When The Sisters of Mercy went to Denmark to record Vision Thing in 1989, it was almost an entirely new band. Only Andrew Eldritch - the group's founder and front-man - had appeared on the previous album, Floodland. For this new music, the singer and his drum machine "Doktor Avalanche" were joined by guitarist Andreas Bruhn and bassist Tony James (formerly of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik). While recording the album, the band added another guitarist, Tim Bricheno, formerly of fellow Leeds band All About Eve.
The result is a hard-driving album fueled by a potent combination of raw performances ("When You Don't See Me"), fist-pumping rhythms ("Doctor Jeep") and political anger ("Vision Thing"), a song that borrows a phrase used by then-President George H. Bush, the target for much of Eldritch's lyrical ire. The album's feverish pace and dense atmospherics shift gears a few times, especially on the swirling ballad "Something Fast" and the hypnotic first single, "More," which was co-produced by Eldritch and Jim Steinman (Meat Loaf), who also helped produce songs on Floodland.
Along with the studio album, the Vision Thing Era vinyl collection also includes music from three 12" singles. Among the highlights are: "You Could Be The One," the non-album b-side to "More," the extended mix for "Doctor Jeep," plus live recordings for "Knocking On Heaven's Door," "Ribbons" and "Something Fast."