My favorite Current 93 album. Such melancholy and such beauty! Beautiful acoustic tunes, magnificent esoteric lyrics. Sadness is beauty. Nihil is grace.
Favorite track: When The May Rain Comes.
This album haunts. Current 93 may be the most woefully under-known band in history. Dark folk from the input of many great artists and Tibet's poetic and lyrical wizardry made for a special moment in recording history. The music herein is beautiful.
Favorite track: All The Stars Are Dead Now.
Out-takes from the Thunder Perfect Mind sessions, except * recorded live in Amiens, 15 XII 1990
This is the sister album to Nurse With Wound's album of the same name
Thunder Perfect Mind:
Current 93: David Michael Tibet - vocals; Steven Stapleton - guitars, corrugations, vocals, smokes; James Mannox - percussion; Douglas P. - guitars, hand percussions; Joolie Wood - violin, tin whistle, clarinet, recorder; Michael Cashmore - guitars; John Balance - vocals on 'Rosy Star Tears From Heaven' and backing vocals on 'All The Stars Are Dead Now'; Rose McDowall - vocals on 'Hitler As Kalki', 'A Sadness Song', 'Rosy Star Tears From Heaven', A Song For Douglas After He's Dead', 'When The May Rain Comes' and 'A Lament For My Suzanne'; James Malindaine-Lafayette - harp on 'A Lament For My Suzanne', 'A Song For Douglas After He's Dead' and 'Hitler as Kalki'; Nick Saloman - electric dulcimer, acousitc and electric guitar on 'Hitler As Kalki'; Sarah Bradshaw - cello on 'Silence Song'; Karl Blake - bass on 'Hitler As Kalki'; Renate Birulf - vocals on 'Riverdeadbank' and backing vocals on 'All The Stars Are Dead Now'; David Kenny - feefback guitar on 'Hitler As Kalki, harmonic guitar on 'A Lament For My Suzanne' and 'A Song For Douglas After He's Dead', bass on 'When The May Rain Comes'; Edward Ka-Spel - bells; Shirley Collins - voice on 'A Beginning'.
All music written by Current 93 except 'When The May Rain Comes', which was written by Sand and performed on their superb Golem album, later reissued by United Durtro as Ultrasonic Seraphim.
All lyrics by David Tibet except for the afore- mentioned track and the words for 'Thunder Perfect Mind' the words for which are taken from the text The Thunder: Perfect Mind in the Nag Hammadi Codices. This album was mixed by Steven Stapleton, engineered by David Kenny and produced by Steven Stapleton, David Tibet and Michael Cashmore at Topic Studios, London between September 1990 and February 1992. Cover photograph of David Tibet and Karl Blake by Ruth Bayer. Colour paintings by David Tibet. Cat Drawing by Louis Wain. Statue of Kalki supplied through the kindness of Simon Norris.
The Thunder: Perfect Mind:
Tracks 1 to 8 were recorded during the Thunder Perfect Mind sessions but were left off the original album due to lack of time or because they were an alternative mix that we felt did not fit. All these tracks subsequently appeared on the Emblems and Calling For Vanished Faces compilations, with the exception of 'Red House'. The personnel on these songs is as for the studio album; Rose McDowall is the lead vocal on 'In Sadness Sang'.
Tracks 9 to 13 were recorded at a live show at La Lune des Pirates in Amiens, France on 15 December 1990, and were previously released on the album As The World Disappears... This was the first time that songs from Thunder Perfect Mind were played live. The line-up was David Tibet, Michael Cashmore, Joolie Wood, James Malindaine-Lafayette, and James Mannox.
All songs � David Tibet / Current 93 1991/1992/2003. Copyright control.
Love and thanks to all those who helped with this album. This album is dedicated to Shirley Collins. Especial thanks to Michael Cashmore, Steven Stapleton, Andria Tibette, and Paul Jackson. This album was mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering.
This is the great wheel of birth and death. Tie it up and make of it the True Love Knot. May all be happy. God is Love. David Tibet, August 21, 2003.
"The Learned, who strive to ascend into Heaven by means of learning, appear to Children like dead horses, when repelled by the celestial spheres."
William Blake, from A Descriptive Catalogue Of Pictures..., 1809.