Strawberry Sessions 1984
In summer 1984, i.e. in June and July 1984, The Sisters of Mercy recorded their first studio album
First And Last And Always at Strawberry Recording Studios in Stockport near Manchester.
With them was record producer Dave Allen.
By the end of July 1984, mixes for 18 songs were prepared on ten analogue master reels.
For the Rhino 2006 re-release of First And Last And Always the original sheet
with the list of these master reels was used as artwork for the CD-tray.
See the picture way down below ...
According to this page in another Wiki
the titles Tones, Spit on Your Grave, Evil Come Evil Go and Down to E.....
refer to known songs and were used as working titles.
In addition, some six further tracks were recorded which did not refer to the planned album release.
Some lovely and extensive read of what has become of some of the tracks recorded here
can be found in the I Was A Teenage Sisters of Mercy Fan blog
under the entry Second and Last and Always – Part 1
List of master reels and tracks as given on the original sheet
|Reel||Track||Working Title||Track||Working Title||Track||Working Title|
|1||unknown||Tones||No Time To Cry|
|3||Poison Door||A Rock And A Hard Place|
|4|| First And Last And Always
|Scottish One A|| First And Last And Always
|Scottish One B|
|5||Possession||unknown||Spit On Your Grave||unknown||Evil Come Evil Go|
|7||Nine While Nine||Child Of Light|
|8||Some Kind Of Stranger||Little Wing|
|9||Some Kind Of Stranger (Early)||Andy's Little Wing|
|10||unknown||Down to E.....||On The Wire|
Apart from the songs listed above, further tracks were recorded but not used for the actual First And Last And Always album release.
Some of them were elaborated later for official Ghost Dance and The Mission records. The tracks as they were have of course been eternalized on various bootlegs such as Victims Of Circumstance or Rare Obscurites.
- Red Skies Disappear
- Dance On Glass
- Garden Of Delight - (Eldritch Vocals)
- Garden Of Delight - (Hussey Vocals)
- Knockin' On Heaven's Door
- Serpent's Kiss
More information on this can be found in this Wiki...