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Marc Almond - Tenement Symphony - (2CD Album)

First ever expanded edition of Marc Almond’s landmark seventh studio album. Originally released in 1991 ‘Tenement Symphony’, a collaboration with Trevor Horn yielded no less than three Top 40 UK hits!

With a second bonus CD of remixes, extended versions, lesser heard 7” variants of the album’s singles including Marc’s joyous cover version of Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’, a previously unheard John Coxon 12” mix of ‘My Hand Over My Heart’ and the 7” edit of the shelved fourth single from the album, ‘What Is Love?’

Plus a 32-page booklet full of lyrics, photos and listening notes.

This remastered set has the actual Trevor Horn produced ‘Tenement Symphony’ sequence restored as was his original intention with the dramatic statement of the orchestral ‘Prelude’ as a precursor to the intoxicating energy of lead hit single, ‘Jacky’, as written by Jacques Brel.

‘Tenement Symphony’ was an attempt to make the definitive Almond album as masterminded by Warner Music UK’s Rob Dickins. The effect of the album was meant to be like looking through the windows of different rooms in a tenement building and hearing a bouquet of narrative songs about disparate characters residing therein. It saw the first post-breakup rekindling of the songwriting partnership with Soft Cell’s Dave Ball (with The Grid’s Richard Norris) on the three techno-torch tracks ‘Meet Me In My Dream’, ‘I’ve Never Seen Your Face’ and UK hit ‘My Hand Over My Heart’. It was an album that also featured three co-writes with Marc’s long-standing collaborator and arranger Billy McGee (Marc & The Mambas, The Willing Sinners) on the emotionally charged tracks ‘Vaudeville & Burlesque’, ‘Beautiful Brutal Thing’ and ‘Champagne’.

Complementing the 11 tracks of the original album on CD 1 are a collection of songs which were used as B-sides to the different formats of the album’s three hit singles, ‘Jacky’ (UK#17), ‘My Hand Over My Heart’ (UK#33) and ‘The Days Of Pearly Spencer’ (UK#4).

Many of these ‘B-sides evidence such stellar songwriting quality that they could have easily created a double album back in the day to showcase all the contemporaneous contributing talents of Trevor Horn, The Grid, John Coxon and Billy McGee. The specially expanded CD1 provides a glimpse into how such a release might actually have panned out.

"Marc Almond - Tenement Symphony" is out Friday, 13th October 2023 on Cherry Red Records and available for pre-order now.

NB: All products ordered with a pre-order will be dispatched together close to the latest pre-order release date. If you want earlier dispatched for another product then please place separate order(s).


Side 1 - Tenement Symphony Album & B-Sides

  1. (i) Prelude
  2. (ii) Jacky
  3. (iii) What Is Love?
  4. (iv) Trois Chansons De Bilitis – Extract
  5. (v) The Days Of Pearly Spencer
  6. (vi) My Hand Over My Heart
  7. Meet Me In My Dream
  8. Beautiful Brutal Thing
  9. I’ve Never Seen Your Face
  10. Vaudeville & Burlesque
  11. Champagne
  12. Bruises
  13. Deadly Serenade
  14. Deep Night (7” Mix)
  15. A Love Outgrown
  16. Night And No Morning
  17. Money For Love (Ennio Mix)

Side 2 - Bonus Tracks and Remixes

  1. Jacky (Youth 7” Remix)
  2. My Hand Over My Heart (Single Mix)
  3. The Days Of Pearly Spencer (The German 7” Mix)
  4. What Is Love? (7” Edit)
  5. Like A Prayer
  6. Jacky (Youth 12” Remix)
  7. My Hand Over My Heart (Grit And Glitter Mix)
  8. Dancing In A Golden Cage
  9. Deep Night (12” Mix)
  10. Money For Love (Fiddle Mix)
  11. Jacky (Alpine Dub)
  12. My Hand Over My Heart (John Coxon 12” Mix)
  13. Dancing In A Golden Cage (Reflection In A Golden Eye)

Format: 2CD Album
Barcode: 5013929851832
Catalogue Number: PSFE2108D
Label: Cherry Red Records
Release Date: Friday, 13th October 2023

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