CoilLove's Secret Domain

Label:Torso – TORSO RECORDS 33181, Torso – TORSO 33181, Torso – Torso 33181, Torso – 33181
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Industrial, Electro, Experimental


A1Disco Hospital2:17
A2Teenage Lightning
Classical Guitar [Spanish Guitar]Juan Ramirez
Backing VocalsRose McDowall
A4The Snow
Keyboards [Ecstatic Keyboards]Mike McEvoy*
A5Dark River
Classical Guitar [Spanish Guitar]Juan Ramirez
B1Further Back And Faster
B2Titan Arch
VocalsMarc Almond
Arranged By [Orchestral Arrangements By]Billy McGee
ViolaJos Pook*, Sue Dench
B4Love's Secret Domain
DrumsCharles Hayward

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(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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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Love's Secret Domain (CD, Album)Torso, TorsoTORSO CD181, TORSO CD 181Europe1991
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Love's Secret Domain (CD, Album)Wax Trax! RecordsWAXCD 7143US1991
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Love's Secret Domain (LP, Album, Test Pressing)Wax Trax! RecordsWAX 7143US1991
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Love's Secret Domain (LP, Album, White Label)TorsoTORSO 33181Netherlands1991
Love's Secret Domain (Cassette, Album)Wax Trax! RecordsWAXCS 7143US1991



  • joeyms16's avatar
    buyers beware, there is a bootleg pressing of this album that looks identical to this original pressing from the outside. it’s most likely made by the same german guy who made these: i saw all 3 of these in a shop in paris and the owner told me they’re all german bootlegs.
    • oriorb's avatar
      Don't get the single LP wax trax release. Seriously, I was incredibly disappointed when I realized there was a 2xLP whose tracklisting wasn't butchered like this one. Missing three of the best tracks, and a couple of others are very obviously sped up. Really wish I had paid more attention before buying this, I'm really unimpressed.
      • aphexacid's avatar
        Just received their mailer and preordered the black deluxe. The colored discs are cool looking, but quality is king.
        • Android_Skeleton's avatar
          Which reissue to get? A 3xLP from Infinite Fog, or a 2xLP from Wax Trax.

          The prices are a little steep, which is expected when it comes to Coil, either way you go and there are a ton being pressed...

          Anyone out there have any thoughts on the best one of the two, and/or best places to order?
          • cwmbran-city's avatar
            Edited 8 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
            • puppyrevenge-2009's avatar
              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


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