Sonic Youth ‎– Sister

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Sonic Youth's fifth album, loosely inspired by the writings of Philip K. Dick. Recorded in a studio that used all tubes, the band was very happy with its sound.

The cover art on early pressings featured a Richard Avedon photograph ("Sandra Bennett, twelve year old, Rocky Ford, Colorado, August 23, 1980"), but this was removed following a threat of legal action from Avedon in early 1988. The offending image was initially stickered, and subsequently printed over with black ink (but still visible). On later copies it was replaced entirely by a black rectangle and/or obscured by a printed barcode.
The cover also features a photograph of Disney's Magic Kingdom, which was also obscured on some later versions. This image is commonly misunderstood to have been the cause of the potential lawsuit.

"Sister" is sometimes referred to as the band's fourth album, but the band itself considers the eponymous release to have been an album, making "Sister" number five.

Tracklist

Schizophrenia 4:37
(I Got A) Catholic Block 3:28
Beauty Lies In The Eye 2:12
Stereo Sanctity 3:46
Pipeline / Kill Time 4:31
Tuff Gnarl 3:12
Pacific Coast Highway 4:25
Hot Wire My Heart 3:20
Cotton Crown 5:04
White Cross 2:39

Versions (46)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SST 134 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) SST Records SST 134 US 1987 Sell This Version
BFFP 20 CD Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album) Blast First BFFP 20 CD UK 1987 Sell This Version
SST CD 134 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album) SST Records SST CD 134 US 1987 Sell This Version
SSTC 134 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album) SST Records SSTC 134 USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
SSTC 134 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album) SST Records SSTC 134 USA & Canada 1987 Sell This Version
BFFP 20C Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, Bla) Blast First BFFP 20C UK 1987 Sell This Version
021-0703 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Delta (5) 021-0703 1987 Sell This Version
GA-165 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Grabaciones Accidentales GA-165 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
Di.-Di. Records 111, DD 111, Δ.Δ. 111, none Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Di Di Music, Di Di Music, Di Di Music, Blast First Di.-Di. Records 111, DD 111, Δ.Δ. 111, none Greece 1987 Sell This Version
70533 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Mute 70533 France 1987 Sell This Version
NUN 001 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Flying Nun Records NUN 001 New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
BFFP 20 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Blast First BFFP 20 UK 1987 Sell This Version
2387-08, BFFP 20 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Recordvox, Blast First 2387-08, BFFP 20 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
TORSO 33040 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Torso, Blast First TORSO 33040 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
BFFP 20 Sonic-Youth* Sister(LP, Album) Blast First BFFP 20 UK 1987 Sell This Version
ANDA 60 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Au Go Go ANDA 60 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
SST 134 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, Cen) SST Records SST 134 US 1988 Sell This Version
230.4011, 723.4011 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album) Stiletto, Stiletto 230.4011, 723.4011 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
DGCD-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) DGC DGCD-24514 US 1994 Sell This Version
DGCMD 24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) DGC DGCMD 24514 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
GED 24514 The Sonic Youth* Sister(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records GED 24514 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
DGCD-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE, Club) DGC DGCD-24514 US 1994 Sell This Version
DGCC-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, RE) Geffen Records DGCC-24514 US 1994 Sell This Version
DGCC-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Geffen Records DGCC-24514 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
MVCG-21016, GEFD-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records, Geffen Records MVCG-21016, GEFD-24514 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
BFFP 20 CD Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Blast First BFFP 20 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
493 667-1 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE) Geffen Records 493 667-1 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
AN-2245 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, Unofficial, Ltd) ArsNova AN-2245 Russia 1999 Sell This Version
UICY-2114 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records UICY-2114 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
ORGM-1006, B0013422-01 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE, RM) ORG Music, Universal Music Special Markets ORGM-1006, B0013422-01 US 2010 Sell This Version
ORG-044 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP, 180) ORG Music ORG-044 US 2010 Sell This Version
ORGM-1006, ORG-044 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP, 180) ORG Music, ORG Music ORGM-1006, ORG-044 US 2010 Sell This Version
ORGM-1006, B0013422-01 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, RM, RE, Ltd, Album, Pur) ORG Music, Universal Music Special Markets ORGM-1006, B0013422-01 US 2010 Sell This Version
Goo 020 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Goofin' Records Goo 020 US 2016 Sell This Version
Goo 020 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE) Goofin' Records Goo 020 US 2016 Sell This Version
BFFP 20 CD Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album) Blast First BFFP 20 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
SST CD 134 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) SST Records SST CD 134 US Unknown Sell This Version
GED 24514, 4245142 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records, Geffen Records GED 24514, 4245142 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
GED 24514, 4245142 Sonic Youth Sister(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records, Geffen Records GED 24514, 4245142 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
BFFP 20C Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, Bla) Blast First BFFP 20C UK Unknown Sell This Version
BFFP 20C Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, Cle) Blast First BFFP 20C UK Unknown Sell This Version
DGCC-24514 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, RE) DGC DGCC-24514 Thailand Unknown Sell This Version
1118 Sonic Youth Sister(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Piggymot Records 1118 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
SST 134 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE) SST Records SST 134 US Unknown Sell This Version
SST 134 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RE, Pur) SST Records SST 134 US Unknown Sell This Version
BFFP 20 Sonic Youth Sister(LP, Album, RP) Blast First BFFP 20 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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rhorhorho

rhorhorho

August 21, 2016
referencing Sister, CD, Album, RE, GED 24514, 4245142
My copy is like variant 2 but with MADE IN GERMANY BY UNIVERSAL M & L H in th mould and Mould SID Code IFPI 0118.
jestoon

jestoon

May 16, 2016
referencing Sister, LP, Album, RE, Goo 020

Perfect sound, excellent quality control. Mastered by John Golden. Everything you could want from a reissue
cristianHa

cristianHa

April 29, 2016
referencing Sister, LP, Album, BFFP 20

Love SY, love this album. This was a turning point in their career ,leaving behind the no-wave/experimental sound and pointing toward a more rock-oriented song structure. The guitar work is beautiful. I finally picked up a used copy of this pressing. Don't expect this to sound with audiophile quality, SY was pretty much lofi by the time, but it is so good to finally listen to this album with its proper sound and without digital compression. The cd reissue I had was terrible.
jannevaro

jannevaro

April 20, 2016
referencing Sister, LP, Album, RE, Goo 020
Excellent reissue, another no-nonsence job from Goofin! For the price this is a steal.
richbdd01

richbdd01

April 8, 2016
referencing Sister, LP, Album, RE, Goo 020
Uses the ORG plates from the previous reissue so dont waste your money on those. These may even be better as i prefer Pallas pressing over RTI, though they are both generally excellent!
hhjack

hhjack

April 8, 2016
edited 8 months ago
referencing Sister, LP, Album, RE, Goo 020
Today, it seems like a crap shoot to get a good pressing. Which makes these reissues from the band's goofin label even that more impressive. The entire run has been consistent with amazing sound, a balanced mix, dead quiet playback, and no wow and flutter. Sister is another winner in the bunch. Highly recommended.
richbdd01

richbdd01

September 7, 2015
referencing Sister, LP, Album, SST 134
Anyone know when the forthcoming reissue is being released? Hopefully they use the metals for the ORG reissue like they did with the recent Evol reissue!
lecso

lecso

November 29, 2014
referencing Sister, LP, Album, RP, BFFP 20
so does mine, printed glossy innersleeve, same as the other BFFP 20 release, the vinyl labels are darker shade though.
Loanesloan

Loanesloan

November 23, 2014
referencing Sister, LP, Album, TORSO 33040
Matrix: BFFP 20 A 16539
GammaX

GammaX

May 3, 2014
referencing Sister, LP, Album, RP, BFFP 20
My copy has the printed inner sleeve. It could, of course, be a result of a mix-up in a record store, or something.