Alice EP

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The Sisters of Mercy's fifth official release ... initially financed by John Ashton and released in the United States.

Release Notes

 Label  Catalogue   Format  Released  Remarks
 Braineater  MR021  12" vinyl EP   1983 - USA  Financed by John Ashton. The release included a promo press map 
 and a feedback postcard.
 Merciful Release   MR021  12" vinyl EP  March 1983 - UK   This release followed in response to imported copies of the American Braineater 12" 
 surfacing in the UK at greatly inflated prices.
 Merciful Release   MR021  12" vinyl EP  March 1983 - UK   UK Repressing comes with barcode - Barcode: 5 016554 002167 -
 Merciful Release   MR021  12" vinyl EP  March 1989 - The Netherlands   Published by Copyright Control
 Pressed by Sony/CBS, Haarlem – 08-25196-20, mastered by Porky


This page is Work in Progress and going to be extended as soon as ever possible



Alice EP - Braineater issue with inserts
Alice EP - Release Poster


Remarks

  • The original Braineater issue was marketed and distributed by Braineater Records in the USA,
mastered by George Peckham AKA Porky, and printed by MPO in France.
the EP came with two additional tracks on the side B:
- Phantom, one of the few instrumentals by The Sisters of Mercy, and
- 1969, a cover of the Stooges'song
   that had been part of The Sisters setlist right from their very start.
  • The EP was delivered with four inserts:
- a copy of the original Matisse artwork used for the cover
- a flyer promoting the Alice vinyl release
 and the release of The March Violets' Grooving In Green single;
- an announcement flyer for The Sisters of Mercy's concert
 at Alexandria Hotel, Los Angeles on 29 October 1983;
- and a copy of an early press review by Adam Sweeting dated 27 February 1982.
  • As this first Sisters EP was such a success in the US and soon got (re-)imported
to the UK at very high prices, an official Merciful Release issue followed hard on its heels.
- the original UK release, without barcode
- a UK repressing with barcode on the backsleeve - Barcode: 5 016554 002167
- a Dutch repressing with barcode on the backsleeve - Barcode: 5 016554 002167
  Made in Holland is printed on the label and spine
- a French repressing does allegedly exist as well, but is just an error
  based on the fact that the vinyls were mostly pressed by MPO in France
Alice EP - Original Release T-shirt
  • All EPs run at 45 rpm


Additional Remarks

  • Runoff groove inscriptions:
"im westen nichts neues-jesus loves the sisters"
"for spiggy (foreign field)"
"mein irisch kind. wo weilest du?"
  • A special t-shirt was also designed upon the release (picture on the left).
* our thanks for the pictures of the shirt go to HL Forum member ribbons69.



Alice EP - Braineater Release With Pressbook
Alice EP - Braineater A4 Info Sheet


Tracks

A1   Alice 3:56
A2   Floorshow                                 3:47
B1   Phantom 7:16
B2   1969 2:56


Band/Recording Personnel





Additional Pictures


- Please click into files for larger views -

Braineater US Release

Alice EP - Braineater US Release Cover (front)
Alice EP - Braineater Release Cover (back)
Alice EP - Braineater US Release Label A
Alice EP - Braineater US Release Label B

UK Release

Alice EP - UK Release Cover (front)
Alice EP - UK Release Cover (back)
Alice EP - UK Release Label A
Alice EP - UK Release Label AA

UK Repress

Alice EP - UK Repress Cover (front)
Alice EP - UK Repress Cover (back)

Dutch Repress

Alice EP - Dutch Repress Cover (front)
Alice EP - Dutch Repress Cover (back)
Alice EP - Dutch Repress Label A
Alice EP - Dutch Repress Label B