It'll End in Tears
|It'll End in Tears|
|Studio album by This Mortal Coil|
|Released||1 October 1984|
|Genre||Gothic rock, dream pop|
|Producer||John Fryer and Ivo Watts-Russell|
|This Mortal Coil chronology|
|Singles from It'll End in Tears|
It'll End in Tears is the first album released by 4AD collective This Mortal Coil, an umbrella title for a loose grouping of guest musicians and vocalists brought together by label boss Ivo Watts-Russell. The album was released on 1 October 1984, and reached #38 on the UK Albums Chart. It features many of the artists on the 4AD roster at the time, including Cocteau Twins, Colourbox, and Dead Can Dance; as well as key post-punk figure Howard Devoto, who sang "Holocaust", one of two covers of songs from the Third/Sister Lovers album by Big Star. The other Alex Chilton-penned track, album opener "Kangaroo", was released as a single to promote the album. Two key songs were performed by Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, including Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren", which reached #66 on the UK Charts when released as This Mortal Coil's debut single a year before the album. The song remained on the UK Indie Chart for almost two years. Fraser also performed on "Another Day" by Roy Harper, a track that had previously been covered as a duet by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush for the latter's TV special. 4AD would go on to release two further albums under the name of This Mortal Coil: Filigree & Shadow (1986) and Blood (1991).
Valentino Records, a sublabel of Atco Records, released the album in the United States in late 1984, the only time a This Mortal Coil album was released simultaneously in the UK and the US. All three This Mortal Coil albums were later re-released in the US in 1993 on 4AD/Warner Brothers, and in 1998 solely on 4AD. A remastered and repackaged CD edition of It'll End in Tears was issued with the complete This Mortal Coil recordings in a self-titled box set, released in late November 2011. The CD was released individually shortly thereafter.
|1.||"Kangaroo"||Alex Chilton||Gordon Sharp, Simon Raymonde||3:30|
|2.||"Song to the Siren"||Larry Beckett, Tim Buckley||Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie||3:30|
|3.||"Holocaust"||Alex Chilton||Howard Devoto||3:38|
|4.||"Fyt"||Ivo Watts-Russell, John Fryer||(Instrumental)||4:23|
|5.||"Fond Affections"||Rema-Rema||Gordon Sharp||3:50|
|6.||"The Last Ray"||Watts-Russell, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde||Simon Raymonde||4:08|
|7.||"Another Day"||Roy Harper||Elizabeth Fraser||2:54|
|8.||"Waves Become Wings"||Lisa Gerrard||Lisa Gerrard||4:25|
|9.||"Barramundi"||Simon Raymonde||Simon Raymonde||3:56|
|10.||"Dreams Made Flesh"||Lisa Gerrard||Lisa Gerrard||3:48|
|11.||"Not Me"||Colin Newman||Robbie Grey, Simon Raymonde||3:44|
|12.||"A Single Wish"||Gordon Sharp, Steven Young, Simon Raymonde||Gordon Sharp||2:26|
- Elizabeth Fraser - vocals
- Robin Guthrie - guitar
- Simon Raymonde - guitar, bass, synthesizer
- Lisa Gerrard - vocals
- Brendan Perry - drums
- John Fryer - multi-instruments, production
- Gordon Sharp - vocals
- Martyn Young - synthesizer, bass, guitar
- Mark Cox - synthesizer
- Steven Young - piano
- Manuela Rickers - guitar
- Martin McCarrick - cello
- Gini Ball - violin, viola
- Ivo Watts-Russell - keyboards, production
Album chart placings
- "It'll End in Tears" - #38 UK Albums Chart (4 weeks), #1 UK Indie Chart (35 weeks), #42 NZ (3 weeks); released October 1984.
Singles chart placings
- "Song to the Siren" - #66 UK Singles Chart (3 weeks), #3 UK Indie Chart (101 weeks), #8 NZ (15 weeks), #39 NL (4 weeks); released September 1983. "Song to the Siren"'s 101 weeks on the UK Indie Chart was the 4th longest chart run.
- "Kangaroo" - #2 UK Indie Chart (20 weeks); released August 1984.
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- Raggett, Ned (8 December 2011). "This Mortal Coil: HDCD Box Set - Album Reviews - Pitchfork". Retrieved 27 June 2015.