* large canvas UK promo flag

Pure Cult is the first of several greatest hits compilations by the British rock band The Cult. The title of the original release was Pure Cult: for Rockers, Ravers, Lovers, and Sinners while the 2000 reissue was titled Pure Cult: The Singles 1984–1995.

Released on 9 February 1993. Singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy admitted that they did not have high hopes for this record's release, thinking it would be of interest only to collectors and die hard fans. However, the first week of release it was number one on the British charts and went double platinum, selling over 200,000 copies, which lead to it being issued later in several other countries in Europe (where it reportedly reached number one also in Portugal) and Asia.


        

Pure Cult, 2LP, POR, 605 619, glossy paper sleeve + thin glossy inner sleeves
Pure Cult, 2LP, UK, BEGA 130, thick paper sleeve + inner sleeves, MPO on matrix
Pure Cult, 2LP, UK, BEGA 130, different matrix, white labels with red print
Pure Cult Box Set, 4LP, UK, BEGA 130B, 3rd and 4th disc are the Live at the Marquee show
Pure Cult Box Set Testpressing, 3LP, UK, BEGA 130B, without lp 1 Marquee + release sheets, bio, photo, inserts

Pure Cult Promo Box, UK, BEGA 130B, 12"x12" picture boxset:  



Pure Cult - For Rockers Ravers Lovers and Sinners, CD, AUS, BEGR 130
Pure Cult - For Rockers Ravers Lovers and Sinners, CD, HOL, 354 619, w/ Marquee Show pt.1
Pure Cult - For Rockers Ravers Lovers and Sinners, CD, HOL, 354 619, w/ Marquee Show pt.1 (blank)
Pure Cult - For Rockers Ravers Lovers and Sinners, CD, UK, BEGA 130CD

Live Cult, Marquee London MCMXCI (pt.1&2), CD, UK, MQ1/2CD, 2nd cd was only available by mailorder

Pure Cult, TAPE, CAN, 314 514 213-4
Pure Cult, TAPE, POL, MG 2589-686, part one
Pure Cult, TAPE, POL, MG 2590-687, part two + live
Pure Cult 1, TAPE, POL, 1973, TAKT Music, 10 tracks
Pure Cult 2, TAPE, POL, 1984, TAKT Music, 8 tracks
The Best Of The Cult - For Rockers Ravers, TAPE, POL, MM 1165, 14 tracks
Pure Cult, TAPE, UK, BEGC130

Pure Cult - For Rockers Ravers Lovers and Sinners, VID, CAN, 440086764 3
Pure Cult - For Rockers Ravers Lovers and Sinners, VID, UK, BB 015, 13 tracks
Pure Cult w/ free Live Cult, Marquee London MCMXCI part one, VID/CD, CAN, 440086764 3/MQ1, Ltd Edition

 

Released in many forms, either as a single cd compilation of all work up to 1993 or as a double cd with a "Live" disc from a recording at the Marquee Club in November 1991. A four album boxset version included the full greatest hits compilation and live set (but omitting the "amplification breakdown" portion) from the Marquee show, or as a double album containing only the greatest hits compilation. In Poland it was released as a two-cassette tape set, with slightly different artwork, as Pure Cult - For Rockers, Ravers, Lovers, and Sinners, Volumes One and Two.

Some of the various pressings released were:

  • In the UK, a two-LP set, consisting of the greatest hits compilation.
  • Also in the UK, a four LP box set, consisting of the greatest hits compilation (with the full seven minute version of "The Witch") and the two LP version of the Marquee Club show, minus the amplification breakdown section.
  • Another UK release was a two-CD set, the first disc is the greatest hits compilation (with the four minute version of "The Witch") and the second disc is the first half of the Marquee Club.
  • In Portugal and Brazil, it was released as a two-LP set, consisting of the greatest hits compilation.
  • In Italy and the Netherlands, it was released as a single cd greatest hits compilation, and also some copies included the second "Live at the Marquee Club" disc. Both versions in Italy and the Netherlands use the four minute version of "The Witch".
  • In Poland, it was issued as a two-cassette tape set, with the entire greatest hits compilation and the four minute version of "The Witch", but none of the live album. This version was an unauthorised release.
  • In the Philippines, it was issued as a single cassette tape with the entire greatest hits compilation, with the four minute version of "The Witch". It was also reissued on cassette tape again at a later date in the Philippines.
  • In Canada, two versions were released on cd, one by Polygram and the other by Beggars Banquet Records. Both versions were nearly identical, except the Polygram version used white lettering on the back cover, whereas and the Beggars Banquet version uses black lettering on the back cover.
UK PRESS RELEASE SHEET PURE CULT