WEA Records / 240 616-1 / UK: MR 337L
First pressing LP has gatefold sleeve of Andrew backlit on stage.
Picture inner sleeve with 'Detroit's Finest Adult Movies' picture and track listings
on one side (see example on the left side).
Band pictures and credits on other side (example on the right side)
Embossed WEA logo in lower right hand corner outer sleeve. All lettering is red with
The CD version was released in 1988.
WEA Records / 240 616-2
The CD goes with a booklet.
Front page lettering is changed in white.
2nd page with red logo the same as the front page.
3rd page track listings and lettering is white.
4th and 5th page photo of Andrew backlit on stage.
6th page the 'Detroit's Finest Adult Movies' picture.
Under the picture the credits.
7th page Compact Disc explanation in English and French.
Back page in red lettering "THE SISTERS OF MERCY" and "LOGO with Merciful Release
text" and 240616-2.
The CD version was re mastered and released in 1992 and has been remixed.
The CD version of 2006 issued digitally re mastered edition of the 1985 Goth rock
classic remains unequalled in the genre,
permanently ensconced on top of a pedestal from which it cannot be toppled.
From the opening claustrophobia of "Black Planet" to the melancholy "No Time to Cry,"
Eldritch continually assured listeners that "everything's gonna be alright".
Continuing with the bass-driven guitar gem "Possession" and the closing "Some Kind
of Stranger", an untouchable epic that,
clocking in at over seven minutes, is the best of its kind.
"Some Kind of Stranger" became a "love song" for the Goth crowd.
Copied to death, its brilliance has never been replicated.
This edition was re mastered from the original multi tracks and sounds better than
augmented by six non-LP b-sides plus "Some Kind Of Stranger (Early)",
a previously un issued track from the album sessions.
The disc housed in a foldout digipack sleeve with updated liner notes.
Front of the CD pack same picture as original LP version 1985, All lettering is red
with white outline.
Inside first page black with FALAA logo in white colour,
on backside of 1th page some hand text writing of "Black Planet" song. on back site
of front page is the picture with 'Detroit's Finest Adult Movies'.
Then disc case with CD.
CD is in simple black colour with in the top "LOGO with Merciful Release text" and
"RHINO". Below is written "THE SISTERS OF MERCY" next line "FIRST AND LAST" next
line "AND ALWAYS".
Behind the CD under the CD case is in hand writing a overview of the titles.
On the backside of the CD the track listing. All lettering is red with white outline.
The CD goes with a booklet..