Blood (This Mortal Coil album)

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Blood
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Studio album by
Released22 April 1991 (1991-04-22)
RecordedBlackwing Studios, Palladium Studios
Length76:15
LanguageEnglish
Label4AD
ProducerJohn Fryer and Ivo Watts-Russell
This Mortal Coil chronology
Filigree & Shadow
(1986)
Blood
(1991)
1983-1991
(1993)
Singles from Blood
  1. "You and Your Sister"
    Released: April 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork8.4/10[2]
Select4/5[3]

Blood is the third and final album released by 4AD collective This Mortal Coil, an umbrella title for a loose grouping of guest musicians and vocalists brought together by label co-founder Ivo Watts-Russell. The supergroup consists primarily of artists attached to the 4AD label, of which Watts-Russell was boss and president at the time; the double album was released in April 1991, and was the second release on 4AD to utilize the double album-identifier "DAD" prefix in its catalog number.

Blood was the final LP in the project's history, although Watts-Russell used two TMC performers on his next project, The Hope Blister, in 1998. A remastered and repackaged CD edition of Blood was issued with the complete This Mortal Coil recordings in a self-titled box set, released in late November 2011; the CD was released individually shortly thereafter.[2]

In 2013, NME ranked the album at number 493 in its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Interpreted byLength
1."The Lacemaker"Ivo Watts-Russell, John Fryer, Martin McCarrickCaroline Crawley, Deirdre Rutkowski4:06
2."Mr Somewhere"Peter Milton WalshCaroline Crawley, Jon Turner, Martin McCarrick2:52
3."Andialu"Ivo Watts-Russell, John FryerAlison Limerick3:03
4."With Tomorrow"Gene Clark, Jesse Ed DavisDeirdre Rutkowski, Jon Turner2:40
5."Loose Joints"Ivo Watts-Russell, John Fryer, Martin McCarrickThis Mortal Coil2:26
6."You and Your Sister"Chris BellKim Deal, Tanya Donnelly3:14
Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Interpreted byLength
7."Nature's Way"Randy CaliforniaAlison Limerick, Deirdre Rutkowski3:19
8."I Come and Stand at Every Door"Nâzım Hikmet, James WatersDeirdre and Louise Rutkowski, Tim Freeman3:54
9."Bitter"Ivo Watts-Russell, John FryerAlison Limerick, Deirdre Rutkowski, Ikuko Kozu6:25
10."Baby Ray Baby"Ivo Watts-Russell, John FryerDeirdre Rutkowski, This Mortal Coil2:13
11."Several Times"Pieter NootenPieter Nooten, Deirdre Rutkowski3:12
Side 3
No.TitleWriter(s)Interpreted byLength
12."The Lacemaker II"Ivo Watts-Russell, John Fryer, Martin McCarrickThis Mortal Coil1:24
13."Late Night"Syd BarrettCaroline Crawley3:03
14."Ruddy and Wretched"Ivo Watts-Russell, John FryerThis Mortal Coil3:15
15."Help Me Lift You Up"Mary Margaret O'HaraCaroline Crawley, Deirdre Rutkowski5:06
16."Carolyn's Song"David RobackDeirdre Rutkowski3:47
17."D.D. and E."Ivo Watts-Russell, John FryerDeirdre Rutkowski, Ivo Watts-Russell0:47
Side 4
No.TitleWriter(s)Interpreted byLength
18."'Til I Gain Control Again"Rodney CrowellDeirdre and Louise Rutkowski, Heidi Berry4:43
19."Dreams Are Like Water"Ivo Watts-Russell, John FryerDeirdre Rutkowski, This Mortal Coil8:37
20."I Am the Cosmos"Chris BellDeirdre Rutkowski, Dominic Appleton4:05
21."(Nothing But) Blood"Ivo Watts-Russell, John FryerDeirdre Rutkowski, This Mortal Coil4:04

Credits[edit]

Personnel as printed in the liner notes:[5]

  1. "The Lacemaker"
    • Voices: Caroline Crawley, Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Music: Ivo Watts-Russell
    • Strings: Martin McCarrick, Jocelyn Pook, Sally Herbert, Sonia Slaney
    • Programming: John Fryer
  2. "Mr Somewhere"
    • Voice: Caroline Crawley
    • Music: Jon Turner
    • Cello: Martin McCarrick
  3. "Andialu"
    • Voice: Alison Limerick
    • Music: Ivo Watts-Russell, John Fryer
  4. "With Tomorrow"
    • Voice: Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Music: Jon Turner
  5. "Loose Joints"
    • Music: Ivo Watts-Russell
    • Strings: Martin McCarrick, Jocelyn Pook, Sally Herbert, Sonia Slaney
    • Programming: John Fryer
  6. "You and Your Sister"
    • Voices: Kim Deal, Tanya Donelly
    • Music: Jon Turner
    • Strings: Martin McCarrick, Jocelyn Pook, Sally Herbert, Sonia Slaney
  7. "Nature's Way"
    • Voices: Alison Limerick, Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Strings: Martin McCarrick, Jocelyn Pook, Sally Herbert, Sonia Slaney
  8. "I Come and Stand at Every Door"
    • Voices: Louise Rutkowski, Deirdre Rutkowski, Tim Freeman
    • Violin: Gini Ball
    • Music: Ivo Watts-Russell
    • Programming: John Fryer
  9. "Bitter"
    • Voices: Ikuko Kozu, Alison Limerick, Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Music: Ivo Watts-Russell
    • Guitar: Jim Williams
    • Strings: Martin McCarrick, Jocelyn Pook, Sally Herbert, Sonia Slaney
    • Programming: John Fryer
  10. "Baby Ray Baby"
    • Voice: Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Music: Ivo Watts-Russell
    • Programming: John Fryer
  11. "Several Times"
    • Voice: Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Violin: Gini Ball
    • Music: Pieter Nooten
    • Programming: John Fryer
  12. "The Lacemaker II"
    • Music: Ivo Watts-Russell
    • Strings: Martin McCarrick, Jocelyn Pook, Sally Herbert, Sonia Slaney
    • Programming: John Fryer
  13. "Late Night"
    • Voice: Caroline Crawley
    • Music: Jon Turner, Ivo Watts-Russell
  14. "Ruddy and Wretched"
    • Music: Ivo Watts-Russell
    • Programming: John Fryer
    • Guitar: Jim Williams
    • Voice: Anne Garrigues
  15. "Help Me Lift You Up"
    • Voices: Caroline Crawley, Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Music and programming: Jon Turner
  16. "Carolyn's Song"
    • Voice: Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Strings: Martin McCarrick, Jocelyn Pook, Sally Herbert, Sonia Slaney
    • Piano: Jon Turner
    • Guitar: Jim Williams
    • Drums: Rain Parade
  17. "D.D. and E."
    • Voice: Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Music: Ivo Watts-Russell
  18. "'Til I Gain Control Again"
    • Voices: Heidi Berry, Louise Rutkowski, Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Piano: Jon Turner
    • Strings: Martin McCarrick, Jocelyn Pook, Sally Herbert, Sonia Slaney
  19. "Dreams Are Like Water"
    • Voice: Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Music: Ivo Watts-Russell
    • Programming: John Fryer
  20. "I Am the Cosmos"
    • Voices: Dominic Appleton, Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Music and programming: Jon Turner
    • Guitar: Jim Williams
  21. "(Nothing But) Blood"
    • Voice: Deirdre Rutkowski
    • Music: Ivo Watts-Russell
    • Programming: John Fryer
  • Produced by Ivo Watts-Russell
  • Co-produced and engineered by John Fryer
  • Additional engineering by Jon Turner
  • Recorded at Blackwing Studios, London and Palladium Studios, Edinburgh
  • Mixed at Blackwing Studios, London
  • Mastering by Gus Shaw
  • String arrangements by Martin McCarrick
  • Sleeve design by Vaughan Oliver/v23
  • Black and white photography by Nigel Grierson; colour photography by Claire Lazarus

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Blood – This Mortal Coil". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b Raggett, Ned (8 December 2011). "This Mortal Coil: HDCD Box Set". Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  3. ^ Brown, Glyn (May 1991). "Blood Lust". Select (11): 84.
  4. ^ http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/nme_500_greatest_albums_2013.htm
  5. ^ "This Mortal Coil - Blood (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 15 January 2016.