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Torment & Toreros

Marc Almond, Marc Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Genepool Records
  • ASIN: B004D2XOJK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Boss Cat 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Bulls 2:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Catch A Fallen Star 5:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Animal In You 7:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. In My Room 3:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. First Time 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. (Your Love Is A) Lesion 5:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. My Former Self 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Once Was 5:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Untouchable One 6:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Blood Wedding (Traditional Spanish) 1:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Black Heart 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Narcisus 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Gloomy Sunday 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Vision 5:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Torment 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. A Million Manias 5:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. My Little Book Of Sorrows 5:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Beat Out That Rhythm On A Drum 4:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Your Aura 6:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. You Never See Me On A Sunday 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Mamba12:070.99  Buy MP3 


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Masterpiece 10 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3rd best album of all time 9 Oct 2013
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I encountered this first on vinyl when i was a khol eyed boy of fifteen... it made me realise what music could be. it opened doors which have never been closed again...infact doors which have led me through so many musically experiences it beggers belief... anyway, the long and the short of it is even after ALL this time, this album is my 3rd favourite album of ALL TIME. My first 2 favourite albums may change (and often do) as my tastes change over time... but HONESTLY this album has been my third favourite album (without any doubt) for the last 30 years! If you haven't heard it, listen... If you 'slightly' like it, buy it. it will be a life time friend (and what investment can promise you that these days?)!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful 17 Jan 2011
By JB
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Dark, brooding, charismatic, makes your skin prickle - 'Catch A Falling Star' and 'First Time' are the real gems on this record, particularly the latter. Marc Almond at his best.

I have had this album in various guises - vinyl before CD - since it was released thirty years ago. Thirty years and this music sounds as darkly fresh as it did on release. Whose music can you say that about nowadays?

My all-time favourite is First Time. It's a love song, but not like one you would expect to hear from an X Factor winner. This is a bitter-sweet lament of love that died as quickly as it was consumated. Marc Almond can tell a story like no other.

Catch A Falling Star is a bitter journey through the ruined life of a faded star. The music execs and the public have taken what they wanted and now the ruined beauty stands at the bar drinking himself into oblivion, but not before he tells you his tale.

There's not one dud on this album, and it comes from the days when singers had character and individuality, when they weren't marketed (as they are these days) as bland automatons who have no likes or dislikes for fear of alienating even one of their prospective audience.

Come and join Marc in his darkest - and most captivating - journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SUBLIME 25 Aug 2012
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If you never listened to Marc Almond then you are missing out on an amazing singer. Since leaving Soft Cell, Marc has produced a pretty impressive number of albums. Torment and Toreros is the second album he made after leaving Soft Cell and it is such a dark, diverse album, and secured a place in my musical collection until the day I die. I'm a fan of 26 years now and counting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Songs, but Questionable Quality of the Remastering... 20 Oct 2011
By Lackadaisical - Published on Amazon.com
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Now, I'm not sure what these songs originally sounded like on vinyl or any of the previous CD releases, but upon listening to the mp3 version of the album, I have to say, I was pretty disappointed with the quality of the remastering...

It sounds like there wasn't much money/effort put into remastering these songs properly...at all. And this is frustrating because these truly are GREAT songs that deserve to be great quality, as well.

Almost all of the songs have occasional clicking/popping noises in them. Sadly, the song that suffers most from this is My Little Book of Sorrows, which is also one of my favorites off the album! After about 1 min into the song, you will begin to hear consistent clicking noises that are extremely off-putting. Once you catch one, it'll be all you pay attention to in the song...

Besides the annoying clicks throughout the songs, a lot of them just don't sound as CLEAR as they should after supposedly being remastered. Often it sounds like there's a little too much reverberation from the piano and vocals.

My favorite songs from the album are definitely My Little Book of Sorrows, Your Aura, First Time, Beat out that Rhythm on a Drum, and The Untouchable One/Blood Wedding.

Even though I listed those ones as my absolute favorites, I seriously LOVE all of the others, too! This album is incredible. I'm in love with Marc's voice; I just adore his theatrical/rock/pop style! His voice is so versatile.

If you're a Soft Cell fan who's considering branching out to Marc's solo stuff, then I HIGHLY recommend you get this album. However, you might wanna hold off for a bit to see if Some Bizzare will re-release the remastering with the glitches fixed...

Overall, I would've given this album 5*, but because of the way it was remastered, I had to reduce it 4*.
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