Deluxe vinyl in hand-finished sleeves • Japan ‘paper sleeve’ CDs
The three albums issued by 1980s musical collective This Mortal Coil will be reissued in October with remastered audio and presented in high quality vinyl and CD packages.
The albums in question are It’ll End In Tears (1984), Filigree and Shadow (1986) and Blood (1991) and all three were led by 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell.
Working with engineer/co-producer John Fryer, and a rotating cast of musicians (largely artists on the 4AD label) these releases often included interpretations of other artists’ works including Big Star, Tim Buckley, Roy Harper, Syd Barrett and Emmylou Harris.
For this reissue campaign the deluxe vinyl editions have ‘reimagined’ artwork (by Ivo Watts-Russell and Vaughan Oliver) and are presented in hand-finished and high-gloss gatefold sleeves.
Filigree and Shadow double vinyl deluxe set
What’s particularly good here is that the CDs are given some care and attention too. The deluxe CD editions are being manufactured by the Ichikudo company in Japan, and are presented in gatefold paper sleeves which are “printed to the highest standard”. These were actually part of the very limited box set back in 2011, but this time around they are UHQCD (Ultimate High Quality Compact Disc) and not HDCD (High Definition Compatible Digital). I’m not sure I’d worry too much about the latter, but these will work fine on standard CD players.
These use remastered audio made from the original analogue studio tapes by the late John Dent. They will be released on 26 October 2018. Considering they are Japanese manufactured paper sleeve editions, the CD prices are very cheap (no CD pre-order for Filigree and Shadow yet…).
It’ll End In Tears LP / CD
A1. Kangaroo, A2. Song To The Siren, A3. Holocaust, A4. Fyt, A5. Fond Affections, A6. The Last Ray
B1. Another Day, B2. Waves Become Wings, B3. Barramundi, B4. Dreams Made Flesh, B5. Not Me, B6. A Single Wish
Filigree and Shadow 2LP / CD
A1. Velvet Belly, A2. The Jeweller, A3. Ivy And Neet, A4. Meniscus, A5. Tears, A6. Tarantula
B1. My Father, B2. Come Here My Love, B3. At First, And Then, B4. Strength Of Strings, B5. Morning Glory
C1. Inch-Blue, C2. I Want To Live, C3. Mama K (1), C4. Filigree & Shadow, C5. Fire Brothers, C6. Thaïs (1), C7. I Must Have Been Blind, C8. A Heart Of Glass
D1. Alone, D2. Mama K (2), D3. The Horizon Bleeds And Sucks Its Thumb, D4. Drugs, D5. Red Rain, D6. Thaïs (2)
Blood 2LP / CD
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