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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: 4ad
  • ASIN: B00004WS17
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,240 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although the music of the eighties is best remembered for its over-produced bombast, beneath the mainstream was a diversity and creativity that should be envied by purveyors of today's roster. Four A.D. had a reputation for quality and distinction, and its founder Ivo Watts-Russell's project, This Mortal Coil, brought together some of the brightest talents from the label for their 45-minute debut album in 1984, It'll End In Tears. This collected new versions of a number of hand-picked songs, all beautifully performed and sung, and each linked by some newly-created instrumental passages. It was sufficiently successful for a follow-up, Filigree And Shadow, to be made two years later, promoted to double-album length.

In 1991, after a five year gap, came a second double album, Blood. Although the concept of This Mortal Coil remained the same after It'll End In Tears, the move to the double album format had the effect of extending the original instrumental material that interspersed the songs that were being reinterpreted. In my view, although they serve a valuable purpose in bridging and connecting themes and sounds, as full-length tracks some of them are more valuable as a source of revenue to Ivo, Simon Raymonde and John Fryer than as a necessary part of the artistic integrity of the record, and at worst have a bloating effect that can diminish the total effect of the music. There are also some newly composed songs, however, that are more successful.

The choice of artists drafted in for the project and of the songs chosen to be covered on Blood remains outstanding, and is proof of the taste and discrimination for which the project had earned a reputation, whilst the instrumentation, in particular the gorgeous use of chamber strings, is first class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Feb 2005
Format: Audio CD
Blood includes the talents of Alison Limerick, Kim Deal, Tanya Donelly and Heidi Berry. Haunting voices drift across oneiric soundscapes in a harmonious blend of their own material and songs by legends like Gene Clark and David Crosby, among others.
Strange things happen as the meandering music carries one eastward to bliss in isles of orchids and westward to wonder in the lands of the blessed. They equal one of their most beautiful interpretations, Tim Buckley's Song To The Siren (from 1986's Filigree And Shadow) on their version of Mary Margaret O'Hara's Help Me Lift You Up, in a quivering, atmospherical treatment.
An uncompromisingly poetic collection where the lyrics and music have been meticulously crafted to paint the most evocative moodscapes in pieces like With Tomorrow, The Lacemaker, the sorrowful I Come And Stand At Every Door and Late Night, a sweet interpretation of the Syd Barrett song. Blood is glorious epitaph to an idea that produced some of the most magical music of the late 80s/early 90s.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
Blood includes the talents of Alison Limerick, Kim Deal, Tanya Donelly and Heidi Berry. Haunting voices drift across ethereal soundscapes in a harmonious blend of their own material and songs by legends like Gene Clark and David Crosby, among others. Strange things happen as the meandering music carries one eastward to bliss in isles of orchids and westward to wonder in the isles of the blessed. They equal one of their most beautiful interpretations, Tim Buckley's Song To The Siren (from 1986's Filigree And Shadow) on their version of Mary Margaret O'Hara's Help Me Lift You Up, in a quivering, atmospherical treatment. An uncompromisingly poetic collection where the lyrics and music have been meticulously crafted to paint the most vivid moodscapes in pieces like With Tomorrow, The Lacemaker, the sorrowful I Come And Stand At Every Door and Late Night, a sweet interpretation of the Syd Barrett song. A glorious epitaph to an idea that produced some of the most magical music of the late 80s/early 90s.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Feb 2005
Format: Vinyl
Blood includes the talents of Alison Limerick, Kim Deal, Tanya Donelly and Heidi Berry. Haunting voices drift across oneiric soundscapes in a harmonious blend of their own material and songs by legends like Gene Clark and David Crosby, among others.
Strange things happen as the meandering music carries one eastward to bliss in isles of orchids and westward to wonder in the lands of the blessed. They equal one of their most beautiful interpretations, Tim Buckley's Song To The Siren (from 1986's Filigree And Shadow) on their version of Mary Margaret O'Hara's Help Me Lift You Up, in a quivering, atmospherical treatment.
An uncompromisingly poetic collection where the lyrics and music have been meticulously crafted to paint the most evocative moodscapes in pieces like With Tomorrow, The Lacemaker, the sorrowful I Come And Stand At Every Door and Late Night, a sweet interpretation of the Syd Barrett song. Blood is glorious epitaph to an idea that produced some of the most magical music of the late 80s/early 90s.
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Format: Audio CD
I was captivated by TMC after hearing Liz Fraser singing 'Song to the Siren' on Loose Talk in the 1980s. It'll End in Tears and Filigree and Shadow drew me in further - but Blood was the pinnacle. I listened to it on a Walkman in bivvi bags on mountains, in Aeroflot planes - as well as in my front room. On a mountain in the Western Caucausus, Blood almost became an anthem for a caving expedition living in appalling conditions. I've never found any music so able to take the mind away from cold, fear and tiredness. I listen to so much new music but still have such a place in my heart for TMC and especially Blood.
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