The first edition of 600 hand-numbered copies of this CD is sold out, but a second edition of 500 copies, also numbered, is due in early July.
In 1998, Coil were invited to record at Sun Dial’s studios beneath the London Bridge Hop Exchange—a studio originally know as Samurai Studios, originally built and owned by Iron Maiden. The premises in Victorian times was an old debtors prison which had three underground levels, and still had the original chains, manacles and wrought iron doors from the old prison. This caught the attention of John Balance, who was very keen to record there. Coil spent a number of days recording at the studio during Halloween 1998. With Gary Ramon’s help, they developed a number of tracks, some of which resulted in this album. Ramon produced and mixed the “Astral Disaster” recordings, as well as playing guitar and sitar on these sessions. A version of the album was later remixed by the band and released on their own label—but the Prescription mixes as released in 1999 are unique. This rare album was part of the legendary subscription-only Prescription label album series in the late 1990’s, issued in an edition of 99 signed and numbered vinyl copies, long since sold out. This is the first time the album is being released officially since 1999. Taken from the original masters, this reissue includes original sleeve artwork, art booklet, and the facsimile signatures of John Balance and Peter Christopherson that came with the LP release. First time on CD, and possibly the rarest of all Coil recordings. Recorded in 1998 at Sun Dial studios, in the bowels of a Victorian era debtor’s prison.
Hand numbered second edition of 500 copies. Digipack CD with booklet.