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*Happiness Not Included

    Soft Cell - legendary frontman Marc Almond and producer/instrumentalist Dave Ball - return with their fifth studio album and first in 20 years, ‘*Happiness Not Included’, to be released in Spring 2022. It represents their first new album since they issued ‘Cruelty Without Beauty’ back in 2002. 

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    CD Tracklist:
    1. Happy Happy Happy
    2. Polaroid
    3. Bruises On My Illusions
    4. Purple Zone
    5. Heart Like Chernobyl
    6. Light Sleepers
    7. Happiness Not Included
    8. Nostalgia Machine
    9. Nighthawks
    10. I’m Not A Friend Of God
    11. Tranquiliser
    12. New Eden

    LP Tracklist:
    SIDE A
    1. Happy Happy Happy
    2. Polaroid
    3. Bruises On My Illusions
    4. Purple Zone
    5. Heart Like Chernobyl
    6. Light Sleepers
    SIDE B
    1. Happiness Not Included
    2. Nostalgia Machine
    3. I’m Not A Friend Of God
    4. Tranquiliser
    5. New Eden

    Gloria Jones / Soft Cell

    Tainted Love - Music Box

      Whether Gloira Jones' Northern Soul classic is your thing or Soft Cell's great synth pop reworking, you'll love this gorgeous music box version!

      Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

      Soft Cell’s 2002 reunion album ‘Cruelty Without Beauty’ is set for reissue in new expanded and remastered 2CD format, as well as being released on vinyl for the very first time.

      Long regarded by many fans as an overlooked masterpiece, the album features a lyrical outlook that was as true to Soft Cell’s maturity and perspective back in 2002 as it is relevant and accurate to the world situation in 2020. Harshly honest, fatalistic and bleakly humorous, Cruelty Without Beauty also preserves the band’s highly distinctive and edgy sound, and stands alongside their greatest work.

      The new 2020 version includes tracks originally destined for the album, but for various reasons not on the final cut. It also includes brand new 2020 versions of album highlights Monoculture, Together Alone, Darker Times and Last Chance, updated this year by Dave Ball. Also included are a number of unreleased live versions of album tracks, plus rare remixes.

      Cruelty Without Beauty, Soft Cell’s fourth studio album, and the first since their original split in 1984, happened after Marc Almond and Dave Ball reunited in the studio after Dave’s ‘other’ band The Grid (with Richard Norris). They worked with Marc on some tracks from his 1991 Tenement Symphony album, which eventually opened the door for some live Soft Cell dates and a reunion in 2001. As well as this album release in 2002, the band toured the album extensively in the UK, and across Europe and the US, including many festival appearances throughout 2002 and 2003.

      The album includes the singles Monoculture and a cover of Frankie Valli & The Four Season’s classic The Night, which became the band’s first Top 40 hit since since 1984.

      Most recently in 2018, Soft Cell sold out London’s O2 Arena and were the subject of a career retrospective BBC documentary. They have recently signed to BMG and are currently recording a brand-new album, set for release in 2021. Before then, all of their classic Phonogram-era albums will be reissued in new expanded editions via Universal Music.

      Marc Almond commented at the time of the album release ‘I always felt it was an unfinished story, and I’m glad we’re able to write another chapter’.

      Dave Ball also commented ‘As soon as we work together, we become Soft Cell, you know’. I don’t know what the magic element is, but it just seems to be there’.

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      CD 1

      01. Darker Times
      02. Monoculture
      03. Le Grand Cuignol
      04. The Night
      05. Last Chance
      06. Together Alone
      07. Desperate
      08. Whatever It Takes
      09. All Out Of Love
      10. Sensation Nation
      11. Caligua Syndrome
      12. On An Up
      13. Divided Soul
      14. God Shaped Hole
      15. Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime
      16. Dancing Alone
      17. Perversity

      CD 2

      01. Darker Times (2020 Extended Mix)
      02. Together Alone (2020 Extended Mix)
      03. Monoculture (2020 Extended Mix)
      04. Last Chance (2020 Extended Mix)
      05. The Night (Manhattan Clique Remix)
      06. Divided Soul (Live 2002)
      07. Caligula Syndrome (Live, 2002)
      08. The Night (Live, 2002)
      09. Monoculture (Live, 2002)
      10. Le Grand Guignol (Live, 2002)
      11. Together Alone (Live, 2002)
      12. Darker Times (Live, 2002)
      13. God Shaped Hole (Live, 2002)
      14. Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime (Live, 2002)
      15. Last Chance (Live At O2 With Mari Wilson, 2018)

      LP:

      01. Darker Times
      02. Monoculture
      03. Le Grand Cuignol
      04. The Night
      05. Last Chance
      06. Together Alone
      07. Desperate
      08. Whatever It Takes
      09. All Out Of Love
      10. Sensation Nation
      11. Caligua Syndrome
      12. On An Up

      Soft Cell

      Cruelty Without Beauty (2020 Extended Mixes)

      Soft Cell’s 2002 reunion album ‘Cruelty Without Beauty’ gets an official reissue this week, along with this mega 12" of new remixes.

      Long regarded by many fans as an overlooked masterpiece, the album features a lyrical outlook that was as true to Soft Cell’s maturity and perspective back in 2002 as it is relevant and accurate to the world situation in 2020. Harshly honest, fatalistic and bleakly humorous, Cruelty Without Beauty also preserves the band’s highly distinctive and edgy sound, and stands alongside their greatest work.

      This white vinyl 12” features new updated 2020 mixes of Monoculture, Together Alone, Darker Times, Last Chance and more.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Darker Times
      A2. Monoculture
      A3. Le Grand Guignol

      B1. Last Chance
      B2. Together Alone
      B3. Caligula Syndrome

      Soft Cell

      Mutant Moments E.P.

        To celebrate 40 years since the release of their first ever recording, Soft Cell are set to re-issue their seminal debut EP Mutant Moments.

        Originally released as limited run of 2000 7” EPs in October 1980 on the band’s own Big Frock imprint, the release sold out immediately. Apart from various unofficial bootlegs, this much-revered and influential slice of electronica has been unavailable on vinyl for nearly four decades.

        Soft Cell, aka Marc Almond and Dave Ball, went on to release their debut single proper, Memorabilia, cited as one of the most influential club records ever. This was followed by the multimillion-selling single Tainted Love, which topped the charts in 17 countries worldwide in 1981. The band have released four critically-acclaimed albums, including the genre-defining Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. After a 17-year hiatus, Soft Cell returned in 2018 for a sold out show at London’s O2 Arena, and are currently working on new material.

        This new edition of Mutant Moments is pressed on deluxe 10” clear vinyl to upgrade the sound quality from the original 7”. In addition, the four tracks have been remastered especially for vinyl using the most cutting-edge digital technology available.

        Soft Cell’s Dave Ball has personally supervised the remastering process, and comments: ‘A vintage slice of lo-fi Polytechnic synthpop, lovingly remastered for you’.


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        A1. Potential
        A2. L.O.V.E Feelings
        B1. Metro MRX
        B2. Frustratio


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