release details ‘Mirmama’ CD booklet cover (85% size)
UK and US booklet cover

‘Mirmama’ Japanese CD booklet cover (85% size)
Japanese booklet cover
terr. label format pack. cat. no. rel. date
uk RCA CD J PD 75156 1992-02-24
uk RCA MC - PK 75156 1992-02-24
uk RCA LP pb PL 75156 1992-02-24
jp RCA
(BMG Victor)
CD J BVCP-176 1992
uk RCA CD J 74321 15865 2 1993?
us Compass CD J 7 4242 2
[766397424224]
1997-07
jp BMG Japan CD J BVCM-37434 2003-10-22
  includes additional tracks (see below)
note
the Japanese releases dropped Eddi’s chosen title to become a traditional self-titled first solo album; matching this the packaging was replaced with photographs throwing the emphasis onto Eddi herself, with a cover featuring what looks like a redundant church somewhere (London or Glasgow?); the close-up photos in the booklet are very similar to the work of Jill Furmanovsky used on the All or nothing single but are not separately credited
cover art :
UK and US: Andrew Catlin (‘Angel whisker wings’: Craig Morrison)
Japan: design by Coil (photograph: Anoy Catlin)

personnel
musicians
Eddi Reader lead vocal, concertina
with: The Patron Saints of Imperfection :
Neill MacColl guitars, piano, autoharp, mandolin, backing vocals
Phil Steriopulos 5-string double bass
Roy Dodds drums, strange percussion
and guests :
Aly Bain fiddle
Kim Burton accordion, hammond organ
Jools Holland hammond organ, piano
Calum MacColl penny whistle, dulcimers, zither
Dominic Millar guitar
Huw Warren cello, piano, accordion, vibraphone
technical
produced by : Eddi Reader and The Patron Saints of Imperfection
recorded by : Terry Medhurst at Helicon Mountain Studio, London;
some tracks’ basic work by Roy Dodds? at Shabby Road Studios, Kilmarnock
mixed by : Terry Medhurst? at Helicon Mountain Studio?
mastered by : ? at Townhouse?;   7 4242 2 remastered by Randy Leroy at Final Stage, Nashville, TN

tracks
  1. What you do with what you’ve got   (Si Kahn/Reader/Dodds)   4:38
  2. Honeychild   (Reader/MacColl/Dodds/Steriopulos)   5:11
  3. All or nothing   (Reader)   4:52
  4. Hello in there   (John Prine)   4:51
  5. Dolphins   (Fred Neil)   7:06
  6. The blacksmith   (trad. arr. Reader/Dodds/MacColl/Steriopulos)   6:13
  7. That’s fair   (Reader)   4:44
  8. Cinderella’s downfall   (Reader)   4:17
  9. Pay no mind   (Reader/Dodds)   4:53
  1. The swimming song   (Loudon Wainwright III)   1:53
  2. My old friend the blues   (Steve Earle)   3:08

total time : 52:15

additional tracks on BVCP-176 and BVCM-37434 :

  1. Broken vows   (Reader/Dodds)   5:09
  2. Ole buttermilk sky   (Hoagy Carmichael/Jack Brooks)   3:37
  3. I wish you were my boyfriend   (Reader/Dodds)   4:22
  4. The girl with the weight of the world in her hands   (Emily Saliers)   6:51

total time : 71:05

additional tracks on 7 4242 2 :

  1. Broken vows   (Reader/Dodds)   5:08
  2. The girl with the weight of the world in her hands   (Emily Saliers)   6:50

total time : 63:59


chart placings
UK (CIN) (published in the week after the sales period shown) :
  • 1992-03-07/P7D : 34
  • 1992-03-14/P7D : 56

bibliography
reviews
Q [magazine], issue Q66, March 1992 (on sale 1992-02-05), page 80 (featured review)

commentary
the album title ‘Mirmama’ is derived from the Yugoslavian word for peace “mir”, and arose because Eddi heard a story about the appearance of a speaking Madonna in Herzegovina

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