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Vermin in Ermine [CD]

Marc Almond Audio CD
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Marc Almond is an internationally acclaimed and successful artist. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide and is an icon and influence to a generation of musicians.

He was born in Southport, a seaside town in the north of England, in 1957. After an unsettled childhood of moving to Harrogate, Leeds and back to Southport, of illness and learning difficulties he finally left school ... Read more in Amazon's Marc Almond Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Genepool Records
  • ASIN: B004D2XOMW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shining Sinners
2. Hell Was a City
3. You Have
4. Crime Sublime
5. Gutter Hearts
6. Ugly Head
7. The Boy Who Came Back
8. Solo Adultos
9. Tenderness Is a Weakness
10. Joey Demento
11. Pink Shack Blues
12. Split Lip
13. Love for Sale
14. Black Mountain Blues

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best. 11 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
Why hasn't this album been critiqued? It's definitely one of his most hummable ones. From the 2nd track on, Hell Was Like A City, it's hard not to want to sing along to the repetitive choruses. This album is a prelude to Tears Run Rings, My Hand Over My Heart, The Desperate Hours.
The potpourri of simple instruments used casts the album as a gypsy camp, a campfire, a carnival...and perhaps that's where the magic lies.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Marc's finest albums 15 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album has real heart(not just on the cover) and emotion. After the disbandment of Soft Cell and Marc & The Mambas, Marc Almond re-emerged in 1984 with this paean to the gutter and trash entitled "Vermine In Ermin", backed by the Willing Sinners. Mike Hedges production sparkles and fizzes on songs like "You Have" (listen out for Marc's breathtaking range and the length he holds a note in the middle section), "Gutterhearts", "Hell Was a City" and "Joey Demento". All of these are fast tempo numbers that carry the album along. There are darker songs such as "Shinning Sinners" and "Ugly Head" that tell great stories and paint lurid pictures. Other songs tell stories in a more opulent and dramatic fashion, namely "Tenderness Is A Weakness" and with a hint of country, so does "The Boy Who Came Back". Another standout track would be the twenties burlesque swing of "Pink Shack Blues".
With great vocal performances, blended with windswept pianos, guitars, strings and brass, this is arguably a landmark album in Almond's career.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glitter from the gutter - it's great! 4 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For those who love the trashier side of Marc Almond, this is the album for you. Whilst his later solo albums, like for example "The Stars We Are" are smooth productions, this one is dripping with grime. No happy sing-alongs on this one, but music and lyrics which hit you in the stomach. Marc sings about boys who fail in life, about love and especially about all the dangers and complications of love. I feel the music on this album is closer to the "Marc and the Mamba's" period than to his work in the late 80's. The style of the songs differs greatly. There are fast songs with lots of beat like "You have", almost spoken-word songs like "Shining sinners" and melodious ones like "Tenderness is a weakness". All in all: the album is a must-have for every Marc Almond or Soft Cell fan, and for anyone who likes a bit of drama in his or her life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect 17 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
perfect! 5 extra audio included instead of 3 videos. I did not know and package maybe wrong but this is exactly what I was waiting for over years. important is the music, none is package and video
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5.0 out of 5 stars torch song culture 22 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
In my early-80s bohemian days, when men dared to wear eyeliner and MTV was beginning its takeover, when I was discovering Life and all its possibilities and learning to write, this record, which I owned on a tape I almost wore out, was a significant part of my soundtrack. I did like Soft Cell's technogothic pulse kept visceral by Marc Almond's absinthe-and-opium vocals. This is a revelation. Musically diverse, consistently well sung, scathingly honest and Romantic in all senses of the word, it is a cry of the heart from a hell of society's manufacture, and yet there is an undeniable love of the urban environment here. This music is sensual in all senses: I've created so many films in my head to the goth-street-anthem "Gutter Hearts", to the bluesily horrific "Ugly Head" and "Solos Adultos", to the sublime "Tenderness is a Weakness", a torch song so ravishing I'm amazed scores of singers haven't lined up to cover it. Almond's misfits and runaways and rent boys and doomed lovers deserve a reintroduction; I'm appalled this is as hard to find on CD as it is. Rerelease on a major label might be a nice get-well present for Marc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab wonderousness 16 April 2012
By K. Tune VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The cover alone is worth five stars. Almond on a trash can ( in a trash can in the inner sleeve ! ) a big red heart behind him, decked in glitter ( and on the inner sleeve in Ermine just so you get the point ) - never can an artist have been quite so well represented on an album sleeve.

As other reviewers have said, his first solo album ( post Soft Cell solo at any rate ) released, if memory servers the same years as "This Last Night in Sodom" the dark disturbing swan song to the Soft Cell career.

So why is it so wonderful? Well I defy you to find another album that is frankly so original and different. Some sweet ballads admittedly ( You Have ) but we have the mini West Side Story opereatta of "Shining Sinners" a story of straying into the wrong part of town and sticking a knife in the innards of the local gang leader "wearing the entire city garbage dump about his neck and wrists" who nevertheless approvingly tells Marc he "wants to shake his hand for having the guts to walk into my neighbourhood", and then we have the story of Joey Dementos ( hanging out at the rubbish tip, making small talk with the flys ) with its cacophony of tin pan percussion, we have "Split Lip, Cracked Whip, Low Slung, Limp Hung, Thigh Torn, Heart bled, Raw Red Heat Horn" a story of asking for it and getting it ( a story of getting punched in the mouth ) and we have "Pink Shack Blues" - a tale of poverty, five in a bed meant for three and a small boy scalping dollars off tourists for photos.

And that is just the beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gutterheart Greatness
This CD is just fab, Marc sings cheerfully about sin and sleaze, hardly any regret for any wickedness admitted to. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Paul Bridgeman Swansea
5.0 out of 5 stars the best solo album by Marc
I did like Marc and the mambas. But this is an album that I still play in 2011 despite first being published in 1984. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2011 by the lambanana
5.0 out of 5 stars Ugly Is A Kind Of Beautiful
Following on from perhaps the zenith of his varied career - the twin summits of This Last Night In Sodom and Torment & Toreros - Almond produced this, his first apparently solo... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2010 by Sordel
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the albums you should hear before you die
I'm another who had this on cassette back in the 80's. It's tug on me has never gone away, the melodies often returning to haunt me, taunting me to update to CD. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by Vicar in a 22
4.0 out of 5 stars Almond at his best
This was Marc Almond's first solo album after he left Soft Cell and contains some of his best material. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2009 by Rory
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment Again!!
Beware!! The packaging declares that the videos for 'You Have', 'The Boy Who Came Back' and 'Tenderness Is A Weakness' are included - they are not!! Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2008 by S. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars vermin in ermine
wonderful cd !! one of the best cds i have & the cover is a halloween look from marc .... new version out soon i heard
Published on 31 Oct 2008 by Michael Barone
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