FIRST AND LAST AND ALWAYS VINYL COLLECTION will contain four LPs, all pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and comes packed in an attractive card slipcase. On the same day, the set will also be released digitally. The album and EPs that make up the set will also be available for download individually.
When The Sisters of Mercy signed with WEA in May 1984, the band consisted of Andrew Eldritch (vocals), Gary Marx and Wayne Hussey (guitars), Craig Adams (bass) and a drum machine named Doktor Avalanche. The group’s first release for the label was the 12″ EP Body and Soul . Eldritch once described the release as: “a vision of heaven with everyone on speed.” Two of its four-tracks-“Body Electric” (1984 Version) and “Afterhours”-have only been available on the original 12″. This new release makes these songs available digitally for the first time ever.
In March 1985, almost a year after Body And Soul, The Sisters of Mercy released its landmark album, First and Last and Always . It climbed to #14 on the album charts in the band’s native England. Among the standout tracks are “Marian,” “Rock And A Hard Place” and the ominous “Black Planet,” which was released as a single in the U.S. Even though the album was enthusiastically embraced by goth rock culture, Eldritch has steadfastly rejected the label, saying the band has more in common with classic rock from the Sixties than the post-punk scene of the Eighties.
Also featured in this set are two singles from First and Last and Always that were issued as 12″ singles with multiple b-sides. “Walk Away” was backed with “Poison Door” and “On The Wire.” With was followed by “No Time To Cry,” which was backed with “Blood Money” and “Bury Me Deep.”