Gold Is the Metal with the Broadest Shoulders was the third album released by Coil in the year 1987. It is not a proper follow-up to 1986's Horse Rotorvator, but more a collection of outtakes and demos from the Scatology, Horse Rotorvator and Hellraiser soundtrack sessions. Some obviously correspond to earlier and later released material ("Golden Hole" to "Penetralia", "...Of Free Enterprise" to "Herald", etc.), while others ("Boy In a Suitcase") do not appear anywhere else. "The Last Rites Of Spring" includes a sample by Stravinsky.
A special art edition of the 12" was released in an edition of 55 under the Threshold House label with the catalogue number LOCI 3, a catalogue number later assigned to the Windowpane 12". According to Brainwashed.com, this set sold for £55 via mail order and included the following: "a black vinyl copy of the LP with gold leaf applied to the centre of the front cover where text appears on the regular edition, The Wheel/The Wheal 7" single, three numbered art prints in a lacquer sealed folder, two posters, a booklet of art and collage designed by John Balance, a credits insert, a signed and numbered certificate."
In 1988, the album was also released on CD by the labels Normal and Threshold House. The Normal release had a catalogue number of NORMAL 77 and was released in the Netherlands. The Threshold House release had a catalogue number of LOCI 1 and was released in the United Kingdom. A Total of 1,000 numbered copies were produced during this pressing. The last three tracks have indexing problems.
In 1996 the album was repressed under the label Threshold House with catalogue number LOCI CD 11. The artwork for this release is entirely different for this album. The album is subtitled "Returning to the Purity of the Current." This version still suffers from indexing problems.
The CD pressings included the extra tracks "Hellraiser" and "The Wheal".