This Corrosion (single)
The single was launched in advance of The Sisters of Mercy's second album Floodland
and reached number 7 in the UK Charts.
"The single was released on 18 September 1987. Each format (7 inch, 12 inch, CD and cassette)
contained a different mix of the song, a fact that Eldritch explained this way: "Originally, I only
wanted the long version, for me the song had to be this way. But the record company vetoed that,
so I spent a weekend at the mixing desk. I liked the three minute edit the best, then I thought I'd
do another one at mid-length. The LP mix is the same as the 12 inch version, it just fades out a
bit earlier. The cassette version is different again cos Jim insisted on doing an edit of his own.
He's more into little bits and pieces."
- As we have been confirmed through thorough research from the fanbase, the release date of
the UK issues was September 21st, 1987 and September 30th 1987, respectively. SPEX,
being a German music mag, will have considered the release date for continental Europe, instead.
- Some interesting remarks on this question can be found here in this post @The Heartland Forums.
As a matter of fact, discogs lists sixteen 12"-singles, twenty 7"-singles, three CD-singles and three cassette-singles, a total of 42 editions all released in 1987, omitting the 2015 re-release contained in the Floodland Vinyl Reissue (4xVinyl Box). Anyway, we're not gonna list all these editions here, also due to the fact that more than 10 of them are Promos or Test Pressings and some are obviously noted twice in that list (nonetheless, we're gonna elaborate the table below a bit further, asap).
|Label||Catalogue#||Date of Release||Country||Format||Remarks|
|Merciful Release||MR39||21 September 1987||UK||7" Single|| The original Merciful Release pressing comes in a |
paper sleeve with top opening and a wide thumb hole.
|Merciful Release||MR39 T||21 September 1987||UK||12" Single|| Here too, the original Merciful Release pressing comes |
in a paper sleeve with top opening and a wide thumb hole.
|Merciful Release / WEA||MR39T, 248216-0||21 September 1987||UK||12" Single|
|Merciful Release||MR39 C||21 September 1987||UK||Cassette|
|Merciful Release||MR39 B||30 September 1987||UK||7" - Box Set|
|Merciful Release||MR39 CD||30 September 1987||UK||Gatefold CD-single|
|WEA||248 217-7||18 September 1987||Europe||7"|
|This page is Work in Progress and going to be extended as soon as ever possible|
- Run out: "I'll be picking up your petals in another few hours..."
- Cassette has also been issued as a Special Edition
Tracks and Track Times
|Song||7" Single||12" Single||Cassette Single||CD-Single|
|This Corrosion (extended)||---||---||5:16||---|
Line up / Recording Personnel
- Patricia Morrison - Bass
- Andrew Eldritch - Vocals
- Doktor Avalanche - Drums
- Jim Steinman - Production
- Larry Alexander - Additional Production
- Please click into the files for larger views. More to follow soon -
12" Merciful Release / WEA Single
12" ELEKTRA Single