I bought this double album back in '83 and, as I recall, usually only played the first record. I think this was partly because the first record was so good and also, perhaps, because one record of Marc's musical melodrama probably seemed enough at the time. My loss, I guess, because having just seen Marc and his incredible group of musicians perform the whole thing at Meltdown Festival I am knocked out by what a masterpiece this album is. Both disks! Bit of Brel, bit of Scott Walker, Lou Reed, flamenco and lots of music I haven't a clue about all thrown in and given the Marc Almond treatment - it totally works. Antony Hegarty described the effect this album had on him as a young man at the concert, and whilst I can't say it changed my life, I still remember the impact of this poetic spew of words coming out the speakers, when I too was 'alone in my room.' As good as 'Berlin' and that is no mean compliment. Don't download tracks, you need the whole album.