What does it sound like?:
This 180 gram vinyl box set (which also comes with a download code) is in part a reissue of the original 1992 compilation album, which rounded up the band’s recordings between 1980-83. It’s now augmented by two 12 inch singles – a 1992 rerecording of Temple Of Love featuring Israeli vocalist Ofra Haza, and their final release to date, 1993’s Under The Gun.
The original double album is a bit hit and miss at times – annoyingly it’s not in chronological order, but it captures the band in their formative years, including cover versions of The Stones’ Gimme Shelter and Iggy’s 1969, both of which were live favourites, and which still acquit themselves very well indeed. In summary, sides one and two have the 1983 Alice and Reptile House eps, side 3 has the Temple Of Love single material from later that same year, while side four has the earliest songs here, with two single releases dating from 1980 and ‘82.
The two 12 inch singles are more representative of the later Sisters sound, and have both dated well, sounding as bombastic as ever. The 1993 rerecording of Alice stands out, but Temple Of Love, Vision Thing and Under The Gun all still sound great and contemporary even now.
What does it all *mean*?
It’s rather a strange feeing hearing again songs like Body Electric and The Damage Done thirty odd years later – some of their power does seem to have faded over the ensuing years, or maybe it’s me that’s changed! Nevertheless, it’s certainly brought back a few memories of university days (and nights) hearing the Alice and Reptile House ep’s again. Good stuff!
Goes well with…
Nights spent in dark underground clubs.
Might suit people who like…
Other Sisters albums, goth etc.