Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson
Rinpoche The Venerable `Chimed Rig'dzin Lama
Disc I: Great Black Time
Tracks 1 and 11 are taken from the CD version of Dawn (DT, SS, DP, RM, JB); track 2 from Dogs Blood Rising (DT, SS, RW, NR, SI, I);track 3 from Live At Bar Maldoror (DT, SS, NR); track 4 from Nature Unveiled (DT, SS, M, Y, AA); track 5 from In Menstrual Night (DT, SS, DR, JB, RW, RM, HÖH, B, JB); track 6 from The Red Face Of God (DT, SS, RM, Dp, TW); track 7 and 8 from Imperium (DT); track 9 from Horsey; track 10 from Christ And The Pale Queens Mighty In Sorrow (DT, SS, DP, RM, TW); track 12 from the vinyl version of Dawn (DT, SS, RM, DP, JB) and track 13 from the single of the same name (DT, SS, DP, RM, B).
Disc II: Mighty In Sorrow
Track 1 is taken from Swastikas For Noddy (DT); tracks 2,3,9,10,13 and 14 are unreleased songs or unused mixes from Thunder Perfect Mind (DT, DP, RM, SS, MC, JW, JM; NS plays guitar on 9; JML plays harp on 2 and 9; JB sings on 3); track 4 is an unreleased single by Michael Cashmore's Nature And Organisation with vocals by myself (MC, DT); track 5 is taken from Crooked Crosses For The Nodding God (DT, DP, SS, TW, RM); track 6 is from the Death In June and Current 93 split LP, 1888 (DT, DP, RM, TW); track 7 was previously released as a free 7" single with Ptolemaic Terrascope magazine, and was recorded by myself with Magick Lantern Cycle during the recording of Horsey; track 8 is from Earth Covers Earth (RW, TW, RM); track 11 is from Island by Current 93/HÖH (DT, HÖH, CRL); track 12 is from Thunder Perfect Mind (see above for line-up); track 15 is from the album by Steven Stapleton and myself, The Sadness Of Things (SS, DT, JW).
Codex: DT - David Tibet; SS - Steven Stapleton; DP - Douglas P.; RM - Rose McDowall; JB - John Balance; B - Bee; MC - Michael Cashmore; JW - Joolie Wood; NS - Nick Saloman; JM - James Mannox; JML - James Malindaine-Lafayette; HÖH - Hilmar Örm Hilmarsson; RW - Ruby Wallis; SI - Steve Ignorant; I - Iggi; TW - Tony Wakeford; AA - Annie Anxiety; CRL - The Venerable 'Chimed Rig'dzin Lama, Rinpoche; Y - Youth; DR - Diana Rogerson.
All tracks were mixed by Steven Stapleton and produced by Steven Stapleton and David Tibet, except I:1, 7, 8,11 and 12 and II:1 and 6 - mixed by David Tibet and Douglas P., and II:7, mixed by David Tibet and Magick Lantern Cycle, and II: 11 mixed by HÖH.
All tracks D. Tibet/Current 93 except II: 11 - D. Tibet/HÖH and II:16 - D. Tibet / S. Stapleton
To the blessed memory of: John Milton, John Bunyan, Thomas Tallis, Paschal de L'Estocrat, Thomas Campion, William Lawes, William Byrd, Frederic Charpentier, MR James, AM Burrage, HR Wakefield, ANL Munby, Edmund Crispin, Blaise Pascal, William Blake, Henry Vaughan, Hildegard Of Bingen, Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, Juliana of Norwich, Sheridan Le Fanu, Frederic Cowles, EG Swain, Christopher Woodforde, William Caldecott, NP Dare, Philip K Dick, Arthur Gray, Robert Aickman, LTC Rolt, RH Malden, Henry Purcell, Nicholas Hawksmoor, Michael Maier, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey and Jeremy Taylor.
This is a compilation, made by Steven Stapleton and myself, of what we consider to be the best of the work of Current 93 between 1982 and 1992: truly these were the menstrual years! We have been constrained both by the time available on two compact discs and the fact that, up until 1985, most of Current 93's works were a side long. In some cases, we have chosen an extract from these earlier pieces rather than the entirety of it.
I have to thank all those many friends who have helped me over this period in different shapes, epsecially those that have played on these pieces. And Debbie Fowler, Thorn, Cho Yongsou, Idei Yuko, Morita Satoshi, Chris Wallis, Shirley Collins, James low, Harry Oldfield, David Gibson, Alison Webster, Alan Trench, Fang, David Kenny, Denis and George at Porky's, Ruth Bayer, geoff Cox, Hamish and Tanya, Ed and Elke Ka-Spel, Goo, Og, and Cheb..
And the two sons of Art: Paul Cheshire and Andrew King.
And Richard Dalby and Ro Pardoe, forever laughing in the tower...
And The Venerable 'Chimed Rig'dzin Lama, Rinpoche.
And, especially, those who have been with me from the beginning: my dear friends Steven Stapleton, John Balance and Douglas P. Without them nothing. And Starfish: Space.
Lettering by Andrew King. Cartoon by Enrico Chiarparin. Hair by Carmel of Hawkshead.
"Never look again, never look again,
At the one who throws no shadow in Fire Lane."
HR Wakefield, The Alley
Happy Birthday to me.
David Tibet, London, March 5 1993