Carved in Sand

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Carved in Sand
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Studio album by The Mission
Released February 1990
February 2008 (re-issue)
Recorded May–August 1989
Genre Gothic rock
Length 46:57
Label Phonogram/Mercury
Producer Tim Palmer
The Mission chronology
Children
(1988)
Carved in Sand
(1990)
Grains of Sand
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Q 3/5 stars[2]

Carved in Sand is the third regular studio album by The Mission, released in 1990. It reached #7 in the UK Albums Chart, making it the second of two top ten albums and overall best-selling album in the band's career.[3] Four singles were released from the album: "Butterfly on a Wheel" (#12, January 1990), "Deliverance", "Into the Blue" (#32, June 1990), "Hands Across the Ocean"/"Amelia" (#28, November 1990).[4] The band had invited members of its fan club to help select the tracks for the album.

A "companion" album with outtakes that were not included on Carved in Sand, entitled Grains of Sand, was released in November the same year.

A deluxe two disc edition of the album was released in February 2008. It included outtakes, the Grains of Sand album and some live cover songs from the 1970s, performed under the name The Metal Gurus (a reference to the T. Rex song of the same name which is one of the tracks covered).

The album saw the return of Tim Palmer as producer. The album was recorded at Jacobs studios and mixed at Swanyard studios.

Track listing[edit]

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

1990 release[edit]

  1. "Amelia" - 2:55
  2. "Into the Blue" - 4:11
  3. "Butterfly on a Wheel" - 5:44
  4. "Sea of Love" - 5:23
  5. "Deliverance" - 6:03
  6. "Grapes of Wrath" - 4:20
  7. "Belief" - 7:34
  8. "Paradise (Will Shine Like the Moon)" - 3:54
  9. "Hungry as the Hunter" - 5:14
  10. "Lovely" - 1:59

2008 reissue[edit]

Carved In Sand
  1. "Amelia" - 2:54
  2. "Into the Blue" - 4:12
  3. "Butterfly on a Wheel" - 5:44
  4. "Sea of Love" - 5:20
  5. "Deliverance" - 6:04
  6. "Grapes of Wrath" - 4:20
  7. "Belief" - 7:35
  8. "Paradise (Will Shine Like the Moon)" - 3:53
  9. "Hungry as the Hunter" - 5:14
  10. "Lovely" - 2:06
Bonus tracks
  1. "Hands Across the Ocean (Andy Partridge Mix)" - 3:57
  2. "Divided We Fall (Demo)" - 3:44
  3. "Sea of Love (Demo)" - 5:11
  4. "Hungry as the Hunter (Demo)" - 5:36
  5. "Bird of Passage (Demo)" - 5:41
  6. "Butterfly on a Wheel (Hoedown C&W Version)" - 3:28
  7. "Hands Across the Ocean (White Elephant Mix)" - 3:55
Grains of Sand
  1. "Hands Across the Ocean" - 3:49
  2. "The Grip of Disease" - 4:13
  3. "Divided We Fall" - 3:41
  4. "Mercenary" - 2:51
  5. "Mr. Pleasant" (Ray Davies) - 2:52
  6. "Kingdom Come (Forever and Again)" - 4:58
  7. "Heaven Sends You" - 4:54
  8. "Sweet Smile of a Mystery" - 3:55
  9. "Tower of Strength (The Casbah Mix)" - 4:31
  10. "Butterfly on a Wheel (Troubadour Mix)" - 4:30
  11. "Love" (John Lennon) - 1:52
  12. "Bird of Passage (6:38)
Bonus tracks
The Metal Gurus - Live at Aston Villa Dec '89
  1. "Ballroom Blitz" (Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman) - 3:40
  2. "Cracked Actor" (David Bowie) - 2:49
  3. "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" (Jim Lea, Noddy Holder) - 3:47
  4. "Get It On" (Marc Bolan) - 4:00
  5. "Caroline" (Robert Young, Francis Rossi) - 3:50
  6. "Virginia Plain" (Bryan Ferry) - 2:51
  7. "Metal Guru" (Marc Bolan) - 2:28
  8. "Blockbuster" (Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman) - 3:01
  9. "Merry Xmas Everybody" (James Lea, Neville Holder) - 3:15

Personnel[edit]

The Mission
Additional musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Sandall, Robert. "Pedestrian" [Carved in Sand review]. Q. March 1990.
  3. ^ all music review of Carved in Sand
  4. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2012-02-09.