Strawberry Sessions 1984

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Strawberry Studios, Stockport

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             
    2     Emma     Walk Away      
    3     Poison Door     A Rock And A Hard Place      
    4     First And Last And Always
  (album version)    
  Scottish One A   First And Last And Always
  (Japan version)    
  Scottish One B        
    5     Possession   unknown   Spit On Your Grave       unknown         Evil Come Evil Go    
    6     Marian     Marianne   Wide Receiver      
    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      

First And Last And Always - 2006 re-release inlay p. 14
First And Last And Always - 2006 Re-release CD-tray

Further Tracks

Apart from the songs listed above, some further tracks

were recorded but not used for the final release

of the First And Last And Always album.

Some of these tracks were elaborated later by their

composers and made it onto official Ghost Dance

and/or The Mission records, after the 1985-split.

The original demo tracks - as they were - have, of course,

been documented for eternity on various Sisters bootlegs

such as Victims Of Circumstance or Rare Obscurites.

Tracks not used for The Sisters of Mercy releases

More information about the recording process with Dave Allen

and its circumstances can be found @wikipedia.en ...