Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

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All I Know For Sure

A Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label The Sisters of Mercy - First And Last And Always. Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s World-Renowned Mastering System and pressed at RTI (best record plant in America): first time any The Sisters of Mercy records have been given the audiophile treatment on LP.

The template for all goth-rock records that followed, The Sisters of Mercy’s First And Last And Always stands as one of the (if not the most) influential albums of its kind ever released. Distinguished by Andrew Eldritch’s ghostly singing, which gives the impression of hearing a forlorn ghoul croon from a foggy English graveyard, the 1985 set is drenched in gloom, claustrophobia, black humour, and dance-ready beats that provide exhilarating contrasts. Fans of the Cure, Depeche Mode, Love and Rockets, Peter Murphy, mid-period Nick Cave, and Joy Division will find it to be a new favourite record if they haven’t already got a copy.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in North America), Silver Label numbered limited edition LP presents First And Last And Always with a fuller, richer sound that positively obliterates the thin, feeble sonic perspectives that have limited the music until now. Every aspect from Eldritch’s haunting singing to the group’s jangling guitars and prancing bass lines finally gain genuine definition. Yet what’s most improved is the sense of atmosphere: The Sisters of Mercy revel in painting tone poems, where the feel and effect are as essential as the notes that are played. This is now an atmospheric tour de force.
Ever since its release, First And Last And Always has been aptly shrouded in mythology. Eldritch pushed the envelope during the recording sessions, literally walking into walls and repeatedly unable to maintain his focus. Strung out on amphetamines, dazed by days of no sleep, upset by a recent breakup, and eating little, the vocalist channelled his discord into sombre lyrics and brooding singing. He’s framed by pulsing albeit lean, spare rhythms, patient tempos, and the clatter of a programmed drum machine that, in spite of its mechanical operation, sounds strangely organic. The songs evoke wet dungeons, walls-closing-in paranoia, and late-night strolls amidst the U.K.’s mysterious underground.
Despite its overall dark character, the records arrangements value spaciousness, putting a premium on room and minimalism that makes each note count. As a result, twinkling pianos and keyboards parallel steel-cutting guitars and low-tuned bass lines that, in combination with Eldrtich’s baritone, suggest glimmers of hope among the decay. Songs such as the shaking “Possession,” dramatic “Some Kind of Stranger,” and desperate “Marian” remain models of the gothic and post-punk disciplines more than 25 years after their debut. It’s no surprise that, given all of the tension and personality that infuse the album, The Sisters of Mercy disbanded just months after its release.

"The lead track, “Black Planet,” showcases the new remastering to full effect. The song features an all-encompassing bass rhythm that, with every strike, infects the tune like mustard gas unleashed in a trench. On a poor master, the bass would threaten to suffocate the rest of the arrangement. But Mobile Fidelity keeps it in check with a distinct, sparkling, upper-mid sensitive guitar; the bass merrily sits on the edge of the soundstage."
--Paul Rigby, TONE Audio, Issue 38, June 2011

It’s unlikely that any goth-rock album has ever sounded this good. This MoFi Silver Label LP will turn your room into rainy, dreary England, circa 1985, and expose you to one of the most harrowing vocal performances on record.

The band's epic Floodland also available on Silver Label LP

An in depth article on the making of First And Last And Always is here

Needle drop on Numbered Limited Edition 140g LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label to FLAC

The Sisters Of Mercy: First And Last And Always

1.       Black Planet
2.       Walk Away
3.       No Time To Cry
4.       A Rock And A Hard Place
5.       Marian
6.       First And Last And Always
7.       Possession
8.       Nine While Nine
9.       Amphetamine Logic
10.   Some Kind Of Stranger


  1. Listened to first and... thousands literally... but this version is groundbreaking.

  2. -= Martin L. Gore =-4 July 2017 at 17:10

    Truly a masterpiece!!! I can't wait to hear it in better quality!!!

    thank you so much!!!

    In fact, all three albums by SOM and all their singles are gothic masterpieces with FLOOD still being my favorite ... who knew that MEAT LOAF's Steinmann produced FLOOD ... crazy stuff!

    Is their also a high quality remaster of the other two albums?

    1. I only have Flood as a Mobile Fidelity vinyl remaster...I also have 24bit rips of all three Sisters albums

  3. I just leaked a small bit of drool. I'm uncertain if it was the fact that I can now have a flac of this MFSL release or if it was the fact that you own this...making me a bit jealous. ;) Thanks!

    1. Wait til you hear Floodland 😎

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