Soft Black Stars

“Soft Black Stars, Current 93’s most haunting, personal and enduring album, was originally released on Durtro in 1998. It was recorded live in a small cottage in Ireland with David Tibet on vocals, Maja Elliott on piano, and Petr Vastl on ghost violin; Michael Cashmore and Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound) were also present, and it was mixed in Germany by Christoph Heemann. This new expanded reissue – in a six-panel full-color digipak – contains the entire album as originally released on CD, as well as the alternate mix of ‘Chewing On Shadows’ that was used on the double vinyl LP edition, plus a previously unreleased acoustic version of the same track. The deluxe package also features six color paintings by Tibet.”

Soft Black Stars 2xLP

Side 1

1. (untitled instrumental)

2. Larkspur and Lazarus

3. A Gothic Love Song

4. Mockingbird

5. Soft Black Stars

Side 2

1. It Is Time, Only Time

2. Anti-Christ and Barcodes

3. The Signs in the Stars

4. Whilst the Night Rejoices Profound and Still

5. Moonlight, or Other Dreams, or Other Fields

6. Judas as Black Moth

Side 3

Chewing on Shadows [extended version of track 12 on CD]

Side 4

(blank)

Catalog #

Durtro 042 (1998)

Personnel

David Tibet – vocals
Michael Cashmore – guitar, second piano
Maja Elliott – piano
Petr Vastl – violin, viola, mandolin, flute
Andria Degens – vocals, whistling
Steven Stapleton – whirl
Christoph Heemann – swirl

“Soft Black Stars” is almost entirely composed of piano by Michael Cashmore played by Maja Elliott, with Tibet’s vocals in the foreground.

Once again, a definite departure for Current 93. There are no track titles given for this album, but it does contain the “unhit single” A Gothic Love Song. This double album was pressed on clear vinyl and limited to 2000 copies. The sleeve is full colour with full colour labels and contains three playable sides. The third side of the vinyl contains a different and longer version of the extra track from the limited CD.

Soft Black Stars CD

1. (untitled instrumental)

2. Larkspur and Lazarus

3. A Gothic Love Song

4. Mockingbird

5. Soft Black Stars

6. It Is Time, Only Time

7. Anti-Christ and Barcodes

8. The Signs in the Stars

9. Whilst the Night Rejoices Profound and Still

10. Moonlight, or Other Dreams, or Other Fields

11. Judas as Black Moth

12. Chewing on Shadows*

* this track only on limited digipak version of the CD

Catalog #

Durtro 042L CD (1998)

Personnel

David Tibet – vocals

Michael Cashmore – guitar, second piano

Maja Elliott – piano

Petr Vastl – violin, viola, mandolin, flute

Andria Degens – vocals, whistling

Steven Stapleton – whirl

Christoph Heemann – swirl

The original digipak version of the CD is limited to 5000 copies, and comes with an extra track (track 12) which is supposed to be left off of later reissues. It features a fold-out cover with five panels of artwork by David Tibet. No track titles are given.