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His Name Is Alive - A Silver Thread: Home Recordings 1979 -1990

Disciples

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Format: 4CD BOXSET
Catalogue No.: DISC9
Barcode: 5060384619347
Release Date: 12th February 2021
Genre: Indie

 60 track anthology compiling early work by Warren Defever aka His Name Is Alive, prior to signing to 4AD. This set compiles three volumes previously released on vinyl, alongside a bonus disc and extensive booklet.
 For the past couple of years the Disciples label has been exploring the His Name Is Alive tape archives, charting the development of their sound over three roughly chronological volumes - ‘All The Mirrors In The House’, ‘Return To Never’ and ‘Hope Is A Candle’ (the latter LP being released alongside this boxset). The full vinyl trilogy is anthologised here, alongside a bonus disc which collects together the best tracks from a series of cassette companion volumes that Defever compiled to go alongside each LP - ‘6Teen OK’, ‘Return Versions’ and ‘Ghost Tape EXP’.
 Whilst ‘official’ His Name Is Alive albums are much-loved by fans of the 4AD label in its crepuscular Cocteau Twins / This Mortal Coil period, these tentative tracks reveal a different kind of sound, notably losing the layer of prominent female lead vocals to reveal the shadowy instrumental moves going on underneath, with some tracks recorded when Defever was as young as 10.
 With help transferring ageing cassettes and annotating the results from Shelley Salant of Tyvek, the unearthed results are revelatory - a gorgeous sequence of gently decaying tone float made with an incredibly primitive DIY set-up.
 4 CDs in individual reverse board card wallets housed in a clamshell outer box. Comes with a 36 page booklet containing essays on each of the vinyl LPs by Mike McGonigal (author of books on My Bloody Valentine and Galaxie 500 and noted for his publications Chemical Imbalance, Yeti and Maggot Brain), alongside beautiful photos from the Defever family album.

Tracklisting
CD1 ‘All The Mirrors In The
House’
Piano Rev
Lliadin
Something About Hope
All The Mirrors In The House
Because Piano
Rememory
Tape Sound
Guitar Rev
Fine As Feathers
Reflection Pool
Equally Divided
Tape Slow
Outside The Window
Echo Lake
F Choir
CD2 ‘Return To Never’
Return To Never
Lake Night
Morning Machine
Early Version
Piano V
To Remember
My Thoughts Are To Thee
Drawn
Guitar Echo
Forever Getting Lost
Chords
From The Night Tape
Descending
Last Thing Thought Of
Whitesnake
Gone

Tracklisting
CD3 ‘Hope Is A Candle’
Princess
Either
Coldless
Liadin
Disappear
Never
Pass
Nearby
Salendro
Porter
Still
Halo
Insiders

Tracklisting
CD4 ‘Keep The Moon On
Time’
Sun Reflection
Dream Piano
Sleep 6teen
Something Blood
6teen Secrets
Entrance Protection
6teen Cheers
Heaven In The Sun
Return To Never Version
Vision Return
To Remember Version
Early 2 Version
Angel Waves
Piano V Version
Slept Thru
In The Great Night
My Heart Goes Out

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