This Mortal Coil was the given name of a strictly-studio project that spawned three albums, conceived and produced by one-time 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell. Over the span of eight years he, along with Blackwing Studios house engineer/ co-producer, John Fryer, and a rotating cast of musicians, created original works, musical links and reinterpretations of impeccably curated songs; introducing a new audience to the talents of a previous generation including Big Star, Tim Buckley, Roy Harper, Spirit, Gene Clark, Dino Valenti, Rain Parade, Emmylou Harris, Syd Barrett and Colin Newman, amongst others.
The new deluxe vinyl versions differ from the original releases with each album having had its artwork reimagined by Ivo Watts-Russell and Vaughan Oliver (4AD’s long-time visual partner). All three are now presented in beautiful, hand finished and high-gloss gatefold sleeves, using remastered audio made from the original analogue studio tapes by the late, great John Dent.
Released two years after their debut album, This Mortal Coil’s Filigree & Shadow (1986) was no less ornate than its predecessor; a double album with each of its four sides a self-contained unit.
New faces joined the cast for this record, including a variety of singers Ivo handpicked like Alison Limerick, Jeanette, Dominic Appleton (Breathless), sisters Deirdre and Louise Rutkowski (Sunset Gun), and Richenel. An intense listen, The Quietus called it “tortured yet oddly euphoric… (music which) could easily rip flimsy souls apart.”
A1. Velvet Belly A2. The Jeweller A3. Ivy And Neet A4. Meniscus A5. Tears A6. Tarantula
B1. My Father B2. Come Here My Love B3. At First, And Then B4. Strength Of Strings B5. Morning Glory
C1. Inch-Blue C2. I Want To Live C3. Mama K (1) C4. Filigree & Shadow C5. Fire Brothers C6. Thaïs (1) C7. I Must Have Been Blind C8. A Heart Of Glass
D1. Alone D2. Mama K (2) D3. The Horizon Bleeds And Sucks Its Thumb D4. Drugs D5. Red Rain D6. Thaïs (2)