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Spirit\Light\Speed is a studio album by The Cult's singer Ian Astbury. It was recorded in the late 1990s but sat unreleased until summer of 2000, when it was ultimately released to little fanfare. It included a re-recording of The Cult's song "The Witch".

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 20, 2000
GenreAlternative rock
LabelBeggars Banquet Records
ProducerChris Goss
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars


Track listingEdit

  1. "Back On Earth" - 5.00
  2. "High Time Amplifier" - 4.23
  3. "Devil's Mouth" - 5.51
  4. "Tonight (Illuminated)" - 5.47
  5. "Metaphysical Pistol" - 4.56
  6. "The Witch (Slt Return)" - 4.58
  7. "It's Over" - 5.23
  8. "El Che / Wild Like a Horse" - 4.59
  9. "Tyger" - 5.01
  10. "Shambala (R.F.L)" - 5.43


The album spawned the single "High Time Amplifier".

  1. "High Time Amplifier" - 3.36
  2. "Tyger (Demo Version)" - 6.34
  3. "High Time Amplifier (Witchman Mix)" - 4.38

A 12-inch promo version came with four versions of High Time Amplifier, Witchman Mix, Album Version, One True Parker Mix and Mental Defectives League Mix.


Arranged by, Producer, Written-By, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Synthesizer – Chris Goss

Compiled by, Edited by, Producer – PK, Steve Feldman

Executive Producer – Victor Murgatroyd Producer , Programmed by (additional) – Witchman

Recorded by – Martin Schmelzle

Strings – Novi Novog, Stefanie Fifie

Written-By, Arranged By, Producer, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Guitar, Percussion – Ian Astbury


Recorded and mixed at Monkey Studios

℗ 1973 Electronic University (Alan Watts) Electric University Publishing 'Metaphysical Pistol' contains spoken-word samples from 'Myth and Religion' and 'Democracy In Heaven' by philosopher Alan Watts.

'Tyger' contains a sample of 'Countdown to Nowhere' composed & arranged by Manfred Hübler & Siegfried Schwab.

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