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First and Last and Always (Deluxe Version)

The Sisters of Mercy

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With their name inspired by the Leonard Cohen tune and their sound engineered by the electronics of the era, the Sisters Of Mercy were a band meant to define the ‘80s. Except that the band’s endless personnel, production and label problems made them a band with a greater legacy than hits. Singer Andrew Eldritch denied the “Gothic” tag, calling the group “children of Altamont” and recording covers of the Stooges’ “1969” and the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” on their way to their debut album. First and Last and Always is, quite simply, brilliant. A challenging modern sound that battled between the inhumanity of a technological world and a basic human dread that the group turned beautiful with their synthesizers and drum machines. “Black Planet” is a simple anthem. “No Time to Cry” aches with a sense of futile urgency. “A Rock and A Hard Place” sounds like a mammoth hit. “Marian” is an obsessive-compulsive love song. “Possession” and “Some Kind of Stranger” solidify the group’s intensity even as the group was falling to pieces. This "Remastered” version of the album includes an even more desperate-sounding version of their epic, “Some Kind of Stranger.”

Customer Reviews

Guten Tag, Herr Eldtritch....

Now then, once upon a time in the 1980's, there lived in a large house in a village in Leicestershire, a young woman called Miranda....at times her cousin Joanna would come to stay for extended periods and bring with her (to drown out 'The Cult' - yawningly owned by the aforementioned Miranda) her one and only vinyl record of 'First Last and Always'. On occasion, their friend *big grin*, Brian, would come to stay...he was grateful in an unassuming way to get away from it all and (despite his fab Sisters of Mercy hat he'd purchased from 'The Very Bizarre' in Leicester) wasn't really very gothy at all. Indeed, he'd rather listen to the Mamas and the Papas and actually, by chillingly weird co-incidence, found a single by them at the house and listened with great glee to 'No Salt on her Tail' in secret...However, digressions part, it was Brian's job to run up 3 flights of stairs, put on ' Some Kind of Stranger' at full blast and then run back down again to listen to it in comfort in the drawing room. The fact that we did this time after time, after time after tea, after time and again, shows that we were the three silllies? No, it shows we had style, an ear for an incredibly good song and a wonderful time being 19 in the middle of nowhere. We saw The Sisters live, well, barely alive, all smoke mainly. There was this guy who looked like a parrot. It makes sense. I suppose its called amphetamine logic.

once upon a time the Sisters ruled the world!

An absolute classic...in the early 80's Leeds was goth(am) city & it was my good fortune & pleasure to find myself in the mighty city between 1981-85 studying at leeds Poly. In the early hours one night at Le Phonographique (down the steps in The Merrion Centre) I heard a sound like nothing I'd heard before...I asked the DJ....it was the new single by The Sisters of Mercy "Body Electric"...and somehow my life was changed forever! Following the Sisters gigging around Yorkshire became a way of life...Leeds, Sheff, Huddersfield...and many tough decisions had to be made...miss the encore & make the last train home? Or chance it & risk a night on the station? (I remember one cold night spent sat on the seat in the photobooth on Sheffield station, with the curtain drawn, waiting for the first train back to Leeds at 6.20am!)I queued for hours when the album was released, with a signing session at HMV in Leeds...I clutched my signed gatefold copy that day & some 25 years later it still holds pride of place in my collection...keep the faith!

Give me things that dont last long......

...as Mr Eldritch once sang but this does last long and sounds as fresh as it did in 1985.
Most kids these days think that all their "kiddy goth" heroes like Manson, Korn, Cradle of Filith etc are the true definition of Goth, all controversy,hype,loudness,attitude and bluster but they dont get it, and these clowns could never compare to the true Goth masters, the Sisters.
This album for me shows the band at their best, before Eldritch got all polished and Hollywood (though Floodland was a good album, ill not mention Vision Thing). Abley assisted by Hussey, Marx and Brown, this albums collection of songs helped define the meaning of Goth when it was at its height in the mid 80's. Though the band parted ways soon after with Hussey and Brown forming the fantastic Mission, and Eldritch's ascent to megalomenia,these songs. sometimes forceful, sometimes subtle but always melodic,can always make this 39year old drift back to my teenage years when i first heard this album on tape.

Buy this now, even if it is just to show your kids the meaning of true goth rock.

Wonderful.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Leeds, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of England's leading goth bands of the 1980s, the Sisters of Mercy play a slow, gloomy, ponderous hybrid of metal and psychedelia, often incorporating dance beats; the one constant in the band's career has been deep-voiced singer Andrew Eldritch. (There is some disagreement as to whether the group took its name from an order of Catholic nuns or from the Leonard Cohen song of the same name.) Eldritch originally formed the band in 1980 with guitarist Gary Marx and recorded its first single with...
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