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. 4AD would go on to release two further albums under the name of This Mortal Coil: Filigree & Shadow (1986) and Blood (1991).
|It'll End in Tears|
|Studio album by|
|Released||1 October 1984|
|Producer||John Fryer and Ivo Watts-Russell|
|This Mortal Coil chronology|
|Singles from It'll End in Tears|
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||Cindy 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||Cindy 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"||Cindy Sharp, Steven Young, Simon Raymonde||Cindy Sharp||2:26|
- Elizabeth Fraser – vocals
- Robin Guthrie – guitar
- Simon Raymonde – guitar, bass, synthesizer
- Lisa Gerrard – vocals
- Brendan Perry – bass drone, yangqin
- John Fryer – multi-instruments, production
- Cindy Sharp – vocals
- Robbie Grey – 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
- Howard Devoto – vocals
|New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart||42|
|UK Albums Chart||38|
|UK Independent Albums Chart||1|
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