Marilyn ‎– Despite Straight Lines: The Very Best Of

Cherry Pop ‎– CR POP 10
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All songs published by MRS except "Calling Your Name", "Calling Your Name (Midnight Party Mix)" and "Calling Your Name (Extended Version)" published by MRS / Carlin Music Corp.,
"Mountain To The Ocean" published by Copyright Control,
"Wear It Out" published by MRS / Copyright Control

℗ Tracks 1-9 & 17 1985, 10, 11 & 12 1983, 13, 14, 15 & 16 1984 Phonogram Ltd.
This compilation © 2008 CherryPop: a division of Cherry Red Records.
All tracks licensed from Universal Music Operations Ltd.

Write for full Cherry Red and associated labels catalogue to: Cherry Red Records Ltd., Unit 3A, Long Island House, Warple Way, London W3 0RG · Distributed by Pinnacle.
Made in the E.U.
Cherry Red would like to thank; Marilyn, Anna Dueweke, Andy Forsyth, Gøran Utan, Marc van der Linden, Jim Phelan, Kevin Phelan, Lee Puddefoot and Colin Smith.

Tracks 14 and 15 are listed in switched order in the booklet and on the CD label.
"Raining Again" is a previously unreleased Dub Version, but is not credited as such.

The original album track (and single) "Pray For That Sunshine" was omitted from this reissue at Marilyn's request.

Jewel Case with 12 page booklet with liner notes, photos and sleeve illustrations.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5013929421028
  • Matrix / Runout: CRPOP10 01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LY34
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI AEW24

Other Versions (5 of 12) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year 
MERH 69 Marilyn Despite Straight Lines(LP, Album) Mercury MERH 69 UK 1985 Sell This Version
818 645-1 Marilyn Despite Straight Lines(LP, Album) Mercury 818 645-1 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
28PP-1004 Marilyn Despite Straight Lines(LP, Album) Mercury 28PP-1004 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
818 645-1 Marilyn Despite Straight Lines(LP, Album) Mercury 818 645-1 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
MERHC 69 Marilyn Despite Straight Lines(Cass, Album, Chr) Mercury MERHC 69 UK 1985 Sell This Version


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May 6, 2018
10 years on from the Cherry Pop edition. It must be time for another revisit of this great album. A new edition including the 12" of "You Don't Love Me" and maybe Marilyn has now mellowed regarding including "Pray For That Sunshine"? We can but hope...


October 22, 2016
Aside from missing the single "Pray for That Sunshine" (which Maz requested to be removed, even though the song title is still listed in the back of the booklet from the original LP sleeve), this reissue is also missing Maz's ace cover of Diana Ross' "I Ain't Been Licked" (from 1979's "The Boss" LP) - too bad, as otherwise, it's nice to have on CD.


November 30, 2014

Sloppy track listing errors, the erroneous 'Very Best Of' retitle and the loss of "Pray For That Sunshine", not to mention other still missing b-sides, marr this otherwise welcome reissue. Ideally this should have been reissued as a double CD with the complete album on disc 1 and ALL the mixes and b-sides on disc 2. As it is, it's a lost opportunity.


October 23, 2010
Maz took off "Pray for That Sunshine".