Coil ‎– Backwards

Cold Spring ‎– CSR203LP
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album

Companies, etc.



Double LP in gatefold sleeve.
Comes with a download card for the entire album in FLAC-format.
Copies ordered directly from Danny Hyde come with an insert with pictures and additional information.
Copies ordered directly from Cold Spring come with a postcard.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 641871744602
  • Barcode (Printed): 0641871744602
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - hand-etched): CSR 203 LP A B̶ MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - hand-etched): CRS 203 LP B GREG @ FINYL TWEEK MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C - hand-etched): CSR 203 LP C MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D - hand-etched): CSR 203 LP D GREG @ FINYL TWEEK MPO

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Coil Backwards(18xFile, MP3, Album, 192) Not On Label (Coil) none 2015
none Coil Backwards(18xFile, AAC, Album) Not On Label (Coil) none 2015
CSR203LP Coil Backwards(2xLP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Cold Spring CSR203LP UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Coil Backwards(18xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label (Coil) none 2015
CSR203CD Coil Backwards(CD, Album) Cold Spring CSR203CD UK 2015 Sell This Version


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October 25, 2018
I listened to the disc with headphones and I did not notice any type of distortion,
nor on the D side.
Some horrible pressing have appears in the market in the last years but this is OK


March 17, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Since everyone else is taking liberties with Coil's music, I'm going to go ahead change the file name of "Be Careful What You Wish For" back to the name it was called in every other incarnation of this material while Jhon & Peter were around back to - ELVES
I like that much better and it's what the track actually sounds like to me...devious little elves!

Also I must say, the art work for this is real shame considering the effort Coil put into their packaging etc.. Definitely shows a laziness and lack of care by those who put this out. I guess that's how it is when you're just looking for a quick cash grab and just want to rush out there with very little thought.

To be honest I hope there's no further supposed releases under the name Coil. Jhonn (Geff) and Peter were THE ONLY people sanctioned to release music under the name Coil but somehow there is still material surfacing? I for one have no way of knowing if any of this stuff is really the work they did or just thrown together by other people close to Coil looking to cash in on their name. This goes for "Time Machines II" Backwards [2015]", "Electric Sewer Age I, II", "Unreleased NIN remixes". Fo me, those releases will always live in a separate grey area as to the uncertainty of their authenticity. No offense to Danny Hyde and whoever organized the release of TMII...just saying.


June 18, 2016

Happy to say my copy just arrived. No distortion on side D. High quality set.


June 10, 2016

The only things I don't like about this release are external to the music. However it was said, that it is the final order of tracks, it seems to me very chaotic (in a bad way). Minor changes like replacing Amber Rain with AYOR give this album much more fluency. It looks like story then. Story about a man who saw the strangest things which should not be seen by human eyes and now they're burning him from the inside.


June 9, 2016
I haven't listened to my vinyl copy of this so I can't chime in on the distortion conversation.
I do appreciate the very late released of this album although to me it hasn't aged well (but I also think the same or House Rotorvator, so my opinion may not mean much!). The track Backwards itself while being a wonderful piece of Coil is also a great example of the anachronism of mid nineties industrial dance music. I've never really considered Coil an industrial dance band (they are so unlike Ministry, KMFDM, etc...) but this particular piece seems to place them into that genre. Perhaps it was the zeitgeist...
Heaven's Blade me has always been the Greek of the Backwards sessions and the version here is one of Clio's pop masterpieces.
What disappointed me the most about these mixes was the complete disappearance of Mick Harris's drums. Were they actually removed and replaced with tinny drum machines on this supposed final mix? Or were they removed later? To me the Dutch radio version of Spastiche sounds so much more in line with the whole of Coil's back catalogue that the absence of the live drums here makes no sense. But what do I know? Nothing...


February 2, 2016

No distrotion on the D-side from my personal copie. The entire 2xLP sounds perfectly. The rest, to me, is the traditional argument, when "everyone" died in a band, that "new" sound sources emerge from the past. That said, it's interesting, specially 'bout Coil, who appears to be the dark master-class to shine in some of the business and cultural environments.


January 21, 2016

Had two plays of the vinyl now, transfer and cut seem to be very good, no distortion on Side D that I can hear, and I have a stellar turntable setup!


December 9, 2015

yes, side D has distortion on the first track and i don´t think that pick ups set up have nothing to do here.
could be a factory error but it will be the first time i see something like that.
i would say that it´s a mastering error and it was originally on the test pressing and nobody cared about it. being so hurry when releasing a record isn´t a good thing.

so much reports of distorted copies, noticeably on "A Cold Cell"but of side D. this is not a matter of the manufacturation of some copies. this has to be a matter of the mastering, and test pressing has to sound like that. you have to check it carefully to realize it. i would say that people that say that they don´t hear distortion on "A cold cell" just don´t have listening to it carefully and with headphones, for example.

a lot of questions to consider.... will "cold spring" correct it in the next re-presses? in fact everyone who got the vinyl throgh them should be asking for their money back. 23 pounds + postage for a poorly pressed record like this???

sadly, people isn´t too demanding about new vinyl presses quality.


November 26, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

Great album, and totally agree with Gruener Tee. Am personally always excited + skeptical when it comes to Coil. But no matter what, their music and sound is like nothing else. Its always a rewarding listening journey, as they are so unique.
Sad this first pressing has a distorted D side - at least my copy has which is sad.
But stil. What a piece of music this album is. Even if not a big fan, I always buy a Coil recording, as I can listen, learn, be surprised, discover new. This is for me, what great music is all about. Coil is always inspirational to listen to


November 25, 2015
How limited is the first pressing ? 500 ?