Ad

Marc And The MambasUntitled

Label:Some Bizzare – BZS 13, Some Bizzare – BZS 14
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:New Wave, Synth-pop, Art Rock

Tracklist

A1Untitled
InstrumentsMatt Johnson
VocalsMarc Almond
Written-ByAlmond*, Johnson*
4:54
A2Empty Eyes
Backing VocalsCindy Ecstasy
Electric GuitarMatt Johnson
InstrumentsAnn Hogan*
VocalsMarc Almond
Written-ByHogan*, Almond*
5:03
A3Angels
Instruments, PercussionMatt Johnson
Vocals, SynthMarc Almond
Written-ByAlmond*, Johnson*
8:34
B1Big Louise
Arranged By [String Arrangment]Paul Buckmaster
Electric Piano, Vibraphone [Vibes]Ann Hogan*
VocalsMarc Almond
Written-ByS. Engel*
5:05
B2Caroline Says
PianoAnn Hogan*
VocalsMarc Almond
Written-ByReed*
3:39
B3Margaret
Piano [Pianos]Ann Hogan*
Written-ByHogan*
3:45
B4If You Go Away
PianoAnn Hogan*
Vocals [Vocal]Marc Almond
Written-ByBrel*
6:28
C1Terrapin
Electric PianoAnn Hogan*
Vibraphone [Vibes]Marc Almond
Written-ByBarrett*
4:18
C2Twilights + Lowlifes
Backing VocalsCindy Ecstasy
Electric GuitarMatt Johnson
PercussionPeter Ashworth
Synth, PianoAnn Hogan*
VocalsMarc Almond
Written-ByMarc + The Mambas*
11:29
DTwilights + Lowlifes (Street Walking Soundtrack)
Backing VocalsCindy Ecstasy
PercussionPeter Ashworth
Synth, PianoAnn Hogan*
VocalsMarc Almond
Written-ByMarc + The Mambas*
11:30
Ad

Companies, etc.

Credits

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 cat#s on front.

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

Durations do not appear on release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • 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

Other Versions (5 of 15)

View All
Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Untitled (Cassette, Album)Some BizzareBZM 13UK1982
Untitled (LP, Album, Stereo)Vertigo6359 120France1982
Recently Edited
Untitled (LP, White Label, Test Pressing, 12", 45 RPM, White Label, Test Pressing)Some Bizzare, Some BizzareBZS 13, BZS 14UK1982
New Submission
Untitled (LP, Album, 12", 45 RPM)Some Bizzare, Some BizzareBZS 13, BZS 14UK1982
New Submission
Untitled (LP, Album, Picture Disc, Unofficial Release)Some BizzareBZS 13Turkey1984

Reviews

  • saucer-people's avatar
    saucer-people
    In the post-punk disco-not-disco milieu the two tracks that make up the 12 Inch Single,
    'Twilights + Lowlifes'
    and 'Twilights + Lowlifes (Street Walking Soundtrack)' should be classics and yet are hardly known. The avant-garde dance track and its stripped down remix, though recorded at Trident Studio in London definitely have their spiritual home in New York and the MDMA inspired Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing album. Interestingly the tracks sound very similar to the then contemporary NY disco-not-disco experimental dance tracks created by Arthur Russell, Peter Zummo, Peter Gordon and would not have sounded out of place on the Sleeping Bag record label.
    • Crijevo's avatar
      Crijevo
      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).
      • johnsanz's avatar
        johnsanz
        one of the most important albums in my life.

        Release

        Marketplace

        83 For Sale from $3.26
        Ad
        Ad

        Statistics

        • Last Sold:
        • Lowest:$1.85
        • Median:$14.80
        • Highest:$24.69

        Videos (9)

        Edit
        Ad