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First and Last and Always (1985)

The Sisters Of Mercy
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Gothic rock, Alternative rock, Post-punk

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First and Last and Always is the debut album by the British gothic rock band The Sisters of Mercy, which was released in 1985 and proved to be style-shaping in the musical category of gothic rock.
The band was founded in 1980 by Andrew Eldritch and Gary Marx in Leeds and up to 1983 produced five singles and two EPs, which were released on the band's own indie label Merciful Release and were distributed independently as well. As the band became increasingly successful and featured regularly in the UK Indie Chart, a first studio album was announced in 1983 for the following year. Eldritch estimated the production costs at £40,000, a sum which exceeded the financial capabilities of an indie band. Around the same time talks with interested record labels began.
In October 1983 guitarist Ben Gunn left and at the end of the year, through CBS Records who were interested in signing The Sisters, was replaced by former Dead or Alive member Wayne Hussey. Hussey soon realised serious tensions within the group: „I started rehearsing with Craig and Gary in the cellar of Eldritch's place. It was very primitive, we did a lot of rehearsing but never with Andrew. [...] Gary was becoming disillusioned

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Tracks

4:40 Black Planet
4:14 First and Last and Always
4:38 Possession
4:11 Nine While Nine
4:49 Amphetamine Logic
7:16 Some Kind of Stranger
3:26 Walk Away
3:59 No Time to Cry
5:44 Marian (version)
3:35 A Rock and a Hard Place
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