Sisters Of Mercy* ‎– Victims Of Circumstance

CD, Unofficial Release

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1 Ghostrider/Sister Ray (Live Amsterdam '84)
2 Marian
Vocals – Marx*
3 Dance On Glass
Vocals – Hussey*
4 Rock And A Hard Place (Disco Mix)
5 Garden Of Delight
Vocals – Hussey*
6 Garden Of Delight
Vocals – Elditch*
7 Knocking On Heaven's Door (Studio Demo)
8 Serpent's Kiss (Instrumental)
9 Emma (Unfinished)

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[an allegedly Australian bootleg CD which appeared on Ebay late 2004]
Track 1 recorded live in Amsterdam, Melkweg, 2/6/84
Tracks 2-9 are studio outtakes (not demos) from the 'First And Last And Always' recording sessions at Strawberry Studios
Track 2 is actually 'First And Last And Always' with different lyrics
Track 3 is actually 'Black Planet' with different lyrics



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November 16, 2012
edited 10 months ago

Some useful track info:
[1] “Ghostrider/Sister Ray” is a live version, recorded in Amsterdam at the Melkweg, on 2 June 1984.
[2] "Marian" (“Red Skies Disappear”) is the demo of Gary Marx singing early lyrics of “First And Last And Always” that vaguely echo Marian.
[3] “Dance On Glass” has a tinny sounding instrumental take of “Black Planet” and some lyrics by Hussey, who sings this unreleased song. Some of the lyrics made it onto other Mission songs, such as “Naked And Savage”, whereas The Mission's version of “Dance On Glass” is very much different.
[4] “A Rock And A Hard Place” is the version with the almost techno-esque bassline.
[5] “Garden Of Delight” is an unreleased song. It has Wayne Hussey singing. This song was later remade by The Mission, with similar but not identical lyrics.
[6] The second version of “Garden Of Delight” is the same, musically, but has Eldritch singing. His voice isn't as well suited to the song as Hussey's.
[7] “Knockin' On Heaven’s Door” is a long studio demo of the classic Dylan song. There could be a fade halfway through on this CD which might be due to ... circumstances.
[8] “Serpent's Kiss" is an instrumental take of the song which eventually made it out as The Mission's first single.
[9] “Emma” is a demo version, though many years would pass before its release on “Dominion”.