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The Sisters of Mercy - First and Last & Always [Hi-Res Remastering] (2015)

29-08-2015, 13:21
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The Sisters of Mercy - First and Last & Always [Hi-Res Remastering] (2015)

Artist: The Sisters of Mercy
Title Of Album: First and Last & Always
Year Of Release: 2015 [1985]
Label: Warner Music UK
Country: England
Genre: Rock, Gothic Rock, New Wave, Post-Punk
Quality: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: 320 kbps / Lossless [44.1kHz/16bit / 96kHz/24bit]
Time: 1:21:05
Full Size: 206 mb / 499 mb / 1.79 gb

With the band itself falling to bits shortly after the March 1985 debut of First and Last and Always, the album's place in the skewed history of the rise of goth rock would, on one hand, be permanently linked with that discord but, on the other, not impacted in the slightest, leaving the fractious set's success and structure to become a blueprint for an entire generation of up-and-comers. With static drumbeats and jangle-angled guitars backing Andrew Eldritch's atonic, graveyard vocals, the songs on First and Last and Always paid to play alongside the ghosts of myriad forgotten post-punkers as well as the band's own goth forebears. From the opening air-fire claustrophobia of "Black Planet" to the melancholy "No Time to Cry," Eldritch continually assured listeners that "everything's gonna be alright" -- but, really, coming out of that mouth, did anyone actually believe him? Even on the occasional wobbly patches imbedded in the now classic "Marian" and the title track, where the song threatens to dissolve into irrelevance despite Eldritch's chirky vocal, they pull up wonderfully on the bass-driven, bee-stung guitar gem "Possession" and the closing "Some Kind of Stranger," an untouchable epic that, clocking in at over seven minutes, is the best of its kind from any time -- period. "Some Kind of Stranger" not only became a love song for the doom and gloom crowd, but was also an anthemic, anemic declaration of intent laid bare in a haze of sonic smoke and mirrors. Copied to death, its brilliance has never been replicated. Indeed, the entire album remains unequaled in the genre, permanently granted top place on a pedestal from which it cannot be toppled.


1 Black Planet 4:28
2 Walk Away 3:23
3 No Time To Cry 4:06
4 A Rock And A Hard Place 3:36
5 Marian (Version) 5:45
6 First And Last And Always 4:02
7 Possession 4:39
8 Nine While Nine 4:12
9 Amphetamine Logic 4:50
10 Some Kind Of Stranger 7:20
11 Body And Soul 3:40
12 Body Electric 4:41
13 Train 2:48
14 Afterhours 7:29
15 Poison Door 3:43
16 On The Wire 4:20
17 Blood Money 3:15
18 Bury Me Deep 4:45

Andrew Eldritch - vocals
Craig Adams - bass guitar
Wayne Hussey - guitar, vocals
Gary Marx - guitar
Doktor Avalanche (drum machine) - drums

Producer: David M. Allen
Mixing engineers: Andrew Eldritch and David M. Allen

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