Coil ‎– Love's Secret Domain

Torso ‎– TORSO RECORDS 33181, Torso ‎– TORSO 33181, Torso ‎– Torso 33181, Torso ‎– 33181
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A1 Disco Hospital 2:17
A2 Teenage Lightning
Classical Guitar [Spanish Guitar] – Juan Ramirez
A3 Windowpane
Backing Vocals – Rose McDowall
A4 The Snow
Keyboards [Ecstatic Keyboards] – Mike McEvoy*
A5 Dark River
Classical Guitar [Spanish Guitar] – Juan RamirezDidgeridoo – Cyrung
B1 Further Back And Faster
Didgeridoo – Cyrung
B2 Titan Arch
Vocals – Marc Almond
B3 Chaostrophy
Arranged By [Orchestral Arrangements By] – Billy McGeeCello – Audrey Riley, Jane FentonOboe – Julia GirdwoodViola – Jos Pook*, Sue DenchViolin – Andrew Davies, Clive Dobbins, Gini Ball, Sally Herbert
B4 Love's Secret Domain
Drums – Charles Hayward

Companies, etc.



(P) & (C) 1991 Threshold House.
Marketed by Torso Records.

All lyrics ©1990 John Balance.

Recorded in various locations in London between January 1988 and October 1990.
Vocals on track B3 were via Tesla's wireless.

Includes full-color, photo-illustrated and printed inner sleeve with credits and lyrics.

Catalog numbers:
On spine: TORSO RECORDS 33181
On back sleeve: 33181
On center labels: TORSO 33181
On inner sleeve: Torso 33181

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 711315 331810
  • Label Code: LC 7052
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): 08 30411 20 1A1 TORSO 33181 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): 08 30411 20 1B1 TORSO 33181 A
  • Rights Society: STEMRA
  • Other (Side A, center label): 08-030411-20-1
  • Other (Side B, center label): 08-030411-20-2
  • Other (Inner sleeve): 08-030411-20

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TORSO 33181 Coil Love's Secret Domain(LP, TP, W/Lbl) Torso TORSO 33181 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
WAX 7143 Coil Love's Secret Domain(LP, TP) Wax Trax! Records WAX 7143 US 1991 Sell This Version
WAXCD 7143 Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records WAXCD 7143 US 1991 Sell This Version
GS05052 Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album, Unofficial, Ltd) Golden Shoe GS05052 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7143 Coil Love's Secret Domain(Cass, Album) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7143 US 1993 Sell This Version


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June 18, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

A definitive album in the evolution of modern electronica. Coil is an appropriate term to define the twisted swirls & layers of samples for the ears to unpick and the feet to take the occasional shuffle to, but this album's subversive charm is locked into your subconscious by the array of rhythms, alloying the aural madness into something truly transcendental. There are interviews with Balance speaking of this period in British electronic music culture where he admitted to certain dance/music/drug experiences that not only cured his fear of death, but reinstated his faith in humanity. On this album you get close to understanding these semi-mystical experiences. Tracks like The Snow are tranced out hypno-house groovers, while Where Even the Darkness is a reinvention of didgeri-wtf where multiple listens serve to deepen the disturbing vocal utterances of what might be curses, blessings or who knows what. Further Back and Faster, Titan Arch & Chaostrophy complete the embedded and folded-in nuances of what could (in an ideal world) be counted as the Sergeant Pepper of contemporary Electronica. Nuff said.

The book England's Secret Domain, on the esoteric underground, suggests some folks dislike tracks on this release for their dance music pretensions. All i can say is thank the gods for the diversity of sounds here. The untimely and premature demise of Coil only goes to underline the strength of their output & Love's Secret Domain illustrates one of Britain's greatest sound exploring acts hitting 1 of their many creative peaks. Dont worry about a map here, your journey is guided by its own symbols & ciphers and all the better for it.
An album no-one else could have made/10


May 7, 2014
For what its worth, and i have heard all their catalogue, this is one of my faves, for me they didnt care and bought out an LP that had everything from electronic dance to marc almond songs. They tried something a little bit different and i feel it started a new chapter in the evolution of Coil.I love every minute of it and still get that wonderful feeling of uneasiness from listening to it. Brilliant. Also,love Music to play in the dark1&2 - Horse Rotavator - Pretty much anything they did