Sunday, March 26, 2017

CD Review: Universal Music Collects The Best Of Marc Almond For "Hits And Pieces"

English music artist Marc Almond celebrated 40 years in the music industry last year. To celebrate this accomplishment, Universal Music is releasing a 2CD set titled "Hits And Pieces," which covers Almond's work with the 80's electronic-pop band Soft Cell as well as his solo career. Almond was a founding member of Soft Cell, who are best known for their chart topping hit "Tainted Love," before going on his own in 1984, recording over 20 solo albums.

The new 2CD release begins with nine of Soft Cell's most well-known songs, including the original 12" mix of "Tainted Love," "Bedsitter" and "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye." The set also includes the rare single, "Black Heart" from Marc Almond's other 1980's output Marc & The Mambas. The disc wraps up with the chart topping U.K. single "Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart," which Almond performs with the legendary Gene Pitney and "A Lover Spurned" from Almond's 1990 album "Enchanted."

The second disc kicks off right where disc one left off with "The Desperate Hours" the second single off the "Enchanted" album. He definitely delivers the energy with "Jacky" and "Adored And Explored," while also making his music sound large and epic with "The Days Of Pearly Spencer." Almond's last charting single "Tragedy (Take A Look And See)" showcases his talent for songwriting as he has always found a way to capture the listeners full attention. The set closes with Almond's Broadway rocker "Variety," the nostalgic pop gem "A Kind Of Love" and a jazzy, live version of "Tainted Love," when Marc Almond performed with Jools Holland and the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. Check out Marc Almond's "Hits And Pieces - The Best Of Marc Almond and Soft Cell," which will be released on April 14th through UMe. To find out more, please visit marcalmond.co.uk.

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