Carmina Burana

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Carmina Burana - Cover (front)
Hans Memling - Christus Mit Singenden Engeln (Mitteltafel)
- Christ Surrounded by Musician Angels (Middle Part)

One of the early 12" vinyl bootlegs ...

Release Notes

  • Label: Mercilessly
  • Catalogue#: Gothic 001
  • Format: 12" vinyl LP
  • Released:1987 (France)


  • Total running time: 42:28 min.
  • Black vinyl with plain white labels.

  • Carmina Burana is the designation of a medieval collection of poetry, an anthology of 245 lyrics and drama texts collected at Benediktbeuern Abbey, Bavaria in the 11th, 12th and 13th century. It is also the title of a scenic cantata by German composer Carl Orff, based on 24 poems from the above anthology. Its full Latin title is Carmina Burana: Cantiones profanæ cantoribus et choris cantandæ comitantibus instrumentis atque imaginibus magicis (engl.: Songs of Beuern: Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images).

Carmina Burana - Cover (back)

Backcover Notes (not necessarily true)

  • Produced by the MACHIAVELLI - crew for Merciless Enterprises Inc., Hongkong
Only 700 copies available (incl. 200 copies in coloured vinyl)
- The alleged 200 copies on coloured vinyl were, however, never released. -
  • VALENTINE/ANACONDA/1969/ALICE - recorded live at London's Brixton Ace Club,
March 17th, 1983. These tracks have been available on disc before but CARMINA BURANA
is the first record to bring them to you in EXCELLENT sound quality.
  • ADRENOCHROME - recorded live at York University, May 7th, 1981.
This was in fact the group's second-ever public performance, following their first-ever gig
at Leeds Warehouse a few weeks before and featuring a line-up slightly different from
it's nowadays form: Craig Adams - bass; Andrew Eldritch - guitar/vocals; Ben Gunn - guitars;
Gary Marx - guitars; Doctor Avalanche - drum machine.
  • GARDEN OF DELIGHT - an early demo-version featuring Andrew Eldritch on vocals.
  • FLOORSHOW - a completely alernate studio-version recorded in 1982.
  • GHOSTRIDER / SISTER RAY - recorded as a Medley during a 1983 studio-session.
  • GOOD THINGS - a very rare demo-version.
- Not all of these backcover notes are true (see "Sources" below). -
  • Teachers is not mentioned in the track list or the back cover notes at all.


- on the backcover, wrongly referred to Brixton Ace on March 17th, 1983.
  • A3 and B1 - are taken from the Gary Marx Demo Tape, but the sound quality on the present record is quite inferior to the original.
They have possibly been ripped from one of the according bootlegs, like the Floorshow EP for instance.
Adrenochrome is definitively not from the concert at York University, May 7th, 1981 as noted on the back cover.
although it seems to be a soundboard recording (there is no audience noise),
it could just be a rip of the cassette bootleg Amsterdam Melkweg.

Carmina Burana - Cover (front) with white-label vinyl

Track List

Side A
A1   Valentine      4:05
A2   Anaconda    3:18
A3   Teachers / Adrenochrome                                     7:03
A4   1969    2:40
A5   Garden Of Delight    5:03

Side B
B1   Floorshow    3:12
B2   Ghostrider / Sister Ray                                         10:30
B3   Good Things    3:20
B4   Alice    3:25

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