"Beyond Good and Evil" was released on 5 June 2001, it marked their first new recording in six and a half years. The record debuted at #37 on the charts in the United States, #22 in Canada, #25 in Spain.
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This album marked the return of Matt Sorum as The Cult's drummer. Although Sorum had previously toured with the band on the Sonic Temple tour in 1989 and 1990, this was the first time that he had recorded a studio album with the band.
Matt Sorum:"Billy Duffy came and stayed at my house in the summer of '98. I had a gig down at The Viper Room (in Los Angeles), and I invited Billy and Ian to come up onstage with us. We played a couple of Cult songs and the room went freaky and loved it and we said, 'Why don't we put the band together?' So we booked a tour around the country and we did 25 almost-sold out dates. It was very cool and it felt very good. We had a good lineup and the band was rockin'. We did seven nights at the House of Blues in L.A. All the celebrities were showing up and it felt real exciting; it felt like people really wanted us back."
"We took a year and a half to make the record because we were searching for the new sound of the band. We wanted to be viable now. We didn't want to be the retro-Cult. We didn't want to be a band reforming for the sake of getting back together. Ian refers to it as unfinished business.
"It's heavy and it's a rock 'n' roll album, and I think what I sense from people out on the street is that there's a lack of it."
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, AUS, 7567-93032-2, 13 track incl. bonus ´Libertine
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, AUS, CULT 2, 12 track promo, no inserts or sleeves
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, AUS, 12 track promo, no inserts or sleeves, no catalogue number
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, CHINA, BG-R- 0273, w/ slipcase
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, GER, PROP05225, 12 track promo, red cover with white lettering
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, GER, 7567-83440-2, w/ press telease sheet
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, JAP, AMCY-7251, promo w/ obi + bonustrack ´Libertine
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, RUS, MOFR 00363, w/ 2 bonus tracks (Wild Child + In The Clouds)
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, TAIW, 7567-83440-2, sealed w/obi
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, UK, Masterpiece, 12 track promo in jewelcase w/ white insert
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, USA, 83440-2, promo, golden stamp ´for promotional use only
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, USA, promo, white diff. backinsert only ´produced by Bob Rock
Beyond Good And Evil, CDR, USA, 12 track CD-R acetate w/ red tracklisting insert
Beyond Good And Evil, CDR, USA, 12 track CD-R acetate w/ grey tracklisting insert
Beyond Good And Evil - Sampler, CDS, GER, 6 track factory printed CDS w/ inserts
Beyond Good And Evil - DJ only, CDS, USA, 4-track USA DJ-only promo
Beyond Good And Evil, CD, USA, 6-track promo w/ insert
Beyond Good And Evil (Not Final - Not For Reproduction), CD, AUS, 6 track silver disc, no inserts
Beyond Good And Evil - Non Masterise, CD, FRA, acetate w/ different working titles w/ insert
Beyond Good And Evil - unmastered, unsequenced, CD, USA, 12-track silver disc, w/ insert, different titles
Beyond Good And Evil - unmastered, unsequenced, CDR, USA, 12 track acetate w/ red insert, different titles
The title of the record is a reference to Friedrich Nietzsche's 1886 book of the same title, and it briefly had the mock working title of Bring Me the Head of Dave Grohl, referencing the frontman of Foo Fighters, and also the former drummer of Nirvana. In 2006, singer Ian Astbury claimed via the band's website that his preferred choice for the record's title was Demon Process.
"My Bridges Burn" was originally titled "Save Me"; "Breathe" originally had the slightly longer title "Breathe (You Bastard)" along with an overdub of keyboards after the guitar solo which was later removed; and "Speed of Light" went through several different titles: originally titled "Black California," then "Who Plays the Devil" before the band decided on its final title.
There are several CD acetates of early recordings of the songs later featured on Beyond Good and Evil. A CD-R of demo versions of the songs leaked out, unofficially referred to as Unmixed, Unmastered, Unsequenced, and a bootleg CD-R of later, but still unfinished versions of the songs is also in circulation.
Different bonus tracks were added in certain regions: "Libertine" (Bonus track - in Australia and Japan).
- In mainland China, this record was issued in a cardboard foldout sleeve.
- In Taiwan, it was released with an obi strip.
- "Nico" was incorrectly listed as "Niko" on some German CD pressings.
- In Australia, a six song demo disc was given to record company executives.
- A promotional disc was released in a slimline plastic CD case in Germany, with a completely different front cover
Beyond Good And Evil, TAPE, THAI, 83440-4