* UK 3-D promo display 100cm x 100cm

Sonic Temple is the fourth album by The Cult, released in 1989. Continuing in the hard rock direction introduced on their previous album, Sonic Temple features some of the band's most popular songs, including "Fire Woman", "Sun King", "Edie (Ciao Baby)" and "Sweet Soul Sister". Sonic Temple was the last album recorded with longtime bassist Jamie Stewart, who left in 1990, and the first to feature former Hall & Oates and then-current Bryan Adams drummer, Mickey Curry.

Sonic Temple marked the first time the band worked with Bob Rock, who would later produce The CultBeyond Good and Evil and Choice of Weapon. The album reached the Cult's highest chart position in the US, peaking at #10 on the Billboard 200 charts, and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 1993.

In Argentina, the record was released as Templo Sonico with the titles translated into Spanish on the jacket sleeve and record labels. In Taiwan it was released with a pink cover; reportedly some of these were also found in mainland China.

The album cover features guitarist Billy Duffy with his Gibson Les Paul, partially obscuring a picture of vocalist Ian Astbury. The back cover features bassist Jamie Stewart, and an additional illustration on the insert, from left to right, features Astbury, Duffy, and Stewart.

Sonic Temple (Templo Sonico), LP, ARG, 5 0001, Spanish tracklist at backsleeve
Sonic Temple, LP, AUS, BEGA 98T, incl. free limited edition t-shirt
Sonic Temple, LP, BRA, 068 4270071, w/ promo sheet
Sonic Temple, LP, CAN, 838123-1, hologram wallet
Sonic Temple, LP, CAN, 838123-1
Sonic Temple, LP, GER, 209 779
Sonic Temple, LP, GER, 209 779, stamped label ´unverkaufliches Muster´ + promo sheet
Sonic Temple, LP, ITA, BEGA98
Sonic Temple, LP, JUG, LSBEG 78080
Sonic Temple, LP, KOR, VKLP-0022, w/ insert
Sonic Temple, LP, MEX, SLEM-1622, w/ English-Spanish tracklist at backsleeve + insert
Sonic Temple, LP, MEX, SLEM-1622, rare promo for radiostations (different sleeve)
Sonic Temple, LP, S-AFR, VNC 5143
Sonic Temple, LP, SPA, LL 209779, labels w/ red tracklisting
Sonic Temple, LP, TAI, KM45 (1-25871), pink backsleeve, spine says `Sun King´
Sonic Temple, LP, UK, BEGA98
Sonic Temple, LP, UK, BEGA98, white label test pressing, plain sleeve w/ promo sheet
Sonic Temple, LP, UK, BEGA98, hite label test pressing, stamped sleeve and vinyl
Sonic Temple, LP, UK, BEGA 98X, 2nd UK-release on red vinyl

 
*rare Mexican promo

Sonic Temple, CD, ARG, 6664-2, promo ´difusion - prohibida su venta´
Sonic Temple, CD, CAN, 842 158-2, ltd. ed. deluxe package 3-D hologram longbox
Sonic Temple, CD, CAN, 842 158-2, with hologram cover
Sonic Temple, CD, HOL, 259 779
Sonic Temple, CD, JAP, TECI-24251, re-issue, lp paper sleeve w/obi + lyric sheet
Sonic Temple, CD, JAP, VDP 1424, promo, limited edition metal tin box
Sonic Temple, CD, JAP, TKCB-70507
Sonic Temple, CD, RUS, MOFR 00360, w/ 2 bonus tracks (The River + Lay Down Your Gun version two)
Sonic Temple, CD, UK, BBL 98 CD, remastered version
Sonic Temple, CD, USA, 9 258712
Sonic Temple, CD, USA, 9 258712, promo, US release with hologram cover
Sonic Temple, CD, USA, 9 258712, longbox
Sonic Temple, CD, USA, 9 259982, sealed 4th US release with hologram cover with sticker

Sonic Temple, TAPE, CAN, 838123-4, CAN
Sonic Temple, TAPE, S-ARAB, MSC.1209, S-ARAB, 12-track incl. Nirvana and Rain, different trackorder
Sonic Temple, TAPE, UK, BEGC98, UK
Sonic Temple, TAPE, UK, 3-track promo sampler w/ stickered Beggars Banquet J-card
Sonic Temple, TAPE, USA, 9 258714, BMG version C101015

Sonic Temple - UK  Promo Box Set (12"x12")
- Sonic Temple, LP, UK, BEGA98, w/ promo sticker
- Fire Woman, VID, UK, 1-track video in white/black promo sleeve
- Fire Woman, CDS, UK, BEG228, 3-track in white/black promo sleeve
- Rushes, TAPE, UK, excerpts from the forthcoming album: introduced by Ian Astbury
- Family tree poster w/ UK promo schedule info on reverse
- Promo pic

Sonic Temple - Canadian Promo Box Set (12"x12"):
- Sonic Temple, LP, CAN, 838123-1
Fire Woman, VID, CAN, 1-track video in white/black promo sleeve
- Rushes, TAPE, CAN, excerpts from the forthcoming album: introduced by Ian Astbury
- Family tree poster
- Black/white booklet w/ set of 6 cards containing Canadian promotional info

Sonic Temple - Australian Promo Box Set (12"x12"):
-Sonic Temple, LP, AUS, BEGA98X, red vinyl
-Edie (Ciao Baby), 7", AUS, BEG230
-Sonic Temple, TAPE, AUS, BEGA98A, 5-track 'Virgin' promo cassette
-Family tree poster
-Ian Astbury promo poster


*US promo flat