Black Ships Ate the Sky

Label
Durtro Records
Release date
31 Aug 2006
Running length
21 tracks
Running time
75:41

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Simon Finn - How About That? 3:02 724
2 Simon Finn - Wounded Tiger 2:36 741
3 Simon Finn - Golden Golden 3:02 725
4 Current 93 - Then Kill Cæsar 3:52 1,242
5 Current 93 - Idumea (Vocals Bonnie "Prince" Billy) 2:43 4,017
6 Current 93 - This Autistic Imperium Is Nihil Reich 4:03 12,452
7 Current 93 - The Dissolution Of The Boat "Millions Of Years" 3:44 1,690
8 Current 93 - Idumea (Vocals - Baby Dee) 4:18 1,052
9 Current 93 - Bind Your Tortoise Mouth 3:18 12,543
10 Current 93 - Idumea (Vocals - Antony) 2:03 1,268
11 Current 93 - Black Ships Seen Last Year South Of Heaven 4:17 11,025
12 Current 93 - Abba Amma (Babylon Destroyer) 3:22 8,825
13 Current 93 - Idumea (Vocals - Clodagh Simonds) 2:33 804
14 Current 93 - Black Ships Were Sinking / Idumea (Vocals - Cosey Fanni Tutti) 11:05 714
15 Current 93 - The Beautiful Dancing Dust 0:57 2,414
16 Current 93 - Idumea (Vocals - Pantaleimon) 3:09 673
17 Current 93 - Vauvauvau (Black Ships In Their Harbour) 4:41 3,857
18 Current 93 - Idumea (Vocals - David Tibet) 3:04 703
19 Current 93 - Black Ships Ate The Sky 4:20 10,694
20 Current 93 - Why Cæsar Is Burning Part II 2:49 578
21 Current 93 - Idumea (Vocals - Shirley Collins) 2:43 701

About this album

Black Ships Ate the Sky is a 2006 album by Current 93. The album features numerous guest vocalists, such as Antony Hegarty, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Marc Almond, and Shirley Collins. It features nine versions of the 1763 Methodist hymn “Idumæa”, with lyrics by Charles Wesley[3], each featuring vocals by a different artist. The album was issued in digipak packaging, with a 56 page booklet containing liner notes, lyrics, photographs, and credits.

In order to assist with funding for the album, customers were able to pre-order a copy. These ‘subscribers’ received a mention in the liner notes, as well as a limited edition extra CD, entitled I Am Black Ship, consisting of alternate versions of the tracks from Black Ships Ate the Sky.
The track “Sunset (The Death of Thumbelina)” was featured on the National Public Radio program All Songs Considered on August 10, 2006.
Tracks:

1. “Idumæa” (Marc Almond) – 3:22
2. “Sunset (The Death of Thumbelina)” – 3:18
3. “Black Ships in the Sky” – 3:38
4. “Then Kill Cæsar” – 3:58
5. “Idumæa” (Bonnie “Prince” Billy) – 2:42
6. “This Autistic Imperium Is Nihil Reich” – 4:03
7. “The Dissolution of the Boat Millions of Years” – 3:57
8. “Idumæa” (Baby Dee) – 4:19
9. “Bind Your Tortoise Mouth” – 2:30
10. “Idumæa” (Antony) – 2:02
11. “Black Ships Seen Last Year South of Heaven” – 4:07
12. “Abba Amma (Babylon Destroyer)” – 3:19

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  • vladmirek

    a truly magical album

    7 Jun 6:18pm Reply
  • Atomizer_

    Cæsar

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • pink_flamingo_

    love this album

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Moloch93

    black ships in my eye and snakes borrowed from the sky ........

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • toreriku

    the idumæas completely kill the flow of this album, in my opinion. apart from that, this is possibly my favourite c93 release. it is without doubt the one i've played the most.

    2 Apr 2012 Reply
  • djantithetical

    Good album, great when you're in the right state of mind, but not one of my true favorites from Current. Sorry to say, I think that David Tibet doing vocals on Idumæa was a bad idea. Whilst I admire him as a unique vocalist & wonderful in the right setting, his style on that song compares poorly to all of the guests, except for perhaps Antony.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Sgt_Baker

    drone folk?

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
  • sdoles

    love you

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Magictacosinus

    This is automatically one of my favorite albums of all time.

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • GoodnightLondon

    brilliant album

    19 Sep 2010 Reply
  • YorkshireNed

    a terrible beauty is born. magnificent album

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Divagate_Spirit

    it's fucking awesome!!

    20 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Argaalofthemyst

    This is an absolute masterpiece. Probably my favourite of the Current 93 albums that I know well. It is so difficult to decide since they are all truly unique masterworks but this one has the advantage due to the fact that it was the first album I got by them and it just has so much power over my emotions. A beautiful, moving and intensely powerful album.

    18 Dec 2009 Reply
  • DerZwiespalt

    Sehr bedeutend, seit langer Zeit...

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Pentfixion

    whilst kissing the copper king

    10 Aug 2009 Reply
  • faaipman

    cryable in some way.

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • Phyllobius

    Their masterpiece. This, and its sibling album "Black Ships Eat The Sky".

    28 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Robert_P_Yorke

    Гениальный альбом. И отдельное спасибо за переиздание для нашей страны, иначе как бы ещё я это купил. morfiga93, you`re right! Golden words.

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
  • morfiga93

    really fantastic,this band...one of the best i ever heard

    1 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Legis

    One of Current 93's best works. I am really impressed.

    23 Aug 2008 Reply
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