Halloween 1998: Coil were invited to record at Sun Dial's studios beneath the London Bridge Hop Exchange—a studio first know as Samurai Studios, originally built and owned by Iron Maiden.
The premises in Victorian times had been a debtors prison, with three underground levels—and the original chains, manacles and wrought iron prison doors.
This caught the attention of John Balance, who was very keen to record there.
With Gary Ramon's help, Coil developed a number of tracks, some of which resulted in the "Astral Disaster" album.
But there were other tracks recorded too during those Halloween sessions—the recordings included on this release, "Astral Disaster Sessions Un/finished Music.”
For various reasons, this material and these mixes were omitted from the original (Prescription edition) "Astral Disaster” album—including the extremely rare version of 'I Don't Want To Be The One’, previously only available on a 1999 promo-only Prescription label sampler, and the 14-minute track “Cosmic Disaster" (the original working title of the album).
Taken from the original masters, this digipack reissue includes an eight page art booklet, and facsimile signatures of John Balance and Peter Christopherson.
The design is based on that of our terrifically popular "Astral Disaster” (Prescription edition) LP and CD reissues.
•Taken from the master tapes and remastered by Denis Blackham.
•Recorded in 1998 at Sun Dial studios, in the bowels of a Victorian era debtor's prison
This edition limited to 600x hand-numbered copies
01. the sea priestess (alternative mix)
02. mothership (short version)
03. the avatars
04. i don't want to be the one (instrumental version)
05. cosmic disaster
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