The Sisters Of Mercy ‎– First And Last And Always

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Preceded by the singles "Walk Away" & "No Time To Cry", "First And Last And Always" is the debut album by The Sisters Of Mercy and the only one to feature this line-up. It was released on 11 March 1985 through the band's own Merciful Release label.

In July 1985, Warner-Pioneer Corporation in Japan released a version of the album that contained different mixes of some tracks ("Black Planet" features slightly different instrumentation and is 10 seconds longer, "No Time To Cry" has different opening and ending instrumentation & sound effects, "A Rock And A Hard Place" has additional guitar tracks and a slightly different drum track, while "First And Last And Always" has a completely different drum track as well as a totally different arrangement and has an intro that is 15 seconds longer; the remaining tracks are identical to the standard vinyl release). In March 1988, the album was released on CD for the first time, but it was the Japanese version that was used. In May 1992, a digitally remastered version of the CD was released, again using the Japanese version. In October 2006, a remastered version of the original vinyl album was released for the first time on CD and included 6 bonus tracks, 4 of which were the b-sides for the album's 2 singles.

Tracklist

Black Planet 4:27
Walk Away 3:20
No Time To Cry 3:54
A Rock And A Hard Place 3:36
Marian (Version) 5:37
First And Last And Always 3:58
Possession 4:36
Nine While Nine 4:07
Logic 4:46
Some Kind Of Stranger 7:16

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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
240 616-4 The Sisters Of Mercy First And Last And Always(Cass, Album) Warner Bros. Records 240 616-4 Philippines 1985 Sell This Version
P-13162 The Sisters Of Mercy First And Last And Always = マーシーの合言葉(LP, Album) Merciful Release, WEA P-13162 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
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9723 The Sisters Of Mercy First And Last And Always(Cass, Album, Unofficial) 747 9723 Singapore 1985 Sell This Version
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MR 337L, 240 616-1 The Sisters Of Mercy First And Last And Always(LP, Album) Merciful Release, Merciful Release MR 337L, 240 616-1 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
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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
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WMC5-255 The Sisters Of Mercy = シスターズ・オブ・マーシー* The Sisters Of Mercy = シスターズ・オブ・マーシー* - First And Last And Always = マーシーの合言葉(CD, Album) WEA, Wea Music, Eastwest Records, Merciful Release WMC5-255 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
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MikeHellstrom

MikeHellstrom

September 7, 2021
referencing First And Last And Always, CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig, 5101-17579-2
My computer does not read this CD, yet my CD players do. Is there some sort of protection on this one to prevent it from being ripped to computers and uploaded to the internet? I just want to rip it to my USB so I can listen to it while driving. This is odd and very disappointing. Other Sisters albums work fine in my computer.
infected_autoreiv

infected_autoreiv

July 26, 2021
referencing First And Last And Always, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, MOFI 1-006
Not happy with the sound of this remaster, intermittent highs & lows, my elliptical stylus reveals them quite vividly. The Floodland remaster is completely fantastic in comparison, real shame. Seems 50/50 on positive & negative reviews. I highly recommend auditioning on a quality system prior to purchasing, if possible.
S.Burlot

S.Burlot

July 26, 2021
referencing First And Last And Always, LP, Album, RE, 0825646284047
Original album version (not the Japanese version used for the first CD releases).
Sounds good to me, heavy vinyl and quiet :)
jamesbreeze

jamesbreeze

July 16, 2021
referencing First And Last And Always, CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig, 5101-17579-2
The track order seems to be slightly different to the sleeve. "Walk Away" is the 9th track.
wsevans

wsevans

May 22, 2021
edited 5 months ago
referencing First And Last And Always, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, MOFI 1-006
There are a lot of positive and a handful of very critical reviews on this release. While I don't own an original pressing, I have listened to this on CD and cassette for quite a while and am very familiar with those formats. I do find that this release needs a bit of volume to come alive as the mastering is quiet (like quite a few MFSL releases I have heard). What I hear on this issue is that it really gets deep into the mix of the music and helps to pull out additional detail not noticed before. I would still like an original UK issue to compare but think this is a fantastic release.
cubf33t

cubf33t

February 20, 2021
referencing First And Last And Always, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, MOFI 1-006
My copy sounds fantastic! I'm the proud owner of number 006162.
ramodne

ramodne

December 6, 2020
edited 11 months ago
referencing First And Last And Always, LP, Album, Gat, MR 337L, 240 616-1
Masterpiece of Andrew Eldritch's band and philosopher's stone of 80s Brit Goth-Rock. I have 2 vinyl copies (one a spanish 1985 edition) and 2 CDs copies and they all sound fucking great
adrenachrome

adrenachrome

June 10, 2020
referencing First And Last And Always, LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, Unofficial, 4P-240616-1
Would love to get a copy of this one....let me knmow if you know where
aphexacid

aphexacid

May 26, 2020
referencing First And Last And Always, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, MOFI 1-006
I just got a copy of this MOFI release. I think it sounds wonderful. I don’t care where the records come from, new, used...before it hits my turntable it’s getting wet cleaned. I have no surface noise at all. Comparing it to my original press, it just sounds more pristine. Take that for what it is. Not better or worse, it’s a just different. I do like it though a lot. It’s a fresh take on an album I’ve listened to a thousand times.
spyrapo

spyrapo

March 25, 2020
referencing First And Last And Always, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, MOFI 1-006
Not impressed with mfsl on this one. It's not bad but it's not something impressive at the same time.