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  • Audio CD (Feb. 9 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • ASIN: B000007SPU
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,718 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Velvet Belly
2. The Jeweller
3. Ivy And Neet
4. Meniscus
5. Tears
6. Tarantula
7. My Father
8. Come Here My Love
9. At First, And Then
10. Strength Of Strings
11. Morning Glory
12. Inch-Blue
13. I Want To Live
14. Mama K (1)
15. Filigree & Shadow
16. Firebrothers
17. Thais (1)
18. I Must Have Been Blind
19. A Heart Of Glass
20. Alone
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Product Description

THIS MORTAL COIL DELUXE JAPANESE EDITIONS

Following the sell-out release of the limited edition THIS MORTAL COIL box set in 2011, 4AD is replacing the existing CD versions of Blood, It’ll End In Tears, and Filigree & Shadow with deluxe re-mastered editions.

Manufactured in Japan, each album is packaged in a vinyl replica, heavy board gatefold sleeve with a printed inner sleeve and booklet. Additionally, the HDCDs are in protective plastic bags and the package has a protective re-sealable cellophane bag plus obi strip for technical information. These Japanese pressings are manufactured to the highest specifications and are treasured among collectors for their aesthetic appeal.

The artwork for each album has been re-designed by Ivo Watts-Russell and Vaughan Oliver at V23 (4AD’s longtime visual collaborator), and is based around Nigel Grierson’s original photography, incorporating graphics that unify the look of the re-issues.

Filigree & Shadow. Work began on the follow-up at Palladium in Edinburgh, with Martin McCarrick and studio proprietor Jon Turner, and the record was finished with John Fryer at Blackwing in London. Named after a song by the '60s band Fever Tree, Filigree And Shadow was intended from the start as a double album. As before, Ivo drew on a large pool of musicians - Simon Raymonde made important contributions, as did members of Colourbox, Dif Juz and The Wolfgang Press - but this time the bulk of the vocalists came from outside 4AD's orbit. The selection of cover versions included material by Tim Buckley, Gene Clark, Tom Rapp, Judy Collins and Colin Newman. The album was issued in September 1986.

“One of the most fascinating bands at work in the mid-80’s” -Record Collector

--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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By loteq on April 16 2001
Format: Audio CD
As on the stunning debut "It'll end in tears", 4AD label owner Ivo and long-time producer John Fryer follow their predilection for creating music which fuses many different styles and moods, often drawing from neo-classical and chamber music. Surprisingly, "F&S" is not a mere rehash of the previous collection, as TMC have obviously taken a different path this time: Instead of the usual song sequencing where the individual tracks lead their separate lives, TMC constructed the album as a series of 'normal' songs which are seamlessly held together by short fragments, incidental mood pieces, landscapes of floating sounds, orchestral arrangements, or even some industrial drum loops. The blurring of lines between song and sound, between reality and fiction, pushes the album into an realm of otherworldly beauty and intrigue and bears the effort of endless hours in the studio. At times, the concept did remind me of Pink Floyd's "The Wall", and there are really a few elements -- such as the circling helicopter in "Thais 1/2" -- which are directly taken from this mega-work. The outstanding musician on "F&S" is multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde, who took some time out from the Cocteau Twins while 'the other two' were working on "Victorialand". Raymonde delivers a breathtakingly beautiful ambient instrumental with "Ivy and neet", clearly inspired by piano player and ambient master Harold Budd: It begins with dark, slow piano chords and ominous atmospherics drifting in an ocean of delay and reverb, then adds some gentle saxophone before it fades away into nothingness and loneliness.Read more ›
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By H.C.E. on April 5 2001
Format: Audio CD
I must concur with the last reviewer.
Filigree & Shadow is *not* the best TMC album. In fact, it's the worst. While there's no denying that it's the most cohesive of the three albums, Filigree & Shadow suffers from being much too self-aware. The other two are freer -- and, consequently, much better. In other words, with the other two albums, there's room to breathe, while this one feels pretty stuffy at times.
If you don't own any TMC albums, then start where it started, with the first: It'll End In Tears. If you like that, move on to Blood. Only then, if you like both those albums, does Filigree & Shadow become a must-buy. Let me make myself clear: I would never part with my copy of this album, but it's not as good as the other two.
A disclaimer: The first part of this album is excellent, some of the best material they ever did... But that's only the first part. And in all honesty, the slowness of the rest takes something away from the brilliance of the beginning. Really, if you're new to TMC, start your collection somewhere else.
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I may be the lone voice of dissent on this page, but I must say, I have owned all three This Mortal Coil compilations for some time, and of the three, "Filigree and Shadow" is the weakest. It's not bad. But unlike the raw beauty of the "It'll End in Tears" tracks (which is mostly a Cocteau Twins/Dead Can Dance concoction - 4AD chief Ivo Watts-Russell hadn't yet a roster large enough by then!) and the epic sweep of "Blood" (which has a couple of guitar-laden clunkers but is otherwise packed with dark and soaring emotional stunners), this album has a more ambient feel, and thus lacks much personality or punch. I've listened to it several times and most of it just feels samey to me. It's good, but as a listening experience, the album is strictly a flat landscape, with few peaks or valleys.
Obviously many people here feel differently. But to those who may have been curious about This Mortal Coil, but aren't sure which CD to get first, I highly, highly recommend you start your journey with "Blood." Then rush out and get "It'll End in Tears." Heck, get them both at the same time.
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I'm not kidding there. On "Filigree and Shadow", Ivo Watts-Russell and his cast of 4ADers come together to create a darkly glittering mass of atmospheres. There's songs here, yes, and there's some amazing instrumental pieces and transitions, but this is one of those albums that begs to be taken as a whole, at one sitting. If anything could be considered a symphony for ambience, this might be it. Easily one of the ten best underrated/unknown releases of the 1980s, this album contains moments of beauty in such a number and of such a broad sweep that it's really not possible to single one thing out as a prime example of how wonderful it is. The _whole thing_ is wonderful...which might seem unlikely, but I assure you, in this case, it's true! Dark, often washed with mystery, lush and enveloping yet always remaining just beyond perfect reach, this is a high water mark from which TMC and, for that matter, 4AD itself could only roll back away from after its achievement. Strongly, urgingly, and unconditionally recommended!
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I heard of This Mortal Coil through a soundtrack, and I bought this CD on a whim--probably the best impulse buy I ever made. I first listened to it a few weeks later at three in the morning while smoking a cigarette and watching tree branches scrape my window. When you hear this music you will understand that it perfectly fit the moment. Dominic Appleton has the voice of a faceless lover in a gothic dream, and the instrumental pieces are quite haunting. "At First, and Then" is a gorgeous progression from calm to chaotic and frenzied that I see as a musical interpretation of either sex or death. "The Jeweller" is simply the best, most beautiful song I've heard, period. I found the Pearls Before Swine original version since I liked the cover so much, and the arrangement and vocals of This Mortal Coil's version make it far superior. This album also makes the best psychedelic music I've ever heard, bar none. It is great to chill out to--very relaxing, yet visionary. If I could own only one CD, this would be it.
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