Back in the early days of this blog, I had had the brilliant idea of creating playlist-slash-mixed tapes based on the different sub-genres that had been stuffed under the “Alternative” genre umbrella. Incidentally, but definitely not coincidentally, I posted a goth playlist just in time for Halloween 2012 that I entitled, “Time to get your goth on“. I mention this in August 2016, mired in the depths of summer heat and sun, because I just received on my doorstep a vinyl reissue of one of my favourite “goth” albums of all time.
Indeed, when I heard last summer that Sisters of Mercy’s debut album, “First and last and always”, was going to be released as a box set with the 12″ singles from the album, each of the four discs on 180 gram vinyl, my interest was piqued. Then, a month or so later, when it was announced that the goth innovator’s sophomore effort, “Floodland”, was getting the same treatment, I was sorely tempted and more than once thought about clicking on the “Order” button on Amazon. Then, finally, this year I caught wind of the box set release of 1990’s “Vision thing”, their third and so far final album, and I didn’t hesitate for a moment.
This set has been on pre-order with Amazon for over two months and thankfully for me, the price dropped to a respectable amount but even at its highest price, this set is worth every penny. Each disc was remastered from the original master tapes and pressed to 180 gram vinyl and the singles play at 45 rpm. It all sounds very lovely, brilliantly dark and intelligent and angry. There were two huge bonuses for me with this set: first, the B-side track on the 12″ single for the mighty anthem “More” is a track I heard never heard before, called “You could be the one”, and is simply amazing, and secondly, the set came with a download card for the whole set, which means I have been listening to this set for most of the week, even before I had had the time to give it a spin on the turntable last night. I am enjoying this set so much that all of a sudden, that set for “Floodland” is back on my radar.
And since we’re talking about recent additions to my record collection in the “goth” oeuvre, I thought I’d mention one more album that his graced my collection of late.
I know, I know, Dead Can Dance aren’t really and truly a goth band. But seriously, name me a band that has been pigeon-holed in this genre that actually considers themselves goth. Andrew Eldritch of the Sisters of Mercy hated the term. Yet still, the folk and world music Australian “project” led by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry has been the darling of goth fanatics everywhere since their inception. And while I am not a fan of all their work, I love their album from 1993, “Into the labyrinth”, especially the incredible Brendan Perry penned single, “The ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove”. So when I saw it being reissued, I jumped at the chance at purchasing it for my shelves. The double disc version I received was graced with cover art I didn’t recognized, definitely different from the CD version I already owned, and included two songs on the fourth side that I had never heard before: “Bird” and “Spirit”. These two tracks were apparently bonus tracks on the 1991 compilation album “A passage in time” and while quite lovely, don’t quite feel like they fit this album. Not that I am complaining at receiving extra material…
But I digress and since this post was inspired by my excitement at receiving the ‘Vision thing’ box set, here is one of the great tracks off of that album: “Doctor jeep”.
And yeah, here is the obligatory turntable shot, taken during its first spin…