The long-out-of-print album by The Sisterhood — the project born out of Andrew Eldritch’s feud with ex-Sisters of Mercy bandmates Wayne Hussey and Craig Adams — will be reissued on CD, cassette and vinyl for the first time in decades, and released digitally for the first time ever.
London-based Cadiz Music has announced the reissue is “coming soon” and is being produced in conjunction with Eldritch’s Merciful Release label, which first issued The Sisterhood’s album Gift in 1986.
The album — the only ever released by the short-lived side project — is being remastered from the original tapes, according to the label, and will be released in a limited-edition colored vinyl LP signed by Eldritch as well as a limited-edition digipack CD, cassette and digital download. No tracklist has been released and it’s not clear whether the five-song album will be supplemented with bonus material.
The Sisterhood dates back to failed attempts in late 1985 to record a second Sisters of Mercy album. When Hussey and Adams left the Sisters, they set out to tour on their own, playing music written for the second Sisters LP that Eldritch had rejected. They christened themselves The Sisterhood, immediately drawing Eldritch’s ire. “There was nothing I could do but be the Sisterhood before them — the only way to kill that name was to use it, then kill it,” Eldritch told the NME.
Eldritch raced to record a new single under the Sisterhood name, releasing “Giving Ground”– with James Ray on vocals, since Eldritch couldn’t contractually appear — on his Merciful Release label on the very same day that Hussey and Adams played their first gig.
By March, Hussey and Adams had changed their name to The Mission, but Eldritch continued plans to record an album by The Sisterhood, eventually releasing it in July 1986. Along the way, he’d considered recording “This Corrosion” as The Sisterhood, but decided to save the track for the second incarnation of The Sisters of Mercy he envisioned with Patricia Morrison on bass.
The Gift album was issued on CD for the first time in 1989 then reissued in 1994, but has been out of print on all formats — aside from bootleg repressings — since then, and has yet to debut digitally.
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