Sum and Substance

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Sum and Substance
Compilation album by The Mission
Released February 7, 1994[1]
Recorded 1986-1993
Genre rock
Length 75:00
Label Vertigo/Phonogram Records
Producer Wayne Hussey, Tim Palmer, John Paul Jones, Mark Saunders and Andy Partridge.
The Mission chronology
No Snow, No Show for the Eskimo
Sum and Substance
Salad Daze
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Sum and Substance is a compilation album released by the British rock band The Mission on February 7, 1994 through Vertigo/Phonogram Records.[3] It contains all the singles released by the band as well as two new songs. The vinyl version on two LP's had a slightly different track-listing.[4] A remix of "Tower of Strength" by Youth preceded the release, although it was not included on the compilation.[5] A second single "Afterglow" appeared in March of the same year, but failed to chart.[6] A VHS with all the music videos produced by the band bears the same title.[7] The band did a short tour around the UK in support of the release.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Album Length
1. "Wasteland"   Gods Own Medicine 5:38
2. "Severina"   Gods Own Medicine 4:03
3. "Stay With Me"   Gods Own Medicine 4:37
4. "Tower of Strength"   Children 8:08
5. "Beyond the Pale (armageddon mix)"   Children 3:48
6. "Butterfly on a Wheel"   Carved in Sand 5:38
7. "Deliverance"   Carved in Sand 6:00
8. "Into The Blue"   Carved in Sand 4:09
9. "Amelia"   Carved in Sand 4:33
10. "Hands Across the Ocean"   Grains of Sand 3:47
11. "Never Again"   Masque 5:06
12. "Shades of Green (pt. ii)"   Masque 3:59
13. "Like a Child Again (remix)"   Masque 3:38
14. "Sour Puss"   previously unreleased 3:32
15. "Afterglow"   previously unreleased 4:05


  1. ^ Listing for the Sum & Substance compilation on, (accessed 4 September 2015.
  2. ^ True, Chris. Sum and Substance at AllMusic
  3. ^ Pat Gilbert, 'Short Takes: The Mission - Wayne Hussey Interview', Record Collector (No. 174), February 199, pp 136-137.
  4. ^ "The Mission - Sum And Substance (vinyl version)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  5. ^ "The Mission - Tower Of Strength (1994)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  6. ^ "The Mission - Afterglow". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  7. ^ "The Mission - Sum And Substance (video)". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-09-04.