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Non Stop Extended Cabaret (RSD24 EDITION)

    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2024 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY APRIL 20TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 8PM ON MONDAY APRIL 22ND.


    One of the elements of December 2023ís rapturously received deluxe 6CD box set of Soft Cellís stone cold 1981 electro pop classic, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, was the inclusion of the entire original album presented as extended 12" versions. Now released on vinyl for Record Store Day 2024, Non-Stop Extended features contemporary full-length versions of the tracks, many of which have never been on vinyl before.The debut album from Marc Almond and Dave Ball AKA Soft is truly an icon of electronic music. Not only did ëNon-Stop Erotic Cabaretí introduce the world to classic singles ëTainted Loveí (one of the biggest global hits of all time) ëBedsitterí and ëSay Hello Wave Goodbyeí, it also shocked and delighted in equal measure with a 10-track song cycle straight outta the seedier, sleazier, darker side of life. ëSex Dwarfí, ëFrustrationí, ëMy Secret Lifeí, ëSeedy FilmsíÖ four decades on, it still has the power to thrill, shock and swoon. Created by Soft Cellís Dave Ball using only the original studio parts (theyíre not remixes, theyíre extendeds!), highlights include 2021ís ëTainted Loveí anniversary vinyl 10î rework plus new and unreleased 2023 box set versions of ëSeedy Filmsí, ëSex Dwarfí, and ëEntertain Meí. ëBedsitterí is represented in its original 12î extended version as all concerned agreed it just could not be improved upon! Also included are a new rework of the bandís first single for Phonogram, ëA Man Can Get Lostí and new previously unreleased remixes of its flip, ëMemorabiliaí, by The Hacker and Daniel Miller.

    Soft Cell

    Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret - 2023 Reissue

      The debut album from Marc Almond and Dave Ball AKA Soft is truly an icon of electronic music. Not only did ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’ introduce the world to classic singles ‘Tainted Love’ (one of the biggest global hits of all time) ‘Bedsitter’ and ‘Say Hello Wave Goodbye’, it also shocked and delighted in equal measure with a 10-track song cycle straight outta the seedier, sleazier, darker side of life. ‘Sex Dwarf’, ‘Frustration’, ‘My Secret Life’, ‘Seedy Films’… four decades on, it still has the power to thrill, shock and swoon.

      In 2023, Mercury-EMI / UMR present the ultimate celebration of ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’ in a series of exciting new formats, all with a host of supplementary extras and rarities from the ‘Cabaret’ era.

      TRACK LISTING

      6CD (* Denotes Previously Unreleased)
      CD1 - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret: 2023 Remaster + Singles, B-Sides & Edits
      Frustration 04:12
      Tainted Love 02:35
      Seedy Films 05:05
      Youth 03:21
      Sex Dwarf 05:47
      Entertain Me 03:00
      Chips On My Shoulder 04:06
      Bedsitter 03:36
      Secret Life 03:37
      Say Hello, Wave Goodbye 05:34
      Memorabilia (Single Version) 04:49
      A Man Could Get Lost (Single Version) 03:17
      Persuasion (Edit Of 12” Single B-Side) 03:36 *
      Where Did Our Love Go? (Single B-Side) 03:14
      Facility Girls (Single B-Side) 02:23
      Fun City (Edit Of 12” Single B-Side) 04:24
      Torch (Single Version) 04:08
      Insecure Me (Single B-Side) 03:10
      What! (Single Version) 02:51
      …So (Single B-Side) 03:49
      CD2 - Non-Stop Extended Cabaret: Full-Length Versions & New Remixes
      Frustration (Extended Version) 06:02 *
      Tainted Love (2021 10" Extended Version) 05:05
      Seedy Films (2023 Extended Version) 05:16 *
      Youth (2018 ‘Wasted On The Young’ Extended Version) 05:41
      Sex Dwarf (2023 Extended Version) 05:45 *
      Entertain Me (2023 Extended Version) 06:05 *
      Chips On My Shoulder (2018 Extended Version) 06:16
      Bedsitter (1981 Original 12” Mix) 07:52
      Secret Life (2018 Extended Version) 05:20
      Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (2018 Dave Ball ‘Lateral Mix’) 07:07
      A Man Could Get Lost (2023 Extended Version) 05:08 *
      Memorabilia (Daniel Miller 2023 Remix) 05:16
      Memorabilia (The Hacker 2023 Remix) 06:37
      CD3 - Non-Stop Exotic Cabaret: Curios, Rarities, Sessions & Alternate Mixes
      Frustration (Original ‘Mutant Moments’ Version) 03:32
      Tainted Love (New 2023 Version) 03:01 *
      Seedy Films (Richard X Remix) 05:20
      Youth (Dave Ball ‘Warhol Funeral’ Mix) 03:05 *
      Sex Dwarf (Live On BBC ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ 4th February 1982) 05:16
      Entertain Me (Richard Skinner Session, Radio 1, 26th July 1981) 03:45
      Chips On My Shoulder (Live From ‘The Oxford Road Show’ 22nd January 1982) 03:28 *
      Bedsitter ((Richard Skinner Session, Radio 1, 26th July 1981) 03:34
      Secret Life (George Demure Remix) 05:10
      Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Live From ‘The Oxford Road Show’ 22nd January 1982) 04:33 *
      A Man Could Get Lost (Live At Leeds Warehouse, 16th July 2018) 03:30 *
      Torch (Live From ‘Top Of The Pops 2’, 28th January 2002) 04:05 *
      Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go (US Radio Edit) 04:01 *
      Seedy Films (Richard Skinner Session, Radio 1, 26th July 1981) 03:58
      Youth (Live On BBC ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ 4th February 1982) 03:15 *
      Chips On My Shoulder (Richard Skinner Session, Radio 1, 26th July 1981) 04:20
      Tainted Love (Live From ‘Top Of The Pops’ 1981 Reunion, 2001) 03:14 *
      Bedsitter (‘Flexipop’ Version) 03:45 *
      Memorabilia (2023 Dub Mix) 5:44 *
      Tainted Love (Aborted 1981 Studio Take) 1:07 *
      CD4 - Non-Stop Instrumental Cabaret: Instrumentals & Bonus Demos
      Frustration (Instrumental) 04:15 *
      Tainted Love (Instrumental) 03:01 *
      Seedy Films (Instrumental) 05:10 *
      Youth (Instrumental) 03:25 *
      Sex Dwarf (Instrumental) 05:15 *
      Entertain Me (Instrumental) 02:57 *
      Chips On My Shoulder (Instrumental) 04:09 *
      Bedsitter (Instrumental) 03:39 *
      Secret Life (Instrumental) 04:03 *
      Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Single B-Side Instrumental) 03:54
      A Man Could Get Lost (Original Daniel Miller Instrumental Version) 03:30 *
      Torch (Instrumental) 04:12 *
      What! (Instrumental) 03:11 *
      Insecure Me (Instrumental) 03:12 *
      Tainted Love (Original 1981 Daniel Miller Demo) 02:47
      Seedy Films (Original 1981 Demo) 04:02 *
      Sex Dwarf (Original 1981 Demo) 06:53 *
      Chips On My Shoulder (Original Demo) 03:50 *
      Secret Life (Original 1981 Demo) 03:39 *
      Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Original 1981 Demo) 04:39 *
      CD5 - Non-Stop Original Cabaret: The 1981 / 1982 12” Mixes & B Sides
      Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go? (Original 12" Version) 08:57
      Memorabilia (Original 12" Version) 07:47
      Torch (Original 12" Version) 08:28
      What! (Original 12" Version) 06:09
      Tainted Dub (Original Version) 09:14
      Persuasion (Original 12" Version) 07:35
      Facility Girls (Original 12" Version) 07:16
      Fun City (Original Version) 07:33
      Insecure Me (Original 12" Version) 08:16
      …So (Original 12" Version) 08:29
      CD6 - Non-Stop Intimate Cabaret: Live In Concert, London 2021 & 2018
      Frustration (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Tainted Love (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Seedy Films (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Youth (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Sex Dwarf (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Entertain Me (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Chips On My Shoulder (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Bedsitter (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Secret Life (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Torch (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Memorabilia (Live At Eventim Apollo London, November 2021)
      Insecure Me (Live At 02 Arena London, 30 September 2018
      What! (Live At 02 Arena London, 30 September 2018
      Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go? (Live At 02 Arena London, 30 September 2018

      2LP Black/Coloured
      LP1 - Side A

      Frustration 04:12
      Tainted Love 02:35
      Seedy Films 05:05
      Youth 03:21
      Sex Dwarf 05:47
      LP1 - Side B
      Entertain Me 03:00
      Chips On My Shoulder 04:06
      Bedsitter 03:36
      Secret Life 03:37
      Say Hello, Wave Goodbye 05:34
      LP2 - Side C
      Memorabilia (Single Version) 04:49
      A Man Could Get Lost (Single Version) 03:17
      Persuasion (Edit Of 12” Single B-Side) 03:36
      Where Did Our Love Go? (Single B-Side) 03:14
      Facility Girls (Single B-Side) 02:23
      Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Single B-side, Instrumental) 03:54
      LP2 - Side D
      Fun City (Edit Of 12” Single B-Side) 04:24
      Torch (Single Version) 04:08
      Insecure Me (Single B-Side) 03:10
      What! (Single Version) 02:51
      …So (Single B-Side) 03:49

      Soft Cell

      Memorabillia - 2023 Reissue

        The birth point of ecstasy in British music is usually credited to acid house and the second summer of love: a cemented vision of kids sweating and vibrating in clubs, fields and warehouses in 1988, united by universal empathy and mind-popping sounds. However, in 1981, a couple of young men from Leeds went to New York, discovered the drug in its infancy, fused its’ gritty synth pop to acid house’s squelchy 303 groove and recorded an album: Soft Cell’s Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. The rest, as they say, is history.

        Shortly before that Soft Cell’s debut single Memorabilia was born. Originally recorded a decade before the explosion of acid house and rooted in predominantly black NYC, Chicago and Detroit gay clubs, Memorabilia is a seminal early prelude to rave culture. Merging a

        strutting disco bass line with a futuristic proto acid-techno beat, Marc Almond has past described Memorabilia as “the first acid house techno record ever”.

        Dave Ball remembers: “Memorabilia got to about number 99 in the charts, but the clubs picked up on it. In NME or Sounds they had a chart for the Danceteria in New York, and we were in it. Our label Phonogram saw this and thought: ‘why is this weird little duo from Leeds that no one’s heard of suddenly getting played in one of the hippest clubs in New York?’ So I think they thought: ‘we’ll give them another chance’.”

        Berlin’s very own upcomers Wally Funk round off the remix package, upping the original tempo slightly, while combining elements the of original production with the later Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing version to create a new hybrid, best played extremely loud!


        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Daniel Miller 2023 Remix
        A2. Daniel Miller 2023 Remix Instrumental
        B1. The Hacker 2023 Remix
        B2. Wally Funk 2023 Remix

        Soft Cell

        *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. 

          TRACK LISTING

          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

          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’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’.

          TRACK LISTING

          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


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