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This Mortal Coil - Blood (Deluxe Reissue) //4AD// (Released 7th December)




£32.99 – 2xLP

This Mortal Coil was the given name of a strictly-studio project that spawned three albums, conceived and produced by one-time 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell. Over the span of eight years he, along with Blackwing Studios house engineer/ co-producer, John Fryer, and a rotating cast of musicians, created original works, musical links and reinterpretations of impeccably curated songs; introducing a new audience to the talents of a previous generation including Big Star, Tim Buckley, Roy Harper, Spirit, Gene Clark, Dino Valenti, Rain Parade, Emmylou Harris, Syd Barrett and Colin Newman, amongst others.

The new deluxe vinyl versions differ from the original releases with each album, It’ll End In Tears (1984); Filigree & Shadow (1986); and Blood (1991), having had its artwork reimagined by Ivo Watts-Russell and Vaughan Oliver (4AD’s long-time visual partner).  All three are now presented in beautiful, hand finished and high-gloss gatefold sleeves, using remastered audio made from the original analogue studio tapes by the late, great John Dent.

Landing at the start of a new decade, after much had happened in both producer Ivo Watts-Russell’s life and with his 4AD label, the final part of the This Mortal Coil trilogy, Blood felt like a perfect conclusion. Meticulously orchestrated, vocalists Alison Limerick, and Deirdre and Louise Rutkowski return from the second album with Caroline Crawley (Shelleyan Orphan/Babacar) and 4AD signees Heidi Berry, Kim Deal (Pixies/The Breeders), Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses/The Breeders/Belly) and Pieter Nooten all enlisted.

“Shedding some of its chillier post-punk components, blossoming into material airy and gorgeous. Covers – many from the psychedelic era – still dominate the material, but they are largely indistinguishable from the originals, so seamless is (it’s) indelible tone. Blood is a treasure”  – Consequence of Sound


A1. The Lacemaker

A2. Mr. Somewhere

A3. Andialu

A4. With Tomorrow

A5. Loose Joints

A6. You And Your Sister

B1. Nature’s Way

B2. I Come And Stand At Every Door

B3. Bitter

B4. Baby Ray Baby

B5. Several Times

C1. The Lacemaker II

C2. Late Night

C3. Ruddy And Wretched

C4. Help Me Lift You Up

C5. Carolyn’s Song

C6. D. D. And E.

D1. ‘Til I Gain Control Again

D2. Dreams Are Like Water

D3. I Am The Cosmos

D4. (Nothing But) Blood

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