Marc Almond / Trials Of Eyeliner / career spanning 10CD super deluxe box


Get all the Marc Almond you could ever wish for amassed in one mammoth, career-spanning, ten-CD collection, set for release by Universal Music this October…

Trials Of Eyeliner is touted as the definitive overview of Marc Almond’s career, and the fact that Almond himself has personally curated the collection, allied to the 189-strong track listing, suggests that this is no exaggeration. Neal X, Almond’s longstanding writing partner/musical director (and former Sigue Sigue Sputnik guitarist), supervised mastering of the tracks recorded over five decades between 1979 and 2016.

This anthology is divided into three themed sections. ‘History’ fills the first four discs with 72 of Almond’s favourite album tracks and B-sides, from Soft Cell’s Youth to the song that gave this super deluxe set its name: Trials of Eyeliner.

The three-CD ‘Singles’ section lines up all of his official Soft Cell, Marc And The Mambas and solo singles in pretty-much-chronological order, delivering assorted delights such as Soft Cell’s UK number one smash hit Tainted Love, duets with Gene Pitney (Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart) and Sarah Cracknell (I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten) and much more.

The last three CDs consists of ‘Gems’ – fan-only releases, one-off collaborations, soundtrack contributions etc. – and includes 18 tracks previously unreleased from Marc’s own collection (see those marked with an asterisk in the track listing below) plus many more hard-to-find rarities and songs making their debut in the CD/digital format.

The ten CDs are housed in two six-page gatefold disc holders within a 240mm-square slipcase, and the music is complemented by a 64-page hardcover book featuring loads of photos and imagery from Almond’s own archive and an ‘interview/essay’ by Alexis Petridis. Artwork for the cover and elsewhere within the package is by renowned graphic artist Stefan Fähler.

The final song on the tenth CD in this set is entitled I Created Me, a highly appropriate choice for such a distinctive artist who’s enjoyed such a varied career.

“I can’t think of many artists who’ve been able to straddle the underground and the mainstream, to work in the underground and the commercial world, to do out-and-out pop and work with Coil or Throbbing Gristle,” says Almond. “There’s a whole big swathe of the British public that only know me for part of my music, and don’t know me for another part. And that’s absolutely fine. I always thought that music was a ride. You go on it, and sometimes it’s successful and sometimes it’s disastrous, sometimes it gets acclaim and sometimes it gets absolutely knocked down. You pick up different people for different parts of the journey. It just happens. But you’ve just got to go on that ride.”

Trials Of Eyeliner is released on 28 October 2016.

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Almond, Marc

Trials Of Eyeliner: The Anthology 1979-2016

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CD 1


  1. Soft Cell – The Girl With the Patent Leather Face
  2. Marc and the Mambas – Fun City
  3. Marc and the Mambas – Sleaze (Readers Wifes Club Edit)
  4. Soft Cell – Sex Dwarf (original version)
  5. Soft Cell – Youth
  6. Soft Cell – Insecure Me (2002 edit)
  7. Soft Cell – Loving You Hating Me
  8. Soft Cell – Heat
  9. Soft Cell – Meet Murder My Angel
  10. Soft Cell – Surrender to a Stranger
  11. Marc and the Mambas – Untitled
  12. Marc and the Mambas – Big Louise
  13. Marc and the Mambas – Torment
  14. Marc and the Mambas – Catch a Fallen Star
  15. Marc and the Mambas – A Million Manias
  16. Marc Almond – Love Amongst The Ruined
  17. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – Joey Demento

CD 2


  1. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – Gutter Hearts
  2. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – Crime Sublime
  3. Marc Almond – Always
  4. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – I Who Never
  5. Marc Almond – Body Unknown
  6. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – Saint Judy
  7. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – The Hustler
  8. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – There Is A Bed
  9. Marc Almond and the Willing Sinners – Mother Fist
  10. Marc Almond – The Devil (OKay) (Le diable (ça va))
  11. Marc Almond – Lost Paradise (Le paradis perdu)
  12. Marc Almond – The Stars We Are
  13. Marc Almond – These My Dreams Are Yours
  14. Marc Almond (featuring Nico) – Your Kisses Burn
  15. Marc Almond- Toreador In The Rain
  16. Marc Almond – The Sea Still Sings
  17. Marc Almond – Meet Me in My Dream
  18. Marc Almond – Champagne 

CD 3


  1. Marc Almond – Vision (live)
  2. Marc Almond – Night And No Morning
  3. Marc Almond – Deadly Serenade
  4. Marc Almond – The Edge Of Heartbreak
  5. Marc Almond – Come In Sweet Assassin
  6. Marc Almond – Lonely Go Go Dancer (Open All Night European version)
  7. Marc Almond – Midnight Soul
  8. Marc Almond -My Love (Dave Ball Remix)
  9. Marc Almond featuring Siouxsie Sioux – Threat of Love (Neal X remix)
  10. Marc Almond – One Big Soul
  11. Soft Cell – Darker Times
  12. Soft Cell – God Shaped Hole
  13. Marc Almond – Under Your Wing
  14. Marc Almond – Tantalise Me
  15. Marc Almond – Lights
  16. Marc Almond – Redeem Me (Beauty Will Redeem The World)
  17. Marc Almond – The London Boys
  18. Marc Almond – Stardom Road

CD 4


  1. Marc Almond – Sleeping Beauty
  2. Marc Almond – The Storks
  3. Marc Almond with Aquarium – Gosudaryunia
  4. Marc Almond featuring the Orchestra Rossiya – Pearly Night
  5. Marc Almond – Friendship
  6. Marc Almond and Michael Cashmore – Feasting With Panthers
  7. Marc Almond and Michael Cashmore – The Man Condemned to Death
  8. Marc Almond – Variety
  9. Marc Almond – Lavender
  10. Marc Almond – Trials Of Eyeliner
  11. Marc Almond – Farewell
  12. John Harle and Marc Almond – Ratcliffe Highway
  13. Marc Almond with Jeremy Reed and Othon – The Green Fairy
  14. Marc Almond and Carl Barat – Love Is Not On Trial
  15. Marc Almond – The Dancing Marquis
  16. Marc Almond – Tasmanian Tiger
  17. Marc Almond featuring Danielz – Death of a Dandy
  18. Marc Almond – Zipped Black Leather Jacket
  19. Marc Almond – Life in My Own Way

CD 5


  1. Soft Cell – Memorabilia
  2. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  3. Soft Cell – Bedsitter
  4. Soft Cell – Say Hello Wave Goodbye
  5. Soft Cell – Torch
  6. Soft Cell – What (mono mix)
  7. Soft Cell – Where The Heart Is
  8. Soft Cell – Numbers
  9. Soft Cell – Soul Inside
  10. Soft Cell – Down In The Subway
  11. Marc and the Mambas – Black Heart
  12. Marc Almond – The Boy Who Came Back
  13. Marc Almond – You Have (full version)
  14. Marc Almond – Tenderness Is A Weakness
  15. Bronski Beat & Marc Almond – I Feel Love (Medley)
  16. Marc Almond – Stories Of Johnny
  17. Marc Almond – The House Is Haunted By The Echo Of Your Last Goodbye
  18. Marc Almond – Love Letter
  19. Marc Almond – Ruby Red
  20. Marc Almond – Melancholy Rose

CD 6


  1. Marc Almond – A Woman’s Story
  2. Marc Almond – Tears Run Rings
  3. Marc Almond with Gene Pitney – Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart
  4. Marc Almond – Bitter Sweet
  5. Marc Almond – Only The Moment
  6. Marc Almond – A Lover Spurned
  7. Marc Almond – The Desperate Hours
  8. Marc Almond – Waifs and Strays
  9. Marc Almond – What Makes a Man (Live)
  10. Marc Almond – Jacky
  11. Marc Almond – My Hand Over My Heart
  12. Marc Almond – The Days Of Pearly Spencer
  13. Marc Almond – The Idol (Part 1)
  14. Marc Almond – Adored and Explored
  15. Marc Almond – Out There
  16. Marc Almond – Brilliant Creatures
  17. Marc Almond – Child Star

CD 7


  1. P J Proby and Marc Almond with My Life Story Orchestra – Yesterday Has Gone
  2. Marc Almond – Black Kiss
  3. Marc Almond – Tragedy (Take a Look and See)
  4. Marc Almond with Mekon – Please Stay
  5. Marc Almond – Glorious (radio edit)
  6. Marc Almond – Gone But Not Forgotten
  7. Rosenstolz with Marc Almond – Total Eclipse
  8. Soft Cell – Monoculture
  9. Soft Cell – The Night
  10. Marc Almond with Sarah Cracknell – I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten
  11. Starcluster with Marc Almond – Smoke and Mirrors (Original Version)
  12. System F featuring Marc Almond -Soul on Soul (radio edit)
  13. King Roc featuring Marc Almond – Prime Evil (Boris Dlugosch mix – edit) 3
  14. T-Total featuring Marc Almond – Baby’s On Fire
  15. Mark Schneider with Marc Almond – Perfect Honey (Temptation)
  16. Marc Almond – Nijinsky Heart
  17. Marc Almond – Burn Bright
  18. Marc Almond – Scar
  19. Marc Almond – Bad To Me
  20. Marc Almond – Demon Lover

CD 8


  1. Marc Almond – Oily Black Limousine
  2. Marc Almond – Indigo Blue
  3. The Burmoe Brothers featuring Marc Almond – Skin
  4. Coil with Marc Almond – Dark Age of Love*
  5. Marc Almond – Amnesia Nights (demo)
  6. Marc Almond with Mekon – Theatre of Dreams
  7. Marc Almond – Demented, Deluded, Delirious (Mekon Remix)
  8. Mekon featuring Marc Almond – Out of My Soul remix (edit)
  9. Andrei Samsonov and Laska Omnia with Marc Almond – Passion and Pain
  10. Andrei Samsonov and Laska Omnia with Marc Almond – The Guilt of My Secret (Original Version)
  11. Marc Almond – Three Monkey Tango*
  12. Marc Almond – The Exhibitionist (original first demo)
  13. Punx Soundcheck featuring Marc Almond – Vanity, Poverty, Revenge
  14. Marc Almond – Fur (Jóhann Jóhannsson mix)
  15. Marc Almond – Dead Eyed Child (remix)
  16. Marc Almond – Black Satin (remix)
  17. Marc Almond – Sequins and Stars
  18. Othon featuring Marc Almond – Last Night I Paid to Close My Eyes
  19. Marc Almond – Beautiful Losers
  20. Marc Almond – City of Nights

CD 9


  1. Marc Almond – Tale of a Tart (Hell)
  2. Marc Almond – Urban Velvet (1997 demo)
  3. Marc Almond – The Beautiful Light of Madness (demo)
  4. Marc Almond – Suburban Opera (1997 demo)
  5. Marc Almond – Life’s a Lonely Drag (But I’m Alive) (demo)
  6. Marc Almond – Bluegate Fields (demo)*
  7. Marc Almond – Someone Like Me (demo)*
  8. Marc Almond – I’m Your Karma (demo)*
  9. Marc Almond featuring Armen Ra –Kill Me or Make Me Beautiful*
  10. Marc Almond – When Bad People Kiss
  11. Marc Almond with Othon – The Tango Song
  12. Marc Almond with the Rossiya Orchestra – The Sun Will Arise
  13. Marc Almond with the Rossiya Orchestra – Tenderness
  14. Marc Almond with Antony Hegarty and the Rossiya Orchestra – River of Sorrow
  15. John Harle with Marc Almond – Angel Eyes
  16. Marc Almond – Keep Back Your Tears
  17. X-TG featuring Marc Almond – The Falconer
  18. Marc Almond with the Gaslight Troubadours – Eros and Eye*
  19. Marc Almond with Brian Reitzell – Snake Charmer

CD 10


  1. Marc Almond with Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – Cry*
  2. Marc Almond with Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – On My Soul (I Swear)*
  3. Marc Almond – Idiot Dancing
  4. Marc Almond – Dark Is My World (Without Love)*
  5. Marc Almond – Kiss the Ghost Goodbye*
  6. Marc Almond – I Am No One (demo)*
  7. Marc Almond and Neal X – Criminal Lover
  8. Marc Almond – The Crimson Diva
  9. Marc Almond – Rhythm and Blues*
  10. Marc Almond – Suicide Saloon
  11. Marc Almond – For Only You*
  12. Marc Almond – Brewer Street Blues
  13. Marc Almond – Miss Urania*
  14. Marc Almond – The Perfumed Garden of Gulliver Smith (Afghan Candles version)*
  15. Marc Almond – Eyes (demo)*
  16. Marc Almond – Be Still (demo)*
  17. Marc Almond – Late Night
  18. Marc Almond – Hurt Me (edit)
  19. Marc Almond – When I Was A Young Man (live)
  20. T. Rextasy with Marc Almond, Tony Visconti and the Dirty Pretty Strings –Teenage Dream (live)
  21. Marc Almond – I Created Me

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