The Sisters Of Mercy ‎– First And Last And Always

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Merciful Release ‎– MR 337L, Merciful Release ‎– 240 616-1
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A1 Black Planet
Music By – Wayne Hussey
4:27
A2 Walk Away
Music By – Wayne Hussey
3:20
A3 No Time To Cry
Music By – Adams*, Marx*, Hussey*
3:54
A4 A Rock And A Hard Place
Music By – Wayne Hussey
3:36
A5 Marian (Version)
Music By – Wayne Hussey
5:37
B1 First And Last And Always
Music By – Gary Marx
3:58
B2 Possession
Music By – Eldritch*, Adams*, Hussey*
4:36
B3 Nine While Nine
Music By – Gary Marx
4:07
B4 Logic
Music By – Gary Marx
4:46
B5 Some Kind Of Stranger
Music By – Gary Marx
7:16

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Europe release issued in standard (non gatefold) sleeve with barcode and an embossed Warner logo. Printed inner sleeve.

Track B4 appears as 'Amphetamine Logic' on the B-side label.

Production for Palace Productions Limited.
Manufactured in Germany by Record Service GmbH, Alsdorf.
Made in Germany by WEA Musik GmbH a Warner Communications Company
℗ + © 1985 WEA Records Ltd.

Different versions of this release exist:

UK Gatefold: no barcode, LC4281 on labels
UK Picture sleeve: no barcode, LC4281 on labels, WE381 price code on back sleeve
UK Picture sleeve: no barcode, LC4281 on labels, WE321 price code on back sleeve
EU Gatefold: no barcode, GEMA / BIEM + LC4281 on labels
EU Gatefold (repress): no barcode, GEMA / BIEM + LC1557 + EW logo on labels
EU Picture sleeve: no barcode, GEMA / BIEM & LC4281 on labels
EU Picture sleeve (this release): barcode, GEMA / BIEM & LC4281 on labels (likely a repress since a barcode was added to the sleeve)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 0 22924 06161
  • Barcode (Text): 02292406161
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 1): R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 A6
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 1): R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 B2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped, variant 2): R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 A6x
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped, variant 2): R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 B2xxx
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped/etched, variant 3): 'R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 A7X D I̶J̶K̶ ̶D̶
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped/etched, variant 3): R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 B2 XX U̶K̶ 34
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped/etched, variant 4): R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 A7 X U̶K̶
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped/etched, variant 4): R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 B2 X
  • Rights Society: GEMA / BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 4281
  • Price Code: WE 381
  • Price Code: Ⓤ
  • Other (Embossed stamp on back cover): [Warner Communications Logo]

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MR 337L, 240 616-1 The Sisters Of Mercy First And Last And Always(LP, Album, Gat) Merciful Release, Merciful Release MR 337L, 240 616-1 UK & Europe 1985 Sell This Version
24 06164 CR The Sisters Of Mercy First And Last And Always(Cass, Album, Dol) WEA 24 06164 CR Canada Unknown Sell This Version
MR 337 L The Sisters Of Mercy First And Last And Always(LP, Album, Promo) Merciful Release MR 337 L UK 1985 Sell This Version
WQCP 1103 The Sisters Of Mercy First And Last And Always(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) WEA, Merciful Release WQCP 1103 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
5101-17579-2 The Sisters Of Mercy First And Last And Always(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Rhino Records (2) 5101-17579-2 UK & Europe 2006 Sell This Version

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LowestFidelity

LowestFidelity

January 27, 2017

Light weight vinyl with some production irregularities (some songs seem louder/richer than others) yet it really delivers. The title says it all: this first album is the Sisters at their very best.
Pistolero33

Pistolero33

June 12, 2015
My version:
Barcode (Printed): 0 22924 06161
Matrix / Runout (B Side stamped): R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 A7
Matrix / Runout (B Side stamped): R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 B24X
It has the particularity of having the same "side two" label on BOTH sides
tolteke2007

tolteke2007

June 18, 2014

My version:
Barcode (Printed): 0 22924 06161
Matrix / Runout (A Side stamped): R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 A6x
Matrix / Runout (B Side stamped): R/S Alsdorf 240616-1 B2xxx D (scratched over)UK
Label Code: LC 4281
Other (Distribution Code: France): WE 381
Rights Society: GEMA/BIEM

Tb-303

Tb-303

November 6, 2011
Cannot say enough how absolutely awesome this album was, is and will always be. From start to finish it delivers just great music. Emotional, transcending time and space this is a must have for anyone that's into darkwave and gothic. This album reminds me of my youth and I can not say enough how lucky I am to have been able to hear it when it first came out. How many times I played this on late nights with the lights out to set the atmosphere of this album. Just a flat out must have.
systemfehler

systemfehler

January 17, 2010
edited over 9 years ago
I hate to say it, but The Sisters Of Mercy's debut album will always remain their best one to me. It suffers a bit from underproducing, but then, all their other albums suffer from overproducing and the sheer amount of bombast thrown in your face. I love the drumsound on this one, from a today's point of view it has aged like a fine wine. Electronic, yes, low resolution as well and most of the time pretty monotonous, but that's the magic. Here we've got The Sisters stripped down to the bare necessarities and that is mostly rhythm and voice, no big choruses.
It took me a while to get into it as I started out with "A Slight Case Of Overbombing" and playing all the obvious hits to death. I needed some time to discover this masterpiece and to appreciate its raw and pure form, so much that I actually don't like anything they've made afterwards that much anymore. Not that it is bad, quite the contrary, but they never managed to reach this pureness and directness again. Of course, if there was a band today trying to pull that of, with that deep deep voice and those over the top lyrics, you couldn't take it serious. Here it works. I remember one night that I had turned it on my girlfriend told me, that it sounds like The Sisters. Go figure.