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Some Girls Wander By Mistake Import

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Out of print in the U.S.! Collection of all five early seven inch and twelve inch singles, both a and B-sides, released between 1980-1983 before the band signed to a major label. 19 tracks including the extremely rare 'The Damage Done', 'Watch' and 'Home of the Hit-Men', as well as the original extended version of 'Temple of Love', their covers of the Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter' and the Stooges' '1969', plus 'Alice', 'Kiss the Carpet', 'Valentine', 'Floorshow', 'Phantom' and more. Warner.

1. Alice
2. Floorshow
3. Phantom
4. 1969
5. Kiss The Carpet
6. Lights
7. Valentine
8. Fix
9. Burn
10. Kiss The Carpet (Reprise)
11. Temple Of Love (Extended Version)
12. Heartland
13. Gimme Shelter
14. The Damage Done
15. Watch
16. Home Of The Hit-Men
17. Body Electric
18. Adrenochrome
19. Anaconda

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea Int'l
  • ASIN: B000005RMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Frankland S. Strickland on May 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I remember when I first saw this album in the "New Release" section of the "Alternative" aisle at my local record store (which was over 10 years ago, by the way). I about flipped my wig because I thought the Sisters had . . . finally . . . followed up "Vision Thing" with a surprise new release! Well, I was still pleasantly surprised to see that it was merely a collection of their early singles and EPs, but I was admittedly a bit let down that it wasn't a shiny new release. Still, "Some Girls Wander By Mistake" is ESSENTIAL for your Sisters collection.

Prior to this very inclusive collection, the only format many of the Sisters' early releases were available on was vinyl. This certainly wasn't a problem for me as I had a rather nice Thorens turntable at the time. The problem was, however, that these early singles and EPs were quite hard to find---not impossible---just a bit hard to track down. For those who didn't have a turntable, or didn't want the hassle of one, simply had to live without such stellar songs as "Alice," "1969," or "Gimme Shelter." The release of "Some Girls Wander by Mistake" changed all of that . . . well, almost. But I'll get to that later. Okay, so what DO you get with this CD? Well, I'll give you the list:

1. 1980's "The Damage Done" 3-track single.
2. 1982's "Body Electric/Adrenochrome" single.
3. 1983's "Anaconda/Phantom" single.
4. 1983's "Alice" 4-track single (more like an EP).
5. 1983's "The Reptile House E.P." with 6 tracks.
6. 1983's "Temple of Love" 3-track single.

This is, as you can easily tell, quite an extensive collection. Now, on one convenient CD, you can own what would likely have set you back between $50 to $100 (or maybe even more) from searching out all of these original songs on vinyl.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on June 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is 100% essential for any Sisters fan, period. Forget the import price, buy it. If you have even half a passing interest in this band, this is still worth the price. Intrigued by goth? Alice, Adrenochrome, Body Electric, Temple of Love, Valentine--these are the highlights that will stay with you. Most of them instantly likable and memorable.
The EP tracks are in order, but the order of the EPs is off. (In other words, The Damage Done and Home of the Hitmen, the first record, are together as a and b-sides, but they don't appear until later in the disc.) Perhaps all the better that this disc starts with Alice, an instantly catchy and driving goth classic. Midway through we get perhaps the best achievement of this album--Temple of Love Extended Version. Amazing--driving, dancy, deep, broad vocals from Eldritch. This is preceded by the Reptile House EP: 5 songs that are deep, dark, dark, and dark. Keep the knives away from yourself. Great songs. All in all the collection is very balances.
This was basically put together so that fans didn't have to hunt down the original singles or buy shoddy bootlegs. A great idea. They cover Gimme Shelter and 1969, though it's strange that they didn't record studio versions of some of the other tunes they constantly covered (making them part of every set) like Emma, Sister Ray, Ghostrider, etc. They would have sounded great in the more raw studio form of the time. (Emma would appear as a b-side non-lp track in 1988.)
Sure, the sound quality on all of the tracks is not up to Floodland, of course, but there's a lot to appreciate here. Marvel at Eldritch's drumming on The Damage Done. He described himself as the worst drummer in Leeds, and...he's right.
Not to fear--you get to hear the evolution of Dr. Avalanche from drum machine to the rig he is now.
Buy this album. Buy it now. Worth the extra import dollars; it's essential Sisters.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By eRgO on July 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Sisters of Mercy in their short life (they only put out 3 proper albums in their existence) had tremendous influence on the Goth genre. This album spans their early, and nearly impossible to find, singles. There are some real gems here, namely Alice, Valentine, Lights, and Temple of Love. The cover of Gimme Shelter is heavy-handed but great fun nonetheless. If you liked Vision Thing and Floodland, be aware that this does not have the same production quality of those later efforts. However, the Sister's power and energy are still there, and Andrew's vocals are steadfast, except for on a couple songs like The Damage Done (where he sounds like a deranged Elvis), one of the worst songs on the album (along with Home of the Hit-Men). But the other songs more than make up it.
If you like bands like Bauhaus or even early Cranes, you'll find this CD worth your 30 bux. If you're more into the high production albums (Vision Thing), or heavy guitars, you might want to hear some of the songs before parting with your hard-earned money.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By SandmanVI on February 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album earns its 5 stars with its moments of excellence, its ability to show all sides of the early Sisters and by the sheer rarity of the songs contained. Be forewarned, they are not all gems and this is a poor place to start if you don't know the band in depth; start with Floodland, then get get FALAA, and then get this... you really don't ever need "Vision Thing" in my opinion but that's your call.
The centerpieces are "Alice" and "Temple of Love" with other standouts "Anaconda", "Adrenochrome", "Body Electric" and Floorshow" close behind. The Stones cover "Gimme Shelter is fantastic as is the Stooges (Iggy Pop) cover "1969" which seems like metal by comparison to the other tracks. After hearing the quality of these tracks you will be baffled as to how the band never managed to compile these into a debut album; It would have been as good as their others. Equally baffling however is the exclusion of the "Body & Soul" single which would have fit the timing and quality perfectly; if you don't have that one you are missing something (ah, there's a reason we weenies collected all of those 12" vinyl singles after all). Given the '92 release date it would have been nice if certain later-period Sisters b-sides had been included. "Poison Door" and "Train" would be nice things to have on CD too but alas.
Maybe the coolest thing about this album though is the inclusion of the entire "Reptile House" EP. These songs are not as directly listenable as many of the other tracks but they offer the Sisters at their most somber and intimidating, surpassing even the Cure's "Pornography" on the dreaded darkness meter. If you thought that other Sisters was jet black to the center then you need to hear the "Kiss the Carpet" through "Burn" section of this disc.
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