"It'll End in Tears" is the album released in 1984 by 4AD using the band-name "This Mortal Coil" as an umbrella title for a loose group of guest musicians and vocalists brought together by label boss Ivo Watts-Russell. This album features many of the artists on the 4AD roster at the time of issue, including "Dead Can Dance"


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"It'll End in Tears" Album Description:

In the tumultuous musical landscape of 1984, 4AD, the iconic British independent record label, unveiled a masterpiece that would echo through the corridors of time. "It'll End in Tears," the inaugural album released under the moniker "This Mortal Coil," stands as a testament to the label's visionary ethos and its ability to weave a sonic tapestry that transcends genres and eras.

Crafted as an ethereal collaboration, "It'll End in Tears" brings together a cadre of gifted musicians and vocalists curated by the label's enigmatic boss, Ivo Watts-Russell. The album serves as an anthology of the 4AD roster's talent at the time, featuring luminaries like "Dead Can Dance" and a host of other remarkable artists.

The production of the album, overseen by Ivo Watts-Russell himself, is a testament to the label's commitment to sonic excellence. Recorded at Blackwing Studios in London, the choice of this iconic studio set the stage for a meticulous exploration of soundscapes. The sound engineering prowess of John Fryer played a pivotal role in capturing the ethereal essence of each note, creating a sonic universe that resonates with listeners even today.

The album cover, designed by the renowned 23 Envelope, complements the auditory journey within. Like a visual prelude, it beckons the listener to immerse themselves in the sonic landscapes awaiting within the grooves of the vinyl.

The ensemble of talented musicians brought their distinct voices to "It'll End in Tears," with each contributor leaving an indelible mark on the album's sonic architecture. Elizabeth Fraser's haunting vocals, Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymonde's intricate guitar work, Lisa Gerrard's mesmerizing voice, and Brendan Perry's rhythmic drumming all coalesce seamlessly.

The multi-instrumental prowess of John Fryer, coupled with the keyboard virtuosity of Ivo Watts-Russell himself, adds depth and complexity to the compositions. The synthesis of various instruments, including cello, violin, and piano, contributed by the likes of Martin McCarrick, Gini Ball, and Steven Young, enriches the musical tapestry, making each track a symphonic journey.

"It'll End in Tears" transcends the temporal boundaries of its release, etching itself as a timeless opus in the annals of music history. The album's unique amalgamation of dream pop, post-punk, and ambient influences foreshadowed the evolution of musical genres in the years to come. Its impact is not confined to the era in which it was conceived but reverberates through subsequent generations, inspiring a myriad of artists across diverse genres.

Music Genre:

 Alternative Rock, Indie Rock 

Album Production Information:


The album: "THE MORTAL COIL 4AD - It'll end in Tears" was produced by: IVO

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): John Fryer

This album was recorded at: Blackwing Studios, London

Album cover design: 23 Envelope

Record Label & Catalognr:

4AD 70291
Packaging:This album "THE MORTAL COIL 4AD - It'll end in Tears" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, and artwork/photos

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 Made in France
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: THE MORTAL COIL 4AD - It'll end in Tears
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Elizabeth Fraser - vocals
  • Robin Guthrie - guitar
  • Simon Raymonde - guitar, bass, synthesizer
  • Lisa Gerrard - vocals
  • Brendan Perry - drums
  • John Fryer - multi-instruments, production
  • Gordon Sharp - vocals
  • Martyn Young - synthesizer, bass, guitar
  • Mark Cox - synthesizer
  • Steven Young - piano
  • Manuela Rickers - guitar
  • Martin McCarrick - cello
  • Gini Ball - violin, viola
  • Ivo Watts-Russell - keyboards, production
Complete Track-listing of the album "THE MORTAL COIL 4AD - It'll end in Tears"

The detailed tracklist of this record "THE MORTAL COIL 4AD - It'll end in Tears" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. "Kangaroo" Alex Chilton Gordon Sharp, Simon Raymonde 3:30
  2. "Song to the Siren" Larry Beckett, Tim Buckley Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie 3:30
  3. "Holocaust" Alex Chilton Howard Devoto 3:38
  4. "Fyt" Ivo Watts-Russell, John Fryer Instrumental 4:23
  5. "Fond Affections" Rema-Rema Gordon Sharp 3:50
  6. "The Last Ray" Watts-Russell, Robin Guthrie, Simon Raymonde Simon Raymonde 4:08
  7. "Another Day" Roy Harper Elizabeth Fraser 2:54
  8. "Waves Become Wings" Lisa Gerrard Lisa Gerrard 4:25
  9. "Barramundi" Simon Raymonde Simon Raymonde 3:56
  10. "Dreams Made Flesh" Lisa Gerrard Lisa Gerrard 3:48
  11. "Not Me" Colin Newman Robbie Grey, Simon Raymonde 3:44
  12. "A Single Wish" Gordon Sharp, Steven Young, Simon Raymonde Gordon Sharp 2:26