Marc Almond

Stranger Things

  • Released: 27/05/2022
  • Label: SFE
  • Genre: Pop

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Limited 2LP: Crystal Clear Vinyl

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• A re-issue of Marc Almond’s 11th solo album, ‘Stranger Things’, from 2001 as part of his 65th year celebration

• A deluxe three disc, newly expanded 2022 edition.

• Containing no less than 32 bonus tracks across discs two and three including original song demos, remixes, rarities, alternative versions and live renditions of ‘Stranger Things’ album tracks recorded around the time of the album’s sessions.

• Issued in miniature LP style packaging with three inner sleeve wallets and a 32 page lyric booklet.

‘Stranger Things’ was a celebrated collaboration between Marc Almond and the much- missed mercurial talent of Icelandic producer and arranger Jóhann Jóhannsson (Lhooq, Dip, Hafler Trio…) which gave the album a consciously cinematic musical coherence with its signature melodramatic and soaring string arrangements to the fore.

Deftly combining elements of Gothic tinged Synth Pop and orchestral grandeur, the album provoked much eulogising on its original release; Ian Shirley writing in Record Buyer in 2001 that, “This is a brilliant album. Lush, orchestral and with a delightful contemporary rhythmic sheen, it sounds like the soundtrack to an imaginary James Bond film. Almond is in torch mode playing Shirley Bassey. This is no put down… he sings with an emotional depth that is very moving.”

Online music site Allmusic described the album as “dreamy and swooning”, adding that Marc, “sounds in absolutely excellent voice.”

Marc and Johannsson were kindred spirits whose shared influences were a mash-up of Philip Glass, ‘70s music, John Barry, Martin Denny, striptease soundtracks, burlesque and Techno – all of which is richly manifested in the unique sensibility and beauty of the resultant album.

Tracklist

2LP

SIDE ONE
1 GLORIOUS
2 BORN TO CRY
3 COME OUT
4 UNDER YOUR WING

SIDE TWO
1 LIGHTS
2 TANTALISE ME
3 MOONBATHE SKIN
4 DANCER

SIDE THREE
1 WHEN IT’S YOUR TIME
2 END IN TEARS
3 LOVE IN A TIME OF SCIENCE
4 GLORIOUS (REPRISE)

SIDE FOUR – BONUS TRACKS 1 FUR (REPLAYED BY JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON)
2 FUR (REPLICANT VERSION)
3 FUR (KEEN K REMIX)
4 FUR (ORIGINAL DEMO)
5 THE EXHIBITIONIST (ORIGINAL 2000 DEMO VERSION)

3CD

DISC ONE

THE ORIGINAL ALBUM
1 GLORIOUS
2 BORN TO CRY
3 COME OUT
4 UNDER YOUR WING
5 LIGHTS
6 TANTALISE ME
7 MOONBATHE SKIN
8 DANCER
9 WHEN IT’S YOUR TIME
10 END IN TEARS
11 LOVE IN A TIME OF SCIENCE
12 GLORIOUS (REPRISE)

DISC TWO

BONUS TRACKS, DEMOS & ‘FUR’ REMIXES
1 THE GUILT OF MY SECRET MARC ALMOND WITH LASKA OMNIA
2 PASSION AND PAIN MARC ALMOND WITH LASKA OMNIA
3 OUR LOVE, MY LOVE
4 I’M THE BOY (BOY TOY) MARC ALMOND WITH TRASH PALACE
5 ÂME CALINE
6 GIVE IN
7 THE BEAUTIFUL LIGHT OF MADNESS (ORIGINAL DEMO)
8 SUBURBAN OPERA (ORIGINAL DEMO)
9 MOONBATHE SKIN (ORIGINAL DEMO)
10 UNDER YOUR WING (ORIGINAL DEMO)
11 SMOKE (ORIGINAL DEMO)
12 DARK IS MY WORLD (DEMO VERSION)
13 FUR (ORIGINAL DEMO)
14 THE EXHIBITIONIST (ORIGINAL DEMO)
15 FUR (PRODUCED & REPLAYED BY JÓHANN)
16 FUR (REPLICANT MIX)
17 FUR (KEEN K REMIX)
18 FUR (DIVIDER REMIX)

DISC THREE

LIVE & RARITIES
1 GLORIOUS (RADIO EDIT)
2 UNDER YOUR WING (LIVE – UNION CHAPEL, 2000)
3 MOONBATHE SKIN (LIVE – UNION CHAPEL, 2000)
4 OUR LOVE, MY LOVE (LIVE – UNION CHAPEL, 2000)
5 WHEN IT’S YOUR TIME (LIVE – UNION CHAPEL, 2000)
6 BORN TO CRY (LIVE – UNION CHAPEL, 2000)
7 I CREATED ME (LIVE – UNION CHAPEL, 2000)
8 UNDER YOUR WING (LIVE – LEICESTER CATHEDRAL, 2000)
9 MOONBATHE SKIN (LIVE – WILTON’S MUSIC HALL, 2008)
10 END IN TEARS (LIVE – ALMEIDA THEATRE, 2004)
11 AMO VITAM (REMASTERED 2018) ROSENSTOLZ & MARC ALMOND
12 TOTAL ECLIPSE (LONG VERSION – REMASTERED 2018) ROSENSTOLZ & MARC ALMOND
13 ALL MY ANGELS FALLING PYX-LAX & MARC ALMOND
14 DARK AGE OF LOVE (ORIGINAL MIX) MAD DRIVERS FEAT. MARC ALMOND