live box

July 2003

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UK CDx6+1xCD-R Threshold House

  1. Live One
  2. Live Two
  3. Live Three
  4. Live Four
  5. ANS
  6. Megalithomania!

Besides the discs, the box contains four prints (print 1, print 2, print 3, print 4), a plastic "scrying mirror" and a second plastic art object.
Some boxes came without the ANS CD.

box spine image
box underside image

There was a limited edition of 23 so-called "beast boxes":

"This project was started by Jhonn and Ossian Brown last summer, and taken up by Ian shortly before Jhonn's death. The Edition consists of 23 copies of the COILLIVE cd boxsets. The boxes are decorated with hand drawn and illuminated designs by Ian Johnstone, in black pen, pencil, white line, pale blue enamel and gold thumbprint. No two are alike. The boxes are signed in pencil on the outside by Ian and Peter.

Each box is uniquely titled by Jhonn on the outside, and the card signed by Jhonn within the box also bares his title. The contents of the boxes is otherwise identical to the earlier public edition with printed cards, two 5cm perspex skrying discs, the four LIVE cds, and a CDR of the Megalithomania show. The box is sealed and joined with sealing wax which we suggest remains in tact and unbroken. We can provide duplicate 'listening' copies of the CDs to any purchaser of this edition at no extra charge if requested.

The Edition also comes with sheet showing all 23 of Jhonn's titles from the Edition."

Beast box images: box top side, box underside, box side, insert (1), insert (2)

Box titles:

When it was announced that Coil would play their first live show in North America on August 18, 2001, I was shocked by what seemed like an incredible series of synchronicities. I had long considered Coil to be one of my favorite bands, but I thought there would be little or no chance of ever seeing them play live. Though they had recently begun playing select concerts at some classy venues and festivals in Europe, they just seemed far too shadowy, eccentric and English to ever grace American shores. Strangely, the day announced for the concert was not only my birthday, but my 23rd birthday, a number commonly involved with synchronicity, and a number often mythologized by Coil themselves. Also, before hearing the announcement, I had already planned a trip to New York City to celebrate my birthday. It seemed as if mysterious forces had aligned in to make certain that I would not miss this Coil performance. However, I did not have very high expectations for the concert itself. Sure, Coil were mind-bending and transcendent on record, but how could their complex, studio-hermetic sound possibly translate into a meaningful live show? Coil's live performance is a revelation; a powerful, dramatic explosion of dynamic energy, every bit as impressive as their recorded output, but somehow even more potent and overwhelming. The absolutely massive sound achieved by Sleazy's digital programming, Thighpaulsandra's soaring synthesizers and Jhon Balance's possessed outbursts clearly needed proper documenting on record. Recently, Coil inaugurated a backwards-unfolding series of four live CDs, each documenting a different "age" of their constantly evolving live show. To those willing to shell out nearly $200, Threshold House also offered a limited box set of all four discs, together with two extra CD-Rs and "art objects" allegedly "loaded with magickal intent". - Jonathan Dean, Brainwashed