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Marc And The Mambas - Untitled Album

Marc And The Mambas - Untitled Album

Performer: Marc And The Mambas
Title: Untitled
Released: Sep 1982
Cat#: BZS 13, BZS 14
Label: Some Bizzare
Country: UK
Style: New Wave, Synth-pop, Art Rock
Category: Electronic / Rock
Size MP3: 1522 mb
Size FLAC: 1389 mb

Tracklist

1Untitled
Instruments – Matt JohnsonVocals – Marc AlmondWritten-By – Almond, Johnson
4:54
2Margaret
Piano [Pianos] – Ann HoganWritten-By – Hogan
3:45
3Caroline Says
Piano – Ann HoganVocals – Marc AlmondWritten-By – Reed
3:39
4Empty Eyes
Backing Vocals – Cindy EcstasyElectric Guitar – Matt JohnsonInstruments – Ann HoganVocals – Marc AlmondWritten-By – Hogan, Almond
5:03
5Angels
Instruments, Percussion – Matt JohnsonVocals, Synth – Marc AlmondWritten-By – Almond, Johnson
8:34
6If You Go Away
Piano – Ann HoganVocals [Vocal] – Marc AlmondWritten-By – Brel
6:28
7Terrapin
Electric Piano – Ann HoganVibraphone [Vibes] – Marc AlmondVocals – Cindy Ecstasy, Marc AlmondWritten-By – Barrett
4:18
8Twilights + Lowlifes (Street Walking Soundtrack)
Backing Vocals – Cindy EcstasyPercussion – Peter AshworthSynth, Piano – Ann HoganVocals – Marc AlmondWritten-By – Marc + The Mambas
11:08
9Twilights + Lowlifes
Backing Vocals – Cindy EcstasyElectric Guitar – Matt JohnsonPercussion – Peter AshworthSynth, Piano – Ann HoganVocals – Marc AlmondWritten-By – Marc + The Mambas
11:29
10Big Louise
Arranged By [String Arrangment] – Paul BuckmasterElectric Piano, Vibraphone [Vibes] – Ann HoganVocals – Marc AlmondWritten-By – S. Engel
5:05

Versions

CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
BZS 13, BZS 14Marc And The Mambas Untitled ‎(LP, Album + 12")Some Bizzare, Some BizzareBZS 13, BZS 14UK1982
SBZ067CDMarc And The Mambas Untitled ‎(CD, Album, Enh, RE)Some BizzareSBZ067CDUK2010
SOD 4Marc And The Mambas Untitled ‎(LP, Album, RE, TP + 12", RE, TP)Not On LabelSOD 4UK1987
SBZ027CDMarc And The Mambas Untitled ‎(CD, Album, Enh, RE)Some BizzareSBZ027CDUK1997
UICY-3381, UICY 3381Marc And The Mambas Untitled ‎(CD, Album, RE)Mercury, MercuryUICY-3381, UICY 3381Japan2004

Credits

  • Artwork [Inside Bag]Rizz
  • Cover [Portrait And Others]Val Denham
  • EngineerFlood, Steeve Short
  • Lacquer Cut ByPorky
  • Mixed ByCraig (tracks: A2, B4, C1), Flood (tracks: A1, A3, B2, B3, D), Steeve (tracks: B1, C2)
  • Photography ByPeter Ashworth
  • ProducerMarc And The Mambas
  • Sleeve, LayoutMarc
  • Sleeve, Layout, GraphicsHuw

Notes

Recorded at Trident Studios May - July '82.
Special thanks to anyone who encouraged.... and for Stuart for the endless tea....

Tracks A1 to A3, C2, D: Warner Bros. Music Ltd. / Copyright Control
Track B1: Miracle Songs Ltd.
Track B2: Sunbury Music Ltd.
Track B3: Copyright Control
Track B4: Intersong Music Ltd. / MCPS
Track C1: Lupus Music Co. Ltd.

℗ 1982 Phonogram Ltd. (London)
Original Sound Recording made by Phonogram Ltd. (London)

Inside gatefold sleeve the producer is credited as Marc + the Mambas.

First album release by Marc Almond's side project apart from Soft Cell.
Released as an LP and a 12" (45rpm) in a gatefold sleeve. Inner sleeves with hand-drawn eyes design and respective Categorys on front.

Cat Numbers:
Record 1: BZS 13
Record 2: BZS 14
Cover: BZS 13, BZM 13

Durations do not appear on release.

Barcodes

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): ABZS 13 A // 1 ▽ 420 G 1 2 1 A PORKY PRIME CUT
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): BZS 13 B // 2 ▽ 420 G 1 2 5 A PORKY PRIME CUT
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 1): BZS 14 A // 2 ▽ 420 G PORKY 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 1): BZS 14 B // 1 ▽ 420 G 1 2 1 PORKY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): BZS 13 A // 1 ▽ 420 G 1 1 1 A PORKY PRIME CUT
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): BZS 13 B // 2 ▽ 420 G 11 A PORKY PRIME CUT
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 2): BZS 14 A // 2 ▽ 420 G PORKY 11 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 2): BZS 14 B // 1 ▽ 420 G 11 1 PORKY
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 3): BZS 13 A // 2 ▽ 420 G 11 5 A PORKY PRIME CUT.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 3): BZS 13 B // 2 ▽ 420 G 11 12 A PORKY PRIME CUT.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 3): BZS 14 A // 2 ▽ 420 G PORKY. 1 2 1 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 3): BZS 14 B // 2 ▽ 420 G 11 1 3 PORKY.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 4): BZS 13 A // 2 ▽ 420 G 11 3 A PORKY PRIME CUT.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 4): BZS 13 B // 2 ▽ 420 G 11 3 A PORKY PRIME CUT.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 4): BZS 14 A // 2 ▽ 420 G PORKY. 1 2 12
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 4): BZS 14 B // 2 ▽ 420 G 11 8 PORKY.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 5): BZS 13 A // 1 ▽ 420 G 1 1 3 A PORKY PRIME CUT.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 5): BZS 13 B // 1 ▽ 420 G 1 1 1 A PORKY PRIME CUT o
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, variant 5): BZS 14 A//2▽420 G PORKY. 11 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, variant 5): BZS 14 B // 2 ▽ 420 G 1 1 3 PORKY.
  • Rights Society: MCPS Ltd.

Companies

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Phonogram Ltd. (London)
  • Published By – Warner Bros. Music Ltd.
  • Published By – Copyright Control
  • Published By – Miracle Songs Ltd.
  • Published By – Sunbury Music Ltd.
  • Published By – Intersong Music Ltd.
  • Published By – Lupus Music Co. Ltd.
  • Recorded At – Trident Studios
  • Lacquer Cut At – Portland Studios
  • Pressed By – PRS Ltd.

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Comments:

Topmen
If there is someone to fit the "drama queen" tag among the 80s crooners, it is undoubtedly Marc Almond. Well, one of, and just as exceptional in terms of genuine talent. When expected by the industry to continue exploiting his own massive successes with a certain Soft Cell, Almond continually fought the cliché of becoming a "pop star", despite the fact he actually - and deservedly - became (a dark) one.

In parallel to his creative partnership with Dave Ball (at the time the duo were on a slight hiatus before going producing "The Art Of Falling Apart"), Marc took his restless spirit for a ride through the desolated soul landscape, soaking it in black and red, fighting his own creative demons. The pathos in his voice, the arrangements and the kitch factor of "Marc & the Mambas" is downright adorable from start to finish, making both their studio records an exceptional body of work that paved way to Almond's equally diverse and fascinating solo-career afterwards.

There may be some inconsistency in "Untitled", though. On one side, there is the beauty of its minimal arrangements (mostly augmented by the piano), accentuating Almond's obsession (or identification) with Jacques Brel, Scott Engel, Lou Reed and/or Syd Barrett - each given a decent hommage with an honest, warm-hearted re-interpretation (and how can one not love "Caroline Says" or "If You Go Away"?). Moments recorded in collaboration with the one and only Matt Johnson are also beauties and audibly Johnson's playing trademark left its shine through.

On the other, the aura of the soft-cellish synth-pop (and the presence of Cindy E only adds extra honey for the bees) is hard to ignore, albeit heading more for the experimental territory; the entire 45 bonus disc - "Twilights & Lowlifes" especially, could very easily be confused with Soft Cell's "Non-Stop"-era catalogue at any time, both versions clocking well over 11 minutes. While dangerously bordering the tedious, the two closing counterparts successfully avoid the trap of sounding like a leftover, providing space for a trance groovy improvisation that is neither dub, disco - nor all that jazz... but all at once more like (with a slight taste of The Residents that never were).
Zicelik
one of the most important albums in my life.

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