The Damage Is Done

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The Damage Is Done - First Edition (front)
The Damage Is Done - First Edition (back)
The Damage Is Done - Second Edition (front)
The Damage Is Done - Second Edition (back)

This 12" vinyl bootleg features basically two concerts from different eras of The Sisters of Mercy's evolution through their early years.

Side A contains one of their first concerts, performed in 1981 and the first one ever to be recorded, and gives - most likely as a further incentive -
a 1984 version of The Sisters cover of Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, a track that went down very well with the audiences at the time, but was performed
live only on very few occasions. Side B features part of a concert at Odeon, Münster, Germany during the Trans-Europe Excess Tour in 1983.

Release Notes

  • Label: Laughing Death Records
  • Catalogue#: DA-957
  • Format: 12" vinyl LP
Detail of the hand-drawn Merciful Release logo on the cover
  • Released: 1987
  • Runout -Groove: DA-1 - 957 A, DA 2 - 957 B


  • The artwork includes a hand-drawn Merciful Release logo on the front cover as well as on the cover back.
  • Back cover notes:
Side One is Recorded at a Live Session in Leeds at 7.05.1981
Side Two is Recorded Live in Münster at 1.09.1983
Tape and Artwork by Clever Man
Special Thanks to: Uschi the Bisquit, Clever Man, Marion and all
lovely Girls over the World, we love them all.
Laughing Death Records, London w1, Donnington Street"
  • Errata:
A1 - The Damage Done is mentioned as "Damage Done"
A3 - The Teachers/Adrenochrome medley is listed as two separate songs
A5 - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) is called "Gimme Gimme your Love"
B2 - Valentine is misspelt Valentime
B3 - Anaconda does not appear in the track list at all.


Common plain white label with a pink shading
Printed white label (Side One)
Printed white label (Side Two)
  • This bootleg is available in basically two editions.
  • The vinyls of both editions have plain white labels, sometimes with a very soft pink shading.
Printed labels with track and recording information have, however, surfaced as well (see pictures on the right side)
An interesting detail with these labels is that the songs are listed nearly correctly and even Anaconda appears.
On the other hand, the sound quality of side B is rather fair.
and includes an LP, a cassette, an inlay sheet and a discography booklet.
The content of the LP is identical to the present one, but the cover and the design of the box differ completely.

First edition

  • White cover with red/brown print (front and back)
  • Allegedly a limited edition of 200 copies, not numbered
  • The cover opens to the left side.

Second edition:

  • White cover with blue print (front and back)
  • Allegedly limited to 1,000 copies, not numbered
  • Cover opens to the right side as normal.


This recording is not complete and the order of the songs does not match the set list.
As far as we know, the before mentioned box set The Damage Is Done Part 1 & 2
does feature the whole concert, as the missing songs are recorded on the cassette.
Nevertheless, the order of tracks there is not the one we think correct, neither.

For recent price developments see sistersbootlegs/thedamageisdone or popsike/the damage is done.

Track List

Side A Side B
 A1   The Damage Done  B1   Burn
 A2   Watch  B2   Valentine
 A3   Teachers/Adrenochrome  B3   Anaconda
 A4   Sister Ray  B4   Temple Of Love
 A5   Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)                           B5   Adrenochrome
   B6   Kiss The Carpet
   B7   Body Electric

Additional Pictures

- Please click into files for larger views -

The Damage Is Done
- First Edition (overview)
The Damage Is Done - Second Edition (overview)
The Damage Is Done - Cover and vinyl of the second edition (overview)