Remnants of a deeper purity

by Black Tape For A Blue Girl

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tadreaming Thanks for offering the Minidisc version of this classic album! Really appreciate keeping this excellent format alive. BTW if you have excess inventory, maybe try selling on Ebay.
rikm
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rikm Already an exquisite collection of music upon it's initial release, this remastered and expanded edition dives even deeper into the work, offering additional songs and live tracks that add even more appreciation for the original album's beauty.

Highly recommended...
JAH
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JAH A truly gorgeous album. But like the Cure at their best, too much at once might result in death by sadness. Favorite track: with my sorrows.
Esteban Osorio Gallardo
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Esteban Osorio Gallardo it is a melancholic, warm and peaceful disc... Favorite track: with my sorrows.
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    This is the third colored vinyl edition. 302 copies. Includes 8-page album-sized booklet, a sticker (note: the CD in paper sleeve is no longer included). Orders outside of the USA will ship from Joe in Philly, via the consolidator, for lower postage: $13 Canada / $16 world.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Remnants of a deeper purity via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    This is NOT A CASSETTE, it is a MINIDISC. I had to choose "Cassette" to get it to show up on the Remnants page. This is the full 9-track album. Limited edition of 30.

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The 2016 edition of Remnants of a Deeper Purity has a 16-page lyric booklet, with an extra 4-pages of candid photos (not in the previous edition). Plus a 4″ square sticker. Disc 1 was remastered in 2014, disc 2 includes an extra track added in 2013

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  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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if only i could taste one drop of your unhappiness if only i could live again within your mystery if only i could capture the essence of purity. reawaken me, entranced by flesh and lace a beauty haunts me, an encompassing embrace. no more lies, no more lies the vulture has poisoned my garden fear, insecurities, shaped my actions. redefine pure faith for me. redefine pure faith for me.
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now my child, you would be five; through everything by my side in this fin de siécle spirit; this age of selfishness did we permit everything to slip away? did i lose everything i believed in? is there no tomorrow? only thoughts for today is there no tomorrow? i trusted you should you have been brought into this cold dark world fatherless, abandoned with our child within in this life there are no fathers not on heaven nor on earth we spend our life searching for this lost fragment of our soul immersed in self-indulgence is there no hope for beauty? whose arms are big enough to hold my fears? already i have more than i can bare. this life i once opened to joy now lies twisted in pain this is dying and not loving the honey now flows with blood i will die with this guilt . . . . . knowing i betrayed myself.
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on the tide withdrawn she disappeared, back to the deepest sea the shells whisper secretly, she’s the one i’ve waited for a thousand years i feel it in the salted air, in the moon’s moist breath a need to recreate the worlds we once shared. medieval mosques had warmed her then, charcoal blackened her eyes young. intense. untouchable. weaving her spiral of desire she had dreams beneath a golden sun, festivals passionate. traded cruelly between hands of men. a possession. masked. bound. and sold. i listened to dreams of another life, painted in luscious breath pescaré a mi amor con mis dolores pescaré a mi amor con mis dolores beneath the sea is a tower, in the tower there’s a window where she waits it’s a shame she sleeps alone, reach out to me i will come to you in that case let me be a fisherman, i’ll fish for my love with my sorrows.
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i thought i saw an angel. he reminded me of you. dark. tall. long hair. your hair. gliding through the air. just out of reach. turning back in anger. my angel? i thought i met an angel. he reminded me of you. fallen. i tried to pick you up. i tried to hold your hand. turning back in anger. i thought i saw an angel. he reminded me of you. arms outstretched. begging for a kiss. begging for a smile. begging for release.
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fitful 04:56
if i could reconstruct you from a thousand tear-stained memories, which one would i build? shall i call you forth from your fitful sleep to re-emerge, renewed? if we could reconstruct ourselves from a thousand bloody fragments, would the knives still tear a gaping hole through the words we thought were truth?
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she was so beautiful to watch, swirling in and out of view a seemingly spanish dancer, hands and heels -- a moon-faced girl with eyes downturned subtle flesh stirs beneath blackened threads -- refined and tempting so shy and enticing, yet i fear she’ll disappear before the night ends. time seems to bring us together again a decade later in another face - are you the girl i’ve been dreaming of? you look like her, you smile like her - that raven-haired beauty of another time a rush of memories washing over me - i’ve always been waiting for someone to set me free. those eyes quietly tell me of the passion we could share your dance reminds me of the life we once knew snares for my hopes, snares for my thoughts, snares for my dreams -- drifting on to oblivion can you tell me about the intuition i feel -- can you tell me about everything i long to understand? remnants of a deeper purity remnants of a deeper purity she was so beautiful to watch - drifting out on to oblivion a moon-faced memory with eyes downturned - are you the one, the one i’ve been dreaming of?
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your breath upon my face. to hold you. a gentle caress. your smell. your skin. a million memories. endless nights, soft and gentle slumber. my imagination, my dreams. my thoughts. to be held tight in your arms tonight, to carry me away. your dark eyes, your soft skin. your beauty. transported back a thousand years or a thousand miles, to lie within; to remain, an instant. a life i lived. abandoned. but i never abandoned you. i will always remember you. i will always remember us together. another night or another lifetime, i will always remember you. i will always remember . . .
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i know you need to ask of me i know you need to ask of me but i . . . . . . but i . . . . . . have no more i have no more answers i have no more answers i have no more reasons why i lived that way i have no more feelings my eyes no longer cry i’ve lost my tears here i stand all of me before your eyes no more lies. no more lies. just me. pure me. just me. real me.
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Bonus DIsc: 00:04
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pescaré a mi amor con mis dolores pescaré a mi amor con mis dolores beneath the sea is a tower, in the tower there’s a window where she waits it’s a shame she sleeps alone, reach out to me i will come to you in that case let me be a fisherman, i’ll fish for my love with my sorrows.
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hidden track 02:05

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Disc 1 2014 remaster by Anders Peterson / GS Mastering & Post.


"Like Dead Can Dance, black tape for a blue girl dramatically flirts with symphonic decay." The Philadelphia City Paper

"Black Tape for a Blue Girl is best described as the poets of the broken spirit, musically and lyrically exploring the heart of the human soul in all of its unavoidable sadness. That may sound like depressing stuff but it is far from it. The quest for the elements of love, of faith and faithfulness, and the essence of happiness as if they were concrete rather than the abstract rudiments of humankind, has been the unrequited search of all time. Given the absolute heartbreak of desire and free will, with all of its choices, most of which bode badly, it is little wonder that the great authors, painters, and composers of all time have devoted lives to the sad song of impossibility with the brush of possibility somewhere hidden. Black Tape explores these dark corners of deception, betrayal, love, hope, and rebirth perhaps more adroitly than any other band. The revisitation of Black Tape for a Blue Girl’s greatest achievement is a great cause for celebration. Works such as are found on this 2CD 10th Anniversary reissue of the classic Remnants of a Deeper Purity are priceless." -musictap.net

In 2006, black tape for a blue girl's achingly beautiful neo-classical, ethereal, darkwave classic was given a 10th anniversary re-release with a bonus disc of additional music.

Long droning deep tones overlayed by intense vocals from Oscar and Lucian as well as rich cello and violin arrangements from Vicki and Mera. The results are deeply mesmerizing and melancholy passages. The finished 77-minute album is Black tape's masterpiece: exquisite and stunning. Wrapped up in the emotions of betrayal and salvation, searching for the deeper fragments of a truer reality -- somewhere between sadness and hope -- Sam's words and harmonies weave a soft, opaque veil over a world where feeling is foremost, emotions on the surface, the heart laid bare.

Included are the ultra rare pieces, originally released on the with my sorrow maxi on Italy's Amplexus label; also featuring 3 live songs recorded at the 1996 Projektfest (the first time live tracks have appeared on a black tape for a blue girl release).

“The ethereal, romantic sounds of Remnants is their richest work so far: tapestries of melancholic, often neo-classical music manifest themselves amidst waves of Rosenthal’s lush keyboards, haunting strings and the vocals of Oscar & Lucian.” - huh magazine

“These songs are remnants of universal feelings that accompany the experience of bonding with another human being and its aftermath - perhaps this is why the group has attained a strong cult following.” - Magnet Magazine

“Absolutely beautiful, bleeding emotion wonderfully portrayed.” - ink19

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released June 7, 1996

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Black Tape For A Blue Girl Portland, Oregon

Get exclusive music: blacktapeforabluegirl.bandcamp.com/patron from Black Tape for a Blue Girl & Sam Rosenthal. I released my first cassette in 1984! BlackTape's first LP was in 1986; the music incorporates darkwave, ethereal, ambient, goth and art rock elements. This page also includes my ambient/electronic music, as well as side-projects. Thanks for listening. ... more

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