Soft Cell Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Here we have a vinyl version of Hits And Pieces by Marc Almond. A CD version was released in 2017. Now it’s been spread across two lovely LPs, comprehensively showcasing the singer’s best bits. His solo work, work with Marc & The Mambas and Soft Cell plus duets with Gene Pitney and Bronski Beat all feature. Limited edition 2LP on Universal.
- Vinyl Double LP (5762925)
- In stock and ready to ship
- Limited edition
- Last copy
They are back back back folks: Marc Almond’s classic synth-pop concern Soft Cell, presenting their first new material since the heady days of 2002. Although apparently this is a bit of a farewell release too… Northern Lights doffs a cap to the Northern Soul sound, which had a key influence on the Cell. 7” single from Mercury.
- Vinyl 7" (6791665)
- Limited edition
It's pretty scandalous that much of Marc Almond's work isn't out on vinyl but this is set to change with the re-issue of Variete - one of Almond's personal favourites of all his many records. Like much of Almond's work this deals with the fag end of showbusiness and incorporates tales from Almond's own life. It contains seven bonus compositions that appeared on the original CD version.
If anyone is perfect for singing an album of 1960's torch songs and baroque pop it's Marc Almond. He has previous in the genre (and has scored huge hits too) but here he covers some of his favourites by the likes of Burt Bacharach, The Action, The Yardbirds, Bobby Darin as well as a couple of original compositions for good measure.
The first album by Soft Cell, released in 1981 to much attention. Non Stop Erotic Cabaret is a true classic of sexy synth-pop, featuring both the enormously famous ‘Tainted Love’ cover and the infamous ‘Sex Dwarf’. No self-respected synth lover can be without this album, now reissued on vinyl by Universal.
Dave Ball (formerly of Soft Cell) worked with Jon Savage and a wide range of synthesisers to create Photosynthesis, a sound suite inspired by nature’s power. Please note however that this music as as much about melody as it is pure texture: some parts sound quasi-orchestral. CD release on Cold Spring.