5-23102
1993 Tupelo Recording Company CD TUP44


  1. ^ Foster, Patrick. "Torch of the Mystics". Allmusic. Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Sun City Girls - Torch of the Mystics (album review 2) | Sputnikmusic
  4. ^ Robbins, Ira; Sprague, David (2007). "Sun City Girls". Trouser Press. Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ Sundell, Spencer."Torch of the Mystics". Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
  6. ^ Torch of the Mystics (sleeve). Sun City Girls. Seattle, Washington: Majora Records. 1990. 

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