MERCIFUL RELEASE
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 Independent label: Merciful Release is a record label started by Andrew Eldritch, frontman with Leeds outfit The Sisters of Mercy. As Eldritch states in an early interview, he wanted to hear himself on the radio. He and Gary Marx (Mark Pairman) played and recorded on the Sisters Of Mercy's initial single "Damage Done" and pressed one thousand copies. This record was something of a collector's item. Throughout the early 1980s the band released several singles on Merciful Release, controlling the format and image of the records. Typically in a black sleeve with artwork centrally mounted and a head and star logo on the rear of sleeves. A notable example being Henri Matisse's Blue Nude in gold on black for the single Alice. By 1984 the band had signed a distribution deal with Warner Bros. records (Elektra in the US) whilst still maintaining control of Merciful Release. In the 1990s, when the Sisters Of Mercy went quiet as both a recording and touring act, a number of CDs were released on the Merciful Release label. The Sisters of Mercy are an English rock band that formed in 1979. After achieving early underground fame in UK, the band had their commercial breakthrough in mid-1980s and sustained it until the early 1990s, when they stopped releasing new recorded output in protest against their record company. Currently, the band is a touring outfit only. The group has released three original studio albums, of which the last was released in 1990. Each album was recorded by a different line-up; singer and songwriter Andrew Eldritch and the drum machine called Doktor Avalanche are the only points of continuity among the line-ups. Eldritch and Avalanche were also involved in The Sisterhood, a side-project connected with Eldritch's dispute with former members. The group ceased recording activity in 1993, when they went on strike against their record company Time Warner, which they accused of withholding royalties and of incompetence. Although Time Warner eventually let the band go in 1997, they have not signed to another label, and have chosen not to use an independent label, despite showcasing numerous new songs in their live sets. Since 1985, when the other original members left, The Sisters of Mercy has become the artistic vehicle of Andrew Eldritch. Former members of the group established the bands Ghost Dance and The Mission. Distributed By WEA Records.

  
  
  
  
80 Impossible Dreamers Books Books Books MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 1
80 The Syndromes vs The Merciful Release All-Stars Ready In The Rhythm Section  (Album) MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 2
81 Syndromes One Million Hamburgers MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 3
81 Not Traced MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 4
82 Impossible Dreamers  Life On Earth (12") MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 5
81 Not Traced MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 6
80 Sisters Of Mercy Damage Done MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 7
81 Not Traced MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 8
81 Not Traced MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 9
81 Not Traced MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 10
89
James Ray And The Performance
Dust Boat MERCIFUL RELEASE MRAY 11
81 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 012
82 March Violets Religious As Hell  MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 013
82 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 014
82 Sisters Of Mercy Alice MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 015
82 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 016
82 March Violets Grooving In Green MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 017
82 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 018
82 Sisters Of Mercy Anaconda MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 019
82 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 020
82 Sisters Of Mercy Alice MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 021
82 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 022
83 Sisters Of Mercy The Reptile House [ Ep ] MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 023
83 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 024
83 Salvation Girlsoul MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 025
83 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 026
83 Sisters Of Mercy Temple Of Love MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 027
83 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 028
84 Sisters Of Mercy Body And Soul MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 029
84 Not Issued   MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 030
84 Sisters Of Mercy, The The Black Horizon  MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 031
84 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 032
84 Sisters Of Mercy Walk Away MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 033
84 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 034
85 Sisters Of Mercy No Time To Cry MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 335
85 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 036
85
Sisters Of Mercy
First And Last And Always (Album)
MERCIFUL RELEASE MRL 337
87 Ray James & The Performance Texas MERCIFUL RELEASE MRAY 038
87 Sisters Of Mercy This Corrosion MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 039
87 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 040
87
The Sisters Of Mercy
Floodland (Album)
MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 441
87 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 042
88 Sisters Of Mercy Dominion MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 043
88 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 044
88 Sisters Of Mercy Lucretia My Reflection MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 045
88 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 046
90 Sisters Of Mercy More MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 047
90 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 048
90
Sisters Of Mercy, The
Vision Thing ‎(Album)
MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 049
90 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 050
90 Sisters Of Mercy Doctor Jeep MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 051
90 Ray James & The Performance Mexico Sundown Blues MERCIFUL RELEASE MRAY 052
92 Sisters Of Mercy Temple Of Love MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 053
92 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 054
92
Sisters Of Mercy, The
Some Girls Wander By Mistake (Album)
MERCIFUL RELEASE MRL 555
92 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 056
93
The Sisters Of Mercy
A Slight Case Of Overbombing (Album)
MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 057
93 Not Issued MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 058
93 Sisters Of Mercy, The Under The Gun MERCIFUL RELEASE MR 59
 
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The Sisters Of Mercy Body Electric MERCIFUL RELEASE CNT 002
 
86 Sisterhood Giving Ground MERCIFUL RELEASE SIS 10



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