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A Merciful Release Box set

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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000LP5DBK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Black Planet
2. Walk Away
3. No Time to Cry
4. A Rock and a Hard Place
5. Marian (Version)
6. First and Last and Always
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Dominion / Mother Russia
2. Flood I
3. Lucretia My Reflection
4. 1959
5. This Corrosion
6. Flood II
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Vision Thing
2. Ribbons
3. Detonation Boulevard
4. Something Fast
5. When You Don't See Me
6. Doctor Jeep
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 24 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This box-set collects together the three albums by the Sisters of Mercy released on Merciful Release via a Warners imprint and reissued in November last year by Rhino. Having bought all three albums at a reduced price I would have no reason to buy this, but if you haven't so far, then its well worth getting - the track listing is the same as the currently available versions of First and Last and Always, Floodland, and Vision Thing.

First and Last and Always (1985) was the Sisters of Mercy's debut album that followed several e.p. and single releases that had found them a devoted fan base. This was the sole album to feature founder members Andrew Eldritch and Gary Marx, with later members Craig Adams & Wayne Hussey. The album as a whole feels divided into two, the first side generally written by Eldritch and Hussey, as the latter half is composed by Eldritch & Marx. `Black Planet' is the dark opener that would be poorly reworked as `Dance on Glass' by The Mission on their debut LP - the lyrics look forward to the radiation clouds present on `Floodland' and Eldritch makes a dark joke by manipulating the "Turn on, tune in..." tag associated with Timothy Leary. Both single `Walk Away' and a reworked `A Rock and a Hard Place' are very poppy, emphasising Hussey's past in Dead or Alive. Second single `No Time to Cry' is a rare band composition and like several tracks here shows a keyboard sound that would be developed on `Gift' & `Floodland.' The first half closes on `Marian (version)' which is the darkest Eldritch-Hussey song with a hypnotic quality that drags the listener in to feel like the narrator...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jalllala on 7 Nov. 2007
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An excellent box set with a noticeable improvement in audio courtesy of the remastering, rendering First and Last and Always even more spooky and Floodlands writ even larger in Super-Panavision. Never cared much for Vision Thing but it's growing on me. I hope it isn't Eldritch's final word and that we get some new material from him soon. The packaging is well-thought out and the sleeve notes are insightful and.....funny! So buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren Collis on 30 Sept. 2008
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Pureists will prefer the old 12" singles from the early 80's that were assembled into 'some girls wander by mistake', but anybody who heard just one or two tracks on the radio or saw an epic video on MTV should start with this.
It includes the extended versions of all 3 mainstream studio albums with my personal choices being the very first track 'black planet' which gives you a taste of most of which will follow, the epic 'some kind of stranger' the non-single tracks on Floodland and 'Ribbons' on Vision Thing.
Don't go cheap and get 'a slight case of overbombing' (singles album) as the sly genius of the more testing tracks will be missing.
Once you are hooked - search out 'The Gift' by the Sisterhood (vinyl only).
These are 3 different albums with individual feel, recorded over 15 years - find your own gems in the best box set I own!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Templer on 10 Dec. 2010
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Well, this might make me older than i am, but I am a Sisters Fan (more one of the old days) since the early eighties, so since they turned up. I have seen good old performances in small clubs around europe and I am proud to say that I was around to see how they grew their fanbase.

When I came across this release, I actually bought it to get hold of cd versions of some b-side tracks such as "on the wire blood money poison door, long train , neverland and so forth" because I was not convinced of their "latest" album vision thing. Its just great to have these little treasures on cd now, and I am happy that i bought the box. The sound quality of all albums compared to the "old versions" is definitely clearer and more defined.

RECOMMENDED !
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It is a measure of a true fan indeed who purchases this set, having already been in possession of the original CDs, and even having some of the bonus tracks, albeit in scratchy vinyl form. As I fall into this slightly nerdy category, I thought it time to indulge my completist urges and in the absence of any new material bought this set at a bargain price on Amazon and sold the originals on ebay.

As the original albums have been reviewed to death, I will only comment here on the extra features. Firstly, the remastering: I must admit, I was slightly disappointed at the sound quality - I possess a pretty good ear and can usually tell where there is a significant increase in sound quality, and to be honest, the original tracks do not differ from the original CDs - I was expecting more punch and crispness. In particular, the bonus tracks are mixed very differently to the original tracklisting, resulting in me having to alter my hi-fi settings once they kick in to stop them sounding so boom-y. Where I was expecting a seamless transition into the extra tracks they unfortunately sound a bit tacked on, and this is where the review has dropped a star. Having said all that, the different mix of First and Last and Always itself is terrific.

However, the actually quality of the extra tracks is superb. I was always a big fan of Blood Money, Bury me Deep etc, and these are very well served here. The demo of Some Kind of Stranger is alaso a welcome addition, highlighting the musical talents on show, which can occasionally be overshadowed by Von's booming baritone.

Again, the familiar Emma (on Floodland) is great but the real bonus is the full version of Neverland, which stretches the unsettling and broody original out to interesting lengths.
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