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This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil was a "supergroup" of sorts that recorded three albums and a few other tracks between 1983 and 1991. The only official members of the project were 4AD label head Ivo Watts-Russell and well-known producer John Fryer, but many vocalists and musicians from 4AD (and non-4AD) groups such as Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Dif Juz, Colourbox, Howard Devoto, Cindytalk, Breathless and more were involved at various points in the project's lifespan.

While the project was retired following the 1991 album "Blood", the concept was revisited by Ivo in 1998 with a similar collective called The Hope Blister.

The name This Mortal Coil is taken from Monty Python's Flying Circus "Dead Parrot sketch", which in turn is a quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet ("... what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil...").

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