Windowpane & The Snow

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AllMusic Review by Skip Jansen

This legendary 12" was released and re-released many times, and remains a landmark in the Coil discography. With numerous variations on Coil's most distinctive club track, John Balance and Peter Christopherson cut the recording in 1990 and the work marks a period when the group had all but vanished from the eye of the industrial scene, but was resurfacing in the post-acid house nexus. Vocalist Rose McDowell and programmer Danny Hyde push the track to extraordinary blissful peaks. The original 12" Windowpane release was published in a limited-edition picture disc of 5,000 copies, of which -- according to possible Coil myth-making -- more than a third were destroyed deliberately as an act of performance art. The release was possibly the most mainstream work that the group produced, with the 12" released widely in the U.S. on Wax Trax. In addition to the regular mix of "Windowpane," this CD version features the track's "Minimal Mix," "Astral Paddington Mix," and "Driftmix." With the addition of the limited-edition EP The Snow, which features the club tracks "Answers Come in Dreams," "Out in the Cold" "As Pure As?" "Answers Come in Dreams II," and "The Snow," this CD is a great representation of the electro side of Coil.

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