A Long March: The First Recordings

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A Long March: The First Recordings
Compilation album by As I Lay Dying
Released May 16, 2006
Genre Metalcore
Length 1:08:08
Label Metal Blade
Producer Tim Lambesis, Steve Russell
As I Lay Dying chronology
Shadows Are Security
A Long March: The First Recordings
An Ocean Between Us
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

A Long March: The First Recordings is the first compilation album by American metal band As I Lay Dying. The album was released on May 16, 2006 through Metal Blade Records. It features their first album Beneath the Encasing of Ashes (2001), as well as re-recorded and original versions of the songs featured on their split album with American Tragedy.

The album was released because the band - as they said - "were a bit tired of seeing Beneath the Encasing of Ashes being sold for unreasonable prices ($90+ on eBay)", so they decided to re-release all of their early recordings in one package.

The compilation's title is the title of the 8th track from Beneath the Encasing of Ashes, making "A Long March" the title track.

Amongst 5 re-recordings, "Illusions" and "Reinvention" were specially recorded for this compilation in 2006, while other 3 ones were taken from Frail Words Collapse sessions in 2003.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Illusions" (Re-Recorded in 2006) 4:07
2. "The Beginning" (appears on Frail Words Collapse) 3:28
3. "Reinvention" (Re-Recorded in 2006) 4:59
4. "The Pain of Separation" (appears on Frail Words Collapse) 2:56
5. "Forever" (appears on Frail Words Collapse) 4:44
Beneath the Encasing of Ashes
No. Title Length
6. "Beneath the Encasing of Ashes"   2:48
7. "Torn Within"   1:46
8. "Forced to Die"   2:42
9. "A Breath In the Eyes of Eternity"   2:57
10. "Blood Turned to Tears"   1:37
11. "The Voices That Betray Me"   2:57
12. "When This World Fades"   2:31
13. "A Long March"   1:56
14. "Surrounded"   0:51
15. "Refined By Your Embrace"   1:44
16. "The Innocence Spilled"   3:37
17. "Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier"   4:12
As I Lay Dying/American Tragedy
No. Title Length
18. "Illusions"   3:55
19. "The Beginning"   2:47
20. "Reinvention"   4:56
21. "The Pain of Separation"   2:49
22. "Forever"   4:11



AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2006 The Billboard 200 129
2006 Top Independent Albums 5