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Tracklist

Kangaroo3:31
Song To The Siren3:30
Holocaust3:38
Fyt4:24
Fond Affections3:51
The Last Ray4:08
Another Day2:54
Waves Become Wings4:26
Barramundi3:56
Dreams Made Flesh3:48
Not Me3:44
A Single Wish2:27

Credits (5)

  • John Fryer
    John Fryer
    Co-producer, Engineer
  • Ivo Watts-Russell
    Ivo*
    Concept By [Conceived By], Producer
  • Ivo Watts-Russell
    Ivo*
    Loops [All Additional Loops], Instruments [All Additional Instruments], Performer [All Additional Incidentals]
  • John Fryer
    John Fryer
    Loops [All Additional Loops], Instruments [All Additional Instruments], Performer [All Additional Incidentals]
  • 23 Envelope
    23 Envelope
    Sleeve [Sleeves By]

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    • ringorider's avatar
      ringorider
      A truly amazing album. But if you were to be a bit of a "corndog" you might focus on the sheer power of "Song To The Siren". This is the kind of song that one might struggle to comprehend that one of your peers might not like / be remotely moved by it. I played it to a very close friend at the end of a long session and she was completely nonplussed by it, and immediately wanted to go back to big room house music. I was shocked, and part of me feels I can never look at her the same way again.
      • robwilke's avatar
        robwilke
        Plays clean and quiet. A fantastic pressing with no surface noise.
        • maxal's avatar
          maxal
          Picking favourite tracks or albums can be difficult, inappropriate or weird. As Colin Newman might say, “I didn’t see the point”. When you pick ‘favourites’ it can be mean or exclusive. I like all three TMC albums, there is no doubt the musicianship and curating are top notch on all of the albums. So in this case, it is not “mean” to state a favourite as it is not a matter of which is better, but where your musical taste is. More: the point of choosing a favourite This Mortal Coil album is telling, about individual taste and how the label’s sound shifted after, say, 1985. This shift in 4AD sound puts the second and third TMC albums distinctly into a different musical territory to the first.

          I have no trouble choosing a favourite. DEFINITELY, my favourite TMC album is the first. For me it is a sampler of 4AD at its genesis, treasure-house best. When the music seemed out of this world. Honestly: where did this music come from? And why was it not just one group but around ten, all performing amazing sounds, not like each other, but somehow fitting well with each other. 4AD released gem-groups which all further inspired and created trends; no other 80’s label did this so beautifully, with such varied artists. The label started with some rare, idiosyncratic punk bands of interest, but then coalesced into something else, the phoenix from punk – postpunk. Certain groups started to emerge, Cocteau Twins, Wolfgang Press, Dead Can Dance, Modern English, Colourbox, Clan of Xymox, X-mal Deutschland, Wolfgang Press – other artists hanging around and quickly moving on: The The, Bauhaus, Nick Cave, and the best artist 4AD didn’t latch on to, Gordon Sharpe.

          I have heard people say their favourite TMC album is a later one. For me, unequivocally, my favourite is the first. The first TMC album is different in its musical content to the subsequent two. The first is an esoteric collection of music from stunning performers getting together. Though the second TMC album arrived two years later, closer in time to the first TMC album; the second has much more in common with the third which came out five years later. For the subsequent albums John Fryers and Ivo, the producers / management of the music must have been more determined to achieve a tightly controlled, and particular / cohesive vision (a more classical, traditional vision with added violins; it is also a more mainstream vision). Can I assume the artists have freer reign in the first album? (Also of course, those same artists largely didn’t appear on the 2nd and 3rd . . . but I think the control of the sound, the reigning in, is as important an issue).

          First album: 3 x tracks by Lisa Gerard, all transcendent, with the trademark DCD attention to strings in Dreams Made Flesh (is it a mandolin?) creating music of breathtaking, pure beauty. Everybody knows Liz Fraser’s contribution with Song to the Siren, but also her rendition of Harper’s Another Day. There’s Gordon Sharpe’s Kangaroo and Fond Affections. These three singers, together on one album is an extraordinary combination. There are the musical interludes such as Fyt and Baramundi, giving the album space, room to breathe, then Holocaust (!) and finally Not Me.

          I loved Not Me* so much. After the eternal lamenting of the core of the singing on the album, Not Me is such a relief (!), also a strong song of independence in its own right. Brilliant, fun, peppy. Post-punk pop (from a serious lineage – Colin Newman of Wire, on this occasion sung by Robbie Grey of Modern English). Much of TMC album is lovelorn, a deep plea of unrequited love, the problem of ATTACHMENT to mortal life and individual suffering. Except Not Me – Not Me is the exalting joke of the album, a fool aloof, the antidote. Whether it takes position of the question or the answer, it is a kind of Buddhist stance (but who wants to be detached from the world?) The coiling, paradoxical woe of the album is clear, we wouldn’t have it any other way, if it weren’t so beautiful, universal, relatable, it would be self-obsessively overbearing (“let’s all sit down and cry”). Not Me is a pin to the balloon. “It may be as well that, I didn't see the point, You didn't touch me, You didn't touch me, You didn't touch me ad infinitum . . . “

          Altogether the first TMC album is a rare gem, unlike any other album; there is a strong FINALITY in its (questioning?) statement. Importantly, it is also unlike its TMCII TMCIII successors. It doesn’t need to be a double album. It represents a unique collection of music from genius musicians, at a special moment in time, a collection which cannot be repeated.

          * A favourite track of mine, I searched for the original of Not Me for years, I think it is hard to find because it wasn’t properly released (?). It finally appears, as demos, on Colin Newman’s “A-Z”, the double CD edition, and having waited all that time for it you get it twice! The Riverside demo is of high quality and fantastic to listen to. The choice of Not Me is critical to the first TMC album, it’s like the addition of pepper to a stew. Bad metaphor, but you know what I mean.
          • YN1F's avatar
            YN1F
            Excellent album, a masterpiece. My favorites are Fyt, Waves Become Wings, The Last Ray, Barrumundi... although I enjoy them all... but, I admit to being a huge Lisa Gerrard fan. Not to take anything away from Elizabeth Fraser who's voice is also quite wonderful. I of course have been a long-time fan of Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance as well. It'll End In Tears is a very emotion-laden ride to say the least. And the album art, ethereal. The disc, cassette, LP... looks quite nice among my collection.
            • Tom_73's avatar
              Tom_73
              Both labels with misprint. Authors of music and words replaced by sides from A to B and vice versa.Besides, good pressing.
              • Doggiesauce's avatar
                Doggiesauce
                Edited 6 months ago
                In addition to the old crummy speakers this edition has quite some static sound laid over the tracks, its quite noisy over the quieter parts of songs. Only one pop on A6 which will probably come out in a deep clean. Fond affections affections sounds stunning as always and Dreams Made Flesh a very emotional track maybe the best off of side 2. Edit: I got better speakers 4/5 listen to this record.
                • methodaktor's avatar
                  methodaktor
                  Bummed to hear others have had bad luck with this pressing. I picked up a copy yesterday and it sounds perfect.
                  • Bootfreak's avatar
                    Bootfreak
                    Amazing sound quality,and great artwork with free postcard inluded. I am so happy with this shiny white vinyl
                    • NotOkay69's avatar
                      NotOkay69
                      I need this, hit me up if you would wanna sell.
                      • victorrz's avatar
                        victorrz
                        My copy has a lot of sibiliance on some songs, especially on "Song To The Siren", anyone else with the same problem?

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