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Marc Almond / The Stars We Are deluxe

2CD+DVD and expanded 2LP vinyl

Cherry Red will reissue Marc Almond‘s 1988 album The Stars We Are in January next year.

Almond’s fourth album featured the singles ‘Tears Run Rings’, ‘Bitter-Sweet’ and most notably his cover of Gene Pitney’s ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’. The duet version of that song with Pitney was of course an enormous hit, reaching number one in the UK for four weeks in early 1989.

The 2CD+DVD reissue features the album, B-sides, remixes and promo videos. CD 1 features the album and the original two CD bonus tracks (‘The Frost Comes Tomorrow’ and ‘Kept Boy’). Interestingly, the reissue doesn’t maintain the solo version of ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ (which was what was on the original album) but switches it for the duet ‘hit’ version, with the solo version relegated to CD 2. The first disc is completed with B-sides ‘Everything I Wanted Love To Be’, ‘King of The Fools’ and ‘Real Evil’.

CD 2 features “all known” extended and remix versions of the album tracks and the DVD (which is PAL, region 0) collects all six promo videos including the Tim Pope-directed ‘Bitter-Sweet’ and the alternate U.S. version video of ‘Tears Run Rings’ as directed by Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson.

The packaging is the same as the recent Sigue Sigue Sputnik reissue, one of those soft-pak ‘capacity wallets’. It comes with a 36-page booklet featuring sleeve notes and lyrics.

In addition to the 2CD+DVD set there is an expanded 2LP vinyl package with the bonus LP offering the CD bonus tracks and B-sides along with a few key remixes.

This expanded reissue of The Stars We Are will be released on 22 January 2021.

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CD 1:

ORIGINAL ALBUM PLUS B-SIDES

1. THE STARS WE ARE
2. THESE MY DREAMS ARE YOURS
3. BITTER-SWEET
4. ONLY THE MOMENT
5. YOUR KISSES BURN (FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST STAR NICO)
6. THE VERY LAST PEARL
7. TEARS RUN RINGS
8. SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART (FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST STAR GENE PITNEY)
9. THE SENSUALIST
10. SHE TOOK MY SOUL IN ISTANBUL
11. THE FROST COMES TOMORROW
12. KEPT BOY (FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST STAR AGNES BERNELLE)
13. EVERYTHING I WANTED LOVE TO BE
14. KING OF THE FOOLS
15. REAL EVIL

CD 2

ALTERNATE VERSIONS

1. THE STARS WE ARE (Full Length Mix)
2. TEARS RUN RINGS (12” Version)
3. BITTER-SWEET (12” Version)
4. ONLY THE MOMENT (All The Time In The World Mix)
5. THESE MY DREAMS ARE YOURS (Through The Night Mix)
6. TEARS RUN RINGS (Justin Strauss Remix)
7. BITTER-SWEET (The Big Beat Mix)
8. THE SENSUALIST (Ultimate Ecstasy Mix)
9. SHE TOOK MY SOUL IN ISTANBUL (The Blue Mosque Mix)
10. TEARS RUN RINGS (The ‘La Magia’ Dance Mix)
11. SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART (Solo Version)

DISC THREE: DVD

PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS

1. TEARS RUN RINGS
2. BITTER-SWEET
3. SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART (FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST STAR GENE PITNEY)
4. ONLY THE MOMENT
5. THE STARS WE ARE
6. TEARS RUN RINGS (U.S. VERSION)

PAL – Region 0

The Stars We Are 2LP vinyl

ORIGINAL ALBUM

SIDE ONE
1. The Stars We Are
2. These My Dreams Are Yours
3. Bitter-Sweet
4. Only The Moment
5. Your Kisses Burn (Ft Special Guest Star Nico)

SIDE TWO
1. The Very Last Pearl
2. Tears Run Rings
3. Something’s Gotten A Hold Of My Heart (Featuring Special Guest Star Gene Pitney)
4. The Sensualist
5. She Took My Soul In Istanbul

B-SIDES AND ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS

SIDE THREE
1. The Frost Comes Tomorrow
2. Kept Boy (Featuring Special Guest Star Agnes Bernelle)
3. Everything I Wanted Love To Be
4. King Of The Fools
5. Real Evil

SIDE FOUR
1. The Stars We Are (Full Length Mix)
2. These My Dreams Are Yours (Through The Night Mix)
3. Something’s Gotten A Hold Of My Heart (Solo Version)

38 responses to Marc Almond / The Stars We Are deluxe

  1. alessandro says:

    please paul a little space for:

    Jimmy Somerville: HOME AGAIN | 2LP/3CD Reedition | 27th nov 2020

    thanks from am Italian smalltown (ex) boy, now man ;-)

  2. Chuck says:

    An 80s fave! My original in-store promo is well played, and I’ve had a sealed copy a number of yrs waiting in the wings! Can’t wait for this!

  3. Poptones says:

    A pretty good album but I agree with Mother Fist being a better album. Same for Tenement Symphony with the great Anne Dudley and Trevor Horn’s production. Open All Night is also a great album.

    Marc’s work with the Mambas and Coil on Horse Rotovator are also one of the highlists of his 80s output.

    About Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart, Nick Cave covered it before Marc Almond on his 1986 covers album Kicking Against The Pricks. Just like Marc’s version, it’s close to Gene Pitney’s rendition of this great David and Jonathan’s song. What makes Marc’s version so great is the duet with Gene Pitney. I have most of Gene Pitney’s albums and compilations on vinyl but I hope a label like Cherry Red will someday release a comprehensive Gene Pitney CD box set.

  4. Metal Mickey says:

    Probably Marc’s most “rounded” album, certainly the one I’d recommend to those new to Marc’s music. I have all these tracks already, though I’m tempted by the DVD, but it’s not cheap, maybe I’ll make it a late Christmas present to myself…

    I was actually at the Astoria gig (December ’87 I think) where Marc performed “Something’s Gotten Hold…” for the first ever time. He told a story about how he’d recently seen Gene Pitney perform in Croydon, and was invited backstage, but he refused because he didn’t want to be embarrassed in front of one of his heroes – he clearly got over it later!

    And if we’re making suggestions for later releases, I would love to see “Mother Fist” in it’s originally intended double-album form, though I’m sure all the tracks were released as b-sides (and later on the “Virgin’s Tale” compilations)… maybe he could even add the Union Chapel gig from a few years ago, where he performed the whole album as a bonus?

  5. musicoloog says:

    Years ago I already made my own ‘The Stars We Are (Deluxe Edition)’.
    It includes a few more versions than the forthcoming official release…

    CD1
    The Stars We Are (Full Length)
    These My Dreams Are Yours
    Bitter Sweet (Full Length)
    Only The Moment
    Your Kisses Burn
    The Very Last Pearl
    Tears Run Rings (Full Length)
    Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart
    The Sensualist
    She Took My Soul In Istanbul
    Kept Boy
    The Frost Comes Tomorrow
    Only The Moment (7″ Version)
    Tears Run Rings (The La Magia Dance Mix)
    Tears Run Rings (Acid Tears Dub)

    CD2
    The Stars We Are (Original Album Version)
    These My Dreams Are Yours (Through The Night Mix)
    Bitter Sweet (The Big Beat Mix)
    Only The Moment (All The Time In The World Mix)
    King Of The Fools
    Real Evil
    Tears Run Rings (The Just Rite Mix) | (The Justin Strauss Remix)
    Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart (7″ Version featuring Gene Pitney)
    The Sensualist (Ultimate Ecstacy Mix)
    She Took My Soul In Istanbul (The Blue Mosque Mix)
    Everything I Wanted Love To Be
    Tears Run Rings (7″ Version)
    Bitter Sweet (7″ Version)
    Tears Run Rings (The Just Rite Edit)

    I actually prefer my original tracklisting, so I am not sure if I will (pre-)order the forthcoming release.

  6. Bill says:

    Tenement Symphony is well and truly loved and much deserves this treatment

  7. Joe Atari says:

    Great, and I never actually noticed Nico was on this album, her last recording! But really its Stories of Johnny and Tenement Symphony that I’d love a proper reissue of. The latter is half produced by Trevor Horn but the whole album was brilliant, and there’s actually a Japanese issue of the b-sides as “Days of Pearly Spencer”, if Cherry Red own it, then look forward to 2021 30th anniversary re-issue.

    https://www.discogs.com/Marc-Almond-The-Days-Of-Pearly-Spencer-10-Tracks/release/1312314

    Marc is one of the great vocal artists of the last 40 years.

  8. Pete says:

    God I hope they give Tenement Symphony this treatment. A 30th anniversary edition next year please.

  9. Peter says:

    What about the 7” remix of ‘Bitter sweet’? It didn’t make it onto the box set from a few years ago either? Only ever made it to CD on a rare EMI promo from 1988. This looks good, don’t get me wrong. But omitting original single versions is a bit of a disappointment.

  10. Wayne Olsen says:

    Is anybody else having problems with Cherry Red? I ordered the Procol Harum Something Magic 3cd sry along with some other things in August and never got them. I realize the mail service has reverted to 18th century speed, but they don’t answer my email inquiries.

  11. Gareth Pugh says:

    A great album, with great B-sides and for the most part, good 12″ mixes (although the standard 12″ Extended Mix of Tears Run Rings, included here was a tad disappointing – one of those short, blink and you’ll miss it takes that just copy-pastes the intro and the middle eight and just does them twice; but the others are excellent as many here say). Looking forward to it. Also hoping Cherry Red will have news of an expanded set for Howard Jones’ fifth-and-final Warners-era studio album ‘In the Running’ soon.

  12. Inner Space says:

    This is absolutely Marcs best accomplished album and the highlight of his entire output.

    Couple of points:

    The Stars We Are – title track – essential to listen to in its 12″ version – should have been a single
    Only The Moment – the single / 12″ versions are strangely inferior to the LP version – each in its own way – this rarely happens
    Tears Run Rings – all the extended versions that I have heard so far (incl. The J.Strauss mixes) add nothing to the feel of the song – actually take away from it quite a bit

    and finally the highlight of the extras:

    She Took My Soul In Istanbul (The Blue Mosque Mix) – 10 minutes of pure bliss. An extended version from heaven. This is how its done.

  13. Gary Hunter says:

    This is a cracking album, Almond’s best solo album for me, great to see a deluxe edition coming out, didn’t know the single version of “Only The Moment” was different, if so, very odd they haven’t included it in this set.

  14. NeoFolker says:

    They forgot to include in this edition ONLY THE MOMENT (single version) from CD Single, it’s a completely different version.

  15. Randy Metro says:

    If Bowie’s Let’s Dance is issued as a deluxe box set, I hope they switch out the album version of Cat People with the Cat People soundtrack version. Also switch out the album version of Let’s Dance with the single version. And Under Pressure for Shake It, which sounds just like Let’s Dance….. God, I think I hate most of that album.

    Marc Almond should have gotten more attention in the US than just Tainted Love.

  16. mike says:

    completely agree!! why is it not NTSC all region!! likely to restrictions

  17. KevinK says:

    While the original release had only the solo version of Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart, all formats were reissued/released shortly after the chart-topping duet single in versions with either the duet as an additional track or with the duet replacing the solo version.

  18. Luke says:

    A couple of Justin Strauss (dub-) mixes are absent, but that’s all…

  19. Martin O'Donnell says:

    Was actually listening to my original vinyl of this earlier this week. It’s brilliant but I still think Mother Fist released the year before was his best. Mention should be made that this also has Nico dueting on her last recorded track – Your Kisses Burn – another fabulous non single track.

  20. Stephen K says:

    Perhaps it has all the “known” U.K. single remixes and b-sides. It doesn’t have the Justin Strauss “Just Rite Edit” or “Acid Tears Dub” from the U.S. 12″. The Dub is pure Justin Strauss/Just Rite, which isn’t a bad thing (though a very specific taste). I always enjoy a good Justin Strauss dub. The regular Justin Strauss remix isn’t “Justin Strauss” enough!

    I hope a deluxe of Tenement Symphony is in the works at some point.

    I wish we could get more comprehensive deluxe editions for Book of Love. The Dubsomnia mix (by Justin Strauss) of “Lullaby” is one of my favorite dub/house mixes ever.

  21. garax says:

    It’s a great album – I have a great second hand vinyl version – I know usually the idea of replacing a track would kick up sand but the Pitney version is superior. Kept Boy is terrific too – was surprised it didn’t make the original album – just the CD version – great to see Marc content re-issued – such a talent.

  22. Christopher Merritt says:

    Dammit – why PAL only at this point! Don’t they think he has fans in the US? Ffs.

  23. mike says:

    love this album!! will buy both cd and Vinyl. hopefully more marc almond vinyl reissues from all 80s and 90s albums!!

  24. Carlos says:

    Seem they got it right for this Marc reissue! Looking forward to the first three albums and their many b-sides to be nicely put together like this.

  25. David says:

    Thanks, Paul, for mentioning that the DVD is PAL… which, of course, is kryptonite to North Americans… sigh.

  26. Gert says:

    Does anyone know whether this reissue contains any unissued tracks? I have the impression a lot is on treasure box already.

  27. Darren H says:

    Great album. Great artist. Looking forward to this and hope they get the rights to his other 80/90’s albums. Even though I’ve bought them all several times before!

    • Alessandro says:

      Cherry Red owns “Tenement Symphony” and “Twelve Years of Tears: Live at the Royal Albert Hall”. Surely they can do something with these, since TS will be 30 next year and b-sides and extra tracks from the era are top quality (“Money For Love”, “Night and No Morning”, “Bruises”, “Deadly Serenade”, “A Love Outgrown”).

      “Enchanted” needs to be licensed (Parlophone/Warner) like “The Stars We Are”.

  28. Jason says:

    One of my all time top 10 favorite albums. Marc at his most glittering, thrilling, and redemptive while truly straddling the pop and indie worlds. The Nico duet is just incredible (her last recording) and the switch of Pitney duet a welcome change since it’s the version most remember. Bonus track additions like Kept Boy make this a no brainer.

  29. Roberto R says:

    looks cheap in Japan…

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