In their own words The Sisters of Mercy are 'Äa rock'n'roll band. And a pop band. And an industrial groove machine. We are intellectual love gods.' And who are we to argue!
Special vinyl boxed set commemorating the 30-year anniversary of The Sisters of Mercy influential 1985 major-label debut, First and Last and Always _ includes the original album together with three 12_ EPs from that era: Body And Soul, No Time To Cry and Walk Away.
- 30th anniversary deluxe edition of the band's landmark debut album First and Last and Always
- Feature the original album, cut from the original production masters
- PLUS the rare Body and Soul, Walk Away and No Time to Cry EPs
- All pressed on 180gm black vinyl
- Includes classic Sisters of Mercy tracks –Black Planet," –Walk Away," –Marian," and –Rock And A Hard Place"
- Body Electric (1984 Version)" and –Afterhours" have only ever been available on the original 12"
- Packaged together in a card slipcase.
The Sisters of Mercy mastered the art of dark and foreboding rock in 1985 with the band's influential major-label debut, First And Last And Always. To commemorate the album's 30-year anniversary, Rhino has released a vinyl boxed set that includes the original album together with three 12" EPs from that era: Body And Soul, No Time To Cry and Walk Away. The set contains four records, all pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and comes packed in an attractive card slipcase.
When The Sisters of Mercy signed with WEA in May 1984, the band consisted of Andrew Eldritch (vocals), Gary Marx and Wayne Hussey (guitars), Craig Adams (bass) and a drum machine named Doktor Avalanche. The group's first release for the label was the 12" EP Body and Soul. Eldritch once described the release as: "a vision of heaven with everyone on speed." Two of its four-tracks - "Body Electric" (1984 Version) and "Afterhours"- have only been available on the original 12".
In March 1985, almost a year after Body And Soul, The Sisters of Mercy released its landmark album, First and Last and Always. It climbed to #14 on the album charts in the band's native England. Among the standout tracks are "Marian," "Rock And A Hard Place" and the ominous "Black Planet," which was released as a single in the U.S. Even though the album was enthusiastically embraced by goth rock culture, Eldritch has steadfastly rejected the label, saying the band has more in common with classic rock from the '60s than the post-punk scene of the '80s.
Also featured in this set are two singles from First and Last and Always that were issued as 12" singles with multiple b-sides. "Walk Away" was backed with "Poison Door" and "On The Wire." That was followed by "No Time To Cry," which was backed with "Blood Money" and "Bury Me Deep."
Record 1 - FIRST AND LAST AND ALWAYS
1. Black Planet
2. Walk Away
3. No Time To Cry
4. A Rock And A Hard Place
1. First And Last And Always
3. Nine While Nine
5. Some Kind Of Stranger
Record 2 - BODY AND SOUL
1. Body And Soul
2. Body Electric (1984 version)
Record 3 - WALK AWAY
1. Walk Away
1. Poison Door
2. On The Wire
Record 4 - NO TIME TO CRY
1. No Time To Cry
1. Blood Money
2. Bury Me Deep