This Mortal Coil

Reissue imprint Beggars Archive is readying a major This Mortal Coil re-release campaign, featuring a new 4CD box set, individual vinyl and CD reissues of the 4AD collective’s three studio albums, and a hi-def Blu-ray release that collects all of the band’s records and music videos on a single disc.

In a note posted Tuesday on Beggars Archive’s blog, the label reports that the reissues of 4AD label chief Ivo Watts-Russell’s mid-to-late-’80s cover-heavy dreampop collaboration — which involved members of Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and the Pixies — aren’t yet in production, so a release date hasn’t been set.

However, Beggars does detail the following four components:

CD BOX SET: Remastered editions of the This Mortal Coil’s three albums — It’ll End in Tears (1984), Filigree & Shadow (1986) and Blood (1991) — will be repackaged in Japanese paper gatefold sleeves with “re-worked” art by Watts-Russell and famed 4AD designer Vaughan Oliver, using photos from Nigel Grierson’s original sessions.

The discs will be sold together with a fourth CD called Dust & Guitars, which collects the band’s three singles and EPs, plus two recently discovered tracks that had been earmarked for the Rough Trade Singles Club in 1992 but weren’t issued: “Thais (Bird of Paradise),” a variation of the Filigree & Shadow track, and a cover of Neil Young’s “We Never Danced” recorded for Blood but not used (see tracklist below).

VINYL REISSUES: Each of This Mortal Coil’s three albums will be reissued on audiophile vinyl by Original Recordings Group, packaged in newly designed gatefold sleeves. The records have been “mastered from the HD audio transfers from the analog tapes.”

HD AUDIO BLU-RAY: All three albums will be included on a single Blu-ray disc in high-definition stereo (24bit/96khz), along with the band’s videos and both CD-quality FLAC files and MP3 files that can be ripped and burned.

CD REISSUES: After the box set sells out, Beggars plans to withdraw the current jewel-cased CDs and reissue all three albums individually in the Japanese paper sleeves. While Dust & Guitars won’t receive a “general release,” Beggars says “fans who would like it but don’t want to buy the box set will be catered for in some way.”

See tracklist of This Mortal Coil’s ‘Dust & Guitars’ disc after the jump…

Tracklist: This Mortal Coil, Dust & Guitars bonus disc

1. “Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust”
2. “Song To The Siren”
3. “Sixteen Days (Reprise)”
4. “Kangaroo”
5. “It’ll End In Tears”
6. “Come Here My Love”
7. “Drugs”
8. “Acid, Bitter and Sad”
9. “We Never Danced” *
10. “Thais (Bird of Paradise)” *

*Previously unreleased


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