The First Chapter (The Mission album)

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The First Chapter
Compilation album by The Mission
Released January 1987
Recorded September - October 1985, The Slaughterhouse Studios, Driffield
Genre Gothic rock
Length 44:47
Label Mercury
The Mission chronology
God's Own Medicine
(1986)
First Chapter
(1987)
Children
(1988)
American Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link

The First Chapter is a compilation album by gothic rock band The Mission. It is a collection of (tracks from) their first two singles "Serpents Kiss" and "Like A Hurricane"/"Garden Of Delight" and was released on Mercury Records in June 1987. It features the first single in its entirety, but omits the original versions of "The Crystal Ocean" (from the 12") and Garden Of Delight (from the 7" and ltd. edition 12") from the second. From the tracks that were originally left off this compilation, the expanded and remastered edition (released in June 2007) only restored (and repositioned) both short intermissions and 'swan song' from the bands second single.

Track listing[edit]

UK release[edit]

  1. "Like a Hurricane" (Neil Young cover) – 4:55
  2. "Over the Hills and Far Away – 3:56
  3. "Naked and Savage" – 4:46
  4. "Serpents Kiss" – 4:15
  5. "Dancing Barefoot" (Patti Smith cover) – 3:05
  6. "The Crystal Ocean" (extended) – 7:35
  7. "Garden of Delight" (extended) – 5:00
  8. "Wake (RSV)" – 5:00
  9. "Like a Hurricane" (extended) – 7:05

US release[edit]

The US version drops "Like A Hurricane (extended)" and adds "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Wishing Well" from the "Severina" (the bands 5th single) 7" and 12" respectively.

  1. "Tomorrow Never Knows" (Beatles cover) – 3:30
  2. "Over the Hills and Far Away" – 3:56
  3. "Naked and Savage" – 4:46
  4. "Serpents Kiss" – 4:15
  5. "Wake (RSV)" – 5:00
  6. "Like a Hurricane" (Neil Young cover) – 4:55
  7. "Garden of Delight" (extended) – 5:00
  8. "Wishing Well" (Free cover) – 2:45
  9. "Dancing Barefoot" (Patti Smith cover) – 3:05
  10. "The Crystal Ocean" (extended) – 7:35

Other releases[edit]

The Japanese version also includes the tracks "Serpents Kiss (live)" and "Tomorrow Never Knows (Amphetamix)", from the bands 4th and 5th singles "Wasteland" and "Severina" respectively.

Reissued version[edit]

In June 2007, Universal Music re-released the UK edition of The First Chapter with 9 bonus tracks

  1. "Like a Hurricane" (Neil Young cover) - 4:51
  2. [+] "Intermission: Gleaming Dome" [incidental] - 0:38
  3. "Over the Hills and Far Away" - 3:56
  4. [+] "Intermission: Easy Coast Lament" [incidental] - 0:39
  5. "Naked and Savage" - 4:45
  6. "Serpents Kiss" - 4:11
  7. "Dancing Barefoot" (Patti Smith cover) - 3:08
  8. "The Crystal Ocean (Extended)" - 7:33
  9. [+] "Swan Song: Vigilante Man" [incidental] - 0:24
  10. "Garden of Delight" (Extended) - 5:01
  11. "Wake (RSV)" - 5:01
  12. "Like a Hurricane" (Extended) - 7:07
  13. [+] "Bridges Burning" (Slaughterhouse Version) - 3:59
  14. [+] "Serpents Kiss" (Live '86) - 4:11
  15. [+] "Wake (Live '86)" - 4;56
  16. [+] "Dancing Barefoot" (Live '86) - 2:06
  17. [+] "1969 (Live '86)" (The Stooges cover) - 2:43
  18. [+] "Shelter from the Storm (Live, Astoria '88)" - 9:26