Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock
Reissue of 1986 album by Sisters Of Mercy founder/ leaderAndrew Eldritch. The first & only album he cut under thismoniker after Wayne Hussey & Craig Adams split to go formthe Mission, it features the vocals of Suicide's Al... more »
Reissue of 1986 album by Sisters Of Mercy founder/ leaderAndrew Eldritch. The first & only album he cut under thismoniker after Wayne Hussey & Craig Adams split to go formthe Mission, it features the vocals of Suicide's Alan Vega &James Ray in lieu of Eld
Required Anomaly for Sisters of Mercy Collectors
SandmanVI | Glen Allen, VA United States | 07/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The already written reviews provide ample description of the music so we're all set there. There just needs to be some clarification on the surrounding facts... which actually in this case may be just as important as the music itself.After the breakup of the Sisters of Mercy there was a bloody legal feud over who controlled the name: founding member Andrew Eldrtich (born Andrew Taylor) or musician/songwriters Wayne Hussey & Craig Adams. While the dispute raged on Wayne and Craig, along with new bandmates, began touring under the name The Sisterhood. Andrew believed this was more than a little too close for comfort given the unresolved issues. To further complicate matters, the record company, eager to cash in on the band's growing cult following and swell in the Goth movement, promised 25,000 British Pounds to the first of the warring factions to release anything. In a move to deal with all of these things, Andrew hastily produced "Gift" under the Sisterhood moniker. In 1 simple move he collected the 25,000 pounds and pre-empted Craig and Wayne from touring under the name any longer. Andrew eventually won legal control over the TSOM name so the others moved on as The Mission (Mission UK to us Americans).Now concerning the specifics of "Gift" itself further explanation is required. Andrew Eldritch never sang on the album as he thought it wise not to do so until resolution of the name dispute. All vocals were done by James Ray who sounds remarkably similar to Andrew, yet they are different people. In many 80's Goth zines it was oft debated whether the vocals were actually done by Andrew and simply listed James Ray to avoid legal issues. To my knowledge it actually was JR. There was some debate that the 2 were one and the same... false. Alan Vega provided some programming on the album but never any vocals as the Amazon reviewer suggests. Despite the confusing wording of the Amazon review, Alan Vega and James Ray were never bandmates in Suicide.. I believe one of our reviewer friends misunderstood this point. Alan Vega's NYC bandmate in Suicide was always Martin Rev. James Ray was a European based Goth artist who worked under the names James Ray, James Ray's Gangwar, and James Ray & Performance. The connection between Eldritch and Vega was that the Sisters had covered Suicide's "Ghostrider". Interestingly both bands had covered Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray". It is merely coincidence that James Ray, now performing in Sisterhood, shares his name with the song... i.e. Sister (James) Ray. It is true that all of this was recorded in little more than a week. The music is not bad and some is actually quite memorable, but the rush is evident. Most consist of monotonous beats, minimal synths and spoken vocals. The only song that seems complete is the excellent "Giving Ground", which is likely why this is the only song that the band has continued to play.Looking back Andrew pulled off quite a coup, shutting down his ex-bandmates, giving the label the finger while still collecting the cash, and moving forward with the name in tact. Observent fans will know that Andrew relocated to Germany long ago and is fluent in German. Those who speak some Deutsch themselves will also know the "Gift" in German means "Poison". Ah, now you get it...."
Argh! Someone beat me to writing the first review!! Grr.....
Angry Mofo | 11/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"OK, "Gift" is certainly quite the strange little dealie. If you listen to it, it seems like an utter joke - repetitive lyrics (especially since some of the songs are so LONG), repetitive beats, etc. Well, the story goes that Mr. Eldritch recorded this in a week to spite his former comrades Adams/Hussey. "Ah, OK," you say, "now it makes sense." Indeed, there is a very amateurish feel to Gift all throughout - this is due to the fact that it was created in such a short time. Well, that and Eldritch also wanted to thumb his nose at his record company ("two-five-zero-zero-zero" from the opening track refers to the fact that they paid him 25,000 pounds to record this joke).And yet, when you get down to it, the album is really not that bad at all. The drum grooves, repetitive as they are, are certainly danceable, and to my surprise, I found some of the very evocative synth leads that characterized Eldritch's later work in tracks like "Rain From Heaven." It makes nice background music, and is really a fairly good listen. Well, and "Finland Red, Egypt White" gets some points for utter hilarity, as someone recites the AK-47 manual word-for-word.In short, this is a necessity for Sisters fans - quite the collectors' item. For the rest of us, well, it's probably not all that special. However, Eldritch's vision and foresight must be commended - although few would think of Gift as a lost classic, it turned out to be one of the first albums (if not THE first album, period) to utilize the style that later came to be called "techno." Whodathunkit?"
I'm shocked that no Sisters of Mercy fans reviewed this yet.
skarecreau | San Francisco, CA USA | 10/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Sisterhood is a welcome addition to any Sisters of Mercy fan's collection. While the songs have a more industrial dancefloor bent than you'll hear on a Sisters of Mercy album, it is still similar in nature to his main band, especially the "Floodland" album that shares the song "Colours" with it (although the two versions are slightly different). "Jihad" is repetitive but excellent, with the only lyrics consisting of the chant "2, 5, 0." "Finland Red, Egypt White" is about the technical specifications and use of certain firearms (AK-47s and such) and, along with "Rain From Heaven", shows the recurring theme that runs through so many of Eldritch's songs, the theme of guns and water. (Water is the beginning and the basis of life and guns are a cause of the ending of life. I find it interesting that he chose these two things to figure so prominently in many of his lyrics.) "Giving Ground" is the only song from The Sisterhood I've ever heard in clubs or heard his perform live with The Sisters of Mercy, so it may be familiar to some Sisters fans."