Filligree & Shadow Import
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a fabulous recording, plain and simple, because it is one of the few electronic albums that transcends the predictability of modern day electronic music. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2006 by Dwayne Nietzche
After ordering 'Blood', the 3rd album from This Mortal Coil, I decided to pick up Filligree and Shadow, and I am very happy I did. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Linda M. Versluis
This CD has not left my stereo for all that long lately... It serves as exquisite chill-out music, yet forces you to pay attention to it... Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2002 by William O'Donnell
I first heard this when I was in high school. Its melancholy demeanor, luscious melody and intriguing orchestration spoke well to me then. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2002 by Michael G. Hannaford
Of the three TMC CD's, this is my least favorite. However that does not mean that I do not enjoy it. All three are very good.Published on July 25 2002
This LP and its precursor (It'll End in Tears) are breathtaking and tear-jerking. Instrumentally perfect, Filigree weaves an abstract and romantic look at rejection, loneliness and... Read morePublished on April 11 2002 by M. Jacobs
For me at least, the woman pictured on the cover is staring forward aghast, saying to herself, "What the hell happened? Read morePublished on March 20 2002
I absolutely love this album. A friend made us a tape of this back in 1986 after he got it for xmas(on vinyl, no less). It's been one of our favorites since. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2001 by BirdFur
Incredible collection of tracks and artists..."Tarantula" is just about the most beautiful song ever written...Published on March 31 2001 by Tripp McKenney