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Various Artists – Lonely Is An Eyesore (wonderful 4AD compilation)

Various Artists – Lonely Is An Eyesore
Vinyl rip at 320 Kbps
Released 15 June 1987
Length 42:19
Label 4AD
Producer Ivo Watts-Russell

Magnificent collection of tracks from bands on the peerless Brit Indie Label 4AD back in the late eighties.

Just look at the quality of acts like Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Muses and 4AD “supergroup” This Mortal Coil !

As a former 4AD addict, I had this on cassette back in the day! It’s great to get it digitally now!

Lonely Is an Eyesore was first released back in June 1987. It was originally available on LP, CD, cassette, and in a limited edition wooden box containing all audio formats, video tape, and etchings. A VHS compilation of music videos for all the songs was released as well.

The CD was re-released in the 1990s.

All thanks to cosmos65 for the great vinyl rip!

If the artsy British independent label 4AD has a calling card, it’s 1987’s Lonely Is an Eyesore. Featuring many exclusive selections from their late-’80s staples, you get tribal mysticism from Dead Can Dance (“Frontier,” “The Protagonist”), fractured pop mysticism from Throwing Muses (“Fish”), dream pop mysticism from the Cocteau Twins (“Crushed”), gothic mysticism from This Mortal Coil and Clan of Xymox (“Acid, Bitter and Sad” and “Muscoviet Musquito,” respectively), instrumental mysticism from Dif Juz (“No Motion”), sound collage mysticism from Colourbox (“Hot Doggie”), and pop art mysticism from the Wolfgang Press (“Cut the Tree”). It isn’t exactly a sought-after independent label sampler in the manner of Rough Trade’s Wanna Buy a Bridge?, and it’s not as legendary as Factory’s A Factory Sampler, but it does offer some fine examples of 4AD’s excellence, especially in the cases of the Throwing Muses and Dif Juz selections. The compilation was also released in a severely limited edition (try 100, of which only 30 were commercially issued), encased in a wooden box with a VHS supplement and a number of graphic prints.

– allmusic.com

Tracklisting

1. “Hot Doggie” (Colourbox)
2. “Acid, Bitter and Sad” (This Mortal Coil)
3. “Cut the Tree” (The Wolfgang Press)
4. “Fish” (Throwing Muses)
5. “Frontier” (Dead Can Dance)
6. “Crushed” (Cocteau Twins)
7. “No Motion” (Dif Juz)
8. “Muscoviet Musquito” (Clan of Xymox)
9. “The Protagonist” (Dead Can Dance)

Here be hot doggies !

http://rapidshare.com/files/11…..yesore.rar

Big thanks to cosmos65

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August 15, 2008 Posted by | Clan of Xymox, Cocteau Twins, Colourbox, Dead Can Dance, Dif Juz, Music_Alternative, The Wolfgang Press, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses, Various Artists, _MUSIC | 3 Comments

This Mortal Coil – Box Set 1983-1991


This Mortal Coil – Box Set 1983-1991

Ripped at 320 Kbps with scanned artwork included.

This is a wonderful collection of great music from the moving-feast of great artists that was TMC!

All credit to cosmos65 for this trove!

Yap, we sure loved TMC back in the day! These were the days of vile cassette tapes etc. I don’t think television, let alone the internet, had been invented! BTW, maybe someone can advise me what to do with about 5 crates of fucking useless cassette tapes!!

Anyways, TMC made some amazing and ethereal music – both in their incredible and radical versions of established classics as well as original compositions.

What was originally intended as only a side project soon became the flagship for the wonderful 4AD label.

Of course, along with the great music, came the amazing artwork which was a hallmark of 4 AD.



“What dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause”



—Hamlet : Willy the Shake



This Mortal Coil was a project dreamed up by Ivo Watts-Russell, founder of the great Brit label 4AD Records.

The project brought together key 4AD artists, as well as others not signed to the label, under an umbrella name.

Among others, This Mortal Coil featured contributions from Howard Devoto, Colourbox, Dead Can Dance and, pivotally, Cocteau Twins.

Between 1983 and 1991 This Mortal Coil released three albums—It’ll End in Tears, Filigree & Shadow, and Blood—each of which consists largely of atmospheric interpretations of songs by 1970s artists such as Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Roy Harper, Gene Clark, and Tim Buckley.

Two tracks from the first album, It’ll End In Tears, feature vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of the Scottish group Cocteau Twins, who also recorded for 4AD. The better-known of these is the ethereal cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren”, which created considerable renewed interest in Buckley at a time when his albums were not widely available.

The image “https://i1.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e4/ItllEndinTearsalbumcover.png/200px-ItllEndinTearsalbumcover.png” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

It’ll End In Tears – 1984

Released in 1984, It’ll End in Tears featured musical efforts from 4AD staples like Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Steven Young and Martyn Young (Colourbox), Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance), and Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press), among others, with vocals from Fraser, Sharp, Modern English’s Robbie Grey, and Howard Devoto (Buzzcocks/Magazine).


Watts-Russell and Fryer handled any additional instruments or programmed loops as needed. The track listing featured two songs from Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers, plus numbers by Roy Harper and Wire’s Colin Newman, in addition to band originals. It’ll End in Tears helped crystallize 4AD’s emerging signature sound, and helped win a wider audience for their stable of artists.

1. “Kangaroo” (Big Star cover) – 3:30

2. “Song To The Siren” (Tim Buckley cover) – 3:30

3. “Holocaust” (Big Star cover) – 3:38

4. “Fyt” – 4:23

5. “Fond Affections” (Rema-Rema cover) – 3:50

6. “The Last Ray” – 4:08

7. “Another Day” (Roy Harper cover) – 2:54

8. “Waves Become Wings” – 4:25

9. “Barramundi” – 3:56

10. “Dreams Made Flesh” – 3:48

11. “Not Me” (Colin Newman cover) – 3:44

12. “A Single Wish” – 2:26

https://i1.wp.com/www.delcarodiavolo.com/iTunes/Images/this_mortal_coil/filigree_and_shadow.jpgFiligree & Shadow – 1986

Fryer and Watts-Russell put together a follow-up album, Filigree & Shadow, which was released in 1986.

A sprawling and more varied collection, Filigree & Shadow covered songs by Tim Buckley, Colin Newman, Talking Heads, Pearls Before Swine, Gene Clark, Judy Collins, and Van Morrison in between the original compositions.

The Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde was still a significant presence, and string player/arranger Martin McCarrick took a bigger role this time around; Steven Young and Mark Cox both returned, and members of Dif Juz were also prominent. Most vocals were by Dominic Appleton (also of Breathless), Deirdre Rutkowski and Louise Rutkowski, and a pre-dance diva Alison Limerick.

Side one

1. “Velvet Belly”

2. “The Jeweller” (cover of Pearls Before Swine)

3. “Ivy and Neet”

4. “Meniscus”

5. “Tears”

6. “Tarantula” (cover of Colourbox)

Side two

1. “My Father” (cover of Judy Collins)

2. “Come Here My Love” (cover of Van Morrison)

3. “At First, and Then”

4. “Strength of Strings” (cover of Gene Clark)

5. “Morning Glory” (cover of Tim Buckley)

Side three

1. “Inch Blue”

2. “I Want to Live” (cover of Gary Ogan & Bill Lamb)

3. “Mama K”(1)

4. “Filigree & Shadow”

5. “Firebrothers” (cover of Quicksilver Messenger Service)

6. “Thaïs”(1)

7. “I Must Have Been Blind” (cover of Tim Buckley)

8. “A Heart of Glass”

Side four

1. “Alone” (cover of Colin Newman)

2. “Mama K”(2)

3. “The Horizon Bleeds and Sucks Its Thumb”

4. “Drugs” (cover of Talking Heads)

5. “Red Rain”

6. “Thaïs”(2)

The image “https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/60/BloodAlbum.png/200px-BloodAlbum.png” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Blood – 1991

Much of the same core cast — Watts-Russell, Fryer, McCarrick, Appleton, Limerick, and the Rutkowskis — was on hand for the third and final This Mortal Coil album, the tighter Blood, issued in 1991.

New guest vocalists included Caroline Crawley of Shelleyan Orphan, Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly of The Breeders, and Heidi Berry.

Covers this time out included two by Big Star’s Chris Bell, Rain Parade, Spirit, Syd Barrett, and Rodney Crowell, among others.




1. The Lacemaker

2. Mr. Somewhere (The Apartments cover)

3. Andialu

4. With Tomorrow (Gene Clark cover)

5. Loose Joints

6. You and Your Sister (Chris Bell cover)

7. Nature’s Way (Spirit cover)

8. I Come and Stand at Every Door (Byrds cover)

9. Bitter

10. Baby Ray Baby

11. Several Times (Pieter Nooten cover)

12. The Lacemaker II

13. Late Night (Syd Barrett cover)

14. Ruddy and Wretched

15. Help Me Lift You Up (Mary Margaret O’Hara cover)

16. Carolyn’s Song (Rain Parade cover)

17. D.D. and E*

18. Till I Gain Control Again (Emmylou Harris cover)

19. Dreams Are Like Water

20. I Am the Cosmos (Chris Bell cover)

21. (Nothing But) Blood

(*Daylight, Dreams and Echoes)


Original Versions

– Bonus CD

The original incarnations of some of the great tracks which This Mortal Coil transformed so thoroughly, so beautifully.





01 – Roy Harper – Another Day (2:57)

02 – Apartments, The – Mr. Somewhere (2:50)

03 – Gene Clark – With Tomorrow (2:21)

04 – Big Star – Holocaust (3:46)

05 – Big Star – Kangaroo (3:43)

06 – Rain Parade – Carolyn’s Song (4:03)

07 – Gary Ogan & Bill Lamb – I Want To Live (4:41)

08 – Colin Newman – Alone (On Piano) (1:52)

09 – Talking Heads – Drugs (5:09)

10 – Mary Margaret O’Hara – Help Me Lift You Up (4:34)

11 – Tim Buckley – Song To The Siren (3:24)

12 – Tim Buckley – Morning Glory (2:49)

13 – Tim Buckley – I Must Have Been Blind (3:42)

14 – Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook – Several Times (2:03)

15 – Pearls Before Swine – The Jeweller (2:43)

16 – Byrds, The – I Come And Stand At Every Door (3:00)

17 – Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos (3:45)

18 – Chris Bell – You And Your Sister (3:11)

19 – Emmylou Harris – ‘Til I Gain Control Again (5:33)

20 – Spirit (8) – Nature’s Way (2:28)

21 – Gene Clark – Strength Of Strings (6:30)

The image “https://i0.wp.com/fc08.deviantart.com/fs24/i/2008/007/8/9/Mortal_coil_by_charleyLOIS.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
– by charleyLOIS

Watts-Russell had announced that he would retire the This Mortal Coil name following Blood, and remained true to his word.

In 1993, he issued this limited-edition Box Set, 1983-1991, which packaged all three of the group’s albums, plus a bonus disc featuring original versions of many of their covers.

This box set comprises 4 CDs, “It’ll End in Tears”, “Filigree & Shadow”, “Blood” and the last disc contains the Original Versions of some TMC covers.

In 1998 Watts-Russell released another album in a similar vein to his TMC projects, “…smile’s OK”, under the name The Hope Blister.



Here be some wonderfully ethereal wonderful music;

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part1.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part2.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part3.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part4.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part5.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part6.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part7.rar

Huge thanks to cosmos65 !

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March 31, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, This Mortal Coil, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

This Mortal Coil – Box Set 1983-1991


This Mortal Coil – Box Set 1983-1991

Ripped at 320 Kbps with scanned artwork included.

This is a wonderful collection of great music from the moving-feast of great artists that was TMC!

All credit to cosmos65 for this trove!

Yap, we sure loved TMC back in the day! These were the days of vile cassette tapes etc. I don’t think television, let alone the internet, had been invented! BTW, maybe someone can advise me what to do with about 5 crates of fucking useless cassette tapes!!

Anyways, TMC made some amazing and ethereal music – both in their incredible and radical versions of established classics as well as original compositions.

What was originally intended as only a side project soon became the flagship for the wonderful 4AD label.

Of course, along with the great music, came the amazing artwork which was a hallmark of 4 AD.



“What dreams may come,

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause”



—Hamlet : Willy the Shake



This Mortal Coil was a project dreamed up by Ivo Watts-Russell, founder of the great Brit label 4AD Records.

The project brought together key 4AD artists, as well as others not signed to the label, under an umbrella name.

Among others, This Mortal Coil featured contributions from Howard Devoto, Colourbox, Dead Can Dance and, pivotally, Cocteau Twins.

Between 1983 and 1991 This Mortal Coil released three albums—It’ll End in Tears, Filigree & Shadow, and Blood—each of which consists largely of atmospheric interpretations of songs by 1970s artists such as Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Roy Harper, Gene Clark, and Tim Buckley.

Two tracks from the first album, It’ll End In Tears, feature vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of the Scottish group Cocteau Twins, who also recorded for 4AD. The better-known of these is the ethereal cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren”, which created considerable renewed interest in Buckley at a time when his albums were not widely available.

//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e4/ItllEndinTearsalbumcover.png/200px-ItllEndinTearsalbumcover.png” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

It’ll End In Tears – 1984

Released in 1984, It’ll End in Tears featured musical efforts from 4AD staples like Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins), Steven Young and Martyn Young (Colourbox), Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance), and Mark Cox (The Wolfgang Press), among others, with vocals from Fraser, Sharp, Modern English’s Robbie Grey, and Howard Devoto (Buzzcocks/Magazine).


Watts-Russell and Fryer handled any additional instruments or programmed loops as needed. The track listing featured two songs from Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers, plus numbers by Roy Harper and Wire’s Colin Newman, in addition to band originals. It’ll End in Tears helped crystallize 4AD’s emerging signature sound, and helped win a wider audience for their stable of artists.

1. “Kangaroo” (Big Star cover) – 3:30

2. “Song To The Siren” (Tim Buckley cover) – 3:30

3. “Holocaust” (Big Star cover) – 3:38

4. “Fyt” – 4:23

5. “Fond Affections” (Rema-Rema cover) – 3:50

6. “The Last Ray” – 4:08

7. “Another Day” (Roy Harper cover) – 2:54

8. “Waves Become Wings” – 4:25

9. “Barramundi” – 3:56

10. “Dreams Made Flesh” – 3:48

11. “Not Me” (Colin Newman cover) – 3:44

12. “A Single Wish” – 2:26

https://i1.wp.com/www.delcarodiavolo.com/iTunes/Images/this_mortal_coil/filigree_and_shadow.jpgFiligree & Shadow – 1986

Fryer and Watts-Russell put together a follow-up album, Filigree & Shadow, which was released in 1986.

A sprawling and more varied collection, Filigree & Shadow covered songs by Tim Buckley, Colin Newman, Talking Heads, Pearls Before Swine, Gene Clark, Judy Collins, and Van Morrison in between the original compositions.

The Cocteau Twins’ Simon Raymonde was still a significant presence, and string player/arranger Martin McCarrick took a bigger role this time around; Steven Young and Mark Cox both returned, and members of Dif Juz were also prominent. Most vocals were by Dominic Appleton (also of Breathless), Deirdre Rutkowski and Louise Rutkowski, and a pre-dance diva Alison Limerick.

Side one

1. “Velvet Belly”

2. “The Jeweller” (cover of Pearls Before Swine)

3. “Ivy and Neet”

4. “Meniscus”

5. “Tears”

6. “Tarantula” (cover of Colourbox)

Side two

1. “My Father” (cover of Judy Collins)

2. “Come Here My Love” (cover of Van Morrison)

3. “At First, and Then”

4. “Strength of Strings” (cover of Gene Clark)

5. “Morning Glory” (cover of Tim Buckley)

Side three

1. “Inch Blue”

2. “I Want to Live” (cover of Gary Ogan & Bill Lamb)

3. “Mama K”(1)

4. “Filigree & Shadow”

5. “Firebrothers” (cover of Quicksilver Messenger Service)

6. “Thaïs”(1)

7. “I Must Have Been Blind” (cover of Tim Buckley)

8. “A Heart of Glass”

Side four

1. “Alone” (cover of Colin Newman)

2. “Mama K”(2)

3. “The Horizon Bleeds and Sucks Its Thumb”

4. “Drugs” (cover of Talking Heads)

5. “Red Rain”

6. “Thaïs”(2)

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Blood – 1991

Much of the same core cast — Watts-Russell, Fryer, McCarrick, Appleton, Limerick, and the Rutkowskis — was on hand for the third and final This Mortal Coil album, the tighter Blood, issued in 1991.

New guest vocalists included Caroline Crawley of Shelleyan Orphan, Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly of The Breeders, and Heidi Berry.

Covers this time out included two by Big Star’s Chris Bell, Rain Parade, Spirit, Syd Barrett, and Rodney Crowell, among others.




1. The Lacemaker

2. Mr. Somewhere (The Apartments cover)

3. Andialu

4. With Tomorrow (Gene Clark cover)

5. Loose Joints

6. You and Your Sister (Chris Bell cover)

7. Nature’s Way (Spirit cover)

8. I Come and Stand at Every Door (Byrds cover)

9. Bitter

10. Baby Ray Baby

11. Several Times (Pieter Nooten cover)

12. The Lacemaker II

13. Late Night (Syd Barrett cover)

14. Ruddy and Wretched

15. Help Me Lift You Up (Mary Margaret O’Hara cover)

16. Carolyn’s Song (Rain Parade cover)

17. D.D. and E*

18. Till I Gain Control Again (Emmylou Harris cover)

19. Dreams Are Like Water

20. I Am the Cosmos (Chris Bell cover)

21. (Nothing But) Blood

(*Daylight, Dreams and Echoes)


Original Versions

– Bonus CD

The original incarnations of some of the great tracks which This Mortal Coil transformed so thoroughly, so beautifully.





01 – Roy Harper – Another Day (2:57)

02 – Apartments, The – Mr. Somewhere (2:50)

03 – Gene Clark – With Tomorrow (2:21)

04 – Big Star – Holocaust (3:46)

05 – Big Star – Kangaroo (3:43)

06 – Rain Parade – Carolyn’s Song (4:03)

07 – Gary Ogan & Bill Lamb – I Want To Live (4:41)

08 – Colin Newman – Alone (On Piano) (1:52)

09 – Talking Heads – Drugs (5:09)

10 – Mary Margaret O’Hara – Help Me Lift You Up (4:34)

11 – Tim Buckley – Song To The Siren (3:24)

12 – Tim Buckley – Morning Glory (2:49)

13 – Tim Buckley – I Must Have Been Blind (3:42)

14 – Pieter Nooten & Michael Brook – Several Times (2:03)

15 – Pearls Before Swine – The Jeweller (2:43)

16 – Byrds, The – I Come And Stand At Every Door (3:00)

17 – Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos (3:45)

18 – Chris Bell – You And Your Sister (3:11)

19 – Emmylou Harris – ‘Til I Gain Control Again (5:33)

20 – Spirit (8) – Nature’s Way (2:28)

21 – Gene Clark – Strength Of Strings (6:30)

//fc08.deviantart.com/fs24/i/2008/007/8/9/Mortal_coil_by_charleyLOIS.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
– by charleyLOIS

Watts-Russell had announced that he would retire the This Mortal Coil name following Blood, and remained true to his word.

In 1993, he issued this limited-edition Box Set, 1983-1991, which packaged all three of the group’s albums, plus a bonus disc featuring original versions of many of their covers.

This box set comprises 4 CDs, “It’ll End in Tears”, “Filigree & Shadow”, “Blood” and the last disc contains the Original Versions of some TMC covers.

In 1998 Watts-Russell released another album in a similar vein to his TMC projects, “…smile’s OK”, under the name The Hope Blister.



Here be some wonderfully ethereal wonderful music;

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part1.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part2.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part3.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part4.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part5.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part6.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/10……part7.rar

Huge thanks to cosmos65 !

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March 31, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Music_DISCOGRAPHY, This Mortal Coil, _MUSIC | 1 Comment