Grains of Sand

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Grains of Sand
Studio album by The Mission
Released November 1990 (1990-11)
Recorded May-August 1989
Genre Alternative rock
Length 48:13
Label Mercury
The Mission chronology
Carved in Sand
(1990)Carved in Sand1990
Grains of Sand
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Grains of Sand is the fourth studio album issued by gothic rock band The Mission, released in October 1990. It includes a number of tracks that were originally recorded for their previous album, Carved in Sand, but not included. Added are a number of acoustic versions and the Andy Partridge co-produced single 'Hands Across the Ocean'.[1]

The album was expanded with the Metal Guru's material and included in the two disc reissue of Carved in Sand, released in 2008.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Except where noted, all music by Adams, Brown, Hinkler, Hussey and words by Hussey

  1. "Hands Across the Ocean" – 3:49
  2. "The Grip of Disease" – 4:12
  3. "Divided We Fall" – 3:40
  4. "Mercenary" (M. Brown, W. Hussey) – 2:50
  5. "Mr. Pleasant" (Ray Davies) – 2:50
  6. "Kingdom Come (Forever and Again)" – 4:57
  7. "Heaven Sends You" – 4:54
  8. "Sweet Smile of a Mystery" – 3:55
  9. "Tower of Strength (Casbah Mix)" - 4:30
  10. "Butterfly on a Wheel (Troubadour Mix)" - 4:29
  11. "Love" (John Lennon) – 1:51
  12. "Bird of Passage" – 6:28


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  1. ^ "AllMusic" Chris Tue, 'Review of Grains of Sand',, accessed June 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "Discog's" The Mission - Carved in Sand (remasters, reissue), Feb 2008,, accessed June 21, 2014.