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Marc Almond / Trials Of Eyeliner / career spanning 10CD super deluxe box

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Get all the Marc Almond you could ever wish for amassed in one mammoth, career-spanning, ten-CD collection, set for release by Universal Music this October…

Trials Of Eyeliner is touted as the definitive overview of Marc Almond’s career, and the fact that Almond himself has personally curated the collection, allied to the 189-strong track listing, suggests that this is no exaggeration. Neal X, Almond’s longstanding writing partner/musical director (and former Sigue Sigue Sputnik guitarist), supervised mastering of the tracks recorded over five decades between 1979 and 2016.



This anthology is divided into three themed sections. ‘History’ fills the first four discs with 72 of Almond’s favourite album tracks and B-sides, from Soft Cell’s Youth to the song that gave this super deluxe set its name: Trials of Eyeliner.

The three-CD ‘Singles’ section lines up all of his official Soft Cell, Marc And The Mambas and solo singles in pretty-much-chronological order, delivering assorted delights such as Soft Cell’s UK number one smash hit Tainted Love, duets with Gene Pitney (Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart) and Sarah Cracknell (I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten) and much more.



The last three CDs consists of ‘Gems’ – fan-only releases, one-off collaborations, soundtrack contributions etc. – and includes 18 tracks previously unreleased from Marc’s own collection (see those marked with an asterisk in the track listing below) plus many more hard-to-find rarities and songs making their debut in the CD/digital format.

The ten CDs are housed in two six-page gatefold disc holders within a 240mm-square slipcase, and the music is complemented by a 64-page hardcover book featuring loads of photos and imagery from Almond’s own archive and an ‘interview/essay’ by Alexis Petridis. Artwork for the cover and elsewhere within the package is by renowned graphic artist Stefan Fähler.

The final song on the tenth CD in this set is entitled I Created Me, a highly appropriate choice for such a distinctive artist who’s enjoyed such a varied career.

“I can’t think of many artists who’ve been able to straddle the underground and the mainstream, to work in the underground and the commercial world, to do out-and-out pop and work with Coil or Throbbing Gristle,” says Almond. “There’s a whole big swathe of the British public that only know me for part of my music, and don’t know me for another part. And that’s absolutely fine. I always thought that music was a ride. You go on it, and sometimes it’s successful and sometimes it’s disastrous, sometimes it gets acclaim and sometimes it gets absolutely knocked down. You pick up different people for different parts of the journey. It just happens. But you’ve just got to go on that ride.”

Trials Of Eyeliner is released on 28 October 2016.

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Trials Of Eyeliner: Anthology 1979-2016

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track_listing

CD 1

History

  1. Soft Cell – The Girl With the Patent Leather Face
  2. Marc and the Mambas – Fun City
  3. Marc and the Mambas – Sleaze (Readers Wifes Club Edit)
  4. Soft Cell – Sex Dwarf (original version)
  5. Soft Cell – Youth
  6. Soft Cell – Insecure Me (2002 edit)
  7. Soft Cell – Loving You Hating Me
  8. Soft Cell – Heat
  9. Soft Cell – Meet Murder My Angel
  10. Soft Cell – Surrender to a Stranger
  11. Marc and the Mambas – Untitled
  12. Marc and the Mambas – Big Louise
  13. Marc and the Mambas – Torment
  14. Marc and the Mambas – Catch a Fallen Star
  15. Marc and the Mambas – A Million Manias
  16. Marc Almond – Love Amongst The Ruined
  17. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – Joey Demento

CD 2

History

  1. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – Gutter Hearts
  2. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – Crime Sublime
  3. Marc Almond – Always
  4. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – I Who Never
  5. Marc Almond – Body Unknown
  6. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – Saint Judy
  7. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – The Hustler
  8. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – There Is A Bed
  9. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – Mother Fist
  10. Marc Almond – The Devil (OKay) (Le diable (ça va))
  11. Marc Almond – Lost Paradise (Le paradis perdu)
  12. Marc Almond – The Stars We Are
  13. Marc Almond – These My Dreams Are Yours
  14. Marc Almond (featuring Nico) – Your Kisses Burn
  15. Marc Almond- Toreador In The Rain
  16. Marc Almond – The Sea Still Sings
  17. Marc Almond – Meet Me in My Dream
  18. Marc Almond – Champagne 

CD 3

History

  1. Marc Almond – Vision (live)
  2. Marc Almond – Night And No Morning
  3. Marc Almond – Deadly Serenade
  4. Marc Almond – The Edge Of Heartbreak
  5. Marc Almond – Come In Sweet Assassin
  6. Marc Almond – Lonely Go Go Dancer (Open All Night European version)
  7. Marc Almond – Midnight Soul
  8. Marc Almond -My Love (Dave Ball Remix)
  9. Marc Almond featuring Siouxsie Sioux – Threat of Love (Neal X remix)
  10. Marc Almond – One Big Soul
  11. Soft Cell – Darker Times
  12. Soft Cell – God Shaped Hole
  13. Marc Almond – Under Your Wing
  14. Marc Almond – Tantalise Me
  15. Marc Almond – Lights
  16. Marc Almond – Redeem Me (Beauty Will Redeem The World)
  17. Marc Almond – The London Boys
  18. Marc Almond – Stardom Road

CD 4

History

  1. Marc Almond – Sleeping Beauty
  2. Marc Almond – The Storks
  3. Marc Almond with Aquarium – Gosudaryunia
  4. Marc Almond featuring the Orchestra Rossiya – Pearly Night
  5. Marc Almond – Friendship
  6. Marc Almond and Michael Cashmore – Feasting With Panthers
  7. Marc Almond and Michael Cashmore – The Man Condemned to Death
  8. Marc Almond – Variety
  9. Marc Almond – Lavender
  10. Marc Almond – Trials Of Eyeliner
  11. Marc Almond – Farewell
  12. John Harle and Marc Almond – Ratcliffe Highway
  13. Marc Almond with Jeremy Reed and Othon – The Green Fairy
  14. Marc Almond and Carl Barat – Love Is Not On Trial
  15. Marc Almond – The Dancing Marquis
  16. Marc Almond – Tasmanian Tiger
  17. Marc Almond featuring Danielz – Death of a Dandy
  18. Marc Almond – Zipped Black Leather Jacket
  19. Marc Almond – Life in My Own Way

CD 5

Singles

  1. Soft Cell – Memorabilia
  2. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  3. Soft Cell – Bedsitter
  4. Soft Cell – Say Hello Wave Goodbye
  5. Soft Cell – Torch
  6. Soft Cell – What (mono mix)
  7. Soft Cell – Where The Heart Is
  8. Soft Cell – Numbers
  9. Soft Cell – Soul Inside
  10. Soft Cell – Down In The Subway
  11. Marc and the Mambas – Black Heart
  12. Marc Almond – The Boy Who Came Back
  13. Marc Almond – You Have (full version)
  14. Marc Almond – Tenderness Is A Weakness
  15. Bronski Beat & Marc Almond – I Feel Love (Medley)
  16. Marc Almond – Stories Of Johnny
  17. Marc Almond – The House Is Haunted By The Echo Of Your Last Goodbye
  18. Marc Almond – Love Letter
  19. Marc Almond – Ruby Red
  20. Marc Almond – Melancholy Rose

CD 6

Singles

  1. Marc Almond – A Woman’s Story
  2. Marc Almond – Tears Run Rings
  3. Marc Almond with Gene Pitney – Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart
  4. Marc Almond – Bitter Sweet
  5. Marc Almond – Only The Moment
  6. Marc Almond – A Lover Spurned
  7. Marc Almond – The Desperate Hours
  8. Marc Almond – Waifs and Strays
  9. Marc Almond – What Makes a Man (Live)
  10. Marc Almond – Jacky
  11. Marc Almond – My Hand Over My Heart
  12. Marc Almond – The Days Of Pearly Spencer
  13. Marc Almond – The Idol (Part 1)
  14. Marc Almond – Adored and Explored
  15. Marc Almond – Out There
  16. Marc Almond – Brilliant Creatures
  17. Marc Almond – Child Star

CD 7

Singles

  1. P J Proby and Marc Almond with My Life Story Orchestra – Yesterday Has Gone
  2. Marc Almond – Black Kiss
  3. Marc Almond – Tragedy (Take a Look and See)
  4. Marc Almond with Mekon – Please Stay
  5. Marc Almond – Glorious (radio edit)
  6. Marc Almond – Gone But Not Forgotten
  7. Rosenstolz with Marc Almond – Total Eclipse
  8. Soft Cell – Monoculture
  9. Soft Cell – The Night
  10. Marc Almond with Sarah Cracknell – I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten
  11. Starcluster with Marc Almond – Smoke and Mirrors (Original Version)
  12. System F featuring Marc Almond -Soul on Soul (radio edit)
  13. King Roc featuring Marc Almond – Prime Evil (Boris Dlugosch mix – edit) 3
  14. T-Total featuring Marc Almond – Baby’s On Fire
  15. Mark Schneider with Marc Almond – Perfect Honey (Temptation)
  16. Marc Almond – Nijinsky Heart
  17. Marc Almond – Burn Bright
  18. Marc Almond – Scar
  19. Marc Almond – Bad To Me
  20. Marc Almond – Demon Lover

CD 8

Gems

  1. Marc Almond – Oily Black Limousine
  2. Marc Almond – Indigo Blue
  3. The Burmoe Brothers featuring Marc Almond – Skin
  4. Coil with Marc Almond – Dark Age of Love*
  5. Marc Almond – Amnesia Nights (demo)
  6. Marc Almond with Mekon – Theatre of Dreams
  7. Marc Almond – Demented, Deluded, Delirious (Mekon Remix)
  8. Mekon featuring Marc Almond – Out of My Soul remix (edit)
  9. Andrei Samsonov and Laska Omnia with Marc Almond – Passion and Pain
  10. Andrei Samsonov and Laska Omnia with Marc Almond – The Guilt of My Secret (Original Version)
  11. Marc Almond – Three Monkey Tango*
  12. Marc Almond – The Exhibitionist (original first demo)
  13. Punx Soundcheck featuring Marc Almond – Vanity, Poverty, Revenge
  14. Marc Almond – Fur (Jóhann Jóhannsson mix)
  15. Marc Almond – Dead Eyed Child (remix)
  16. Marc Almond – Black Satin (remix)
  17. Marc Almond – Sequins and Stars
  18. Othon featuring Marc Almond – Last Night I Paid to Close My Eyes
  19. Marc Almond – Beautiful Losers
  20. Marc Almond – City of Nights

CD 9

Gems

  1. Marc Almond – Tale of a Tart (Hell)
  2. Marc Almond – Urban Velvet (1997 demo)
  3. Marc Almond – The Beautiful Light of Madness (demo)
  4. Marc Almond – Suburban Opera (1997 demo)
  5. Marc Almond – Life’s a Lonely Drag (But I’m Alive) (demo)
  6. Marc Almond – Bluegate Fields (demo)*
  7. Marc Almond – Someone Like Me (demo)*
  8. Marc Almond – I’m Your Karma (demo)*
  9. Marc Almond featuring Armen Ra –Kill Me or Make Me Beautiful*
  10. Marc Almond – When Bad People Kiss
  11. Marc Almond with Othon – The Tango Song
  12. Marc Almond with the Rossiya Orchestra – The Sun Will Arise
  13. Marc Almond with the Rossiya Orchestra – Tenderness
  14. Marc Almond with Antony Hegarty and the Rossiya Orchestra – River of Sorrow
  15. John Harle with Marc Almond – Angel Eyes
  16. Marc Almond – Keep Back Your Tears
  17. X-TG featuring Marc Almond – The Falconer
  18. Marc Almond with the Gaslight Troubadours – Eros and Eye*
  19. Marc Almond with Brian Reitzell – Snake Charmer

CD 10

Gems

  1. Marc Almond with Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – Cry*
  2. Marc Almond with Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – On My Soul (I Swear)*
  3. Marc Almond – Idiot Dancing
  4. Marc Almond – Dark Is My World (Without Love)*
  5. Marc Almond – Kiss the Ghost Goodbye*
  6. Marc Almond – I Am No One (demo)*
  7. Marc Almond and Neal X – Criminal Lover
  8. Marc Almond – The Crimson Diva
  9. Marc Almond – Rhythm and Blues*
  10. Marc Almond – Suicide Saloon
  11. Marc Almond – For Only You*
  12. Marc Almond – Brewer Street Blues
  13. Marc Almond – Miss Urania*
  14. Marc Almond – The Perfumed Garden of Gulliver Smith (Afghan Candles version)*
  15. Marc Almond – Eyes (demo)*
  16. Marc Almond – Be Still (demo)*
  17. Marc Almond – Late Night
  18. Marc Almond – Hurt Me (edit)
  19. Marc Almond – When I Was A Young Man (live)
  20. T. Rextasy with Marc Almond, Tony Visconti and the Dirty Pretty Strings –Teenage Dream (live)
  21. Marc Almond – I Created Me

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55 responses to Marc Almond / Trials Of Eyeliner / career spanning 10CD super deluxe box

  1. Kauwgompie says:

    Nice list but if you put 10 cd’s together in a box you might as well add 3 or 4 more with the 12″es. It’s too bad they are missing.

  2. -sg- says:

    So much Marc, still hard to categorize and even more difficult to make a definitive collection even with 10 discs. Still, This Does look good, but anyone going for this woul have to already be a hardcore gutterheart and have a lot of this already. That aside, it would be nice to just get a definitive collection of his 80’s work up to the mid 90’s output outside of Soft Cell properly remastered containing all of the released material from each era. So many collaborations 12″ versions b-sides etc scattered about, so much still either out of print or never released digitally. He is definately a mercurial one.

  3. DJ Boji says:

    Finally! The Compilation that Marc almond was preparing for some time now. He was mentioning that on various Occasions and finally it will be issued. For a big Fan of Marc Almond and Soft Cell this will be a Must buy. I wish there was a Remix Cd but luckily I own Most of The Singles with some owesome remixes. One thing is missing though and this is The wonderful duet with Sally Timms ” this House is a house of Trouble” but this does not diminish at all The quality of this Great Compilation he has put here. hopefully he will Continue creating such a Great music as he did with his last album ” The velvet Trail”. I also find that with Neil X we couldn’t get a much better Music Partner.

  4. David says:

    Aside from a few 12 inch versions that are missing it’s a nice boxset. I have the Freddie Mercury solo collection which came out in 2000 which follow the same pattern. This is the way to do boxsets.

  5. Clive C says:

    One note on the price. It’s at £75 on uDiscover
    http://bit.ly/29ZIqbl
    Hopefully the Amazon price will come down to match or improve on this.

  6. Ben in Colorado says:

    Marc’s voice is amazing, and as I am a huge Soft Cell fan, I am looking forward to hearing more of his other work. I do think The Velvet Trail was an amazing album, so there was no hesitataing on this one.

    I placed an order almost 10 days ago at uDiscover and was lucky enough to get the limited edition EP.

  7. Michael Fortin says:

    What’s the song in the trailer above? I love Soft Cell but I am unfamiliar with Marc’s other work. This set is very tempting but 10 CD’s seems a bit intimidating. I kind of wish there was a 2-CD or 3-CD option.

    • Derek T. says:

      The song in the trailer is “The Idol”, from the Fantastic Star album.

      For folks unfamiliar with his stuff and looking for an entry point – there’s an old compilation album “Singles 1984 -1987″ that shouldn’t be too hard to find and would probably make a good introduction.

    • SimonP says:

      Disc 6, track 13.

  8. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Great release, must have been a nightmare to compile as Marc was on various record labels/distribution deals throughout his career

  9. bob says:

    Is this box what was once supposed to be the ‘Pop Troubadour’ box set, but was postponed because of legal problems?

  10. Leemer says:

    Really? At 10 CD’s, I would have thought it would have been complete works rather than an anthology. Then I read his Wikipedia page. 21 solo albums and 8 live solo albums, 5 studio albums and 3 live albums with Soft Cell, 2 studio albums and 2 live albums with the Mambas. I really don’t know anything about Marc Almond except “Tainted Love” / “Where Did Our Love Go”. This guy is no slouch resting on his laurels.

  11. michelle says:

    yes; – really love his voice. Have preordered altho I hope the price might come down

  12. Dr Avalanche says:

    Very nice boxset, although I miss his collaboration with Jim Thirlwell/Foetus: The Flesh Volcano from 1987.

  13. Andrew says:

    I note that Stevo Pearce has commented on the promotional trailer video, stating that the release is not approved by Some Bizzare.

    I know that Stevo certainly owned the rights to a number of Almond’s releases, including the two Marc and The Mambas albums, the Jacques album and the Absinthe album; all of which were re-released through Some Bizzare a few years ago.

    Clearly, Universal would not have proceeded with this project without clearance from all of the relevant copyright holders, therefore Stevo’s comments may just be a case of sour grapes rather than the right to withhold content that appeared on his label imprint.

    I think this is a good, solid anthology. The history discs are not going to resonate with every fan, however, I’d rather listen to a selection that means something to Marc than to a label curator/employee.

    I pre-ordered the set via the website on the day that Marc’s info service dropped its email announcing the set, so I’ve bagged the bonus EP of versions of If You Go Away captured during Marc’s recording career. I was, however, charged £100 for the set. I received an email an hour later saying that the box set price had been adjusted and I would receive the appropriate refund in around 5 working days. Nothing received as of today, however, the email landed at 5.25pm on Friday 8th July, so close of business tomorrow should be the fifth full day’s wait.

    In summary, a good collection.

  14. Shane says:

    I am not a fan of his, and it’s probably a good thing because this box sounds great. What would someone suggest to me to get into him?

  15. Joe Mac Pherson says:

    I used to have tremendous respect for Marc Almond. In the 1980’s, long after Soft Cell broke up, I was buying everything he continued to record- his various solo albums and projects. Living in Los Angeles meant most of it was issued in the UK, or Europe, so I diligently sought his music out in the Import Sections of the better L.A. record stores. By the time he released The Stars We Are in 1988, I had a wonderful, vast library of his albums, projects, Soft Cell releases, 12″ singles. Almost everything was an expensive import.
    In 2000, he issued Tainted Life, his autobiography. I thought it exceptionally well written, fascinating, often really funny. Very informative, about the man and his music.
    BUT: To my great dismay, astonishment and honestly, it hit me real hard, he wrote the most awful things about me. Really terrible things. You’d think his experience was a monstrous visit to Hell. It was actually an in-store meet and greet, signing his music, for the fans. The record store was Moby Disc Records in Sherman Oaks, in Los Angeles, California. The line of fans to meet him in 1988 wasn’t vast. Less than a hundred people, actually. I didn’t bring my entire Marc Almond music library- that would have required a serious box- but to show him my genuine appreciation of ALL his music, I brought about 11 specifically selected recordings, a time span, that meant a great deal to me. Because his music meant that much to me.
    I quickly discovered that no one in the crowd had my volume of music with them. Maybe 2-3 records at the most, or just his new album. His record company associates realized I had an impressive selection, definitely beyond what others had. They politely asked me if I wouldn’t mind being the last in line, since everyone else had far less music with them. I obliged; no problem. I patiently waited, and then I was there, last in line, talking to Marc Almond.
    He seemed incredibly nice. He appeared to be really pleased that I’d been a true, supporting fan of his music throughout the years. He signed my music with an extraordinary signature, and for me, it was a dream to talk to the man who created this music I valued so highly.
    Then I read his autobiography. He described that day at the record store, specifically mentioning me and the music I had, and honestly, you’d think I did everything in my power to ruin his day, or week. I gave him absolute courtesy, sincere politeness, genuine words of praise and encouragement towards his future recordings. I thanked him, so very much, for his time. I made it quite clear that this signed music meant a great deal to me.
    In his autobiography, he described his short period of time with me in the most demeaning, insulting way possible. I was really distressed, reading those words. It was humiliating. I showed the passage to friends of mine, and one said, “Joe, you were buying his music on import records in the US, when most people here forgot about him after Soft Cell.”
    They didn’t find his record store experience amusing. They felt really bad for me. My name isn’t actually brought out in the book (Remember, the record store appearance was in 1988; his autobiography came out in 2000), but I knew exactly who it was, that brought all those records. ME.
    I never bought another recording by him again. I sold all my valued, signed music. His book description of meeting me, a dedicated fan, sounds like a really miserable trial for him. Reading about myself, I felt condemned. His career in the US hasn’t been so grand for decades. I’ll call it Karma.

    • Neil Kelly says:

      Wow!

    • gb says:

      wow, that’s real bad Joe. I can imagine how upsetting that must have been. especially from
      someone so important to you. luckily I have never had anything like that happen from any
      of my favourite artists. but something did happen from the singer of a band I liked a lot.

      I’ve seen a lot of gigs over the years and always used to take pics. anyway I was having a
      huge clear out and thought I didn’t really need photos and photos of so many gigs and put
      a load of negs/photos on ebay. these were not professional photos. just point and shoot.
      but I figured someone might want them.

      anyway, an email arrived via ebay from Ian mcnabb saying to take the photos down. it
      wasn’t asked politely. it was abusive, full of expletives and just plain vile. this was long
      before you could report ebay members/emails. this was around the time of the re-union
      which wikipedia says this:

      ‘December 2007. However, certain shows on this tour were heavily criticised by
      fans on the Message Boards at http://www.ianmcnabb.com for their allegedly disorganised
      nature, especially with regards to McNabb’s performance’

      I have no idea if he was having *problems* that year and that could explain the
      outburst

      I saw they were playing leicester this year, so I sent an email to ian via
      his website, saying seeing that live date in my town reminded me of all what
      happened, saying that *whatever* the situation, I did not deserve to be spoken
      to like that. he did not reply …

      it’s a shame cause I loved I.works so much.

    • mintoncard says:

      What a total shame that happened. I feel that some artists embrace the dedication of fans while others have a total disconnect. I remember meeting The Beautiful South many years ago and bringing a few rare vinyl pieces for them to sign. They thought it was very cool and even Paul remarked how even HE didn’t have most of these. This sparked a great conversation about the controversy of the “Welcome To” original cover, and why it was changed.

      On the flip-side was my interaction with Pete Burns from Dead or Alive at a signing. I brought my “Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know” Japanese picture disc to have signed. He opened it, pointed to the picture on the disc of him holding the guitar and said, “I don’t play guitar. You’re stupid for buying this”. Then he slipped the disc back in the sleeve and sloppily signed the back.

      I feel that artists should always remember their roots and never forget the fans.

  16. Matthew Best says:

    Now I’m going to have to go and read the damn book again!

  17. Notinmyname says:

    Sounds like a great collection, a bit pricey though. Poor Joe, meeting one’s musical heroes can be daunting and sometimes awful. I bumped into Nick Cave once when drunk in a concert venue, he claimed that I was very aggressive, I was drunk and leary not aggressive. At least I didn’t punch him for bumping into me.

  18. Derek T. says:

    Like others, I would have liked to see a disc with 12″ versions. A DVD with promo videos would have been fantastic too. All the same, it’s still an amazing collection. Really looking forward to it. And I ordered in time to get the bonus disc. Result!

  19. Paul Edwards says:

    Sorry to hear that Joe. It’s so true when people say you should never meet your heroes.

    If you’d been pestering him in a restaurant etc then I get why celebs can be arses but this was a PR exercise!

  20. gary says:

    11 items for signing?
    It doesn’t excuse Marc having a go at you in print, but that is way too much man. Never meet your heroes with 11 bits of Memorabilia to sign

  21. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Never mind Joe, devote your time and money to your wonderful supportive freinds.

    Marc’s loss lovely…

  22. Chris Squires says:

    Ouch, that sounded painful. Never meet your heroes. Won’t mention mine by name, but it wasn’t bad, he was polite, I was frozen, but it just made me realize I had put him on a pedestal since 1984 and he was just a normal bloke. His brother however was an absolutely lovely chap. Less pressure and all that. The low point was when I got an email that was very disparaging the “I don’t owe you anything – who the eff do you think you are” kind of thing as I was trying to resurrect some old early live recordings, like GB above illegally to the letter of the law. He was absolutely right, mind you, but it still hurt a bit. I guess even our heroes can have bad days.

  23. scotty_G says:

    Joe, my condolences to you. Your a fan, if not for people like you Marc Almond would be nothing, least of all selling 10CD box sets well after his prime. Actually who is Marc Almond anyway…Doesn’t feature in my music collection!

    I had the pleasure of meeting Charlie Watts a few years ago in Oxford Street and he was very engaging and an absolute gentleman. That’s a true rock icon for you!

    • Joe Mac Pherson says:

      Thank You, Scotty_G,
      And all the very kind people here who’ve renewed my belief that this world still holds a lot of sincere, caring people.
      The day I met Marc Almond, in 1988, of the 11 recordings I brought from my honestly, huge library of his entire recording career, only The Stars We Are, his album he was promoting at Moby Disc Records in Los Angeles, was actually issued in the USA. Everything else was an import from Europe. Why? Because quite simply, no US record label was interested in releasing this material, including Soft Cell 12″ singles. His other projects, like Marc & The Mambas or The Willing Sinners releases? Non existant in the USA.
      It took a long time for him to obtain a US label, after Soft Cell dissolved. Even Soft Cell had a multitude of 12″ singles that saw no US release. WHAT! Yes, it’s true. I know, because I remember how expensive his music was, imported from the UK and The Continent. I remained the most steadfast buyer of his music, long after Greater Los Angeles radio stations stopped playing anything he recorded. I was seeking his music, when a number of the best record stores weren’t ordering his imports because they weren’t selling, so why bother with unsold inventory?
      But I continued paying for his recordings. From vinyl to CD, 12″ singles and CD singles, and yes, almost all of it was imported. There were times in the 1990’s when the college stations or KROQ were playing the latest releases by Duran Duran, ABC, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Annie Lennox, Siouxie & The Banshees, New Order, and I’d call the stations: “Why aren’t you playing Marc Almond’s new album? He’s still recording, and I wish you realized that.” And the stations ignored my Marc Almond requests.
      So, in 2000, when I read that terrible description of meeting me, one of the most loyal buying supporters any musician would appreciate for always being there, long after so many others passed him by, it really did wreck me. I simply couldn’t believe how cruel, how awful he could write such words. And the realization that all his charm and smiles were completely artificial. Major hypocrite. The Stars We Are? His star fell a long, long time ago. I must say, I got really good money for his signed music. Those records were worthless to me now. Until this article came out, I essentially forgot about him. Just like so many others have, years ago.

  24. Mark says:

    Joe, Marc’s star has certainly not fallen and I had the great pleasure of seeing him perform a wonderful sold out show at The Royal Festival Hall, London last Sunday. I have seen him perform on many occasions and have also met him many times. He is very quietly spoken and a very nice man. I have not read his book but cannot imagine him being nasty for no reason. I am looking forward to the box set very much.

    • gb says:

      the way I look at it is, either sign 11 things or don’t. if you are *happy enough* to sign them at the time – then don’t go and slag the person off later in the book for bringing 11 items.
      I don’t know what the book says exactly, I’ve not read it. just seems from Joe’s description everything was honky dory at the time at the signing … then all this stuff was said after the fact. to me that’s not on.

  25. Matthew Best says:

    I have the book in front of me. Here’s what Marc says about record store signings around the time “The Stars We Are” was released:

    “Then, as if this hell wasn’t bad enough, there was something else. Record-store in-house signings. These are really nerve-wracking and particularly unpleasant. I always think of the scene in the film Spinal Tap when nobody turns up to their band’s signing, and the company rep proffers his ass to be kicked. I was most surprised when people did turn up, when queues went all around the block and people waited dutifully with their records to get them signed, with the album playing over and over and over again in the background – ad nauseam.

    In Los Angeles I was beseiged by fans at the radio station and the signings. I remember one attractive girl bared her breasts for me to sign, and I scrawled by autograph across them. To my horror, she returned an hour later. She had quickly gone to a tattooist who had gone over my signature, disfiguring both her breasts. If I’d known I would have taken more care.

    But the descent into hell was not yet complete, and downward we went. Promotional tours also involved meeting the staff at the record pressing and packing factories, meeting the people who shrink-wrap the album, and posing with them all for snapshots…..”

  26. Mike appleby says:

    I don’t see anything in that passage to take offence over. Or is there another passage.

  27. Steven says:

    To balance things out, here’s a nice signing story…

    As an ardent, long-time Peter Hammill fan (since a very young teenager), when he at last came to Australia, I presented him with his and VDGG’s complete CD collection to that date – I daren’t tell you how many that was, but I will say that the pile even included a bootleg. (I just brought the booklets. Needless to say, I left my LPs and 45s at home.)

    He sat at a table with me, post-concert, and signed every single one of them, telling me stories about different ones as he signed them. He even did his famous ‘M’ symbol on one. He then went on to sign many CDs and LPs from others. Finally, a group of us (I guess, representing the devoted ‘faithful’ down under) stood about him for about an hour, quizzing him, and he patiently answered all of our questions (except for the one about the lowdown on why he split with Nic Potter, which he respectfully declined to answer).

    Class.

    Those signed CDs still have pride of place in my record collection.

    • gb says:

      I should give my *lovely-meetings story* too. I met Brett in 95 DMS tour. they played leicester, I waited at venue mid afternoon … just a handful of fans … he was utterly lovely and charming. he signed a pic I took of him from w’hampton 94 squashed down the front. he dedicated it to me. beautiful writing. took photos with me/other fans. saw him again in 1999 at a HM after-show, just as friendly. suede are in my top 3 bands, they say never meet your heroes. but I remember how I was on cloud 9 after that day. couldn’t have been any happier.

  28. John says:

    I met Marc on Fire Island in the early 90’s. He was a bleached blonde. Extremely friendly. I didn’t ask him to sign anything or for a photo but we did have some fun. ;)

  29. Saad says:

    And for the record Ocean Colour Scene’s guitarist Steve Cradock is an absolutely lovely guy and he gave fans a generous amount of his time in an impromptu signing at the Moseley Shoals festival in Birmingham just this weekend. There are many who could follow his example in a complete lack of self-importance in this celebrity obsessed culture we now inhabit.

  30. Auntie Sabrina says:

    This is currently £66.88 not £96.99 at Amazon.co.uk

    Just saying…

  31. IainM says:

    Amazon UK have dropped pre-order price to £66.88 today (20/7/16)

  32. Robert Lett says:

    I always take one or two things to get signed if the artist is willing. Eleven pieces signed is a lot to ask for IMHO but it’s really mean to call you out like that in print. They could have just set a number of items if that was not OK. Awful. I met one of my biggest musical heroes a few years ago and she was just horribly cold and mean, meeting your heroes is not always a good thing. Sometimes better to just enjoy the art.

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  34. Adam says:

    I met Thomas Dolby when he was touring the US with his Invisible Lighthouse film. Very nice person, signed a couple of my favorite TD things I had brought, got a photo taken with him, had a quick but engaging conversation with him. Genuinely cool gentleman.

    I’ve met a couple of others over the years, and I’ve been fortunate enough not to have had any really bad experiences. Just lucky, I guess.

  35. daf says:

    10 CDs and no sign of the 7″ promo version of “Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go”. Really??

  36. Bailey says:

    Joe Mac Pherson, I have read the book you mention (Tainted Life) and I’m confused. Could you please inform whre in this book Marc writes about you?

    • Matthew Best says:

      Seconded! I’d like to know where Marc writes about Joe as well. It must be in a different edition of the book to the one I have…

  37. canaras5 says:

    The Marc and the Manbar single ‘Torment’ is not included? (it was after Black Heart?)

  38. MB says:

    I met Marc a couple of times and both times he was polite, appreciative and generous with his time.

    The first time was in NY in 1984. My friends and I had just left a Some Bizzare evening, where Anita Sarko was DJing after a Test Dept. concert. We were on the sidewalk outside the venue when Marc came outside with a couple of other people. He came walking past my group and knowing who he was I called out his name. He stopped and I spoke with him, introducing my friends. He was on his way to Danceteria, which was where we were heading, so we shared a cab. Marc even paid for the taxi. When we arrived at Danceteria, Marc walked us in past the doorman. I didn’t want to appear ungrateful, so I thanked him and offered to buy him a drink. He declined and that was that.

    The second time was a record store meet and greet in San Francisco at Tower Records near SFSU. There were only two of us there at the time to say hello. I had brought a copy of his poetry, The Angel of Death in the Adonis Lounge. He graciously signed it and I mentioned our previous meeting. He was nice to enough to say he remembered that evening. And once again, I was impressed with his receptiveness and kindness.

  39. Steven says:

    Thank you, MB, for sharing the stories of your meetings with Marc. The taxi ride story, in particular, would be a very special memory.

    It reminds me a little of a friend’s story about how he stumbled upon Ray Davies alone in a local pub in Melbourne, which subsequently led to a number of friendly local pub meet-ups during a period where Ray Davies must have been living in Melbourne (during the 80s, I think it was).

  40. Mark says:

    Unfortunately this is (another) missed opportunity. For starters the title is a touch misleading. Soft Cell did indeed take to the stage for the first time in 1979 but none of the legendary ‘Mutant Moments’ ep is represented here. indeed Soft Cell deserve their own boxset treatment as there are certainly no surpirses to be found in this collection. Marc’s imperial solo period in the 80’s is also woefully light on surprises as the collection just collects what is already available ( no demos, out takes or alt versions )

    The ‘unreleased’ tracks that we do have here hardly get the excitement levels rising ( unless you enjoy Jools Holland or Marc Bolan tribute acts ) and that extends to the cover which is just horrible.

    There are far better and more satisfying introductions to Marc Almond and Soft Cell for the uninitiated out there, that cost a fraction of the price of this boxset. For the the hardcore Cellmate/Gutter Heart is £70 plus worth it for a handful of recent demos and a few photos ?

  41. Brett Linforth says:

    I was lucky enough to have ordered this boxset early from uDiscover so I too shall be receiving the If You Go Away EP. This box set has rekindled my love affair with Marc’s music – an affair that started at the age of 16 when I bought a cheap compilation album featuring Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart. I’m 31 now, have seen Marc live ten times, met him twice (really nice guy and seemed genuinely touched when I told him as he signed my Heart On Snow album that it was his best work since Mother Fist) and made some great friends through his music. October 28th can’t come quick enough! BRING IT ON :-)

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